Cottageville library getting closer | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
A branch of the Colleton County library, to be located at the town’s municipal complex on Salley Ackerman Drive, is inching closer to reality.
Councilman Betty Rhode, who heads up the town’s special projects committee, told council at its September meeting — which was delayed due to Labor Day and Hurricane Irma — that handicapped signs have been ordered for parking, and Library Director Carl Coffin recently toured the proposed library space.
“It’s slow but we’re getting there,” Rhode, a retired librarian who has lobbied for a branch for years, reported.
Mayor Tim Grimsley requested the public’s input on the library branch. “What hours do people want? What kind of services are they looking for?” he asked. “The town needs to support the library by using it,” he said. If the library doesn’t get enough traffic it won’t stay open, he noted.
Grimsley also thanked Chuck Hudson, chair of the town’s emergency preparedness committee, Town Clerk Sandy Cox, police and residents who pitched in to prepare for Hurricane Irma. “We were ready for whatever came, and you people made it happen,” he said. Local resident and construction company owner Danny Lee Reeves donated a truckload of sand, Police Chief Jeffery Cook noted.
In other news, Cook introduced an addition to the police force. Ptl. Michael Chestnut was previously an officer and is now returning, Cook said. Other potential officers could come from the police department’s next reserve training class in November, he said. “I like to hire from our reserve officers because we know them.”
The next Town Council meeting is Monday Oct. 2.