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Progress on tap for Camellia Park

by | May 9, 2019 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

By JULIE HOFF
widdleswife@aol.com

Cottageville leaders hope to make the town jewel, Camellia Park, a hub for local activities.
At Town Council’s April 29 meeting, Mayor Tim Grimsley said park security cameras have been delivered and will be installed soon. Plans for a volleyball court are also being developed, and soccer field equipment is on the horizon.
“I’ve got a lot of ideas in reference to the park,” Grimsley said, adding he’s exploring plans to install a decorative town fountain “like the city of Charleston has.” A splash pad for children “would give them something to do in the summer months — get them out of the house and away from the X-boxes,” he said.
To keep the park looking good, and to reduce the cost of upkeep, the town has purchased weed-eaters, a zero-turn lawn mower and backpack leaf blowers. Contracted groundskeepers with their own equipment kept hiking prices, Grimsley said.
The cost of the new landscaping will come from the town’s $1.2 million insurance payout from a fire that destroyed the old Cottageville Elementary gym in February 2018.
Grimsley also asked council to consider purchase of a utility vehicle such as a Gator to be used to transport picnic tables and trash cans.
Last month more than 100 children participated in an Easter egg hunt at the park, searching for more than 1,000 hidden eggs filled with candy and prizes.
“It was a great day,” Grimsley said.
In related developments, Councilman Ted Underwood is seeking volunteers for the first annual Cook-N-The Park barbecue competition, slated for June 28-29 in Camellia Park. The event includes free entertainment, face painting, “Dunk-A-Cop” and other family activities. All proceeds will help buy school supplies for students at Cottageville Elementary. For more information or to volunteer, call Town Hall at 843-835-8655.
In other action:
 The town’s 2019-20 budget will receive first reading at the May 20 council meeting. Grimsley said he expects it to be “a little higher” than the 2018-19 budget of $600,000.
 Grimsley updated council on the eviction of Arres Solar from the former town hall on Highway 17-A for breaching a lease-to-own contract. Within 24 hours, CEO Ben Egan paid $13,000 in arrears and an additional $2,000. “He said he wanted to buy the building outright and would borrow the balance of almost $76,000,” Grimsley said. As of May 5, no transaction had occurred.
 Chief Jeffrey Cook commended Officer Larry Colson for his actions at the scene of a shooting in Round O. Colson administered first aid to the victim until emergency personnel arrived.
 Cottageville librarian Rhonda Kierpiec announced a celebration on May 11 to mark the one-year anniversary of the library’s opening. The celebration will include a book sale, cupcakes and a cake walk. The library is located in the rear of the municipal complex on Salley Ackerman Drive.

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