Loris Public Works
Mayor David Stoudenmire, Lewis Hardee, committee chairman Casey Ward and city public works director Robert Turner, left to right, at their Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday night.
By Esther Paul Boyd
The city of Loris held its public works committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.
Present were Mayor David Stoudenmire; committee chairman Casey Ward; members Lewis Hardee and Thessalonia Graham; and city public works director Robert Turner.
The mayor called the meeting to order and the invocation was led by Thessalonia Graham.
Committee chairman Casey Ward asked for reports on current projects. Public works director Robert Turner gave the following reports.
He stated that the Broad Street repairs were scheduled to be completed by the end of this week. The asphalt will be finished at a later date. They discovered an old three feet by three feet catch basin which had been filled in by the Department of Transportation in 1985. This basin was cleaned and reconnected. They also replaced approximately 30 feet of water lines.
Mr. Turner stated that the Bayboro lift station would be brought up to premium standards. The survey has been ordered, and design work is to be completed within a week. The funding for this project will be a $100,000 grant. The grant paperwork revisions are on the way back for approval.
Sidewalks are to be installed on both sides of Broad Street and Railroad Avenue between Main and Broad, down to Bryant Street. Complete loop is to be done, with a grant from CDC, Turner said. He also reported that the Streetscape VI design completion and permitting are to be done by mid-October. Construction is planned so as not to interfere with Christmas sales or events. Turner brought to the committee the need for the following items: Welder, hydraulic press, hydraulic jack, gas-powered edger for streets and sidewalks, mowing deck for grassed areas, pneumatic piercing tool for road repairs; (this will save enough in a year to pay for itself.), saw for concrete and a tapping machine, which will cut down on labor needed.
This equipment, Turner said, will enable our personnel to keep our Loris landscape more beautiful and safe in an efficient manner with less manpower hours. Director Turner said he would get quotes for this equipment and report back to committee.
Turner listed long-term goals for the Public Works Department. 1) They will repair inflow and infiltration problems in the existing sewer system. At present, stormwater is a substantial part of the system. 2) They plan to replace small diameter water lines with larger diameter lines, to result in greater capacity and pressure quality for city water users. Standard size for new construction is six inches, to support fire hydrants. Side streets could be two inch to four inch lines. They will be pursuing grant funding to complete this work. 3) The department will install larger lines to replace the older lines. 4) Plans are to increase fire protection so that every building is within 500 feet of a fire hydrant. Grant funding is being sought for this project. 5) Drainage - looking for state funds to do citywide preliminary study to determine where we can be most cost-effective to improve drainage.
Mayor Stoudenmire stated that the city of Loris must be cleaned up. The entire council is in agreement that this is an appearance and safety issue. Ordinances are in effect and must be enforced. The city will have a comprehensive list of all property owners, and all property owners will receive letters notifying of all property which must be cleaned up. Garbage will be collected for those who have city water.
Director Turner stated that the Bell Street fire hydrants are to be replaced. The department is developing a cycle for fire hydrant work and restoration.
Turner also stated that the St. James pump station has a puncture in the line and will be repaired.
The Public Works Department is starting cross-training for employees so that they will be able to do other jobs.
Festival adds carnival this year
We would like to welcome our newest members to the Loris Chamber of Commerce.
Allsbrook Grocery is owned and operated by Russell and Christy Allsbrook. They are located at 2245 Hwy. 701 S. in Loris. Allsbrook Grocery is a convenience store and grill. Please stop by or contact them at 843-756-1627.
Classy Collections & Unique Gifts is located at 4721 Main St. in Loris. Classy Collections & Unique Gifts is a women’s clothing store, accessories and gift shop. Please stop by to check out their inventory or call 843-756-2898.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting for Kinley’s Closet will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. Make plans to join us in welcoming Kinley’s Closet to Loris and check out her shop. Kinley’s Closet is a children’s retail shop with arts and crafts items.
The 2014-15 Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Scholarship Pageant applications are now available. The pageant will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Loris High School with girls ages from 0-24 years of age. Miss and Teen will be eligible to compete in the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant in July 2015 in Columbia. Please contact the chamber office for more details or download an application from our website at www.lorischambersc.com.
The 35th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival will be here before you know it. Events planned for the week include Monday, Oct. 13 - Movie Night. The featured film will be “Frozen”. It is free to the public. Movie Night will be held at Loris Nature Park beginning at 7 p.m. “Frozen” themed concessions will be available for purchase. Dress in your favorite prince or princess outfit, bring a blanket or chair and join us for a movie on the lawn. Lots of fun for the whole family. Tuesday, Oct. 14 – Game Night. Game night includes bingo and a spaghetti dinner for $10 per person. It will be held at the Center for Health & Fitness beginning at 6 p.m. New this year will be the Loris Bog-Off Festival Carnival. The carnival will be held on the grass lot at the corner of Meeting Street and Casey Street. The carnival will be held Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday during the 35th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival. The carnival will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday night and 9 a.m. on Saturday. The carnival will include pony rides, camel rides, petting zoo, mechanical rides, inflatables, carnival games and concessions. Ticket prices will be announced soon. Please make plans to join us all week for the 35th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival.
For more information contact the Loris Chamber of Commerce at 843-756-6030.
Remember that our local merchants have great merchandise for every occasion. Make plans to shop Loris today and SHOP LORIS FIRST!
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