Ninety Six asks about the factory site project; volunteers beautify the city | New
NINETY SIX – The Ninety Six government could push ahead with plans to renovate the former Ninety Six Cotton Mill office building, while city volunteers have made great strides in improving the appearance of the city center.
At Monday’s regular city council meeting, council member Bridget Porter brought forward a motion to temporarily halt the city’s work with the Ninety Six Historical Society to repair the old mill building at 218 Duke St. The building is owned by the city, and the city was working with the historical society as a nonprofit organization that could lead fundraising efforts for the project.
Porter said that due to ongoing issues at the site, she proposed that the city stop pursuing this project for now. She said a quote gave an estimate of the cost of removing lead and asbestos from the site, but did not take into account the costs of repairing and restoring the building’s utilities. She also said the city has other projects to focus its efforts and funds on.
“I understand Bridget’s reservations, but I personally think we should keep moving forward,” Mayor Mike Rowe said.
Jennifer Donlon, president of the historical society, said she came to the meeting on Monday to get answers on the city’s position on the project. She said she was ready to apply for several grants, but needed a solid cost estimate from the city. The building is city-owned and the historical society was willing to function as a fundraising and grant-writing partner, she said.
A deadline had already passed for one of the grants Donlon was reviewing at Monday’s meeting.
Porter’s motion received an equal vote, with Porter, board member Mickey Goodman and board member Charles Stevens voting to stop work for the time being, and Rowe, board member Kellar Rogers and board member Wayne Gibert voting against the motion. The motion failed due to a tie vote, and Rowe said the city would seek a more final estimate of the cost of renovating the building.
This year’s SC Festival of Stars was a success and grossed nearly $ 4,000, Goodman said. The town has been approved for around $ 15,000 in Greenwood County hospitality tax funds for next year’s festival, said tourism director Margie Blalock, but without hospitality tax money for the festival. bluegrass slated for fall, city officials have decided to delay the start of the new annual Festival.
Jimmy Peden, president of Connect Lake Greenwood, led the volunteer efforts to beautify the city. He informed council that since June 20, volunteers have pruned, sprayed, demarcated and mulched several gardens in town. This first phase of volunteer work will still include irrigating and lighting the gardens, but Peden said he expects the work to be completed by early fall.
“Phase two is really about businesses and facades,” he said.
After those gardens are finished, he said he wants to talk to owners of vacant downtown businesses to see how to beautify the main part of town. He said he did some research on the grants, but said most of the fundraising would start after the gardens were completed and people could see the fruits of the work of these volunteers.
He left town with good news about the Hardees who burned down in 2019.
“I spoke with Hardee’s,” he says. “I can say 97% that they are coming back and doing renovations. “
Kim Crawford, a resident of Ninety Six Mill Village, asked council about several homes that have repeatedly violated city ordinances regarding lawn care and property maintenance. She asked what could be done, in addition to continuing to impose fines on these residents by the police.
“For us, a ticket is a last resort here,” said Deira Collier, public information officer for the Ninety Six Police Force. “We talk to them and we talk to them. We do whatever the law allows us to do.
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