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Anderson Independent-Mail from Anderson, South Carolina • 71

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Anderson Independent-Mail Sunday Jan 27 2002 81 Progress 2002 Belton has a new look DIREGTORlWANXEPi By Samantha Epps Small 15 man a cappella chorus is seeking a new director to help develop a 40 man chorus Must have music background $3000year starting salary for one night a week plus performances Only serious applicants need apply call 287-7135 Anderson County Arts Center 405 North Main Stmt Anderson SC 864-224-881 1 Celebrate" 9 Drawing Like De BELTON The city of Belton has a new look and several new things to boast about thanks to advances made in 2001 The downtown area received a facelift as awnings were removed from businesses downtown For about two months residents had to deal with a torn-up parking area as crews removed sidewalks and replaced them with an improved parking area in front o( downtown stores New lighting and followed making the area much better City Administrator Miles Hadley said The downtown revitalization which will be completed in several phases over the next 10 years will help bring more visitors to the city and improve morale among its residents Mr Hadley said The Belton Area Partnership which spearheaded the revitalization provided a lot of the labor and put up much of the $289900 for the first phase believe this revitalization will be something we can be proud of and make our dty something proud of for years to said David Jones president of the partnership The city also received a large grant to replace the Pump Station which was in disrepair The repair which will help stop water and sewer leaks around the city was paid for with a federal grant The city also completed the final stages of a project that revised all its ordinances The project which took almost two years updated the ordinances so they would not contradict each other and be more relevant Mayor David Shirley said fUffl pitf pFWflf This Is a view of downtown Belton after its first phase of revitalization New lights and sidewalks were put in and the awnings above the window were removed Rockwell or Regional Shows PLAY Opposite attract and the arts offer mere opportunities to satisfy aB your artistic urges big or small BELTON Population: 4461 City administrator Miles Hadley Mayor David Shirley CHy Council members: Rufus Caliaham Wendell Page Dianne Picktesimer Wallace Shaw Bob Tugwell Juanita Williamson CHy Hall: 306 Anderson SL (864)338-7773 Council meetings: 7 pm the first Tuesday of every month at City Hall The Belton Depot in downtown Belton house the city's museum In 2001 the dty secured a $100000 grant to help with downtown renovations including upgrades to the museum The inside of the train depot will be redone with new lights added and the building also will be landscaped Fwj'ourfinancialneedssee: (164)226-2051 2200 River Street Anderson It Ul Plenty of changes in Williamston last year UebsFDIC Eutfc-t Ink there's a change I think been a -renewed sense of people being involved in government even at a local level" WILLIAMSTON Population: 3791 Mayor Phillip Clardy Town Council members: David Harvell Harold Mackey Wads Pepper James Rogers Town Hall: 12 Main St 847-7473 Council meetings: 6 pm the first Monday of each month at Town Hall Phillip Chrdy Wdl'umston mayr :0 By Ian Berry Indapandant-ltaa WILLIAMSTON From start to -finish'2001 was filled -with significant developments -for the town of Williamston The first'- of the year brought new leadership as Phillip Clardy was sworn in as mayor replacing Marion Middleton a mainstay in the position for 30 years Mayor Clardy campaigned on the promise of making the activities more public and tried to get more people involved in the community and attending council meetings a change I think been a renewed sense of people being involved in at even at a local Dr Clardy said Some of the changes came with turmoiL The State Law Enforcement Division has investigated hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the town and an audit showed significant problems in the accounting practices The Town Council voted to fire its town clerk during the summer and created separate positions for clerk and treasurer But the town made progress in many areas Including at Town Hall where the roof and more than 130 windows were replaced The town also focused on revitalizing Mineral Spring Park by extending hours the town will try to minimize them however possible and look to provide relief in other ways maybe by lowering sewer rates Near the end of the year the Town Council approved a budget in a process that was noteworthy because it was the first time officials met' publicly to discuss budget planning Also in 2001 the Williamston Area Historic Commission was founded The group started by volunteers worked to improve the historic cemetery and will look to expand its projects this year 3 ing at future improvements Like many other municipalities in the area Williamston faced tough choices about how to deal with the sale of Duke water system and inevitable rate hikes Mayor Clardy said that while water rates will rise -a 5 Locally Owned Operated John 3:16 Refinance or Purchase Debt Consolidation Cash for Any Reason No Up Front Fees Low Closing Costs Electric Co-op ff I 5- A Blue Ridge Security Systems nl a 3 3 3 '3 3 3 3 '3 Your Peace Of Mind Li Oar Goal ti Blue Ridge Communications vmv iJ i -A A JT-'l -o SUSAN TENCH Your Personal Loan Officer Apply by phone 864-224-1447 3 3 1- 210 McDuffie SL Anderson SC wwwd0vemortgageinccon1 rw 8002403400 JtluerfdgHKtxoni 5j me eajnnnnnisgign sa nit-ia ie n-man-sz-n-usg-uuuasanTiiB.

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