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Written by Jerry E. Halmon   

After receiving “quite a few complaints” about kids loitering around the new Denmark Public Library after hours, Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes presented Denmark City Council members with a proposal at their September 16, meeting that hopefully will help with the problem. Council members were presented with a Xerox copy of a “No LOITERING” sign that would be placed on the grounds of the library pending approval by council members. The sign reads as follows: ($500.00 FINE: CITY ORDINANCES, SECTION 131.07) THIS PROPERTY IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF DENMARK POLICE DEPARTMENT, CURFEW HOURS 6:30pm TO 8:00am.

Chief Grimes noted that all city fines are $500.00, the library closes at 6:00pm and that the sign was his idea and Council could make any changes or suggestions they would like to. “We need to be placing a little fine,” Grimes said, adding that Denmark police officers have been monitoring the library but a sign needed to be posted also. Councilwoman Hope Long- Weldon stated that she had been going by the library for the last three weeks and speaking with the manager and “I thought that progress was being made.” Long-Weldon was informed that the problem with loitering is occurring after hours.

“Between the hours of 8:00-8:30pm the kids are hanging out like it’s the park,” Councilmember Calvin Odom stated. Administrator Heyward Robinson noted that he had spoken with ABBE Regional Library Director Mary Jo Dawson about making arrangements for the WIFI to be cut off after the library closes in an effort to help with the loitering problem. Mayor Gerald Wright commented that he has seen the kids “covering” the book return depository after hours. Council members took no action on Chief Grimes’ proposal at Monday night’s meeting. Also during the police report Chief Grimes reported the department created 115 case files for the month.

Also during the meeting; City Administrator Heyward Robinson reported the city had received three different bids from three different roofers, who had “three different approaches” to making repairs to the roof of the Dane Theater and selected Sumter, South Carolina-based Fort Roofing Company for the job at a cost of $30,900 and an amount to replace the roof decking board as needed. The funds to repair the roof are expected to come from the One Cents Sales Tax passed by the voters last November. Robinson reported that council had received two bids to make repairs to the Brooker Center and decided to seek additional bids.

It was also reported in the meeting that on October 16, at 4:30pm officials with Strategic Capital Solutions will be in the old railroad depot to meet with business owners about the assistance they can be provided through the $40,000 grant the county received. “We want to encourage local businesses to participate,” Mayor Wright said.

In lieu of the recent shooting event in Washington D.C. on Monday, Mayor Gerald Wright stated the City of Denmark may need to review its crises management plan.

The topic came up when Councilwoman Hope Long-Weldon asked if the City of Denmark had a plan in place.

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