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Ehrhardt night club to close at 1:00am on weekends Print E-mail
Written by Jerry E. Halmon   

The owner of the Ehrhardt Inn night club was told he must close his business by 1:00am on weekends, (Friday and Saturday nights) be off the premises by 2:00am, and get a permanent license. “We will set the hours and if we have to shut them down, we can shut them down,” Ehrhardt Public Safety Chief Chad Dilling told club owner Charlie McMillan.

McMillan came before Ehrhardt Town Council Tuesday night, with documentation of his temporary license to sell alcohol on the premises, and with a number of supporters, who asked for the club to be allowed to remain open longer than what was first suggested (12:00am).

We don’t think the hours of operation should be shorter on Friday night,” one of the club’s supporters at the meeting said. McMillan wanted to know when was the last time a member of the town council visited his club, in laying out his documentation. Chief Dilling added that if there were any problems at the club, the club’s license would be pulled.

It was noted that McMillan was operating the business with a temporary license, that allowed him to open every weekend and it was good through New Year’s Eve. After the start of the New Year, McMillan will have to apply for a permanent license. He was told he also needed to get a license from the town of Ehrhardt.

Also during the meeting, Chief Dilling reported the fire department had no calls during the month. The Chief reported a “good turnout” for the Soup Supper that raised $823, and thanked everyone who donated for the event. The Ehrhardt Police department created 10 case files for the month that included; domestic disputes, disorderly conduct, burglary, harassment, thief, tampering with a water meter and attempted robbery.

It was reported the Public Works department collected $10,636.92 in October and $13,767.14 in November. Collections to-date in December was $9,615.22.

It was noted that 19 customers had their water service cutoff in October and 18 customers were cutoff in November.

It was reported that all the easements for the new sidewalk have been filed in the courthouse and the next step would be soliciting for bids. The town is looking for sources of matching funds for a $480,000 water line grant that requires a 55/45 match.

Town officials are looking at areas of town that may qualify for governmental grants to do the project. Council members also discussed extension of water lines to the new wood yard business. The town is still looking for funding sources and it was a stated that a letter needed to be sent to the governor’s office for support.

Council members gave first reading approval to Ordinance 2013-03 that will convert town employees leave time from monthly to weekly.

Council members also approved a resolution of support for Bamberg County for Health Corporations of America (HCA) of Walterboro to place an urgent care facility in Bamberg.

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