Jamison resigns seat on Denmark City Council

Thirteen months after winning a seat on Denmark City Council after running as a write-in candidate in a February 8, 2011 City of Denmark election to fill the seat vacated by present Bamberg County Councilmember Evert Comer Jr., City Councilman Rufus Jamison submitted his letter of resignation effective as of March 19, to council members at the end of their March meeting Monday night.

Stating that his experience on Denmark City Council has been “a learning experience” that was “heated at times” and “other times a pleasure,” Jamison said that he was resigning his position “due to relocating.” “I served it well, this I believe,” Jamison said in his letter of resignation.

Denmark Mayor, Dr. Gerald E. Wright, whom Jamison addressed his letter to along with Mayor Pro Tem Jake Bookard, told Jamison; “We accept your willingness to serve,” adding that being a member of City Council is “a tremendous responsibility. We appreciate your service and wish you well in your future endeavors.” Denmark City Council members accepted Jamison’s letter of resignation.

Also during the meeting:

• Council members heard a report from Police Chief Leroy Grimes stating the department created 75 case files between February 21 and March 19. Rev. Jamison told Chief Grimes in discussion of the Image Nightclub situation that he did not think the department had enough personnel on duty at night. “We’re doing the best we can with what we have,” Chief Grimes said, adding that he could use one extra person on each night shift. Mayor Wright noted that the city is beginning to discuss its 2013 budget and it was now “time to have those discussions and make those recommendations.”

• Fire Chief Charles Breland reported the fire department received a $66,800 FEMA Grant that was awarded on March 2, which would require a $3,340 match. Chief Breland reported the department responded to 17 calls during the time period, and was averaging 10 members per training meeting, 12 members per business meeting, five members per call and had a total of 25 members total on the roll.

• In the public works report, when asked about the status of the situation with the proposed new hospital, City Administrator Heyward Robinson said the city is in the process of writing grants to obtain water and sewer lines to run from the former Holland Atlantic Hitch to the new hospital site.

• Administrator Heyward Robinson reported the city has received a grant for the renovation of the exterior to city hall of $49,753 which would require a match. The total cost of the renovation would be $66,351. The city has received bids on the construction of the new library. It was noted that the total cost of the library is more than the just the cost of constructing the building itself.

• Mayor Wright in his report that the city will soon be seeing activity on several projects, noting that “funding is a slow meticulous process,” adding that the city has received assistance from the LSCOG, the local state representatives, and rural development. “We’re moving ahead, in a reasonable amount of time, we should see something nearing completion.”