City of Denmark recognizes citizens
Written by Jerry E. Halmon   

Denmark City Council members took a few minutes at the start of their August 19, meeting to recognize a Denmark couple that has put a lot of effort into making the city of Denmark a more inviting place to live. Denmark Mayor Dr. Gerald E. Wright noted in recognizing Willie and Josephine Caldwell for their efforts in Downtown Beautification that the city of Denmark had made a “priority of beautifying the city” and the certificate they received from the city was “just a token” of the city’s appreciation to them for all their efforts.

Willie Caldwell noted that he got started with the city’s beautification efforts when he was asked by former mayor Carrie Simmons to plant a few flowers downtown.

Also during Monday night’s meeting city finance director Rusty Munoz reported that July 2013 was a “very simple month” with nothing unusual to report financially. Munoz stated that the heavy rains recently caused the city’s electric bill to increase because the pump stations have had to run longer.

Fire Chief Charles Breland reported a “kinda slow month” in the fire department with the department answering 11 total calls.

The chief reported on average of nine members attending training meetings, 21 attending business meetings, eight per fire call, for a total of 22 members on the roster.

Police Chief Leroy Grimes reported the Denmark Police Department created 112 new cases during the month including the following: attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, assault aggravated, assault…etc.

It was reported that Officer Shina Robinson and Natana Brown successfully completed Victim Service Provider Core Certification Training in Greenville August 12-14.

Further in the meeting public works general manager Cedrick Hudson reported the department repaired 10 leaks in the city with water loss of 375,000 gallons.

Lists of street lights needing to be fixed were turned over to SCE&G. A sample of the city’s water turned into DHEC was reported to be “very good.”

During the administrator’s report and after an extended discussion on how to go about doing some badly needed repairs to the roof of the Dane Theater, which was noted has $35,000 in mold damage that “continues every day,” Council members agreed to get three bids from three roofers by August 30, and Council will come back and take action.

Administrator Heyward Robinson had presented Council with a $52,000 proposal from Brabham Roofing Company to repair the roof, who were recommended by the city’s insurance company. Council member Hope Long-Weldon recommended that the city go out for other bids as well.

It was noted that the grant application for the walking trail will be filed by October and water line application drawings are on schedule.

In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Gerald Wright reported the city’s summer recreation program had “record participation.” The city received a $250 donation from Sharon Dowling Cox for children’s books at the new library in behalf of her late mother Mammie Counts Dowling.

In response to a request by residents on Wheat Street (which is not in the city limits) to have garbage picked up, the Mayor said the city “would like to annex that area” and asked Rev. Rufus Jamison to take that on as a project.