Several projects, ranging from sidewalk paving to transformer moving, are in the works for the town of Cheraw.
Town Manager Mike Smith went through a list of 22 items he and his staff are working on during a briefing meeting with town council members Tuesday afternoon.
Smith said the S.C. Department of Transportation will soon begin work on three local projects: a sidewalk for Cheraw Primary School, the paving of Prestige Park and storm drainage at Pee Dee Union Baptist Church. He said those projects should begin within the next two weeks.
Another project involving patching and paving on U.S. 52 North should be done next week, he said.
Smith said bidding for the Brasington Pond project will open Aug. 12, while beam removal bids at the Gymnastics Center are due at noon this Thursday.
Appraisals for a storm drainage project are to be done this week and Smith said he expects everything to be in place next week.
Smith is also waiting on quotes from contractors regarding new carpet for the town hall and sealing the brick at the theater. He said the carpet will be commercial-grade and stain-resistant. As for the brick on the theater, he said it would need two coats of sealant. He said he’s hoping to have a recommendation for the council at the next meeting.
The transformer at the Cheraw Complex has to be moved due to a partial demolition and Smith said he is waiting to hear back on estimates. The city plans to tear down three-fifths of the 100,000 square-foot structure and put up a public works building.
When the transformer is moved, Smith said the gymnastics building will be without power for several days. He added that Duke Energy Progress plans to move the transformer Aug. 18.
Smith said he had spoken with the Conway city manager to learn about Conway’s overgrown lot and dilapidated housing program and learned that it was an aggressive program. He said being a larger city, Conway automatically gets a $300,000 community development block grant, whereas small towns like Cheraw have to compete for the federal grants.
He also told council members that Cheraw property owners will be receiving a notice regarding the town’s new yard debris policy within the next couple of weeks. Implementation of the policy begins Sept. 1. Smith said that sending letters by mail was cheaper than other forms of advertising, including the town’s Code Red alert system.
There will be another briefing meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5. The town council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12.