The only item on the agenda to receive an oppositional voice from Cheraw Town Council members Tuesday evening was the vote on how to move forward with the Cheraw Complex.
The vote was 4 to 2 in favor of seeking costs estimates to demolish and rebuild one section of the building, and renovate the other two areas of the complex. Councilman Billy Wallace Jr. and Councilwoman Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon voted against the motion.
Cheraw Town Administrator Mike Smith said the 1,500 square foot section of the structures, the area closest to Powe Street that formerly housed the office space for many of the B.C. Moore’s executives, is the area targeted for demolition.
Recent estimates on roof repairs — that were far higher than expected — and several other factors, said Smith, have prompted council to consider a different course of action.
“The roof estimates ranged from $800,000 to $1.3 million,” said Smith. “And then all we’d have for that much money would be a roof. There would still be the problem of too much building space that’s not suited to our needs. Plus, there’s the problem of heating and cooling space we don’t need.”
“We’ve looked into lots of different possibilities, and other uses, but they were too costly,” said Smith. “That’s how the idea of demolition and reconstruction has come into play. We’re hoping it will prove to be more cost effective now, and in the long run.”
Council members voted unanimously to re-elect Cheraw Town Councilman John K. Melton as Mayor Pro Temp for the next two years.
“I want you to know I much I appreciate your confidence in me,” said Melton.
Municipal Judge J.A Graves was appointed and unanimously re-elected for a two-year term and Anthony Harris, will continue to serve as the town’s attorney. Councilman Fred Harris abstained from that vote.
Council was again unanimous in welcoming the idea of providing waster water treatment for the town of Pageland. Mayor Andy Ingram said that “recent directional changes suggest we should go on record as extending that invitation.” Jason Evans was recently elected Pageland’s new mayor.
Ingram and Smith met with Evans last week after Brenda Workman, executive director for the Chesterfield County Economic Development Board, informed them that Pageland was planning to submit a waste water treatment plan for the Capital Sales Tax Project.
“If we can offer what they need it would be great to have that economic boost,” said Smith. “But if it’s better for them to go else where we understand that too. We just want them to be aware of what we can offer, and invited them to check with the town of Chesterfield about the town’s service they have received over the last eight years.”
Councilman Randy Butler was all for the idea.
“That would help so many people in the Ruby and Mt. Croghan area that are currently on private septic systems,” Butler said. “It would be good, environmentally, to get them hooked up to our facility.”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.