Dilapidated buildings in the downtown area continue to be a problem, Public Works Director Donna Byrd told members of Cheraw Town Council during a briefing with department heads Tuesday, Mar. 26. Both time and money have been spent cleaning up debris the wind blows from these properties, she said.
It’s getting to be more than a nuisance. “I’m afraid it could result in injury to someone or someone’s vehicle,” Byrd said.
A few months ago town employees requested help from the Cheraw Fire Department to assist with the ladder truck. To prevent more debris from being blown on to the sidewalk, employees climbed atop the building to remove any loose shingles or materials prone to being picked up by the wind.
Byrd said repeated requests for the property owner to take care of matters had produced no results.
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram asked for a little clarity. “In other words, most of the clean up work that has been done at Family Fashions has been done by the town.”
Learning his assumption was correct, Ingram said, “Well, I guess if we keep on doing it, she’ll (the property owner) keep on letting us.”
Although no decisions were made concerning the matter, Ingram said the issue will continue to be addressed.
Home owners in the Huckleberry neighborhood recently received notices from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services (DHEC) concerning discoloration and possible contamination of the water in Juniper Creek. The problem has since been resolved, as the culprit proved to be one homeowner’s plumbing disaster.
The Town of Cheraw continues to work with the Chesterfield County School District regarding drainage problems surrounding Long Middle School. Ricky Ingram, director of public works for the Town of Cheraw, said there are “two major problems back there.” One, there are wetlands to deal with. And two, some of the elevation lines in that area, and over behind Arrowhead Park, are as much as “seven inches backward. They desperately need to be reversed.”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or my email at email@example.com.