News Briefs

Published 9:50 pm Friday, December 16, 2016

City of Landrum hears signage request by daycare owner

Landrum City Council listened to a request by Miss Tammy’s Kids Clubhouse owner Tammy Compton for a directional sign at Hwy. 14 and Redland Road to her business. During the city council meeting held Dec. 13, City Administrator Rich Caplan told council members he has been strict with the ordinance that allows businesses only one directional sign on their property but said the city has been lenient with the ordinance in the past. He asked for guidance from council before granting the request. The discussion was tabled until the city’s January meeting.

Upstate Forever partnership agreement approved by City of Landrum

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A formal partnership agreement with Upstate Forever was approved at Landrum’s council meeting Dec. 13 to work on the city’s comprehensive plan for the next 10 years. The city signed an agreement with Broadmoor Consulting for $18,930 for the comprehensive plan. Upstate Forever and the city are splitting the cost of the agreement in half with each partner paying $9,465.

City of Landrum receives bid on S. Shamrock Avenue parcel of land

The City of Landrum received a bid on a 1.81-acre parcel of land on S. Shamrock Avenue this month from Christopher Chestnut for $269. In his bid, Chestnut said he would leave the land undeveloped for now. The parcel is zoned R-1, single-family residential. At their Dec. 13 meeting, city council members decided to table the discussion following a comment made by council member Jon Matheis about the trees on the property being of value. Council agreed to have the trees appraised before handing the property to Chestnut but did not decide on who would assess the value of the trees.

Armbrust appointed Tryon’s new mayor pro-tempore

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday, Dec. 13 and approved Commissioner Crys Armbrust as mayor pro-tem. Council agreed last year to appoint Commissioner Bill Ingham as mayor pro-tem for last year and to appoint Armbrust as mayor pro-tem this year. The appointment was unanimous. The mayor pro-tem serves in the absence of the mayor.

Tryon seeks ideas for next year’s Christmas decorations

The Town of Tryon is seeking ideas for next year’s Christmas decorations. Tryon Town Council met Tuesday, Dec. 13 and heard from Town Manager Zach Ollis who said he has received ideas from people including putting two trees together on each light pole to make it look like a Christmas tree. Other ideas were to change out white lights with colored lights. Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples said the town could put a large tree downtown and put colored lights on it and everybody gets what they want. Peoples also said he’s pretty sure the town has spent over $20,000 on decorations and invited anyone who would like to help with costs to do so. Resident Anne Day said there is a Facebook page with an old picture of how the trees used to look in front of Ballengers. People are commenting on the page about what they want the decorations to look like downtown.

Saluda sets public hearing for rezoning for Jan. 9

The City of Saluda has scheduled a public hearing to rezone a parcel between Ozone Drive and Louisiana Avenue for Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The request is for the parcel to be rezoned from C2 and R1 to C2 and R2. The public hearing will be held prior to the city’s next council meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Saluda appoints new volunteer to parks planning committee

The Saluda Board of Commissioners appointed Frannie Jacobus to its Parks Planning Committee. The Saluda Board of Commissioners met Monday, Dec. 12 and made the appointment.