News Briefs

Published 10:00 pm Friday, January 13, 2017

Landrum hears request by high school athletic director

The City of Landrum listened to a request by Landrum High School Athletic Director Mike Gentry during their monthly work session Jan. 10 for funds to feed the high school’s athletes before their games. Gentry asked the city to allocate a portion of their hospitality tax funds to help offset costs to buy food, saying the most expensive meals are for the varsity football players. No action was taken to donate funds to the high school athletic department. City council member Jon Matheis asked Gentry to request funds from Ingles and their Tools for Schools program.

Landrum approves donation to Martha Walker for signage

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The City of Landrum approved a $300 donation to Martha Walker, author of “Landrum Schools Through the Decades,” for historical signage at the locations of former schools in Landrum. Walker is using proceeds from her book sales to pay for these signs, and Walker said so far more than 200 books have been sold since the book was released last year. The money will come out of the city’s hospitality tax fund, according to Landrum City Administrator Rich Caplan.

Polk County appoints new clerk to the board

The Polk County Board of Commissioners has a new clerk to the board. During the county’s Jan. 9 meeting commissioners appointed Angé High. Former clerk Beth Fehrmann resigned last month.

Polk schedules public hearing for cell tower ordinance amendment

The Polk County has set a public hearing to amend its wireless telecommunications ordinance. The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Monday, Jan. 9 and set the public hearing for its Jan. 23 meeting at 7 p.m. The request is from a resident who was formerly exempt from the ordinance because the tower is 50 ft. high. A request has been submitted to increase the height by 10 ft.

Polk sets work session for Feb. 4

The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 9 and set a work session for Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. The work session will include visioning and mission statements for the upcoming budget and economic development. The work session will be held in the emergency management conference room, located on the first floor of the Womack building in Columbus.