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Hurricane Prep Underway 

Posted by Seth Duncan Monday, September 10, 2018 10:24:00 AM

Town officials are once again asking residents and businesses to prepare for potential devastation from severe weather. Although the final track of Hurricane Florence is unknown, there are a number of actions people can take to make sure they are ready if and when severe weather occurs. 

Before a Storm, remember these T.I.P.S: 

  1. Terms. A “watch” is a notification for residents to be on alert of a potential storm, and a “warning” indicates that a hurricane is expected in your area. Review the South Carolina Hurricane Guide for more information.
  2. Insurance and Important information. Review your insurance plans and have copies of important documents, such as driver’s licenses, medical information, and insurance cards.
  3. Plan aheadCreate a family plan in the event that an evacuation is necessary, and keep emergency contact information handy. Don’t forget to consider your pets when planning for a possible evacuation.
  4. Supplies. Plan ahead of time by creating emergency kits filled with survival necessities such as bottled water, non-perishable snacks, medication, batteries, blankets, crank radios and flashlights.

During a Storm:

  1. Listen. Listen to local radio and television broadcasts for current conditions and recommended actions. You can also sign up to receive emergency alerts on your mobile device here.
  2. Evacuate. When directed by local authorities, you may be required to evacuate. Know your designated evacuation route in advance.
  3. Shelter. If you are unable to evacuate, seek shelter in an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

After a Storm: 

  1. Be aware of dangers. Be cautious of potential dangers, such as downed power lines, contaminated water, or possible gas leaks. 
  2. Document damage. If possible, take photos of the damage on your property or residence, in addition to making written notes.
  3. Seek assistance: Contact SCEMD’s Recovery Program to see what relief or recovery programs may be available for your area.
  4. Be cautious of scams. Be alert to possible disaster-related scams such as fraudulent phone calls or price gouging, and report any suspected scams to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. Do not give any personal information, including credit card and bank account information, to unverified callers.

Here are additional resources that may be helpful in the event of an emergency

District One & Six Special Election 

Posted by Seth Duncan Wednesday, August 29, 2018 3:20:00 PM

Due to the resignation of Linda DeLoach and Jim Mitchell from Council District  1 and 6 respectively, a Special Election will be held on Tuesday, November 27th to fill the remainder of their terms. 

Citizens desiring to be a candidate for either Council District may file at the Lexington County Voter Registration and elections Office 605 West Main st, suite C, Lexington. Filing is open 12:00 noon, September 14, 2018 , and remain open during regular business hours and close 12:00 noon, September 24, 2018. In order to qualify as a candidate for office and have his or her name placed on the ballot, one must be a resident of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, must live in District 6, be a qualified elector, and have a minimum of 5% qualified signatures on their petition of voters in each district.

There is no filing fee; blank petition forms may be obtained from on-line at www.scvotes.org or from the Batesburg-Leesville Town Hall. Completed petitions must be filed with the Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections, 605 West Main st, suite C, Lexington by the filing close time.
The Statement of Economic Interest and the Campaign Disclosure Forms must be completed on-line with the Ethics commission at http://ethics.sc.gov, according to the Ethics required filing time line.

This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliations shall be placed on the ballot.

For residents registered in the Batesburg precinct, voting will be at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center (227 Highland Avenue). Residents registered in the Mims precinct, voting will be at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, (227 Highland Ave). For residents registered in the Leesville precinct voting will be at the Old Leesville Elementary School (423 College St).

To register or to update voter registration for Lexington County residents, please contact the Lexington County Voter Registration office at 803-785-8361. To obtain information on absentee ballots, please contact the Lexington County Elections Office at 803-785-8361.

The polls will be opened November 27, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 7:00 p.m. without intermission or adjournment, and the poll Managers shall require that each person desiring to vote in this election be qualified to vote in this Council District.

National Night Out Planned for August 8th 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, July 13, 2018 4:54:00 PM

The Town will host its annual National Night Out on Wednesday, August 8th from 6pm-7:30pm along W. Railroad Ave. in Historic Batesburg Business District. More info to come. 

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th 6pm-8pm 

Posted by Seth Duncan Monday, June 4, 2018 2:51:00 PM

ADVISORY: Tomorrow evening from 6pm to 8pm, Town Public Works personnel will be spraying for mosquitoes. Spraying should last no longer than 2 hours.

Council Selects CBD Inc. for Sidewalk Repairs 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:27:00 AM

Batesburg-Leesville Town Council voted unanimously during their regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Monday, May 14th to enter into a contract with CBD Inc. for up to $42,000 in sidewalk repairs.  Staff solicited bids through a Request for Proposal process and received two bids. Of the sidewalks slated for repairs, CBD Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder at $91,202.22, whereas Advantage Outdoor Services, LLC's bid was higher at $150,340.00. Bidders were also asked to price each section in addition to providing a total cost. Upon reviewing the cost per section, CBD Inc. was selected as the lowest responsible bidder. Staff then paired down the total project to align the scope of work with the funding available ($42,000). The final list of sidewalks to be repaired this funding cycle is below.  

Location

W. Church St. (between Pine and Fox)

E. Church St. (between Schumpert and Bernard)

W. Columbia Ave (between Oak and Peachtree (south side))

E. Columbia Ave (at Bojangles)

E. Columbia Ave (between Bojangles and Zaxby’s – site 1

E. Columbia Ave (between Bojangles and Zaxby’s – site 2

203 – 217 E. Columbia Ave (north side) site 1

203 – 217 E. Columbia Ave (north side) site 2

203 – 217 E. Columbia Ave (north side) site 3

203 – 217 E. Columbia Ave (north side) site 4

Vacant Lot N. Pine St. (curb/gutter) x 2

Line St. (behind Kwik Karry)

W. Church Street (Fox and Rabun)

 

Funding for this project is provided by Lexington County Transportation Committee and Town savings.

The projected is slated to begin in June and complete by August. 

Future repairs as funding permits. 

Location

Wilson St. (Charleston to Fair (north side), Fair to Perry (north side), Perry to Pine (both sides)

S. Peachtree St. (between Academy and Howard (west side))

 

 

Poultry Festival Rumors 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:04:00 PM

Each year during the Poultry Festival rumors start about possible violence during the festival. This year is no different, there have been rumors about violence/gang retaliation at the Poultry Festival. 

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department is aware of these rumors and is taking them very seriously. We are fully investigating and doing everything possible to ensure that everyone has a great time and are safe. We will have uniformed officers from three departments patrolling the festival as well as undercover officers. This is a family community event and we are very serious about everyone’s security.  

Chief Oswald requests that anyone having any information in reference to these rumors, please call the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department at 803-532-4408.

2017 Annual Drinking Water Report Now Available 

Posted by Seth Duncan Monday, April 9, 2018 10:50:00 AM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville presents this year’s Water Quality Report for 2017. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. As noted in the report no violations were found. Readers can access the full report here

Water customers in the Harbour Watch area may find a copy of their water quality report here

BLPD to Host CWP Class 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:08:00 PM

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department will be hosting a Concealed Weapon Permit Class.

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department will be hosting a Concealed Weapon Permit Class in March. The classroom portion will take place on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department. The range qualification time for the class will take place on Saturday, March 24th, at a specific time to be determined on March 22nd.

The cost of the course will be $50.00 per applicant. Applicants are required to register and pay all class associated fees at the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department before March 22nd. The applicant will then receive an application packet.

 Applicants should bring at least 50 rounds of ammunition and an appropriate secure holster for their range qualification. Targets, hearing protection and eye protection will be provided. This course is designed to provide the applicant with the training and materials needed to complete the application process with SLED. The cost associated with applying for the Concealed Weapons Permit through SLED is a separate process and fee.

The point of contact for registration or any questions associated with this event will be Chief W. Wallace Oswald or Lieutenant David W. Bouknight, III  at  (803) 532-4408. 

Town Egg Hunt & Food Truck Rodeo Planned 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:21:00 AM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville is excited to announce that this year’s Town Egg Hunt will take place Thursday, March 29th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in Leesville College Park.

Planned festivities include music, games, face painting, egg races, and more. A balloon artist will also be on hand to create amazing animals and other objects for kids. Fire trucks and other town equipment will be on display for the event. The Town’s Rotary clubs are planning to attend and provide free books to children as part of their reading initiatives.

The egg hunt portion of the evening will begin at 6pm with three separate hunts in the park. The Town is prepping more than 2,000 eggs for this year’s hunt. Children ages 0 to 3 will hunt starting at 6pm next to Haynes Cafeteria, while hunters aged 4-6 and 7-10 will be near the outdoor stage. The older hunt groups will hunt starting at 6:15pm. Candy will be available to all participants and a few luck hunters will win prizes.

In addition to these activities, the Town is hosting its first ever Food Truck Rodeo – so bring your wallet and an appetite! Confirmed vendors include Dippin’Dogs, Karen’s Mobile Kitchen, The Pop Stop (ice cream), and Coffee Stop Wine Shop (no alcohol). Menus and prices are available on the Town’s website and Facebook page.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for making this event possible. Our sponsors include Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce, Dream Catchers, Batesburg Business Association, Arts on the Ridge, B-L Ministerial Alliance, B-L Rotary, and the Leesville Merchants Association. 

 

 

 

 

E-Waste Recycling Event 3/17 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:18:00 AM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville in conjunction with Lexington County Solid Waste will be hosting an E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, March 17th from 9am until 1pm at Batesburg-Leesville High School. Residents will have the opportunity to dispose of computers, televisions, printers, stereos, other electronics, tires, and paper.

Accepted items will include:

Tires – limit 8 per resident of Batesburg-Leesville. Must not be on rims and only passenger or light truck tires will be accepted. No commercial dealers will be allowed to dispose of tires.

Paper Shredding – paper only. No binders, books, or plastic-coated paper (magazines). Staples and paperclips are acceptable.

E-Waste – up to 8 items per visit from Lexington County residents and small businesses. Items can be computers, TV’s, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones household electronics including stereo’s, radio’s, PDA’s and electronic game systems. Electronic waste must have been generated in Lexington County for this event, and residents should keep electronics intact for the purpose of recycling.

This event is in partnership with Advanced Disposal, Lexington County Solid Waste Management, Shred With Us, PalmettoPride, and Lexington School District Three.

For more information, please contact Town Hall at 532-4601.

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