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Employees move into new Town Hall 

Posted by Seth Duncan Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:53:00 AM

The town of Batesburg-Leesville has a new base of operations for council meetings, planning and zoning, administration and customer service.

The town's primary operations are under one roof on Church Street. (photo by Rachel Ham)
The town’s primary operations are under one roof on Church Street. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Employees unveiled the new Town Hall Monday and were proud to show off the facility they say corresponds with the town’s recent growth and leaves room for more.

“Over the years, I’ve seen the town advance, and it was time for Town Hall to catch up,” zoning and business licensing Director Patricia Saeed said.

Town staff moved out of the former bank facility and were ready to serve residents at the new location on Church Street on Oct. 5. Town hall occupies a building once used by Lexington County Community Mental Health Center’s Batesburg-Leesville offices.

Town officials were able to sell the former Town Hall building to AllSouth Federal Credit Union and used the funds for a down payment on the new facility. Even after $115,000 in renovations, including energy-efficient lighting, Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said the $745,000 cost was much better than what would have been spent on new construction.

Town employees went from working in four offices to eight, and their square footage tripled from 2,000 to about 6,500. The new facility also boasts upgraded security and a larger lobby for busy customer days.

Commercial and residential development has been coming to Batesburg-Leesville steadily for the past 10 years, and the need for a new Town Hall became apparent about five years ago.

Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said the new facility is good for employee morale. (photo by Rachel Ham)
Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said the new facility is good for employee morale. (photo by Rachel Ham)

“We are experiencing a lot of good growth,” Luckadoo said. “As our town grows, so do staff and services.”

Saeed said it’s the small-town feel that draws people to live in Batesburg-Leesville.

Municipal Clerk Judy Edwards has seen four Town Halls in her 37 years of working for Batesburg and later Batesburg-Leesville. She said the newest is by far the best, primarily because of the room to breathe.

“We’ve been crowded for so long,” she said.

The Nov. 9 Town Council meeting will be the first at the new facility after years of meetings that took place at the police department. The public seating area is larger, and council members have an updated conference room for executive session discussions.

“We wanted to give council a better space to do town business,” Luckadoo said.

The council chambers also can be rented out for events and town gatherings.

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New Town Hall Open House 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:34:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville has official moved to their new Town Hall facility, located at 120 West Church Street in Batesburg-Leesville.

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Hall was previously located in an old bank facility that was purchased in 1991 and had occupied that space for the past 24 years. The older 2,000 square foot facility was lacking office space and was beginning to see significant increases in cost of maintenance.

Town officials decided in the spring of 2015 to purchase the new facility at a cost of $600,000 and to make $115k in upgrades. Upgrades to the new facility include LED lighting, tankless water systems, new HVAC, and upgraded technology that will save the Town over 65% a month in energy costs. Additionally, the purchase included two separate buildings so that monthly Town Council Meetings can be held at the Town Hall, rather than the Police Department Courtroom, where meetings have been held for years.

The Town sold the old previous Town Hall facility to Allsouth Federal Credit Union at a cost of $250,000, which was used towards the purchase and has utilized a 10 year General Obligation Bond for the remaining $350,000.

The Town will hold a Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:00 PM at the new facility. The community is invited to come and take part in this event. The Ribbon Cutting will be immediately followed by an Open House for the guest to view the new and improved look.

Town Manager Ted Luckadoo stated. “We are all very excited about the new Town Hall facility. Now that we are operating in the new facility, it has become even more apparent how badly we needed the additional space. We have filled the space and have room for additional growth in the future.”

Chief of Police Thanks the Batesburg-Leesville Community 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, October 9, 2015 1:47:00 PM

Beginning on October 3rd, Officers and Dispatchers of the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police, W. Wallace Oswald, began implementing community safety measures in preparation for and in response to the past weekend’s hazardous weather event. On Saturday, October 3rd, in response to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions form this event, Chief Oswald, in coordination with Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and other area Chiefs of Police implemented and enforced a town-wide curfew beginning from Saturday at 6:00 PM until ending on Sunday morning at 6:00 AM. This safety effort was implemented as a measure to enhance the safety of the citizens of the Batesburg-Leesville Community due to the increasingly unsafe driving conditions that we were experiencing within the town. In addition, for safety considerations, several streets were closed within the town by Officers of the Police Department, under the direction of Chief Oswald with the assistance of the Batesburg-Leesville Street Department.

Throughout the weekend, Patrol Officers were required to aggressively patrol the Town of Batesburg-Leesville during the weather emergency for roadway conditions that had deteriorated, placing the motoring public in danger due to flooding or the potential for flooding. Patrol Officers were additionally patrolling for trees, limbs, or other debris that may have been present on the roadways. Officers were additionally subjected to the weather conditions themselves as they secured roadways using barricades where needed in order to prevent motorists from becoming a victim of the weather emergency. Additionally, just as the Patrol Officers had done, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department Dispatchers worked tirelessly throughout the weekend providing information to the Batesburg-Leesville Citizens and directing requests for emergency services to Patrol Officers. Chief Oswald personally led and assisted Batesburg-Leesville Officers and Dispatchers during their patrolling and communication efforts. Furthermore, Chief Oswald stated that the Batesburg-Leesville Street Department worked tirelessly to ensure that barricades were placed in these hazardous roadways to prevent access to unaware motorists. The Street Department and Fire Department also worked to ensure that the roadways were clear of debris, by cutting up fallen trees and removing fallen tree limbs.      

Chief of Police W. Wallace Oswald wishes to personally thank the business owners and business employees within the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, as well as the citizens of the Batesburg-Leesville Community with cooperating with law enforcement during this weather related event. The personal sacrifices that were required from all members of the community, as well as from Patrol Officers and Dispatchers of the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Batesburg-Leesville Street Department employees and Firemen of the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department did not go unnoticed and were greatly appreciated by Chief Oswald. We are blessed to live and work in a community such as Batesburg-Leesville where all members of the community are so willing to pull together and support one another during a hazardous event in order to keep everyone safe.   

BLPD Warns Against Flood Scams 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:54:00 PM

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department warns against scams relating to the recent flooding in the Batesburg-Leesville Community.

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of the potential for scams as it relates to the recent flooding event. During disaster events, such as this, criminals attempt to take advantage of victims who may be going through difficult situations. There are numerous types of scams to be cautious of when contacted about damage. One type of potential scam is associated with homes that have been damaged as a result of flooding, heavy rains, or homes damaged by tree limbs is a repair scam. This type will involve the scammers offering to complete repairs, however claiming to have a waiting list due to the amount of repairs required. The scammers will then entice the intended victim by requiring a deposit or money up front in order to be added to the scammer’s waiting list. The scammer never returns to complete the repairs that he or she has agreed to. Another common scam will involve scammers who call by phone or arrive in person, claiming to represent various relief or government organizations. The scammer will then ask for (or need to verify) your social security number, and other personal information. The scammers will later use the information that they obtained to gain access to your financial resources by opening credit cards or similar types of accounts in your name.

To help avoid becoming a victim of a scam, such as these, there are a few things to look out for. First, be wary of persons claiming to be contractors or members of relief organizations who appear pushy or try to use pressure to obtain your personal information or a deposit in advance. Second, never give personal information or money to someone that you do not know or who you cannot confirm who they claim to be. Calling a phone number that a salesman or contractor provides may not provide you with
legitimate verification that the individual is who they claim to be. Never give cash money to anyone who you do not know for repair work. If you are contacted in person, you should never allow someone you do not know into your home. Also verify to ensure that a potential contractor is bonded and licensed to perform the repairs that they are soliciting for, as well as to ensure that the potential contractor has a business license to operate within the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. If a potential contractor becomes defensive or evasive if asked about certifications or licenses, then this would be a high indication that you might not want this particular potential contractor to perform work for you. On a separate note, if you feel inclined to donate items to support relief efforts, it is recommended that you donate items locally. Numerous local churches are assisting with this relief effort and many can provide additional resources to assist you in your endeavors.

If you suspect that you have been contacted by someone who is trying to perpetuate a possible scam, contact the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department (803-532-4408) as quickly as possible or the law enforcement agency that is responsible for the area where you live or where the scam attempt occurred. If you are contacted by someone in person who appears questionable, it is recommended that you inconspicuously take notes to include a detailed description of the person, the vehicle that they are driving, a tag number if possible, and the time that you were contacted, and relay this information to law enforcement as quickly as possible. Remember, not everyone is who they claim to be, especially on a telephone. A citizen should be reminded to take a few minutes to think about an offer or a request for money or information, and if the caller sounds too good to be true or if you suspect that it is a scam it probably is.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 

Posted by Seth Duncan Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:28:00 AM

The Boil Water Advisory that was issued yesterday (OCT. 6)  has been lifted and it is safe to resume all normal activities, with regards to water consumption and use. 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY Oct 6  

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:58:00 PM

Batesburg-Leesville, SC – Due to the large amount of storm water runoff from the recent rains, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has issued a Boil Water Advisory that is in effect until further notice.

The Town has issued the notice as a precautionary measure due to high turbidity levels in the raw water. Water customers are asked to boil their water for 1 minute before consuming. Water does not have to be boiled for any other use that consumption.

The Town will notify the public when the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 

Posted by Seth Duncan Sunday, September 27, 2015 8:42:00 AM

The boil water advisory for all customers of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville water system has been lifted as of 8:30am Sunday, September 27. All repairs have been made, and appropriate testing completed. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation. If you have any questions, please call Town Hall between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday thru Friday. 

Regards,

Town of Batesburg-Leesville 

UPDATE: BOIL WATER ADVISORY 

Posted by Seth Duncan Saturday, September 26, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Update as of 5:00pm 9/26/2015

The 12" main that burst this morning has been repaired and  is being placed back into service.  Most water system customers will  begin noticing an increase in pressure and water availability this evening. 

SCDHEC has been notified and the first round of distribution samples have been collected and testing is underway. Water customers should continue to vigorously boil water used for cooking and drinking. Once testing is complete, and samples come back within normal parameters, the advisory will be lifted. At this time, we anticipate lifting the advisory around 12:00pm on Sunday, September 27th. 

Please stay tuned to this website or our social media pages for additional updates. 

Thank you for understanding and patience. 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville

BOIL WATER ADVISORY 9/26 8:00AM 

Posted by Seth Duncan Saturday, September 26, 2015 8:54:00 AM

A 12” water main supplying the Leesville District burst this morning at approximately 5:45 am resulting in a water loss of approximately 250,000  to 300,000 gallons of water.  The break has been located and isolated.  Crews are onsite and the repair is underway.  SCDHEC has been notified and water plant staff will be collecting samples in the distribution system during the day.

Residents are advised to vigorously boil water for at least 1 minute before use for the next 24 hours (9/26-9/27 12:00pm). Users will also experience limited water pressure throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. We ask that residents limit their water use during this time to avoid straining the system while repairs are being made. 

Additional notifications will be provided as needed. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Receives Two Grants 

Monday, September 14, 2015 4:26:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville Police Department is excited to announce it was recently awarded the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant to equip the department with 15 new bullet poof vests. Bulletproof vests are critical to law enforcement officers as they are faced with dangerous situations every day. Not only will they be used to prevent injuries, but also to save lives.

Since 1999, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant program has helped more than 13,000 local law enforcement agencies around the country purchase more than 1.1 million vests.

The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department was notified recently that it has been selected to receive a US Department of Homeland Security grant to equip the department with 800 mhz compliant radios to meet the federal standards that go into effect in January 2017. Provided through the Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program, the Town is slated to receive $45,715 to upgrade existing equipment and purchase new radios that will comply with the 800 mhz requirement mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Fire Chief Jay Hendrix stated, “The new radios are used to communicate with the Lexington County Communications Center and statewide as part of the Palmetto 800 system where the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department is a part of the Statewide Mutual Aid system.”

The grant was written by the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Chief, and is the first federal grant received by the department in almost a decade. This grant increases the total amount of grants and corporate donations over the past two years to more than $61,000.

Town Administrator Ted Luckadoo stated, “It is important for local governments to think outside the box when it comes to project funding. I am proud that our departments are working to utilize these other sources of grant funding in order to decrease the burden on the Town’s General Fund.”

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