2011-04-08 / Government / Neighborhood

West Columbia City Council designates April as Autism Awareness Month

By Anita Baker

The West Columbia City Council met April 5, 2011, at 6 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Bobby Horton.

A proclamation designating April 2011 as Autism Awareness Month was presented to Margie Moore– Williams, executive director of the South Carolina Autism Society, located on 12th Street in West Columbia.

Milton Zanders Jr. of Tru B– B– Q requested a Family Fun Day featuring special bands, barbeque from Tru B–B–Q, and games for children be held April 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m in the area around his restaurant, 1237 D Avenue in West Columbia. For more information about Family Fun Day, call 803-791-9950.

Mayor Horton announced the results of the West Columbia Beautification Fundraiser held on March 31, 2011, at Lexington Medical Center in honor of Rhett Bickley, former Lexington County Landscape Administrator. Over $17,275 was raised at this event. The City of West Columbia must raise a total of $38,000 to qualify for the matching grant with SCDOT. Once the grant is in place, work will begin on improvements on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.

Sid Varn, director of planning and engineering discussed bids for repainting the clearwell and other facilities at Lake Murray Water Plant. The motion to approve members for the Fire Code Board of Appeals for three–year terms ending April 2014 was discussed. John D. Jansen Jr., retired fire chief; Lawrence Gardner, retired fire marshall; and Ronald Scarboro, retired fire chief were approved unanimously.

Mayor Horton announced that the Annual West Columbia Riverwalk Festival will be held on April 16, 2011, at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and that the semi–annual Citywide Clean–Up Day will be held on April 30, 2011.

The council members present at the West Columbia City Council were Bobby E. Horton, Mayor, Jack L. Harmon, Mayor Pro-Tem, Eric L. Fowler, L. Dale Harley, Boyd Jones, Marsha Moore, Tommy Parler, B.J. Unthank.

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