Laurens City Council Meeting

Laurens City Council gave unanimous approval for two ordinances at their monthly meeting last night. One ordinance enables the city to use the State’s Set-off Debt Collection program as another tool for recovering outstanding money owed to the city for trash collection. The other action reaffirms that the Laurens Police Department is authorized to use a grant for purchase of equipment. Chief Robin Morse said the $17,999 grant will be used to purchase more technological equipment for police cars, such as back-seat cameras and touch-screen laptops. It also authorizes replacing older equipment including tazers.

Chief Morse also told the council that he had received requests from all over the country for pictures of the city’s new police cars. Even Ford Motor Company wanted to see the vehicles they’ve heard about. Mayor Brownlee praised the police chief for the job he is doing and commented that Laurens is on the cutting edge of technology.

Emil Finley appeared before City Council as President of the Laurens County Literacy Council, asking for funding for the program. He requested $5,000 for the Literacy Council to hire a part-time teacher over the 9-month school year.

Finley gave an overview of the mission of the council, which is to work in two areas, adult basic education and English as a second language. “My perspective is that we have barely scratched the surface,” said Finley as he reported that the council had 24 students in adult basic education and 18 in English as a second language at the end of the past school year.

The Laurens City Council meeting ended was the reading of a special proclamation prepared by the council honoring Ms. Ali Rodgers, who was elected Miss South Carolina. The proclamation listed her many accomplishments in academic, leadership, and community service and will be presented to Rodgers at an invitation only celebration this weekend at Presbyterian College.