Laurens Prepares for Baseball, Gardens & Spring Clean-Up


      Despite the current cold weather, spring was first on the agenda at last night’s Laurens City Council February meeting.

     In her opening remarks, Mayor Sharon Brownlee announced that the upcoming baseball and softball season should be the biggest season ever. She did admit that the rainy weather has delayed the grooming of the fields, but she expects everything to be ready for the opening games. It was also announced that this is the tenth anniversary of the Laurens Little League, and that there will be a ceremony commemorating the anniversary and the opening of the season.  It will be held March fifteenth, six pm at the Laurens High School Gym, which is the night before the first game of the season.

     Another item discussed at last night’s meeting was the plan for community gardens in Laurens.  Several properties have been selected for possible garden sites, but community interest will determine which ones will be used. Some of the areas mentioned were, Sunset Park, Hunters Court, South Harper St, Jersey and Gary Streets. Mayor Brownlee said she’s hoping for a large turnout this Saturday, for a meeting to finalize plans for the gardens.  The meeting will be held at Springfield Baptist Church, at one o’clock.

     Spring cleaning is also scheduled for the city with plans to clean up trash that has acuminated on properties in areas off the main corridors of town.  It also plans to demolish dilapidated buildings in those same areas. This Clean up is being made possible thanks to City Resolution 2-13-01, which was unanimously approved by Council. This ordinance endorses the spending of funds as required to match the second part of a community Block Grant for Phase Two of the Community Safety Initiative.

Phase One was granted by former governor Mark Sanford, and did not require matching funds.  Beside the cleanup of unsightly properties, the grant will also be used to ensure safety to every part of the city by installing security cameras and proper lighting where needed.

   Laurens City Council received good news at their regular monthly meeting last night. Toni McKinley of McKinley, Cooper and Company presented council with her company’s audit for Laurens City 2011-2012 fiscal year. The city was given a high positive rating on the audit, which showed that as of June 30th the city had $1,834,150 cash on hand.