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Skate park just needs fence, signs

DEARING -- A new fence and some signs are the only items standing in the way of a new skate park opening in Dearing. Mayor Sean Kelley told council members Monday night that such a fence was expected to cost about $6,000.

The skate park was completed sooner than expected, Mr. Kelley said.

Councilman Mike McTier has recommended a 6-foot fence around the new skate park, which was built with funds from the Special Local Option Sales Tax. Those funds were redistributed by the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners to officials with the McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services. The funds provide for the skate park in Dearing and a larger one at the Pitt Street Park in Thomson.

Council members were expected to tour the site Wednesday. Mr. Kelley said it would help them decide where to put gates, benches, signs, etc.

The mayor said he hopes the new fence can be paid for out of next year's budget.

In other business, Mr. Kelley told council members that they needed to approve the first reading of a new state-mandated ordinance that sets forth standards for outdoor watering.

That ordinance already has been approved by the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners and the Thomson City Council.

"This must be in place by Jan. 1, 2011," Mr. Kelley said.

Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 for the second reading and adoption of the new ordinance.

This year's Christmas Tree Lighting in Dearing went well, the mayor said. Council members discussed ways to improve it next year.

Mr. Kelley said he would like to thank the following co-sponsors of this year's tree lighting: Thomson Janitorial Service, Ray Silverstein, Mike Carrington and his son, the Dearing Mayfest Festival Committee, Andy Rodgers, Hillcrest Farms, Bobby Toulson, Allen Axon, Axon's Mini Mart, Axon's Trailer Sales, Dearing Elementary School and children's choir and the Dearing Fire Department.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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