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Festival was a success, mayor says

Mayfest was the main topic at the Dearing Town Council meeting Monday.

"We don't have the final numbers yet, but the turnout was good and we raised a good bit of money for Good Samaritan House," said Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley. "It was at least as good as I expected it to be."

Unlike preceding Mayfests, pets were not allowed at the event this year.

"It's a good policy, and it worked well," Kelley said. "We all love animals, but when you have that many people in an area, having pets there also can lead to other problems, and the new policy prevented those problems altogether."

The town trash cleanup day, held the preceding Saturday, was also hailed as a success.

"I'd especially like to thank the men of the Dearing Baptist Church Brotherhood for helping pick up trash along Highway 78. Their help made a big difference," Kelley said.

In other business, the council announced that it had accepted bids from four waste collection companies for the new town trash collection contract.

"Advanced Disposal and Precision Waste were the two lowest bids, so we're going to keep talking to them and see what sort of deal we can get before we make a final decision," the mayor said.

It was also announced that members of the town council will attend the Thomson City Council meeting on Thursday to express the town's view on the water and sewer rate equalization plan. Under the current plan, Thomson residents pay $6 a month and Dearing residents pay $23 a month. The new plan would equalize the rate at $6.50 for county and city residents.

"We need to be there so Dearing's side can be heard," Kelley said.

The McDuffie County Commission approved the plan, but at its last meeting the Thomson City Council voted against it.

"All of us need to be there and make our voices heard," Kelley said.



Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011













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