NORWAY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL: Police chief talks about recent crime | Government and politics
RON BAXLEY T&D Correspondent
NORWAY – Norwegian Police Chief Edgar Williams mentioned around 10 incidents involving theft and violent behavior in his November report at the December city council meeting on Facebook live on Monday evening, December 6.
Williams mentioned in November that within the city limits, there had been incident reports of two counts of first degree assault and battery; armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; two counts of first degree burglary; second degree burglary; one count of malicious interference with personal property; one count of malicious interference with real property; motor vehicle theft; and two counts of petty theft. There were also 50 traffic tickets, but no traffic collisions.
Mayor Tracie Clemons thanked Williams and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for their help over the past few months.
Clemons then gave the sewage report.
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“All the parameters of the treatment plant are in compliance,” she said.
She said they must have responded to an alarm at one of the lifting stations and that is just an indication that they need the new pump discussed in previous meetings.
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Clemons said they had an ongoing conformity assessment inspection of the sewage system by the HC Department of Health and Environmental Control from September to November 3 and have several violations that they will need to to correct. She said she contacted DHEC this week to explain how the city will deal with these violations.
Clemons mentioned a major leak on Somerset Avenue and that they are going to have to bring in a contractor because it is a question of digging under the road. She said there was a second major leak on Cope Road and a contractor would be hired for that as well. She said Public Works was able to bring it under control, but it will need more help from the contractor.
Clemons said the SC Department of Transportation worked on city sidewalks and replaced signs. She adds that Public Works also performs maintenance and repair work. Councilor Bonnie Fogle volunteered to clean up the city’s roads and was recognized by the mayor.
Clemons then said a letter had been sent to businesses in the city advising them of the changes in business license dates and fees. She said the ordinance for the new business license requirements is around 10 pages long and will be available from city hall.
Clemons has sought approval of a first reading of an order to adopt the new business license agreement and the new fees. The Council approved the ordinance on first reading.
Clemons then thanked everyone who participated in the Christmas parade in Norway and mentioned that City Councilor Berley James won the town sponsored Ugly Sweater Contest.
She thanked the OCSO, Orangeburg County Emergency Services and the Norwegian Fire Department for participating in the parade. She also thanked the volunteer Santa Claus.
More than 150 plates of food were served during the community Christmas dinner at the ministry of the Three Crosses. Clemons thanked the churches and community members for their help.
She paid tribute to the Grand Marshals of the Norwegian Christmas Parade, the senior group of Norway, and thanked them.
âThey came, and they showed themselves. They had a great time and blessed us with a Christmas song. They just blessed us with their presence and warmth, kindness and wisdom, âClemons added.
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â¢ The next autoroute 321 garage sale will take place on Saturday, December 18, from 8 am to 3 pm. The fees are $ 10 per participant. Contact the town hall if you are interested.
â¢ Clemons said the city has launched its second annual Adopt a Palm Tree program. Businesses, classes and individuals adopted palm trees last year and decorated them with solar lights and can do the same this year if they are registered with the town hall.
Clemons said, “Just leave the lights on for the duration of next year. They were beautiful.”
She added that each adoptee is responsible for purchasing solar lights. She also mentioned that nails and tacks are not allowed to light up palm trees. Further guidelines are available from Norway City Hall, and a disclaimer must be signed before participating. Each tree will be assigned to a specific group or individual, and palm trees must be decorated by Monday, December 20.
â¢ The next board meeting will take place via Facebook Live on Monday January 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. With New Year’s Day falling on Saturday January 1, 2022, the meeting date has been moved to the first Monday, January 3, which is a public holiday for city employees.