Greenwood Events
Thursday, January 24, 2002

Bridgeville Land Use Plan
The Commissioners of Bridgeville will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall to present the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan includes goals, policy statements and recommendations for growth, land use infrastructure, annexation and other topics. Input from the public is welcome.

Rate increase would improve town water
By Mike McClure
The town of Greenwood held a public hearing on Saturday, Jan. 12, to inform its citizens that it intends to borrow up to $932,000 in state revolving funds for replacements, repairs and improvements to the town’s water system. The town will hold a referendum on Saturday, Feb. 16, to allow the citizens to decide whether they are in favor of an increase in user rates to help pay for the project. If the referendum passes the town will borrow up to $932,000 from the state for 30 years at 1.5 percent. The town originally considered a $1.57 million project which would have included the installation of water meters in each home, but the commission decided to proceed with the project without the meters in order to save money. The citizens will be asked to increase user rates from $30 per quarter ($120 per year) to $81 per quarter ($323.83 per EDU per year) over a three-year period. The rates would be increased from $30 per quarter to $45 in 2003 and $60 per quarter in 2004 before being increased to $81 per quarter in January 2005. The purpose of the improvements to the water system is to improve the quality of the town’s drinking water and increase residents’ water pressure. One of the major components of the $932,000 project is the addition of a 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank. The town’s current tank holds 65,000 gallons, which is roughly a day’s worth of water. Town officials believe the new tank will be a big improvement in the event that the town’s well goes down. The project would also include $492,000 in water main replacements and upgrades. According to town manager Teresa Tharp, the town has been making water main replacements main by main (with the most needy mains being replaced first). There will also be $40,000 in electrical control and chemical feed improvements. The town will hold a public hearing during the Greenwood Council meeting on Feb. 5 at the Greenwood VFW to discuss the water project.

W’bridge will try again for tax boost
By Mike McClure
The Woodbridge School Board set the date for a current expense referendum during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The board also moved forward with the district’s vocational building project. The Woodbridge School district is trying to pass its first successful current expense referendum in 15 years. The board set Saturday, March 26, as the day voters will decide whether to allow the district to raise its current expense tax to help pay for the operation of the new middle school (to be located on the ground of the Early Childhood Education center in Bridgeville). According to district superintendent Kevin Carson, the increase of $3.56 per month per residential property (12 cents per day) would be used to provide staff, materials and supplies for the new middle school. “It will allow us to open the doors and operate the middle school,” said Carson. A successful referendum will also mean the reinstallation of middle school athletic programs and extracurricular activities, he added. If the referendum passes, the district will also be eligible for more state funds to help support the district’s activities. The district was unable to receive $382,000 in state funds last year because the current expense referendum failed by 40 votes. Voting will take place at the Woodbridge Elementary School (Greenwood) and Woodbridge Senior High School (Bridgeville) from noon to 9 p.m. on March 26. The state department of elections will oversee the referendum. Residents of the Woodbridge school district who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to vote. Citizens are asked to provide a picture ID as proof of residency. Absentee ballots are also available through the department of elections. The board voted to approve major capital improvement contracts for the construction of the vo-tech building at Woodbridge Senior High School. The district hopes to have the building completed in time for the start of the 2002-03 school year.