Greenwood Events
Thursday, September 16th. 1999
 
Water lines to be flushed out
By Bill McCauley

Greenwood town commission has scheduled the town’s quarterly flushing of the town’s water lines on Monday, Sept. 27, for the east side of town and on Wednesday, Sept. 29, for the west side. The flushing out of the lines by the opening of fire hydrants will loosen up rust in lines, particularly in dead-end lines.
Town manager Brenda Jones cautions residents to run their water taps for several minutes after the flushing. “There can still be some rust in the water,” she said, adding that “no one would want to wash their white clothes in that.” Water will still be available during the flushing-only at a diminished rate of flow with rust particles.
Commissioners remarked that Greenwood’s water for drinking purposes has been subject to complaints about the chlorine taste in the water.
The chlorinator, in use for the past eight or nine years, broke and had to be replaced by a new one. The bacteria count, measured by the state, had been slightly high. It has now been lowered with good ratings by the state.
As a result, however, the chlorine level was high for a short time, eliciting comments from residents. The fact that chlorine shakes loose the rust and works on the pipes brought out some good natured banter from commissioners.
“I cleared my share of the line that night,” laughed one commissioner.
“Guess I did a real good job with mine,” joked another.
Commissioner William Jones commented, ”People along Church Street notice it much more.”
From commissioner Carl Peters regarding the taste: “Still pretty bad.”
From commissioner Donald Donovan Sr.: “Took a shower tonight and I didn’t notice it. Our town water is better than bottled water,” offered Donovan.
“We’re down to 400 feet. The new well has helped a lot,” commented Mayor Randy Willey. The old well was 75 feet deep.
One person commented on a continued below-ground leak along North 1st Street.
The commission, with four members present (Mayor Randy Willey was absent), met in September to discuss the town’s proposed employee handbook. Another meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
Discussion of vandalism and misbehavior by teenagers occupied part of the evening’s discussion. Willey said they had carved on the wooden table and posts of the town pavilion.
“And as long as we worked to have that little pavilion!” lamented Willey.
He related an instance of coming upon a group in the process of carving on the pavilion. He asked them if they would treat their own homes like that.
Willey added that “people are afraid of retaliation” if they report the boys to police. He added that “there are a lot of older people” who are especially vulnerable to hooliganism.
One comment was made that the particular group of young people is constantly throwing railroad rocks. “Fifteen, 16- and 17-year-olds are trashing the whole town,” commented Willey.
Greenwood town manager Brenda Jones quoted the town code as it was updated in September 1995: “It shall be unlawful for any person or persons under the age of 18 years to be upon any street or other public place, whether on foot or in a vehicle within the corporate limits of the town of Greenwood after 10:30 o’clock p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights, unless accompanied by an adult member of the family of the said minor, or unless engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity without any detour or stops.”
Those found guilty of loitering are subject to a fine between $25 and $100 and possible incarceration in jail for up to 10 days, plus cost of prosecution.
Commented commissioner Carl Peters, “I’ve got more than I can look after” regarding trashing and vandalism spilling over into his property.
In reply to a statement from one commissioner to the effect that a neighborhood watch would be desirable, police chief Otas Cephas replied, “We have seniors here. Who are we going to get for a neighborhood watch?”