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
“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
“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
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
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
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