City awards $8,700 for projects


USC Union, Lions, WBCU receive funding

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from USC Union for $5,600. The funds will go to help cover the cost of the improvements USC Union is making to City Park. USC Union is making the improvements for the 2018 softball season.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from the Union Lions Club for financial assistance for some necessary repairs to the club’s building on Main Street in downtown Union. The repairs will cost $2,500 and council authorized the allocation of that amount from the city’s Community Services account.


UNION — The improvements being made to City Park by a local educational institution, a local service organization’s plans to repair its building on Main Street, and a local media organization’s annual program of Christmas gifts to nursing home and assisted living residents are receiving a total of $8,700 from the City of Union.

In its November meeting this past Tuesday, Union City Council heard requests for funding from USC Union, the Union Lions Club, and WBCU.

City Park

Mayor Harold Thompson presented council with a request from USC Union for $5,600. Thompson said USC Union was requesting the funds for the improvements it is making at City Park for the 2018 softball season. He said that to date USC Union has incurred expenses totaling $14,584.76 for the fixtures it has installed/replaced and the repairs it has made at the facility.

Thompson recommended that council honor USC Union’s request and allocate the requested $5,600 from the city’s general fund.

Council voted unanimously to approve the requested funding.

Lions Club

Thompson also presented council with a request from the Union Lions Club for assistance in making repairs to its building at the corner of Main Street and Gadberry Street in downtown Union.

In their request, the club states that “Lions Club Internaional is one of the largest service organization’s in the world. Lions just celebrated 100 years of service and thei motto is and will continue to be ‘we serve.’ All of the money raised by the Union Lions Club must be used for charitable causes.”

The request pointed out that the Union Lions Club provides “vision and hearing screenings at Buffalo and Foster Park Elementary and Sims Middle schools. WE will soon be providing vision screening for Headstart, Jonesville Elementary, Lockhart, and Christian Day School.”

Furthermore, the Union Lions Club provides “eye exams and glasses for those in our community who cannot afford them and make referrals to Lions Charitable Services for hearing aids and eye surgeries. We contribute annually to Boy’s Farm and Lions Club Charitable Services. We participate in Union’s Downtown Christmas Open House by serving coffee, hot chocolates and homemade cookies. Our Club has sponsored a Dixie Youth Baseball team for many, many years, and as part of their initiative on hunger, they provided a Community Meal this past January with plans to make this an annual event.”

The request states that the Lions Club Building on Main Street has been the club’s home for 25 years and is in need of repairs.

“Our immediate need is to replace the gutters on the Gadberry Street side,” the request states. “We will need to have a brick mason secure the bricks in the roof line and a roofer to attach hangers under the shingles for the gutters to be attached. The estimated cost of this repair is $2,500. Any assistance we can receive from the City of Union will be greatly appreciated.”

Thompson said that if council approved the request city staff suggested that the funds come from the city’s Community Services account.

Council voted unanimously to approve the requested funding.

“Operation Stocking Stuffer”

Thompson also presented with a request that the city spnosor WBCU’s annual “Operation Stocking Stuffer” campaign which he said the radio station is hosting again this year.

Operation Stocking Stuffer provides stocking stuffer Christmas gifts such as hats, gloves, and socks for delivery to residents of local nursing homes and assisted liviving facilities. Thompson said WBCU was offering the “following levels of opportunity to help and participate this holiday season.”

• Angel — For a total investment of $900, an Angel sponsor receives 100 30-second commercials, promotional announcements, and items and cards delivered in their name.

• Tree — For a total investment of $600, a Tree sponsor receives 50 30-second commercials, promotional announcements, and items and cards delivered in their name.

Coucil voted unanimously to have the city be a Tree sponsor.

Intergovernmental Agreement

The City of Union Municipal Building is the seat of the government of the City of Union while the Union County Courthouse is the seat of the government of Union County.

In addition to being the seats of two of the three largest political units in the county — the third is the Union County School District Office which is the seat of the government of the Union County School District — the Courthouse and the Municipal Building are also neighbors, separated only the width of North Herndon Street. (The School District Office is also a next door neighbor of the Municipal Building and the Courthouse.)

The concentration of the largest governing bodies within the county in such a small area has often lead to talk about the duplication of government services and about consolidating those services. Such a consolidation is now under way as the city and the county have entered into an agreement combining code enforcement and building inspections services.

In September, city council voted unanimously to authorize the city to enter into a contract with the county for the county to provide code enforcement and building inspection services within the city. During this Tuesday’s meeting, city council voted to approve second reading of the ordinance implementing that contractural agreement with the county.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay the county $20,000 a quarter or $80,000 a year for providing those services which will involve county code enforcement personnel conducting building inspections and enforcing municipal building codes.

Election Commission

Council also voted unanimously to appoint Catrina Brown to the City of Union Municipal Election Commission Board.

The city is also looking to fill another seat of the board which will have to be filled soon due to a special election which will be held on Jan. 9, 2018.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from USC Union for $5,600. The funds will go to help cover the cost of the improvements USC Union is making to City Park. USC Union is making the improvements for the 2018 softball season.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2223.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from USC Union for $5,600. The funds will go to help cover the cost of the improvements USC Union is making to City Park. USC Union is making the improvements for the 2018 softball season.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from the Union Lions Club for financial assistance for some necessary repairs to the club’s building on Main Street in downtown Union. The repairs will cost $2,500 and council authorized the allocation of that amount from the city’s Community Services account.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2225.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request from the Union Lions Club for financial assistance for some necessary repairs to the club’s building on Main Street in downtown Union. The repairs will cost $2,500 and council authorized the allocation of that amount from the city’s Community Services account.
USC Union, Lions, WBCU receive funding

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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