UNION — The City of Union will provide a 10 percent local match as part of its application for a $25,000 from the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
During its September meeting this past Tuesday, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution committing the city to provide a local match for a Municipal Association of South Carolina Hometown Economic Development Grant.
In recommending approval of the resolution, Mayor Harold Thompson told council that the city would like to apply for the grant which would be used to finance the revision and update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Thompson said the city is seeking a grant in the amount of $25,000 and a local match of 10 percent and the MASC requires a municipality put up a local match of 10 percent for a Hometown Economic Development Grant. He said that as a result the city must provide agree to provide a $2,500 local match for the grant is applying for.
Thompson added that the deadline for the grant application to be submitted to the MASC is Sept. 30.
In other business, council voted unanimously to approve a resolution appointing Adam W. Harris as Alternate Director for the City of Union on the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors.
The appointment was recommended by City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols who said that PMPA’s bylaws require that each member city appoint a Director and Alternate Director to serve on its Board of Directors. He said that city Finance Director Walker Gallman had served as Union’s Alternate Director for past several years, but had asked to be removed from the position.
Council also voted unanimously to approve first reading of an ordinance amending the city code regarding the appointment and term of the Municipal Judge.
The ordinance states that “the municipal court shall be presided over by the municipal judge appointed by county for a term of not less than two nor more that four years or until a successor appointed and qualified. The compensation of the municipal judge shall be fixed by council at the time of appointment and shall not be diminished during the term of office, but may be increased during any such term.”
In presenting council with the resolution, Thompson said that the amendment brings the city code into conformity with state law.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.