CARLISLE — The Town of Carlisle is taking steps to regulate the number of cattle that can be kept within the town limits.
The Carlisle Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve first reading of an ordinance that limits the number of cattle a resident can keep on their property to 25 or less.
Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said Monday that the ordinance is in response to a proposed cattle ranch within the town.
“We had a new citizen that came in and wanted to set up a cattle ranch,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “In our conversations he mentioned a hundred or more head of cattle. So after meeting with him and viewing the site we determined that the homes in that area are so close together it could possibly infringe on the rights of its neighbors. So we spoke to him and after telling him our views we went ahead with an ordinance limiting the number of cattle you can have on your property.”
Ferguson-Glenn said that while the ordinance limits the number of cattle to 25 or less, it does not outright forbid a property owner from having more cattle on their property. She pointed out that the ordinance states that property owners cannot keep more than 25 head of cattle on their property without council’s authorization.
“We’re not forbidding it, we just want to make sure that the property owner has sufficient land to support the number of cattle they plan to have without infringing on the rights of their neighbors,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “What we’re trying to do is prevent any problems before they can happen.”
Ferguson-Glenn said that any requests by property owners to keep more than 25 head of cattle on their property will be reviewed by council on a case by case basis.
Passenger Rail Service
In other business, council also voted unanimously to approve a resolution submitted by the Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains (CAPT), a rail passenger advocacy organization which is working to promote intercity and commuter rail services in North Carolina and South Carolina. The resolution supports “the creation of a comprehensive passenger rail system to serve the state of South Carolina with its ultimate objective to further economic opportunity, help preserve the environment, improve the quality of life and enhance public health, safety and welfare for all citizens, communities and regions.”
The routes the proposed system would follow include a Charlotte-to-Columbia-to-Charleson route, the main line of which would also include stops at Rock Hill, Chester, Winnsboro, St. Matthews, Orangeburg, Branchville, St. George, and Summerville.
Another route would run from Greenville-to-Columbia-to-Florence-to-Myrtle Beach and would include stops at Fountain Inn, Laurens, Clinton, Newberry, Sumter, Timmonsville, Florence, Marion, Mullins, and Conway. The route includes a secondary line that would run through Spartanburg and Union en route to Columbia.
Ferguson-Glenn said the town is supporting the proposed passenger rail system because of the importance of transportation to the local economy and because of the potential economic benefit to Carlisle and the rest of Union County.
“There’s always a possibility it might come into our area, we have two railroads here already,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “If not here then in Union which would be good for the entire area. Transportation is very important to the future of Union County.”
Carlisle is the second municipality in Union County to approve the resolution. In January, Union City Council passed the resolution with Mayor Harold Thompson calling it an opportunity for the city to get involved in the development of the project and reap the rewards that could follow from it.
Ferguson-Glenn reported to council that the Cane Creek Bridge project had been completed.
The town undertook the project in response to the S.C. Department of Transportation’s replacement of the bridge. Ferguson-Glenn said that while the town was not involved in the replacement of the bridge itself, it was responsible for water line that ran along the bridge. She said the town had to provide for temporary service to the customers served by the line that ran along the bridge and then replace that line once the new bridge was in place. Together, the temporary service and the new water line cost approximately $50,000 and was financed with grants the town obtained, including one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.