What I’m doing and not doing as mayor

By: By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist
Charles Warner | The Union Times In this week's "News Around Lockhart" column, Connie Porter sets the record straight about her actions as mayor and also reports on a number of things going on in Lockhart including the Lockhart Town Council's deliberation concerning Hope Hospital; the closing of the new walking trail; efforts to locate a satellite library in the town; annexation; and new steps at the Lockhart Town Hall.

It’s been awhile, but there really hasn’t been any news. We’re going to have a special election on July 23 for the council seat, Mallory Thomas resigned from council. Gina Porter will be on the ballot for Mallory’s seat.

Setting The Record Straight

I want to set the record straight, that even though I have become Mayor, I do not call the law or animal control on anyone, I really do not appreciate someone spreading these lies. I have always tried to get along with everyone before becoming Mayor, and just because I have this position, does not mean that I am the enemy. If you did not have a good relationship with the former Mayors, that’s not my fault.

Hope Hospital

I’ve involved the council in all decisions being made for the town. I’m trying to keep the Hope Hospital a Missionary, but I’ve left the decision up to the council, so I was asked to have further discussion, which will take place this coming week in an Executive Meeting. No vote can be made in this meeting, but we will each have our say in the matter. I have told Mitch Sinclair that I would inform him of our talk. Yes my name is on all papers, but that is because I represent the Town and Council.

New Walking Trail Closed

The new walking trail has been closed by SCDOT, they have to put in a water line and sewer line by it to go to No Man’s Land, then they will be blasting the old bridge, so for safety reasons they don’t want the public close. They said it might take a year.

Satellite Library

I had Rieta Drinkwine meet with me to talk about the satellite library, then I asked her to come to our Town Meeting and talk to the council. My suggestion was to let her use Dr. Wentz’s old office and reception area, and that whole part of the Hospital. I think she said they would be ready around August or September. The council agreed. But if Union County gets the school, she would really like to use the old library there. We just have to wait and see what happens.

Annexation

When we get these old problems taken care of that have been on hold for several months, I want to start working on annexation, that several of our citizens have asked about, and I promised to look into.

New Steps

If you’ve noticed Brian M. is building new steps for the Town Hall. Yes, I got three bids, and I’m very happy with Brian’s work. He does a lot of work for people in Lockhart and he does an excellent job. You can trust what he tells you.

The Council and I decided that parts of the steps were cracking, so I put caution tape up to let people know to use the handicap ramp. Thanks for your patience.

I’m going to close, and say good night, my number is 1-864-545-6652.

Charles Warner | The Union Times
In this week’s "News Around Lockhart" column, Connie Porter sets the record straight about her actions as mayor and also reports on a number of things going on in Lockhart including the Lockhart Town Council’s deliberation concerning Hope Hospital; the closing of the new walking trail; efforts to locate a satellite library in the town; annexation; and new steps at the Lockhart Town Hall.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/web1_Town-of-Lockhart.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times
In this week’s "News Around Lockhart" column, Connie Porter sets the record straight about her actions as mayor and also reports on a number of things going on in Lockhart including the Lockhart Town Council’s deliberation concerning Hope Hospital; the closing of the new walking trail; efforts to locate a satellite library in the town; annexation; and new steps at the Lockhart Town Hall.
News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist