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By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring, left, Councilman Donal Prioleau, middle, and Councilman Doug Porter, right, discuss the first reading of the FY 2014-2015 budget.
Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring, left, Councilman Donal Prioleau, middle, and Councilman Doug Porter, right, discuss the first reading of the FY 2014-2015 budget.
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RIDGEWAY — Residents in the Town of Ridgeway will be seeing an increase in their water and sewer bill during the new fiscal year.

Council unanimously approved all rates to be rounded up to the next dollar to accommodate for water service employees’ salaries and system upgrades.

Traditionally the town has just passed on the rate increase from Winnsboro, but the Town of Ridgeway was not making enough revenue to upgrade its system.

“Each year we’ve increased water rates because water is bought wholesale from Winnsboro and in order to make some profit by providing the service we will have to go up on our rates as well,” Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring said.

Winnsboro’s wholesale rate will be going up to $.78 per 1,000 gallons.

Ridgeway’s base rate last year was $13.94 for the usage of 1,000 gallons, but with a $.78 increase the rate would be $14.72 and council will round the base rate to an even $15 after a unanimous vote by council.

“I would like to see that go up because we’ve just been keeping up with the rate increase of Winnsboro and water is Ridgeway’s only major source of revenue,” Councilman Doug Porter said.

Porter noted that the town just spent nearly $10,000 to paint and re-wax a water tank, which is a process that is needed every seven to eight years.

Porter also recommended that the town round up all water and sewer rates to the next dollar.

R.H. Lee and Company

At the beginning of Thursday’s regular scheduled council meeting, Herring presented R.H. Lee and Company with Ridgeway’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Each year the Town of Ridgeway asks citizens to nominate a business that has been open for at least two years.

Tom Connor and Roger Harris nominated R.H. Lee and Company.

“In the small historic Town of Ridgeway honoring tradition is important but so is embracing change realistically and using it to foster business development while improving the quality of life. R.H. Lee and Company embodies these concepts as they have preserved tradition in restoring and re-purposing an old historic building and selling antiques while making use of 21 century technology to not only market their business but Ridgeway as well,” they wrote in nomination letter.

R.H. Lee and Company has been a family owned and operated business since 1977 before relocating to Ridgeway. The business is a full time, full service company specializing in auctions, real estate, estate sales, antiques and liquidations.

The business was recently showcased at the Arts on the Ridge festival in “Opening Doors to Arts and Antiques.”

Buyers bid online from all over South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Once a bid is accepted, the buyer will travel to Ridgeway to pick up their merchandise while also spending money at local shops and dining.

“It is such a joy to present R.H. Lee and Company as this year’s award winner,” Herring said as she presented the award.

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