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Town receives $220,000 RIA grant

Last updated: June 17. 2014 2:22PM - 287 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com



Pictured is Fairfield County's ensemble of farmers and artists for the upcoming Ag and Art Tour, which is a self guided tour in Fairfield, Lancaster, York and Chester counties on June 21-22. Fairfield's kickoff event will be on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Century House in Ridgeway.
Pictured is Fairfield County's ensemble of farmers and artists for the upcoming Ag and Art Tour, which is a self guided tour in Fairfield, Lancaster, York and Chester counties on June 21-22. Fairfield's kickoff event will be on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Century House in Ridgeway.
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RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway’s Town Hall site, the Century House, will host the Fairfield County kick-off event for the 2014 Ag and Art Tour on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.


Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring said the kick-off event would include farm displays on the lawn of the the Century House and a BBQ sale at the Cotton Yard.


The downtown area will be used to display artwork.


Tom Hall’s Magnolia Lodge, The Barn and The Station in downtown, which sells produce will be the three stops during the tour in Ridgeway.


“I think it will be a great event,” Herring said.


The Ag and Art Tour is a self guided tour spanning across Fairfield, York, Chester and Lancaster counties on June 21-22.


After receiving positive feedback from the 70th anniversary of D-Day parade at “Cruisin on the Ridge,” Herring said there will be discussions with town merchants, who sponsor the event to make the parade an annual event.


“It might be something where we include Memorial Day, D-Day and everything in that and it’ll be something we will think about,” Herring said during Thursday’s council meeting.


The Town of Ridgeway recently announced it has received a Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) for $220,000 for upgrades to the wastewater plant. The town will foot the bill for $18,900 in local funds including engineering and permits.


Upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant include changing from disinfection with chlorine to UV disinfection and improvements to aeration and flow monitoring.


“We’re real excited about that and it is a real asset we’ve needed for a long time,” Herring noted.


In other business, Herring tasked councilman Heath Cookendorfer with procuring an estimate to fix the police department’s lap top, which obtained a virus.


Cookendorfer also suggested considering all options before repairing the current computer.


“One thing we can look at versus repairing it depending on the age of the computer, is it would benefit more just by buying a new main frame or PC,” he said.


Herring said the funds would come out of the police budget. Cookendorfer agreed to have an estimate submitted by council’s next meeting on July 10.


Herring and council members will attend the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual conference from July 11-13 in Charleston, because the Town of Ridgeway will be recognized with the Municipal Association Achievement Award.


Recognition follows from the town’s success with the “One Tank Town” program, which awards a tank of gas to a lucky winner.


The catch is that to receive the gas card, the winner must visit Ridgeway and discover the unique shops, antique stores, historical sites and dining establishments that the town has to offer.


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