WINNSBORO —Town of Ridgeway officials recently announced the hiring of a full-time police officer during a meeting with other local municipalities and entities.
Ridgeway councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Prioleau delivered the government update for the Town of Ridgeway during the June 16 intergovernmental meeting in the conference room at Midlands Technical College in Winnsboro.
The Town of Ridgeway has hired Antonio Addison as a full-time police officer.
Addison is a certified police officer and a graduate form Benedict College.
“We are just too proud to hire this young man,” Prioleau noted.
Prioleau also informed local officials that The Town of Ridgeway was able to acquire a rural grant for $220,000 to upgrade the wastewater plant.
“We’re really excited about that and we just had our water tank refurbished,” Prioleau advised. “With that we are in compliance with DHEC and keeping our tank up to standards.”
Priouleau noted that council recently increased water rates by $.75 across the board to account for expenses and increased rates of wholesale water purchase from the Town of Winnsboro.
Ridgeway’s Town Council also welcomed a new member after its recent election in April.
Prioleau introduced new council member Heath Cookendorfer to his fellow local elected officials for the first time in a formal setting.
“We’re just proud to have him on board,” Prioleau said.
Cookendorfer has been on council for nearly two months after earning his way on as a write-in candidate and unseating incumbent Belva Bush.
“I absolutely love being on council and serving people,” Cookendorfer stated. “I get to work with a great group of people and they’ve done a great job already of educating me.”
Prioleau also acknowledged the county’s help with coordinating with the S.C. Department of Transportation and assisting with the Highway 21 project and preparing to do a study to build a new truck route.
“I don’t know how we’re going to stop a federal highway to stop trucks going through Ridgeway, the citizen’s want that, so we’ve asked DOT and pushed that to them to allow them to do a new study,” Prioleau told the assembly.