Former Cheraw Town Councilman Mickey Workman took advantage of the public comment session at last Tuesday’s meeting of council to ask a couple of questions.
“Why do some residents get letters from the town about vacant lots that need clearing, and others do not?”he said.
According to Workman, “there seems to be a selective group that doesn’t get letters.”
Workman said there is an entire building that is covered by overgrown trees, vines, and shrubs behind a business on the corner of Front and Powe streets. The building, he said, is between that business and the house along Front that faces Pecan Avenue.
It may look better to have the greenery in that space than a dilapidated building, Workman said, “but that’s not doing anything for the snakes that are crawling out of there and into the neighborhood.”
Workman also said he recently noticed “another building along Second Street with the roof down.” He suggested the council consider adopting a system that would allow the town to place liens on properties that do not comply with the town’s policies on vacant lots.
Workman was concerned as well with the number of tractor-trailers that he has seen parked overnight in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot.
“We adopted an ordinance against that some years ago when I was on council,” said Workman. He suggested Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas make sure his officers realize that ordinance is on the books.
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram asked Workman to call the police department if he sees trucks parked there again in the early morning hours.
On a final note, Workman said, “I do want to thank you for considering the purchase of a dance floor. I’ve rented two myself. I think it will be a moneymaker for the town.”
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.