Liberty Middle School Recognition

Liberty Middle School is pleased to announce our 2013 Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the year.

Our Teacher of the Year is Angela Costner who teaches 6th grade Science.

Mr. Joe Venable who works as an Instructional Aide is our Support Employee of the year. Both of these individuals have contributed greatly to the success of our school. Congratulations to both of them!

Fit Club starts May 2, 2013

Need help losing weight? Do you need the tools to help you lead a more healthy lifestyle? Now there’s help! Come join “Fit Club” in Freedom Park for a fun group exercise class for all fitness levels! Classes begin May 2nd and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm at Freedom Park. The classes will meet for 6 weeks and are led by certified personal trainer, Courtney Griffin. As a member of Fit Club, you will receive the 12 step program for fitness success, have the opportunity for measurement tracking and fit tests to monitor your results, and plenty of nutrition advice to help you reach your goals. You will also have the option to purchase a customized workout plan for more than half off the regular price! Fit Club costs are either $70 for the full 6 weeks or $7 a class. Just bring a towel or mat, hand weights, and water!

Contact Courtney for more info! Courtneya225@aim.com or 864-360-0044 Not a fan of group classes? Ask about In-Home Personal Training or customized workout plans to do in your own home on your own time! Shapeuporsculptout.com

Oath of office

Mayor Michael Sheriff has appointed Adam Gilstrap as Chief of Police for Liberty.

Mayor Sheriff has appointed Chris Rowland as Fire Chief of Liberty.

Mayor Sheriff and City Council have the utmost confidence in Chiefs Gilstrap and Rowland and thank them for their hard work and dedication during the interim period.

The Oath of Office will be administered at the City Council Meeting, Monday, March 11th.

Special election notice

Walt McJunkin
Walt McJunkin

We are saddened by Liberty’s loss of councilman Walt McJunkin. Councilman McJunkin passed away Friday evening (3/1). Walt loved Liberty, he loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

With the passing of Councilman Walt McJunkin on Friday, March 1, 2013, a Special Election will occur on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, to fill the unexpired term of Liberty City Council Ward 2 Seat. A runoff election, if necessary, will occur Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Candidate fling for the special election shall open at Noon, March 22, 2013 at City Hall and shall close at Noon, April 1, 2013.

If only one candidate files during this filing period AND if no one comes forward to be a write-in candidate within 2 weeks of filing closing, no special election shall be held. In this scenario, the person who filed will be declared elected.

January 2007 Work Session Meeting Minutes

meeting-minutesJANUARY 3, 2007 – 6:00 P.M.
ROSEWOOD CENTER
MINUTES

This meeting was called to order by Mayor Deese.

  • Present were Council Members: Michael Sheriff, Walt McJunkin, Dwight Yates, Lewis Wilson and Mayor Deese.
  • Absent: CM Brian Petersen and CM Rick Clark
  • Others Present: Chief Miller, Dean Thomas, and Chief Sargent.

Mayor Deese welcomed everyone and the meeting started at precisely 6:00 p.m.

DISCUSSION: VISION 2025

 Gerald Sweitzer
Gerald Sweitzer

Mayor Deese welcomed Gerald Sweitzer, spokesperson for Vision 2025. Mr. Sweitzer stated each municipality has joined Vision 2025 except Central and Liberty. He stated Central has pledged to join. He stated our amount to donate was $2600. He gave each councilman copies of updated information regarding the program. Mr. Sweitzer explained that Vision 2025 was municipalities and individuals coming together to create a strategic vision for Pickens County and working toward a common goal for the future. Mr. Sweitzer informed council of the growth coming into Pickens County and that we needed to come together to shape the future of our county. He gave an accounting of the funds raised by Vision 2025 so far and what they hoped to accomplish. Mr. Sweitzer asked for questions from council. This will be put on the agenda for the next council meeting for a vote.

DISCUSSION: COUNTYWIDE TRAINING FACILITY FOR THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT
Chief Sargent stated the Fire Chief’s County Facility Committee met with County Administrator, Chap Hurst to discuss a new Countywide Training Facility. This training facility will include EMS, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue. Chief Sargent stated the County Administrator will be proposing to the County Council that they pay for a study to draw up plans and estimated costs for this facility. Administrator Hurst is requesting that all agencies in the county send him a letter of support for this training facility. This letter has to be to the Administrator by January 10th.

COMMUNITY CENTER AT ROSEWOOD
Mayor Deese sated he thought it would take minimum work to turn the auditorium at Rosewood Center into a Community Center for the City. We need to collectively look at how we envision this room to look and then proceed with that. This is a project we could very easily complete this year. Mayor Deese stated he would like to see this project move forward and thought that it would be a good idea to assign committees to help move this project forward. He suggested CM Wilson chair the committee for the design of the Rosewood Community Center with CM Sheriff as Co-Chair. He stated this project was two-fold due to the historic nature of the building and he appointed CM McJunkin to Chair the Historic portion of the renovation and stated he had also talked with Luther Johnson in the community who would be agreeable to helping with that side of the project. Mayor Deese asked the project managers to bring in a couple of people out of the community to be on these committees also.

DISCUSSION: 2007 BUILDING CODE ORDINANCE
Richard Davidson, Building Official and Zoning Administrator, reported to council that we are at present using the 2003 International Code now. The State automatically adopts the 2006 International Code. We will have to adopt the 2005 National Electrical Code plus the administration section of the code and appendages. Mr. Davidson answered questions from council as to the changes to the Code. Mayor Deese stated this would be on our council meeting’s agenda for the 1st reading.

DISCUSSION: COMMERCIAL ZONING ISSUE
Mr. Davidson reported that in speaking with ACOG, the lot on Southern Street was recorded prior to zoning, therefore the size is grandfathered. Section 402 applies to this situation which is the use of substandard lots of record. CM Wilson requested Mr. Davidson get a legal definition from ACOG that specifically said that this lot could be changed from residential to commercial.

DISCUSSION: PEDESTRIAN PARK AND COMFORT STATION UPDATE
Mayor Deese stated the pedestrian park was another project he would like to see move forward and he appointed CM Sheriff to Chair a committee for that purpose. He appointed CM Yates to Co-Chair that committee.

WORK RETREAT DATE
Mayor Deese stated we decided on March 10, 2007 for our 2nd work retreat. He stated we want to review this past year and what we have accomplished and what we fell apart on. We want to look at what we want to accomplish in 2007 and review and set goals for the next few years. Mayor Deese reminded council of the council meeting Monday night and of the two 2nd Readings on the agenda and one 1st Reading. CM Sheriff stated Maria (Pancho’s) had requested that the City not place the no-parking signs in front of the restaurant but place them on the telephone poles if possible. Council discussed the parking situation on 178. CM Sheriff discussed with council some landscaping that Maria had offered to supply the labor for if the city would supply the plants.

Adjourn
• CM Wilson made motion to adjourn.
• CM Yates seconded the motion.
• All voted in favor

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