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[November 21, 2012]

Little Mountain adds to history committee

Nov 21, 2012 (The Newberry Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- LITTLE MOUNTAIN -- Current Mayor Buddy Johnson may not be mayor next year but he will still be lending his help to the town by serving on the Historical Review Committee.

Both Johnson and council member Roxie Derrick were voted in to serve on the committee that ensures that the town is livable and able for the citizens to grow old in.

The committee was formed back in 2003 when the historic district was recognized by the state as well as the U.S. Department of Interior.

They essentially review the district as well as architectural details.

Derrick will be replaced by upcoming council member Susan Epting and Melvin Bowers petitioned to run again.

The mayor position is currently in limbo as Marty Frick, who garnered the most votes by way of write-in, has yet to make a decision on his acceptance. Frick has previously served as a council member as well as been highly involved with the Little Mountain Reunion Association and is lives in town.

The committee will now have nine members to add input into the historic district of the town.

Council member Russell Ruff is also a member as well as Newberry College professor Nick DiLiberto, Julie McLeod and Jay Shealy among others.

Johnson said he has real estate experience to offer to the committee.

All of the council members except one, Jeff Jefcoat, were in favor of this move.

Jefcoat asked why this action of adding new members needed to be taken so swiftly in which Johnson replied that business needed to be taken care soon.

More information can be found about how Little Mountain is the only district outside the city to be a historic area at www.nationalregister.sc.gov/newberry/nrnewberry.htm or visit the main home page at www.scdah.sc.gov and click on any of the links across the top of the page.

In other news, a memorial portrait and sign for the community center/library will be put up the week of Thanksgiving or the first week of December.

Johnson also stated that programmable thermostats have been added to the center.

A second reading of the Municipal Association Insurance Collection Ordinance and ordinance for tenancy and exclusive use was passed by all council members. This was an ordinance that had some technical language that had changed regarding use of town buildings.

___ (c)2012 The Newberry Observer (Newberry, S.C.) Visit The Newberry Observer (Newberry, S.C.) at www.newberryobserver.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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