UNION — Before addressing the orders of business on the agenda for Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Harold Thompson and council recognized the late Maury Keith Henderson for years of dedication and service to the city as a council member and mayor pro tem.
Thompson presented Henderson’s family with a plaque, which read in part:
“We cannot stop the hands of time
Nor live again the past
But we shall love and think of you
As long as time shall last.”
Henderson’s widow, Faye, read a letter from her husband that he had meant to publish, stating that he planned to return to the council if not contested by a write-in candidate. Part of the letter read, “I will continue to serve you as I have in past years. Working together, we can continue to progress and move our great city forward.”
“Keith loved the city,” she said, mentioning that he attended classes and conventions to better serve on city council.
Henderson’s son, Brian, also expressed gratitude to council for recognizing his father.
“I’m going to do what my daddy would want me to do,” he said. “If there is anything Henderson Plumbing can do for the city in his honor, we’ll be glad to do it.”
Henderson, who represented District 3, died January 27.
Following the recognition, the first order of business was to elect a council member to be mayor pro tem. After ballots were collected and counted, council member Robert Garner was elected as the new mayor pro tem in a vote of 4-1.
The next order of business was the second reading of an ordinance to authorize Gonvauto South Carolina, LLC, to waive the execution of Water/Sewer Annexation Agreement as a prerequisite of receiving service. The company is building a metal fabrication manufacturing facility in the Bonham area of Union County. The company will invest at least $35 million within the first five years and a total of $50 million within ten years, ending up with 65 full-time jobs at the facility. Council unanimously approved the reading of the ordinance.
In other business, council accepted a bid from Capital Construction and Grading to repair and install a roof on the building located at 107 East Main Street, Union, which was formerly Super 10. Three bids were received, and Capital Construction and Grading’s bid of $42,500 was the lowest, and the recommendation was unanimously approved by council. City Utilities Director Joe Nichols pointed out that 100 percent of funds for the project will come from a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant received from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
Council also unanimously accepted a bid from Boulware Plumbing and Construction in the amount of $314,810 for sewer improvements to Union Mill Village. Five bids were received, and Boulware’s was the lowest.
The purchase of a service bucket truck, which is often referred to by city employees as a “little bucket truck,” was also unanimously approved by council. Four bids were received from vendors for a 37-foot hydraulic telescopic aerial device mounted on a 2013 Dodge Ram 5500 chassis/cab. A bid of $100,871 was accepted from Altec Industries. Nichols said this purchase was one which was already in the city’s budget. The purchase was budgeted at $100,000 and exceeded that by $871.
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