DENMARK – Denmark City Council voted to spend $39,678.12 for furniture for the new Denmark City Hall.
Council approved the low bid submitted by Rhoad and Sons Furniture of Denmark, it was reported at the February meeting. According to estimates and ranges of the furniture bid summary document distributed at the meeting, the furniture and furnishings for Council Chambers will cost approximately $11,600; the furniture for six offices will range from $2,000-$7,000 each; the breakroom furniture will cost $1,400, and the lobby furniture will also cost $1,400.
“Seventy-five percent ($29,758,59) of the cost of the furniture is part of a grant the City of Denmark has from Rural Development,” City Administrator Heyward Robinson said, noting that the remaining $9,919.53 will have to be covered by another grant or city funds.
Robinson also reported a letter of support was requested from the city for grants from the Rosenwald Foundation to renovate the historic African-American Rosenwald School, circa 1930-1931, which is located across from Denmark-Olar Elementary School on Voorhees Road, for use as a community center. According to the foundation, the structure is in a state of deterioration. Council approved sending the letter.
In other business, Mayor Dr. Gerald Wright reported 4,300 linear feet of PVC piping, which would be run between Denmark and Bamberg, had been offered to the city by the Bamberg Board of Public Works.
“It is positioned where it could be of more use to Denmark,” Wright said, especially in terms of supplying water to fire hydrants along that stretch.
CouncilwomanHope Long Weldon asked about the cost, and Robinson noted further discussion was needed regarding the offer.
Weldon’s motion to table action on the offer was seconded and approved by council.
Also, council approved a request by the mayor to draft a resolution in support of Denmark Technical College remaining a standalone institution.
In other business:
- Councilwoman Bervay L. Carter of the Dogwood Festival Committee announced the festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 6-7. The Dogwood Pageant will be held April 5, with an entry fee of $20 that is due immediately, Carter said. The Painting of the Dogwoods at the city’s major intersections will be take place the evening of April 4, and the Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for April 6 at Denmark Technical College’s Building 26, she said. Tickets for the breakfast, which will feature remarks by Rev. Allen Moses, are $12 each, Carter said. She said other highlights of the festival will include the Diabetes Walk and the Dogwood Festival Parade. For more information about the festival, call Denmark City Hall at 803- 793-3734.
- Councilmember Bonnie Love announced the Denmark Lions Club will be screening children’s vision with a special camera during the Dogwood Festival. The club is also be collecting eyeglasses for those children who need them, she said.
- The next meeting of the Dogwood Festival Committee, which is still seeking and inviting new members, will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the depot.
- Police Chief Leroy Grimes reported the police department created 40 new cases last month. Denmark officers also received training in Emergency Protective Custody for first responders on Feb. 14, Grimes reported.
- Fire Chief Charles Breland reported firefighters responded to 22 total calls last month.
- Cedric Hudson of the Public Works Department reported four water leaks were repaired last month. He also reported that he submitted the annual water usage report for 2017 to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and that DHEC collected water bacteriological samples from all the water wells on Feb. 12.