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Chief of Police Thanks the Batesburg-Leesville Community 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, October 9, 2015 1:47:00 PM

Beginning on October 3rd, Officers and Dispatchers of the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police, W. Wallace Oswald, began implementing community safety measures in preparation for and in response to the past weekend’s hazardous weather event. On Saturday, October 3rd, in response to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions form this event, Chief Oswald, in coordination with Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and other area Chiefs of Police implemented and enforced a town-wide curfew beginning from Saturday at 6:00 PM until ending on Sunday morning at 6:00 AM. This safety effort was implemented as a measure to enhance the safety of the citizens of the Batesburg-Leesville Community due to the increasingly unsafe driving conditions that we were experiencing within the town. In addition, for safety considerations, several streets were closed within the town by Officers of the Police Department, under the direction of Chief Oswald with the assistance of the Batesburg-Leesville Street Department.

Throughout the weekend, Patrol Officers were required to aggressively patrol the Town of Batesburg-Leesville during the weather emergency for roadway conditions that had deteriorated, placing the motoring public in danger due to flooding or the potential for flooding. Patrol Officers were additionally patrolling for trees, limbs, or other debris that may have been present on the roadways. Officers were additionally subjected to the weather conditions themselves as they secured roadways using barricades where needed in order to prevent motorists from becoming a victim of the weather emergency. Additionally, just as the Patrol Officers had done, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department Dispatchers worked tirelessly throughout the weekend providing information to the Batesburg-Leesville Citizens and directing requests for emergency services to Patrol Officers. Chief Oswald personally led and assisted Batesburg-Leesville Officers and Dispatchers during their patrolling and communication efforts. Furthermore, Chief Oswald stated that the Batesburg-Leesville Street Department worked tirelessly to ensure that barricades were placed in these hazardous roadways to prevent access to unaware motorists. The Street Department and Fire Department also worked to ensure that the roadways were clear of debris, by cutting up fallen trees and removing fallen tree limbs.      

Chief of Police W. Wallace Oswald wishes to personally thank the business owners and business employees within the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, as well as the citizens of the Batesburg-Leesville Community with cooperating with law enforcement during this weather related event. The personal sacrifices that were required from all members of the community, as well as from Patrol Officers and Dispatchers of the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Batesburg-Leesville Street Department employees and Firemen of the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department did not go unnoticed and were greatly appreciated by Chief Oswald. We are blessed to live and work in a community such as Batesburg-Leesville where all members of the community are so willing to pull together and support one another during a hazardous event in order to keep everyone safe.   

BLPD Warns Against Flood Scams 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:54:00 PM

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department warns against scams relating to the recent flooding in the Batesburg-Leesville Community.

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of the potential for scams as it relates to the recent flooding event. During disaster events, such as this, criminals attempt to take advantage of victims who may be going through difficult situations. There are numerous types of scams to be cautious of when contacted about damage. One type of potential scam is associated with homes that have been damaged as a result of flooding, heavy rains, or homes damaged by tree limbs is a repair scam. This type will involve the scammers offering to complete repairs, however claiming to have a waiting list due to the amount of repairs required. The scammers will then entice the intended victim by requiring a deposit or money up front in order to be added to the scammer’s waiting list. The scammer never returns to complete the repairs that he or she has agreed to. Another common scam will involve scammers who call by phone or arrive in person, claiming to represent various relief or government organizations. The scammer will then ask for (or need to verify) your social security number, and other personal information. The scammers will later use the information that they obtained to gain access to your financial resources by opening credit cards or similar types of accounts in your name.

To help avoid becoming a victim of a scam, such as these, there are a few things to look out for. First, be wary of persons claiming to be contractors or members of relief organizations who appear pushy or try to use pressure to obtain your personal information or a deposit in advance. Second, never give personal information or money to someone that you do not know or who you cannot confirm who they claim to be. Calling a phone number that a salesman or contractor provides may not provide you with
legitimate verification that the individual is who they claim to be. Never give cash money to anyone who you do not know for repair work. If you are contacted in person, you should never allow someone you do not know into your home. Also verify to ensure that a potential contractor is bonded and licensed to perform the repairs that they are soliciting for, as well as to ensure that the potential contractor has a business license to operate within the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. If a potential contractor becomes defensive or evasive if asked about certifications or licenses, then this would be a high indication that you might not want this particular potential contractor to perform work for you. On a separate note, if you feel inclined to donate items to support relief efforts, it is recommended that you donate items locally. Numerous local churches are assisting with this relief effort and many can provide additional resources to assist you in your endeavors.

If you suspect that you have been contacted by someone who is trying to perpetuate a possible scam, contact the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department (803-532-4408) as quickly as possible or the law enforcement agency that is responsible for the area where you live or where the scam attempt occurred. If you are contacted by someone in person who appears questionable, it is recommended that you inconspicuously take notes to include a detailed description of the person, the vehicle that they are driving, a tag number if possible, and the time that you were contacted, and relay this information to law enforcement as quickly as possible. Remember, not everyone is who they claim to be, especially on a telephone. A citizen should be reminded to take a few minutes to think about an offer or a request for money or information, and if the caller sounds too good to be true or if you suspect that it is a scam it probably is.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 

Posted by Seth Duncan Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:28:00 AM

The Boil Water Advisory that was issued yesterday (OCT. 6)  has been lifted and it is safe to resume all normal activities, with regards to water consumption and use. 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY Oct 6  

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:58:00 PM

Batesburg-Leesville, SC – Due to the large amount of storm water runoff from the recent rains, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has issued a Boil Water Advisory that is in effect until further notice.

The Town has issued the notice as a precautionary measure due to high turbidity levels in the raw water. Water customers are asked to boil their water for 1 minute before consuming. Water does not have to be boiled for any other use that consumption.

The Town will notify the public when the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED 

Posted by Seth Duncan Sunday, September 27, 2015 8:42:00 AM

The boil water advisory for all customers of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville water system has been lifted as of 8:30am Sunday, September 27. All repairs have been made, and appropriate testing completed. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation. If you have any questions, please call Town Hall between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday thru Friday. 

Regards,

Town of Batesburg-Leesville 

UPDATE: BOIL WATER ADVISORY 

Posted by Seth Duncan Saturday, September 26, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Update as of 5:00pm 9/26/2015

The 12" main that burst this morning has been repaired and  is being placed back into service.  Most water system customers will  begin noticing an increase in pressure and water availability this evening. 

SCDHEC has been notified and the first round of distribution samples have been collected and testing is underway. Water customers should continue to vigorously boil water used for cooking and drinking. Once testing is complete, and samples come back within normal parameters, the advisory will be lifted. At this time, we anticipate lifting the advisory around 12:00pm on Sunday, September 27th. 

Please stay tuned to this website or our social media pages for additional updates. 

Thank you for understanding and patience. 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville

BOIL WATER ADVISORY 9/26 8:00AM 

Posted by Seth Duncan Saturday, September 26, 2015 8:54:00 AM

A 12” water main supplying the Leesville District burst this morning at approximately 5:45 am resulting in a water loss of approximately 250,000  to 300,000 gallons of water.  The break has been located and isolated.  Crews are onsite and the repair is underway.  SCDHEC has been notified and water plant staff will be collecting samples in the distribution system during the day.

Residents are advised to vigorously boil water for at least 1 minute before use for the next 24 hours (9/26-9/27 12:00pm). Users will also experience limited water pressure throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. We ask that residents limit their water use during this time to avoid straining the system while repairs are being made. 

Additional notifications will be provided as needed. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville 

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Receives Two Grants 

Monday, September 14, 2015 4:26:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville Police Department is excited to announce it was recently awarded the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant to equip the department with 15 new bullet poof vests. Bulletproof vests are critical to law enforcement officers as they are faced with dangerous situations every day. Not only will they be used to prevent injuries, but also to save lives.

Since 1999, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant program has helped more than 13,000 local law enforcement agencies around the country purchase more than 1.1 million vests.

The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department was notified recently that it has been selected to receive a US Department of Homeland Security grant to equip the department with 800 mhz compliant radios to meet the federal standards that go into effect in January 2017. Provided through the Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program, the Town is slated to receive $45,715 to upgrade existing equipment and purchase new radios that will comply with the 800 mhz requirement mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Fire Chief Jay Hendrix stated, “The new radios are used to communicate with the Lexington County Communications Center and statewide as part of the Palmetto 800 system where the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department is a part of the Statewide Mutual Aid system.”

The grant was written by the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Chief, and is the first federal grant received by the department in almost a decade. This grant increases the total amount of grants and corporate donations over the past two years to more than $61,000.

Town Administrator Ted Luckadoo stated, “It is important for local governments to think outside the box when it comes to project funding. I am proud that our departments are working to utilize these other sources of grant funding in order to decrease the burden on the Town’s General Fund.”

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Batesburg-Leesville Waste Water Staff Conducts Pre-Treatment Program 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:26:00 PM

From July 27 through August 14, the staff of the Batesburg-Leesville Waste Water Treatment Plant conducted their Annual Industrial Pre-treatment Program for several local businesses: Berwick-Offray, Columbia Farms Hatchery, and J.B. Martin.

The Industrial Pre-treatment Program is designed to control the introduction of pollutants into the Town's wastewater treatment facility. Any business discharging pollutants into a receiving stream must be permitted by either the Environmental Protection Agency or South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The pretreatment program allows industries to discharge into a publicly owned treatment facility while using the Town's permit and eliminating the possibility of accidental discharges by local industries and businesses.

Every business that takes part in the pretreatment program is inspected annually by Town staff to ensure that all requirements are being met. The Wastewater Treatment Plant staff has the authority to enforce the standards to any business failing to meet the permit requirements. Since the late 1980's, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has administered a Wastewater Pre-treatment Program. The Batesburg-Leesville Public Works provides water & sewer services to a population of more than 5,600 residents and businesses.

Tim Schumpert, Director of Utilities, for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville states, "A quality pre-treatment program is attractive to both the Town and to new industries looking to move into the Town. The program allows industries to avoid the expensive waste elimination process and stringent discharge limits." Shumpert works closely with Angela Adkins, Wastewater Superintendent and Industrial Pre-treatment Program Coordinator.

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Batesburg-Leesville Named One of the Safest & Most Peaceful Places to Live in SC 

Saturday, August 15, 2015 8:45:00 PM

Out of more than 270 municipalities in the state, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville was recently selected as the ninth safest and most peaceful place to live in South Carolina, according to Only in Your State.

Town Manager Ted Luckadoo stated, “We are excited by this recognition because our town is not only safe and peaceful, it is also one of the fastest growing municipalities in Lexington County. Our low crime rates are just one of the things that makes Batesburg-Leesville a great community for families and businesses!”

The Only in Your State list consists of South Carolina’s top ten safest and most peaceful towns out of over 200 cities and towns statewide. These towns are ranked based on assaults, burglaries, and violent crime rates. A high ranking, such as Batesburg-Leesville’s, indicates that a town has low crime rates across multiple categories.

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