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More than 100,000 Visitors Anticipated for the 2015 SC Poultry Festival 

Posted by McKay Public Affairs Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:57:00 PM

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville is gearing up for one of its’ largest annual events – the 29th Annual South Carolina Poultry Festival.  The three-day festival featuring great music, good food and family fun kicks off on Thursday night, May 7th and ends on Saturday, May 9th.

Named for the state’s largest agri-business – the $1 billion poultry industry; the SC Poultry Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the Town of Batesburg-Leesville annually!

“We are excited to welcome friends, neighbors and new visitors to our Town! The Leesville Merchant’s Association, the Poultry Festival Steering Committee, and the hundreds of volunteers from our Town and around the County do an amazing job of putting on this wonderful family-friendly weekend in Batesburg-Leesville!” stated Mayor Rita Crapps.

By the Numbers: The South Carolina Poultry Festival

6 Stages for Music and Entertainment

More than 30 Food Vendors

Amusement Rides

More than 110 Entries in the Parade

More than 100 Entries in the Car Show

More than 120 Artisans and Crafters

More than 30 Commercial Vendors

5K Road Race

Volleyball Tournament

Fireworks Show

Bar-B-Que Cookoff

Car Show

To find out more about the South Carolina Poultry Festival, contact Genna Copeland at GCopeland@Lex3.K12.sc.us or 803-609-6936. Click here to view the map and schedule of events. Stay up-to-date on what is happening in the Town of Batesburg-Leesville by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Welcome from the Mayor 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, May 1, 2015 8:37:00 PM

I would like to welcome you to the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, located in western Lexington County and the vibrant Midlands of South Carolina. Batesburg-Leesville, formally two independent municipalities, consolidated services in 1992. B-L is strategically located in the heart of SC, only 2 hours from the mountains and the ocean. Surrounded by peach trees, and rolling fields, B-L, a family friendly community, is minutes from the state capital, museums, 5-star dining, an extraordinary zoo, botanical gardens, and family recreation.

While engaged in providing opportunities for economic growth and development, we diligently preserve our tranquil atmosphere. We strongly encourage community involvement, citizen’s participation in civic events, and the support of local businesses. We have created a safe community for residents and visitors, fostering a relaxed environment that is a great place for families, young and old. Whether you are looking for a permanent escape from the noise and chaos of city life, an outing for shopping, antiquing, or a place to appreciate genuine Southern cuisine, we welcome and invite you to come be a part of our family. Batesburg-Leesville, maintaining small town ambiance and a family state of mind.

B-L Fire Department Preps for CO Detector Blitz 

Friday, April 17, 2015 2:53:00 PM

The B-L Fire Department is collaborating with four other jurisdictions in the midlands on a Carbon Monoxide alarm grant.  The collaboration was organized by the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation (www.jeffreysfoundation.org).  They wrote a grant through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and received $25,000 towards the purchase of 1,000 CO alarms and 20 CO monitors.  Of these alarms 200 are earmarked for our community and the B-L Fire Department will conduct a blitz on May 2nd when volunteers will go door-to-door installing as many alarms as possible.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.  For more information visit:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Carbon-Monoxide-Information-Center/Carbon-Monoxide-Questions-and-Answers-/

 

Number of Alarms Provided
City of Columbia (USC)      300
West Columbia                   200
Irmo                                      200
Batesburg-Leesville            200
Lexington County               100

Police Chief Supports Officer-Worn Body Cameras 

Friday, April 17, 2015 2:15:00 PM

A bill aimed to make police officers more accountable cleared a hurdle today at the State House.

A Senate subcommittee approved a plan to make all officers in the state wear body cameras.

At the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, body-worn cameras are nothing new. The town's 20 officers have been wearing them for years.

"Obviously, I like the idea of cameras,” Chief Wallace Oswald said. “And I think they're a beneficial piece of equipment.”

It wasn't something Batesburg-Leesville was ordered to do, but Chief Oswald says they did it to be progressive. Now, state lawmakers are working to make body cams mandatory after a police shooting in North Charleston drew the eyes of the nation...

...to read more please click the link below.

http://www.wistv.com/story/28815775/local-police-chief-weary-of-body-camera-bill

wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Batesburg-Leesville Employees Will Have Room To Grow 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:42:00 PM

Employees with the Town of Batesburg-Leesville have been working in cramped office space and narrow hallways for two decades. But it's looking like that may soon change.

When the Town of Batesburg and the Town of Leesville consolidated, President George H.W. Bush was finishing his only term in office. More than 20 years later, the town's offices are still housed in the same building.

"It's time to have some new office space," said Ted Luckadoo, Batesburg-Leesville Town Manager. "As any customers or citizens that come into our facility have seen, we've outgrown that space."

To read more please click the link below:
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/features/2014/12/15/batesburg-leesville-employees-to-be-cramped-no-more/20457909/

 

Batesburg-Leesville eyes new Town Hall 

Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Batesburg-Leesville is on the verge of fulfilling a decade-old dream of a new Town Hall.

Town leaders are moving to acquire an office complex on Church Street and transform it into their new headquarters.

The site – expected to be ready by midsummer – will replace a former bank that’s been Town Hall since the two communities in western Lexington County merged 22 years ago.

“We’ve outgrown our first home,” Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said. “A new facility was long overdue.”


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13926437.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1#storylink=cpy

To read more, please click the link below.

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13926437.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1

Face-lift Starting at Batesburg-Leesville Industrial Park 

Posted by Seth Duncan Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:21:00 AM

A long-wanted face-lift is starting at an industrial area in Batesburg-Leesville.

After a 13-year wait, Lexington County and town leaders are adding roads, water and sewer at the 176-acre tract on the east edge of the community.

“It’s been a long haul to get to where we are,” town Mayor Rita Crapps said.

The improvements should be complete by Dec. 31, officials said.

It’s not clear how long it will take the $4 million project to produce a payoff, but Crapps predicted “somebody will bite the hook” once the facilities are ready.

Adding the improvements is vital to attract jobs to the town of 5,400 residents. Companies looking to expand want parcels that can be used quickly instead of waiting for roads and utilities to be brought in, officials say.


Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13726316.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1#storylink=cpy

To read more please click the link below.

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13726316.html#/tabPane=tabs-b0710947-1-1

Meeting Agendas and Minutes Archives 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM

2015 Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes

 
January 12, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
January 22, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
February 09, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
February 19, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
February 24, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
March 09, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
March 26, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda Minutes
April 13, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
April 21, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
May 11, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
May 26, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
June 08, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video 
June 15, 2015 Special Council Hearing Agenda | Minutes | Video 
July 13, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video 
August 03, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
August 10, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
September 14, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes l Video
September 28, 2015 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes l Video
October 12, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Minutes l Video
November 09, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
December 14, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2014 Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
 
January 06, 2014 Council Work Session Agenda | Minutes
January 13, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
January 16, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
February 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
February 17, 2014 Council Work Session Agenda | Minutes
March 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
April 03, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
April 14, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
May 12, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
May 21, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
June 02, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
June 09, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
June 23, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
July 14, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
July 24, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
August 11, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
August 21, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
September 08, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
October 13, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
October 29, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
November 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
December 08, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes | Video
December 10, 2014 Special Council Meeting Agenda | Minutes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Request for Official Copies of Agendas & Minutes for those which are not posted should be made to the Municipal Clerk.
 
MUNICIPAL CLERK
 
Judy Edwards
120 West Church Street
P.O. Box 2329
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
(803) 532-4601
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