The City of Thomson is working on a plan to address issues that have arisen by young people selling bottled water and drinks at key intersections in the city.
City Administrator John C. Waller provided a handout to the council and talked about how he is working closely with City Attorney Jimmy Plunkett to address the issues.
“We had some challenges this past year with kids trying to sell water on the streets and getting into the road and things like that,” Waller told the council. “We have a peddlers ordinance, we have vendors ordinances, we have business license. What we are looking to do is put a document together to make sure that the youngsters understand, especially for a peddler’s license, where you can sell and where you cannot sell.”
Waller explained they cannot sell on the right-of-way of way but not on private property and they cannot be running out into traffic. They will get a license, read the rules, and sign it he told the council.
Waller said that it will be clear to everyone about what is allowed and what is not. He said that will eliminate any confusion.
“It’s not ready yet, but I would like to probably get it in front of y’all in the next month or so,” the city administrator told the mayor and council.
Mayor Kenneth Usry explained the issues came from kids selling water and drinks, starting about two years ago, at the intersection of Harrison Road and Main Street/Washington Road and at the intersection by First Baptist Church.
“There’re not anything wrong with kids trying to raise a couple of dollars. But they’re stepping out in traffic and we received complaints,” Usry said.
In another matter, Waller reminded the council members that McDuffie County has now passed a fire fee.
“It’s basically out of our hands. The county passed it and it will be on the tax bills this year,” he said.
He briefed the council on audits completed on the general fund and the water and sewer fund. Waller said there were no material findings. He also presented copies of the letters from the accounting firms.
“We’re doing the right things,” Waller added.
In other business: The council approved a date correction on a one-day alcohol license and the closing of Railroad Street for an event the night before the 27th annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. In a meeting last month, the council approved the license and the street closure for Sept. 25, which is a Saturday. The corrective action last week moved the license and closure to Sept 24, a Friday.
The council also appointed Ken Sweet, owner of Highrail Southern Eatery, to the downtown development authority. The board also approved a resolution agreeing to modification to a GEFA loan related to infrastructure.