HEMINGWAY, S.C. — Dale Johnson, a Hemingway business owner, appeared before the Hemingway Town Council meeting Nov. 14 to ask the council to look into allowing nonresidents to vote in local elections.

Johnson and his wife are business owners in Hemingway, though they do not live within the town’s limits. Johnson said he and other business owners who don’t live in the town would like a say in the town’s decision-making process.

This past year, Johnson and his wife helped organize a fundraiser for the Hemingway Police Department. That fundraiser, he said, raised approximately $9,000 and is coming up again the third Friday of February 2020.

According to Johnson, 90 percent of business owners do not live in Hemingway, and they should have a say as to what goes on in town.

Mayor John Michael Collins told Johnson the town would have Town Attorney Greg Askins look into the matter. Johnson went on to ask for support for the upcoming Police Department fundraiser, by way of the town offering extra trash cans, advertising, etc.

Johnson was asked to provide a list of needs, and Collins said the town would do everything it could to help and support the fundraiser.

In other business, Collins asked about getting tag readers for the town’s police cars.

“For officer safety, I think they are a great tool,” he said.

Town Administrator Joe Lee is to get prices, and the items will be discussed at the December meeting.

Lee reported that the town was presented a safety award from the municipal association, giving the town $2,500. Lee also said some old buildings in town need to be torn down, and he is getting prices regarding demolition.

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