County plans to dissolve 13 fire boards

Hearing set before final vote June 3

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Pickens County residents will have an opportunity to speak for or against officials’ efforts to dissolve the county’s 13 fire boards next month.

During its meeting last week, county council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance dissolving the boards. The boards are set to be replaced by the county’s Emergency Services Board.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled before third reading at council’s June 3 meeting.

Easley resident Harry Carson said at last week’s meeting officials have not given people enough notice about the meetings.

“They say they want public input on stuff,” he said. “They ran two legal notices for a public forum May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Did we have it? No, we didn’t. We changed the date.”

While county council usual meets the first Monday of the month, its May meeting was

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