Pickens working on backup water pump

PICKENS — The City of Pickens has a maintenance worker coming Thursday to try get the city’s backup water pump to work, according to public works director Cory Cox.

Cox said the city needs the pump as a backup in case one of its regular pumps goes out of order.

“If the pumps go out, we will be dependent on Greenville Water,” Cox said, “That’s why we want a backup.”

In other topics addressed at Monday night’s Pickens City Council work session, the Pickens Police Department is still looking for a new officer.

Chief Rodney Gregory said applications have been coming slowly, but so far other personnel have stepped forward and accepted more hours to cover for the smaller staff.

“We’ve got it covered,” Gregory said.

Councilman Carlton Holly reported that the recreation volleyball season will begin tonight (Wednesday). Interest in co-ed volleyball has been greater this year, with enough players to field 63 teams through the various age groups.

Councilman Patrick Lark reported that plans for the proposed Doodle Trail are moving ahead.

The Doodle Trail is a joint project with the city of Easley, a multi-use recreational path connecting the two cities along the path of the old Pickens Doodle Railway.

Additionally, officials reported two developers have requested letters of support from the city as they are seeking federal tax credits for new apartment complexes planned for Pickens. One would target elderly clients, while the other would target families.

“It would be nice to get both of them,” Pickens Mayor David Owens said.