The Charleston City Council spent a little over an hour and a half making their way through a lengthy agenda Thursday night. Councilwoman Susie Potts brought up the city’s water issues and proposed that the city seek grants in order to pay for testing of the lines around town. “The water is much better,” said Potts. “But we have discussed about our lines being older and (Scott) Kimmell has looked into it and there are some grants out there and we can get grants to do the testing.”

Potts stated that the test needs to be done in order to have documentation that the city needs new lines. “I am not sure that we need new lines,” said Potts. “We haven’t been in there and we haven’t tested anything.”

The test will check the lines for iron, manganese or sediment in the lines that could potentially be harmful. According to Potts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a $60,000 grant that the city may qualify for. And that there are appropriations for running new water lines if necessary.

“We are not going to apply for new lines until some testing has been done,” said Potts. “I don’t know the system. I know that it has been much better since last year. But if we are ever going to move on and try to run new lines and work on the system we need to do some testing.”

Potts stated that she will apply for the testing grant and if approved she will come back to the council to seek approval from them to proceed with the testing.

In other news:

The Area Agency on Aging addressed the council and requested $2,000 a year from the council for in home assistance. The city has in years past provided $2,000 in funding to the agency but ceased when the agency failed to report back to the council. Charleston budgeted $1,500 in last year’s budget. However, no one from the AAA came to the council to request the funds.

The motion for the funding failed a lack of a second. The agency was asked to come back after determing what kind of contracts surrounding cities have with the AAA and the council may reconsider funding them once again.

Charleston Chamber of Commerce President, Cody Sosebee, requested that they city place trash cans outside of the county courthouse for use by the farmers market. The farmer’s market averages 50-80 people per day.

“We have beautiful parks and walking trails,” said Sosebee. “We have been selected as a ‘Get Fit Community’ and that will open us up to grants and funding for our city. And it also opens us up to more events” Sosebee stated that he would like to see the city eventually light the walking trails, build exercise stations and plant community gardens along the trail.