The Laurens CPW training facility on Church St. was named the Sam R. Wallace Employee Training Facility. Wallace was a former commissioner and general manager for Laurens CPW for 35 years from 1950 until 1985.
Commissioners Brenda Curry and Jeff Thompson received the oath of office from City of Laurens attorney Tom Thompson. After their swearing in, Parker Moore was unanimously re-elected as chairman and Curry was elected vice-chair.
In other business, commissioners voted 4 to 1 to increase the monthly fee for the use of A-Base meters from $10 per month to $20 per month. Commissioner Gerald Abercrombie voted against the increase.
CPW has worked for five years to phase out the A-Base meters, which have not been manufactured since the 1960’s. They started with 40o customers with the outdated meters and now that number is down to four.
The meter belongs to CPW but the wiring and base belongs to the customer. For CPW to replace the meters, the customer will incur the cost of an electrician for wiring inside the structure.
CPW has offered to front the cost of the installation and then allow the customer to pay that money back each month. General Manager John Young said that they are receiving no response from the four customers.
CPW donated $1,000 to the Bridging the Gap program to assist them in buying a van.