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Landrun, South Carolina City Council Has Agreed To Donate The Local Scout Council $30,000

Scouting for All asks that you contact the Landrum City Council and let them know they should not be using public funds for an organzation that discriminates, the Boy Scouts of America.

See below for the contact info.

Their web page is here:

City Administrators Office
100 North Shamrock Avenue
Landrum, South Carolina 29356
Phone: 864 457-3000

City Administrator
Dianna Gracely

Web posted: 04/05/2004

Landrum gives $15k more for Scout hut

by Leah Justice
Landrum City Council agreed last week to donate $15,000 to complete renovations of the Boy Scout hut, which is owned by the city. The council also decided to donate the building, if possible, to the Boy Scouts organization.

Landrum City Council earlier gave the Boy Scout group $15,000 to begin renovations. Councilman Billy Inman said another $15,000 would complete what needs to be done.

To save mo-ney, renovations are being completed mainly by the Boy Scouts as part of their scouting projects.

The City of Landrum owns the building and discussion ensued about donating the property to the Boy Scout Association, so the city is no longer responsible.

Council agreed to research the possibility of donating the building, which would probably mean selling the building to the association for $1.

Councilman James Conner said the city had earlier given almost $15,000 to the Boy Scouts for renovations to the hut and before giving another $15,000, the city should find out what the property is worth.

“I’m trying to think about what’s best for the taxpayer,” said Conner. “I understand the value of Boy Scouts. I was a Boy Scout, but now I’m a steward of tax-payers’ money.”

Council member Jan Horton said she needs to feel justified in spending the money.

Mayor Bob Briggs said the city is ultimately just purchasing materials for a building the city owns, since the Boy Scouts are doing the work themselves. He said the city has spent virtually nothing on the building over the last 25 to 30 years besides minimal water and power bills.

The motion to fund $15,000 to complete renovations passed unanimously, contingent on the city’s ability to donate the building to the Boy Scouts.




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