Irmo police department honored

By Al Dozier

The Irmo Town Council recently adopted a proclamation honoring the Irmo Police Department for its outstanding services to the Irmo community.

The Department Criminal Investigations Division, led by Sergeant Kelly Mountzouros, was singled out for its work on criminal investigations that caught the notice of the FBI. Mayor Bill Danielson said he was informed by the FBI that the department has done an outstanding job in recent months, solving some difficult crimes in the Irmo area.

The proclamation was formally presented to Irmo Police Chief Robert Dale and other officers during the council meeting.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the council gave a second and final reading to an ordinance that changed the time for the start of council meetings from 7 pm to 6:30 pm The time change was found to be more suitable to the schedule of council members.

The council also approved a resolution adopting the Mutual Aid Agreements with multiple jurisdictions within the state of South Carolina. The approval will continue agreements with numerous police agencies to provide assistance when needed during major incidents.

Stier Supply Co., a long-term business in the Irmo area, was recognized as the December 2023 Small Business of the Month.

The following new in-town businesses were recognized: Cosmic Claws by Eliza, LLC. 7971 Woodrow St.; Horsepower Crane, LLC., 105 Oak Park Drive; Joy Stagg Holistic Wellness, LLC., 7520 Irmo Drive; Midland Framing, LLC., 105 Oak Park Drive; Sew Keenan, 112 Elstow Road; Wipe it Down Cleaning Services, LLC., 206 Brickling Road.

During the Community Connections session, the council heard a presentation from Lexington Richland School District 5 Community Support Services Coordinator Julius Scott

Scott outlined a variety of student support services now available throughout the Irmo area. The district’s program provides area families with all of the opportunities available to help students succeed. The recent Harbison Gardens Block Party offered participants a look at different programs.

Scott said the district’s service emphasizes “parent engagement” in community activities affecting students.

Councilwoman Barbara Waldman announced the following upcoming community events in the Irmo area: Elementary School Magnet Fair Jan. 4 from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies; District 5 Recruitment Event, for job seekers, Jan. 6 from 8:30 to 11 am at Irmo Middle School; The Irmo Chili Cook-Off, Jan. 27, 11 am to 3 pm at the Community Park of Irmo.

Mayor Bill Danielson also pointed out that free services are now available through the Midlands Council of Governments Serving Our Seniors program. The program has received more than $2 million in federal funds to provide free services to seniors in need. Dental and medical assistance is available. Portable heating and air condition units are also available.