· Budget Process: Several budget meetings were held between the CFO, the City Manager, and Department Directors. This year is shaping up to be one of the most challenging budget years in recent memory due to the significant need to perform repairs on the sewer system, the need address parks, streets, and sidewalk maintenance, and the need to address ageing equipment and infrastructure issues.
· Winter Storm: A winter storm this week disrupted power to approximately 1500 customers. The majority of customers had their power restored within four hours, and all customers were restored within 14 hours. City personnel were dispatched to the City of Abbeville after work in Clinton was completed in order to assist crews there is restoring power to the citizens of Abbeville. Crews worked in Abbeville for two days.
· Severe Cold: The winter storm was followed by severe cold weather. The city took proactive steps by making a warming station available to the public during the cold weather.
· Property Acquisition: The City, with the assistance of the Bailey Foundation, acquired property in the Lydia Mill area for a future town green / park this week. City staff are excited about the future possibilities at the property.