· City Council Meeting: City Council met this week and took the following action:
o Proclaimed February as American Heart Association Month, Black History Month, Children’s Dental Health Month, and Cities Mean Business Month in the City of Clinton.
o Amended the December 1, 2014 meeting minutes and approved the January 5, 2015 meeting minutes.
o Received a presentation from the Municipal Association regarding the proper use of executive session and FOIA regulations.
o Conducted first reading of an Ordinance to Amend the Design Review Ordinance to reduce the number of Design Review Board Members from 7 to 5.
o Approved a Resolution endorsing the application for Community Development Block Grant Funds by the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission to upgrade sewer service in the Lydia Mill Neighborhood.
o Approved the Data Management Agreement between the Department of Public Safety and Piedmont Municipal Power Agency to comply with new CJIS requirements.
o Awarded a bid for the financing of the fire engine purchase to BB&T government finance with a term of 6 years and an interest rate of 1.75%
o Passed second reading of an ordinance creating a multi county industrial park inside Clinton Corporate Park III to make the area available for economic development incentives.
· Munis Update: The conversion of utility billing software to the new MUNIS operating system officially started this week. The conversion process will continue through December, 2015.
· MASC Hometown Legislative Action Day: The City Manager, Director of Community and Economic Development, and several members of city council attended the annual Municipal Association of South Carolina Hometown Legislative Action Day in Columbia on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
· Municipal Elected Officials Institute: Councilmember Norman Scarborough graduated from the South Carolina Municipal Elected Officials Institute on February 4, 2015.
· South Carolina Economic Development School: Councilmembers Byrd and Scarborough attended the first of four sessions of the annual South Carolina Economic Development School this week.
· Water Main Repairs Pitts Meadows: A water main break near Pitts Meadows resulted in the area being placed under a boil water advisory on Friday January 30th, Saturday January 31st, and part of Sunday, February 1st. The city is sorry for the inconvenience that the break caused, but we had to take steps to repair the system in a timely manner and made every effort to personally contact each affected household.
· YMCA Lobby: The lobby renovations at the YMCA have been completed and the new entrance looks wonderful.
· Frontage Road / West Corporate Center Drive: The city began negotiations with the contractors to complete the final phase of work on the frontage road and hopes to have the road work associated with that project wrapped up by late spring.
· Blood Drive: The city is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, February 18th, from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Florida Street Public Parking Lot in downtown Clinton.
· Streetscape Phase IV: The city applied for the permits needed from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to begin the Phase IV Streetscape work which will include landscaping and sidewalk replacement along North Broad Street from Main Street to Florida Street.
· LCDSNB Breakfast: Members of staff and city council attended the annual Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board breakfast. LCDSNB staff presented highlights form the year and the city is excited about the new Cypress Center which will be opening on Carolina Avenue in 2015.