Friday, March 20, 2015

City Manager's Report - March 20,2015

       Planning Training: The Planning Department had training on March 16th for new Planning Commission and Design Review Board members. The training was held at the M.S. Bailey Center with the City of Laurens participating. The continuing education training for all Planning Commission, BZA, and DRB members will be on April 20th, 5:30pm at the Bailey Municipal Center.

       Planning Commission: The Planning Commission met on March 16th and discussed possible ordinance changes to temporary structures and temporary signage.

·       Design Review Board: The DRB meet on March 17th an approved signage for a new business, Pet Styles II, at 200 Musgrove Street.

·       City of Clinton Community Easter Egg Hunt: The City of Clinton will have its annual City of Clinton Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Pine Haven Park/American Legion Hut off of Highway 72. The Egg Hunt begins in front of the American Legion Facility at 2:15 p.m. Bring your children and grandchildren for a fun filled afternoon. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance as well!

·       Christmas for Kids Benefit Basketball Game: The Clinton Department of Public Safety will be taking on the Laurens County Sheriff's Office in a benefit basketball game to support the annual Christmas for Kids Program in Laurens County. This action packed sporting event will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Clinton YMCA at 2:00 pm. Admission is Free but donations will be accepted at the event. All funds raised will go to the Christmas for Kids Program. Come out and cheer your favorite team on!

·       Rhythm on the Rails: Saturday, May 16th the City will be hosting our first annual spring festival, Rhythm on the Rails. This will be an all-day event focusing on the train heritage of our town.   The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with a 5K run followed by opening ceremonies at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a stage at the Municipal Center and at the Depot.  We will have vendors set up around the square, rides in the West Main Street parking lot, a trackless train, and bounce houses for children.  Bands, as well as local groups, will be performing throughout the day, and the evening will conclude with a street dance from 6pm to 9pm. 

·       Direct Deposit: All employees will be converting to direct deposit of paychecks prior to the end of the fiscal year and all employees have complied with this change. This is being done primarily as a cost saving measure and the city will save money by not having to print paychecks on special paper and the time associated with generating paychecks will be reduced.

·       Frontage Road Electric Tie Line: The electric utility line extension project for West Corporate Center Drive is currently out for bids and bids will be opened by Southeastern Engineering on March 26th. More information regarding these bids can be found in the procurement section of the city’s website.

·       Dilapidated Structures: Inspections and Planning is working with property owners all over the city to improve property conditions and remove dangerous and dilapidated properties. Properties at 51 Beech Street, 105 Neighborhood Drive, #1 Prather Circle, 316 East Ferguson, and North Adair Street have been demolished. The industrial property, the old shirt plant, on Davidson Street is also scheduled for demolition.

·       New Technology and Training at DPS: New in-car cameras for all DPS patrol cars have been purchased and have arrived. The camera system will be installed in the vehicles over the next couple of weeks, with the final installation scheduled to be completed the week of April 6th. Four DPS employees are also attending classes to become certified Fire Marshals and Inspectors as part of our effort to cross train personnel so that they can fulfill multiple roles in the department as needed.