Friday, July 29, 2016

What's Up Down at City Hall?

·         Utility Advisory Committee: The Utility Advisory Committee met this week in an organizational meeting to review existing plans and set future direction for the group.

·         Burton Center Manufacturing Project: Economic Development, Community Development, and management personnel met with staff from the Burton Center in Greenwood and representatives from REI Industries regarding the potential to bring a manufacturing facility to the city in partnership with the Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. The facility would make pallets, and would employ approximately 30 people with several opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to be employed.

·         Industrial Fire: Clinton Department of Public Safety, as well as several county fire departments, responded to an industrial fire at a wood chip processing plant this week. Although teams were able to bring the fire under control very quickly, there was significant damage to the plant and an extensive mop up and follow up operation was required.
·         Town Rhythms: The Embers dazzled crowds at our Town Rhythms event this week.

·         City Council Meeting: City Council met this week and completed second reading on ordinances to annex and zone property on Waverly Drive for a new retail facility.

·         Clinton Senior Citizen Housing Authority: The Clinton Senior Citizen Housing Authority met this week and authorized the sale of Tallwood Homes contingent upon it remaining in the USDA / HUD program and contingent upon the approval of the USDA.

·         Upcoming Council Meetings: City Council has a meeting scheduled next week to take up the following actions:

August 1, 6 PM
P.S. Bailey City Council Chambers inside the M.S. Bailey Municipal Center at 211 North Broad Street
This is a tentative list of agenda items, and it could change prior to the meeting.
·         Proclamations regarding Back to School Month and Connecting Cops with Communities.
·         Recognition of an area Eagle Scout
·         Second Reading of an ordinance to dissolve the Museum Commission
·         Discussion and consideration of an Anti-Tether ordinance.
·         Consideration of a Reimbursement Resolution in advance of a Utility Bond Issuance
·         Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the city to proceed with the Main Street Program.
·         Discussion of LCWSC Sewer Rate Adjustment

Friday, July 8, 2016

What's up down at city hall...

·         Severe Thunderstorm: A severe thunderstorm struck the city on Thursday night causing significant power outages, numerous trees down, blocked roads, small electric line fires, and multiple car accidents. DPS and DPW&U crews responded to the storm and worked throughout the night to restore power and open roads. By 6 AM Friday, power had been restored to 95% of customers, and all roads had been opened. Remaining customers would be restored by late Friday. Removal of tree debris will take longer, but crews will work extra shifts to clean it up. For trees that were owned by the city, the city will remove all debris. For trees on private property that blocked public roads, the city will remove any debris that they had to cut; all other debris will be the responsibility of the property owner to remove.

·         Audit Committee Meeting: The City Council Audit Committee met this week to review the contract with the independent auditor that reviews the city’s finances annually. The audit firm of McKinley Cooper will begin their independent review of the city finances later in July and their final report should be ready by December.

·         Homes of Hope Projects: The City Manager met with Homes of Hope representatives this week regarding their efforts to construct ten new homes in Hampton Woods, four new homes on N. Broad and Elizabeth Street, and the redevelopment of the historic Young Building at 101 East Main in Downtown.

·         Streetscape Phase IV: Demolition of sidewalk along Broad Street and Main Street began this week as the new streetscape effort on Broad Street gets underway.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 1 - Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

Here's what's up down at the Municipal Center this week...
I 26 Commerce Park Road Groundbreaking: The City of Clinton, in partnership with Pacolet Milliken, Laurens County, LCDC, CEDC, CNNGA, LEC, and others held a groundbreaking ceremony for the road that enters the I26 Commerce Park site this week. When the project is completed, over 700 acres will be available for future development in Clinton.

Expanding Partnerships: Representatives from the City of Laurens, the City of Clinton, and Laurens County met this week to discuss ways in which the entities could partner to improve the level of recreational services offered and the quality of recreational facilities in the county.

Landscaping Projects: The preconstruction and notice to proceed meetings were held this week for three small landscaping projects including landscaping along Springdale, and at both ends of West Corporate Center Drive. Work on beautifying these areas should begin later this summer.

Miller’s Fork Shoals Park: Several tours of the site of the proposed Millers Fork Shoals Park and Trail on West Corporate Center Drive were held this week. Representatives from Clinton Canopy, a grass roots group focused on improving parks in our community, as well as city staff, met with elected officials to show how the site could possibly be developed. The park and trail has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the South Carolina Recreational Trails Program.

City Council Meeting: City Council met this week and recognized Tim Stoddard for his service to the Design Review Board, declared the first Tuesday in March as National Night Out, conducted second reading on an ordinance to annex the right of way along East Corporate Center Drive, and conducted first reading of ordinances to annex and zone property on Waverly Drive and to dissolve the Museum Commission.

Valve Installation: Crews from the Department of Public Works, as well as personnel from the Cities of Newberry and Union, and the Laurens Commission of Public Works, worked to install two valves on large water mains on Elizabeth Street and Adair Street. These valves are new and will allow for portions of the system to be isolated in the event of a leak so that the least number of customers possible will be impacted if the city has to temporarily drain parts of the system for maintenance. The valves were put in using a new “hydrastop” machine which allows the valve to be installed on a pressurized water line. While the equipment was expensive, the cost of purchasing it has been shared by four water systems (union, Laurens, Newberry, and Clinton) reducing the cost of buying the machine. This innovative approach to equipment purchasing was the result of an effort led by Dale Satterfield, Public Works & Utilities Director.

The Mayor, Council, and City Staff wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. The Municipal Center will be closed on Monday, July 4th, and all sanitation services will run one day late next week due to the holiday.