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.