Cannon Joins the City of Clinton
Clinton City Council opened the 2018 year last night with a full slate that included the swearing in of its new city manager, who was extremely complimentary of the Clinton community and the role it played in his decision to take the position.
Bill Ed Cannon took the oath of office to highlight the initial council meeting, kicking off 2018 in local government to the pleasure of those in attendance.
Cannon, previously of Wildwood, Fla., addressed council and all in attendance, expressing his gratitude to become a part of the local community.
“I would love to thank you for the opportunity. Some of you might have thought I was a little crazy while interviewing, but this is the friendliest town I’ve ever been in and we’ve lived in four states,” he said. “The staff here is phenomenal and only going to get better. I appreciate this opportunity and with the good Lord’s help I will not let you down.”
Cannon was extremely complimentary of the Clinton community, which he said played a major role in his decision.
“At 67 years old, I have had the opportunity to do a lot,” he said. “But, from the bottom of my heart, I have never been anywhere and made to feel more welcome. Not only by the council, but by the entire community.”
Gary Kuykendall, councilman representing the 4th Ward, believes Clinton is lucky to have Cannon.
“He’s a great guy and really down to Earth, just like every other person here in Clinton,” Kuykendall said. “He has rock solid experience too with lots of accomplishments under his belt he’s going to share with us here.”
Mayor Bob McLean took a moment to thank Dale Satterfield for his seven months of service as Interim City Manager.
A meet and greet reception for Cannon will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 to welcome Cannon. The event is open to the public.
Council began the first session by passing two proclamations designating January as both Birth Defects Prevention Month in the City of Clinton as well as Blood Donor Month.
According to the resolutions presented to council for approval, Birth Defects Prevention Month is part of a national campaign promoted by the March of Dimes and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network at the Centers for Disease Control. 2018’s theme is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.”
Traditionally, January is the toughest month for recruitment at blood banks, and as a result it is cites January has served as Blood Donor Month since 1970. The resolution made note of the fact the local Red Cross is in urgent need for more donors.
Both resolutions passed 6-0.
With 2018 just beginning, council also addressed workplace safety and the general safety of city employees by affirming the city’s commitment to its employees.
Council affirmed the policy statement, which asserted a commitment to maintaining a safe workplace and addressed employee accountability.
An endorsement of the 2018 Municipal Association of South Carolina agenda, which is designed to assist in the operation of local government and also sets a list of legislative priorities also passed by unanimous vote.
Council also approved the sale of property located at West Main Street to JDI Fund LLC, a Greenville development group. The city originally purchased the property in December 2016 for $29,104.83 and reached an agreement with the development company on Dec. 22, 2017 for the same price.
The city describes the property as a one-story brick building built circa 1891 and is historically known as the L.H. Davidson Store. The sale includes performance agreements and will serve to generate revenue and “is a contributing property in the Clinton Commercial Historical District.”