Being a first class city

Being a first class city is more than providing excellent fire and police protection, clean safe drinking water, reliable electricity, quality sewer service, timely sanitation service and clean streets.

Being a first class city is more than providing excellent fire and police protection, clean safe drinking water, reliable electricity, quality sewer service, timely sanitation service and clean streets. A first class city also provides quality recreation facilities and services which I assure you our city staff and city council are working very hard on. When I speak of recreation, it is in general terms as recreation means different activities for all age groups. While we are not where we want to be in recreation, we are getting closer than we have ever been. When we do build a recreation facility, notice I said when and not if, it will be first class and something everyone can be proud of. A first class city also provides an atmosphere that shows it is job friendly and ready for new development. This past Friday, April 22, the city broke ground on its first development ready pad in the I26 Commerce Park at exit 54. Many of you may not know that over 70% of all new industries are looking for a pad ready or an existing spec building. This pad puts Clinton into the game of recruiting new industry. No longer are we just spectators but are serious players. The building of this pad shows site selectors that Clinton is ready to compete in the very competitive field of economic development. A first class city also provides opportunities for its citizens to gather as family and friends for fun and fellowship. In 2016, the city will provide 22 such opportunities for citizens from the community Easter Egg Hunt to Rhythm on the Rails, Town Rhythms, National Day Out, Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas Parade and many other events. Though not put on by the city, Flight of the Dove brings approximately 500 cyclists to our city in August with over 90% of the riders being from outside of Laurens County. There is a lot going on in our city and opportunities for everyone to participate, and I hope to see you at our events throughout the year. I also would like to recognize two people who will be leaving us this week who have brought so much to our community. Rachael and Klay Killingsworth will be moving to Virginia this week where Klay has taken a job at VMI. The first time I met Rachael she told me she was the Social Mayor of Clinton, and she sure has been. In the six years she has lived in Clinton, Rachael has served as the Rotary Club president, performed in the Laurens County Community Theater, worked on the Flight of the Dove committee and the United Way committee, worked at Matt Davis Insurance, served as the Engineer (MC) for our first Rhythm on the Rails, conducted the half time games at PC basketball games, and has been PCs #1 football fan (wearing her signature #14 jersey, hard hat and football socks), and she did it all with the biggest smile you will ever see. Their leaving has presented a dilemma for our community! We need someone to fill in for them. Could it be YOU? (Bob McLean is mayor of Clinton.)

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513 North Broad St.
Clinton, SC 29325
Phone: (864) 833-1900
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