Community Engagement is Important

Love reading these stories about community engagement! I think it’s so important to get out and engage with the communities we serve. That’s why we do the Coffee with Council meetings. And why we had the sidewalk/stormwater drainage meeting with residents from Woodside Mills. It’s why we held the Simpsonville Trails public meeting, and why recently Councilman Lou Hutchings and I arranged the Westwood Neighborhood Public Safety Meeting, which also featured Chief Hanshaw, other SPD officers, and our new Codes Enforcement Officer, John Derby. Hearing directly from you is important, and I look forward to upcoming opportunities to do so. Also, don’t forget to save the date for Simpsonville Police Department ‘s National Night Out Event on August 7th. This is a great opportunity to engage with our Chief and officers!

Lots Going on in Simpsonville This Weekend!

Are you ready for the weekend? I am! And there’s a lot going down in our town. Tonight is the Hank Williams Jr. concert at Heritage Park Amphitheatre. Tickets are still available! Looking for free fun? Tonight the Simpsonville Arts Foundation wraps up it’s Summer Music Series with Retro Vertigo at the Ralph & Virginia Hendrick Pavilion downtown. It’s FREE! Then across the street tomorrow from 8-noon is the Simpsonville Farmer’s Market. And finally Saturday night is our FREE Celebrate Simpsonville event, featuring the The Charlie Daniels Band (also at Heritage Park)! So much to choose from! What are you doing this weekend?!

Updates from 6.26.18 Meeting

Here are some updates from the 6.26.18 Committee of the Whole meeting that you might find interesting:

 PUBLIC WORKS

Continuing to work on sewer and other infrastructure improvements on SE Main in support of the new restroom building and alleyway improvements to be constructed. I am excited that we are making progress on this project because the restrooms downtown will make spending time there much more appealing—and that’s good foe everyone!

Crosswalks downtown have been painted for improved pedestrian safety.  We have more people than ever downtown these days, so it’s important that we keep our very walkable downtown as safe as possible for our residents and visitors.

PARKS and RECREATION

Director Robbie Davis is working with Greenville County Redevelopment Authority on improvements to the Senior Center utilizing CDBG funding.  This funding is provided to the city for improvements to low-to-moderate income areas of the city. We received updates on this funding an recommendations for its use earlier this year.  This is a great way to use this money.

ADMINISTRATION

Justin Campbell has accepted the position of Community Relations Specialist with the City of Simpsonville. Justin is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Journalism. He has experience writing for The Tiger and, most recently, The Seneca Journal. Justin has strong communication skills coupled with excellent writing skills. He will be a tremendous asset in disseminating City information to media outlets, pushing content through social media, and working with all City departments on graphic presentations and grant writing. We welcome Justin to Team Simpsonville and look forward to working with him!

Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Simpsonville is proud to announce it has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The Association awarded the honor to Simpsonville for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2016-2017.

The Certificate of Achievement is the “highest form of recognition” in government financial reporting and a “significant accomplishment” by a government and its management, according to an Association news release.

City Administrator Dianna Gracely said the City of Simpsonville is honored by the recognition of the City’s excellent financial governance.

“We at City Hall strive to be good stewards of the public trust with best practices and transparency,” Ms. Gracely said. “The Certificate of Achievement is the result of our commitment to responsibly manage the City’s finances to ensure a bright future for Simpsonville.”

Government Finance Officers Association serves almost 19,000 local, state and provincial-level government officials and finance practitioners, according to the news release. An impartial panel judged the City’s comprehensive annual financial report to meet the “high standards” of the program, including a “spirit of full disclosure,” according to the news release.

Mayor Janice Curtis said the financial report is a way for the City to be transparent with the citizens of Simpsonville, whose tax dollars Mayor Curtis said the City is “entrusted to use wisely.” Curtis said the report is an example of that transparency.

Vote Today!

Make sure to get out and vote today! Run-off elections have notoriously low voter turnout, which makes YOUR vote more important than ever! Polls close at 7 PM!

Both Democrats and Republicans have a run-off for SC House District 4 (Trey Gowdy’s seat). Republicans also have run-offs for Governor and Attorney General.

I voted first thing this morning! Have you voted yet?

Celebrate Simpsonville is THIS Weekend!

“And the Devil jumped up on a hickory stump, and said ‘Boy, let me tell you what:'” You do NOT want to miss The Charlie Daniels Band FREE at Heritage Park Amphitheatre this SATURDAY!

But that’s not all! Mayor Janice Curtis will be jumping out of an airplane! Why? To support the following organizations: Children’s Miracle Network, Quilts of Valor Foundation, and Honor Flight Upstate SC!

You can help! Make a donation TODAY by going here:

https://tinyurl.com/Celebrate-Simpsonville