Fire Safety House/Modern Woodmen of America Partnership

This is such a great example of the true One Simpsonville spirit. Mr. Stephens of Modern Woodmen of America contacted me early this year about ways in which his organization might partner with the city. I spent some time learning about him and his organization and talking with Ms. Tiffany Cherry, our Community Relations Specialist, Mr. David
13177472_1708838509392773_2008053661691080840_nDyrhaug, our City Administrator, and Mayor Curtis. Then, in one of our budget workshops, we heard about a Fire Department “want:” a fire safety house (read more here). This was something that we obviously were not going to be able to budget for, given our vast number of critical needs. But it sounded like an excellent opportunity to partner with an organization like Modern Woodmen. So we took the idea to Mr. Stephens, who did some research, and determined that he had a matching funds program that we could take advantage of for this project. And so we took it to Council, who (after some initial objections) unanimously voted to move forward on the project. Once approved, the work began to plan a special fundraising event to raise our match to obtain these funds. But here’s the really wonderful part: once the public heard about our efforts to fund fire safety education through private partnerships, people started calling to find out how they could help. Individual citizens wanted to know where to send money. Business owners wanted to know how they could help raise awareness. Bethel Trails Farm, a local business that operates at our Simpsonville Farmer’s Market, offered to host a fundraising event at their farm—and they wanted to donate a whole pig to entice people to come and give. And it worked. We raised over $1,800.00 that night. But that’s not all, the Farmer’s Market itself offered a significant monetary donation AND volunteered to raise money over the course of the summer, keeping a “Loot for the Boot” collection boot and encouraging customers to donate. At the end of the summer, they’ll donate it all to the fund. And finally, this October, we’ll be holding a Stop, Drop, and Run 5K (stay tuned for more details) to wrap up our fundraising efforts. This event is made possible through a number sponsorships from businesses and citizens. This whole project illustrates the One Simpsonville spirit very clearly. In this venture, we have truly united our city—its citizens, its businesses, and its government—working together for continuous improvement.  Plus, we now have a partnership with Modern Woodmen of America that we expect to last well beyond this project.

Arts Center Feasibility Study Update

Arts Center Feasibility Study Update: The Study Committee should be finalized no later than May 13th, 2016. Once finalized, staff will organize an orientation meeting for all involved, based on their availability. The goal of that meeting is to familiarize everyone with each other and the role they will play in the feasibility study. Groups will be formed from the Committee and given tasks to complete concerning the study. Each group will be responsible for creating a timeline to complete their tasks. Staff will support each group and ensure progress is made in a timely manner.

See previous blog post for more on the Arts Center Feasibility Study.


Recycling Update: Changes March 1

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No More Glass March 1!

As most city residents learned late last year, Simpsonville’s recycling program provided by Sonoco ended (read more in this article from The Greenville News).  We experienced no disruption in service, however, because our Public Works Department began taking our recycling to a new servicer, Pratt Industries.

At this week’s City Council Workshop meeting, we heard from Mr. Jay Crawford, Director of Public Works, who gave us an update on the city’s recycling program.  As part of that update, he informed us that effective March 1, we will no longer be able to recycle glass.  As it turns out, no one wants residential glass for recycling anymore.  Thus, Pratt will no longer accept it.  And that means we, fellow citizens, can no longer put glass in our green roll carts starting on March 1st.

The city will begin publicizing this in February, targeting existing customers by putting a notice on every can.  We’ll also be using other methods to try to get the word out.  But what’s better than word of mouth? Help us help get the word out by spreading this important information: Starting March 1, no more glass in recycling roll carts. 

Got questions? Let me know!