Council gave a 10-acre site next to the BP gas station on Hwy 72 East to the Clinton Economic Development Corporation.
That action - 2nd and final reading of an ordinance - allows the CEDC to move ahead on a plan to borrow $2.7 - $3 million for a spec building. Clinton, and several economic development partners, built one and leased it to GE Renewable Energy. The GE building is 75,000 sq ft, and the new spec building is envisioned for 50,000 - 60,000 sq ft. It will be constructed - if project partners can be secured - on an already in place pad beside the I-26 Commerce Center.
Laurens CPW and the Laurens County Development Corporation also have plans for a spec building, at the Hunter Industrial Park.
Clinton City Council cleared the way for the old Industrial Supply Building to become a Welcome Center. The project is expected to cost $178,953.79, coming from accommodations tax money. Council also authorized grants to Flight of the Dove $5,000 for advertising, and Bronze Train Ticket Heritage Walk $12,500 for a scavenger hunt about railroads. Grant applications were accepted Sept. 13-25.
The accommodations tax money needs to be spent now because the state is fining the city $13,000, for not accessing its state-held accommodations tax account for the past four years.
The three expenditures came on a recommendation of the Accommodations Tax Committee.
Council also set aside the “blue laws” (requiring businesses to close on Sunday) for another six months, and made these proclamations for the city: Oct. 1-7 as Public Power Week; Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week; Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week; October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month; October as Crime Prevention Month; October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month; October as Dyslexia Awareness Month; and the first Friday in November as Arbor Day.
On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the city will have a free, family-fun Public Power Week event. Set for the MS Bailey Municipal Center, the event will have hot dogs and drinks, safety displays and giveaways.
On Monday, Clinton City Council will have a called meeting. Set for 6 p.m. in the PS Bailey Council Chambers of the MS Bailey Municipal Center, the meeting will be convened so council members can have an executive session discussion of personnel matters related to the Office of the City Manager.
Council is seeking a replacement for Frank Stovall, who took a job in Virginia. Dale Satterfield is serving as Interim City Manager.