Editorial, Fountain Inn

Inn the Know

Shawn Bell, Fountain Inn City Administrator

Spring is in the air! The first thing that always comes to my mind when I think of spring (besides baseball) is Spring Cleaning. Beginning May 1st, our Public Works Department will be picking up any items you can carry by hand to the curb. Throughout the entire month of May, we will pick these items up at no charge but please separate yard waste from other debris such as metal, wood, etc. Also, please note that brush, limbs, branches, etc. may not exceed six inches in diameter. To make sure we keep property values high and aesthetically pleasing in Fountain Inn, after the month of May, we will be conducting Citywide inspections enforcing all city ordinances.

Let’s all work together to keep the City of Fountain Inn a safe and clean place to live. You can go to 44cityserve.com to sign-up for our community-wide event to bring Fountain Inn together for one day in order to serve and improve our community. On April 21st, we will gather at the Depot Street stage at 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast and rally before volunteers’ scatter all across Fountain Inn. Sites for City Serve vary from plumbing and new flooring to beautification and kid friendly projects. The goal for each project is to be done no later than noon. You can register, choose a site that fits your ability, skill and availability, and even purchase a “44 City Serve” t-shirt to wear on the 44cityserve.com website.

As our weather warms, we will also start to see more rain. More rain and milder temperatures here in the south means mosquitos. In Fountain Inn, we have a pretty aggressive Mosquito Action Plan in which our Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation certified employees spray on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall. However, the best way to control mosquito borne diseases is prevention. Insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirted & long pants, staying in places with air conditioning or window/door screens, and removing standing water around your home are the absolute best ways to prevents mosquito bites. Mosquitos develop in water that stands for more than five days. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, eliminate all standing water and debris.

Spring also means Downtown Fountain Inn comes out of its shell with our events. The 12th Annual Cornbread and Collard Greens Festival with Blues Legend Mac Arnold will be in Downtown Fountain Inn April 26-28; our weekly Farmer’s Market starts on May 5th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon; and Bluegrass in Commerce Park starts on May 12th from 7-9 p.m. Make sure you try the delicious food, desserts, and beverages at our downtown dining establishments such as Growler Haus, The Ice Cream Fountain, Steam, Cucina 100, J Peters, Bucky’s BBQ, Sweet Catherine’s, Orion’s, and El Patron.

Shawn Bell is the City Administrator of Fountain Inn. For more information, go to www.fountaininn.org, call 864-862-4421, or email shawn.bell@fountaininn.org.♦

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