From the Desk of the Mayor

There’s a lot of good stuff going on in town. As a reminder from last month, the Greenville County Election Commission is running an early voting satellite polling place at the Simpsonville Activity Center on West Curtis Street. It is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:30PM, through October 30th.

I hope you’ve been by to see the new mural in the alley off South Main Street near the Clock Tower. We were so lucky to get Lacey Hennessy to do this mural for Simpsonville, and even better, now she’s doing another one. It will be on the same building except on the opposite end of the building facing south. We’re very excited about this one. It’s a drive-in theater design and has some interesting ‘hidden’ gems in the proposed artwork. Council approved the design in the last business meeting and it should be installed pretty quick. I was honored to be a part of the committee that worked on this, and extend my warmest thanks to the other members: Council Members Lou Hutchings and Sherry Roche; Hunter Howard Jr., the building owner; SAFI members Heidi Greene and Cindy Tench; and Justin Campbell, City of Simpsonville Community Relations Specialist. The Simpsonville Arts Foundation has a lot of good stuff going on besides helping with this. Simpsonville is always proud to support the arts.

We’re getting close to letting competitive bids for renovations on the Simpsonville Arts Center. We’re still waiting on a couple of approvals from the state. Hopefully this will get started early in 2021. We’re really looking forward to having the Milltown Players and seeing productions begin next Fall. I’m a big fan of Will Ragland, the Executive Artistic Director. Did you know he was elected mayor of Pelzer? Congratulations Will.

On another positive note, Habitat for Humanity just broke ground for a big project here in Simpsonville. It’s called Woodside Park and is close to Simpsonville Public Works. There will be 13 new homes. I can’t say enough positive things about Habitat. They do wonderful work and have a lasting impact on the community. This project was 12 years in the making. Much credit is due to past and current council members and past mayors. The property was deeded to Habitat for Humanity by City Council three years ago. What a wonderful thing and such remarkable foresight.

Well, that’s enough for now. Thanks for listening. Now back to work.■

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