Fellow Citizens of South Congaree:
It's hard to believe that 2023 is coming to an end. I hope you and your family have enjoyed the holiday season and experienced a Merry Christmas.
I want to take this time to thank you for continuing to support our quarterly litter pickups. Your dedication and commitment to keeping our community clean is commendable. It's because of you that our streets look better than ever!
Within the last few months, Council recognized two longtime citizens who are well known and loved by many! During the September meeting, we were thankful to have Senator Katrina Shealy honor and present Mrs. Violet Crumpton with a resolution celebrating her 90th birthday. In the November meeting, Council presented Mrs. Margie Valladares with a resolution to honor and recognize her 90th birthday. Mrs. Cumpton and Mrs. Valladares are longtime residents of South Congaree and their service to our community is greatly appreciated. Happy birthday to you both!
State law (Section 5-7-240) requires all municipalities, regardless of population or budget size, to submit a financial audit to the State Treasurer's office within 13 months of the end of that municipality's fiscal year. The Town is waiting to receive the completed audit for fiscal year 2021. Once received, we will move forward with the required audit for fiscal year 2022.
The annual South Congaree Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held on December 3 was well attended and continues to grow each year. We were honored to have US Congressman Joe Wilson with us to speak and Cayce Councilman Tim James to serve as the emcee. Special thanks to Pastor Jerry Freeman (Congaree Baptist), Reverend Natalie Minor (Platt Springs Baptist), and Pastor Gene Henderson (Ebenezer P.H.) for your continued support, prayers and participation. Everyone enjoyed the dance performance presented by Goins Dance and the musical selection from Congaree Elementary School choir.
I have heard from numerous citizens and attendees that this year’s Christmas parade was the best one yet! The comments and positive feedback we have received following this year's parade continue to be an encouragement to the committee who worked very hard to plan the parade and tree lighting ceremony. Special thanks to Dr. Brenda Hafner (Lexington 2 Superintendent), Tyler Ryan (ABC Columbia), and Todd Cullum (Lexington County Councilman) for serving as judges for this year's parade. Special thanks to USC's very own Cocky for leading the parade as our Grand Marshall! Awards for the best float, vehicle and walking/performance will be presented during the January 16 Council meeting.
My pledge continues to be to serve the citizens of South Congaree; work as hard as possible to make our wonderful town a safe, clean and welcoming place to live while striving to provide the quality of life our citizens deserve. Thank you for entrusting me with the responsibilities that come with serving as your Mayor. Do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything I can do to assist you.
As a reminder, the Mayor has no more authority than any member of Council. The Town of South Congaree is managed through a Council Form of Government meaning the Mayor has an equal vote and no veto power. I am, however, an advocate for the citizens of our Town and will continue to work to build a stronger and more prosperous community by advocating for civil engagement, respecting others and their viewpoints, and finding solutions for the betterment of our town.
You're invited to attend the Council meetings in person on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. or view via livestream on the Town’s Facebook.
I wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Cindy Campbell, Mayor