Fellow Citizens of South Congaree:
Council has adopted the 2021-22 budget, and it has been posted on the Town’s website. Thank you to all the citizens that attended the Public Hearing and First/Second Readings. Your comments were received and although changes were not made prior to adopting the budget, Council will work to amend the budget to reflect your requests.
The ending financial report for fiscal year 2021 reflects positively for our town. The 2020-21 budget was $1,188,792.67. As of June 30, 2021, the total expenses were $1,011,949.28; the total income was $1,168,630.55; leaving a positive balance of $156,681.27.
McKinley, Cooper & Co., LLC have begun work on the 2019-2020 audit. South Carolina Law requires that municipalities have a yearly audit with 13 months allowed to complete it. Council will continue to work to bring past due audits current. Bringing past due audits current is a positive reflection on the business practices of South Congaree’s municipal office as well as ensuring State Appropriated Funds are received by the State Treasurer’s Office on time per state requirements.
For over a year, the Town of South Congaree has not had a landscape contract; however, you will begin to notice significant improvements throughout our main thoroughfares and landscapes. On July 13, 2021, Council awarded a one year landscape contract to Prosperity Lawn Care, LLC.
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Town’s second Red Cross Community Blood Drive! The drive was a huge success with 24 total donors and 24 units collected with two first time donors! The Town of South Congaree’s community blood drive potentially saved 72 lives. When we host these blood drives we are helping to change lives. The next community blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Beginning July 6, 2021, the Pine Ridge/South Congaree Senior Center is in Phase 1 of reopening! The Senior Center is now allowing one group of 15 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday set aside for cleaning. Phase 2 is expected to begin mid to late August. Phase 2 will allow double the number of participants per day, as well as, begin their van pick up service. This is good news!
Happy belated birthday to the South Congaree-Pine Ridge Library! Our very own library celebrated their 14th birthday on July 19, 2021! The SCPR Library is hosting Summer Reading Events to include Preschool Story Time on July 26, August 1 and August 8 at 10:00 a.m. and Books & Beyond (Ages K-Grade 5) on July 30 at 10:00 a.m. The SCPR Branch Library is open 9 AM–5 PM on Monday and Friday; 11 AM– 7 PM on Tuesday; 12 – 6 PM on Thursday and 10 AM – 1 PM on Saturday. Find out more information about the SCPR Library at www.scprfriends.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scprfriends.
An additional event this month is the South Congaree Championship Rodeo on July 23 and 24! Friday, July 23rd is family night and for each paying adult, one child under age 10 gets in free! The gates open at 5 PM. The Rodeo is held at the Arena located at 395 Oak Street, and we hope to see you there!
Friday, July 23 is South Congaree Night at the Blowfish Stadium in Lexington! The gates open at 6 PM and the game starts at 7:05 PM. South Congaree’s very own Rodney Krantz will be throwing the first ball! You are invited to come and support Rodney as well as the Blowfish as they play the Savannah Bananas to be followed by a post-game fireworks show.
We welcome and encourage you to attend our Town Council meetings on the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held prior to Council Meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Town Council meetings are also livestreamed via Facebook.
Let’s continue working together to make South Congaree the best small town in South Carolina!
Cindy Campbell, Mayor
Cindy Campbell, Mayor