Where has the year gone? Spring, summer and fall are passed us with winter just around the corner. Dry weather gives us time to repair our many County dirt roads but a little rain to hold down the dust is always nice.
What a great time of year to live in Sumter, South Carolina. Cool mornings and mild afternoons are perfect for any outdoor activities.
Work continues by your County government…..the new Dabbs Fire Station is well underway. The property on Hwy. 378 adjacent to the old fire station is cleared and ready for construction. There are numerous intersection improvements ongoing in the downtown area funded by your Penny for Progress Sales Tax.
September is here and your County government is in full stride. The mild summer has been a welcome relief from the usual heat, but the wet weather caused deterioration on the County’s 300+ miles of County roads, which in turn increased maintenance work for Sumter County’s Public Works Department.
It’s nice to live in the South. You cannot beat the 70’s and 80’s temperatures in May. Once you endure the pollen season, what a great place to spend time outdoors.
Your County Government is hard at work. The newest community center, Salterstown, will have its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. Located on Highway 401 just beyond Highway 378, this new community center will serve the citizens on the east side of Sumter for many years to come. The new Sheriff’s Office Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be Friday, May 24, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The transition to this new location on Highway 15 North has been successful on many levels.
Wow, what a wet spring thus far. Rainfall in these amounts cause havoc on our County dirt road system not to mention all of the private lanes. We do our very best to manage the maintenance on these roads and your patience is greatly appreciated.
Plans are on schedule to open the new Sheriff's Office in late May. Sheriff Dennis and his staff have been working closely with the Information Technology Department to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Spring is fast approaching and your County workforce is working diligently preparing for a busy March and April. Recreation and Parks declare spring is their busiest season of the year. Kids that were all bundled up for the winter, coupled with cabin fever, are anxiously waiting to go to the ball fields when the weather breaks. Public Works will be busy repairing the County road system damaged by winter weather.
March and April brings construction closure on two major capital projects, the new Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the new Sumter County Judicial Center. These two buildings are slated to open in late spring or early summer.
Happy New Year to everyone! Sumter County is off and running with an exciting year ahead as our budget preparation season will start in early February. County Council and staff will be focused for approximately four months planning for the operational and capital financial needs of the various County departments for the fiscal year beginning July 2013.
Congratulations to our County Council members that were successful in their re-election campaign (Chairman Eugene Baten, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, Councilwoman Naomi Sanders, and Councilman Jimmy Byrd). We certainly are excited about keeping our County team strong.
I am happy to report that Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s, the two leading bond rating agencies, have assigned superior bond ratings of Aa2 and A, respectively, to Sumter County’s $6.5 million General Obligation Bond issue, Series 2012, while reaffirming these ratings to the County’s other outstanding debt. Factors contributing to these ratings include the County’s strong financial position, low debt burden, rapid debt payoff, and manageable capital needs, which are all indications of a healthy and financially secure county government.