Hartsville City Council recognizes public servant

Andrea Crenshaw (left) newly appointed City Clerk for Hartsville is congratulated by outgoing City Clerk Sherron Skipper (right) as Skipper steps down from her post during the Hartsville City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. PHOTO BY STEPHAN DREW

By Stephan Drew, Editor


The Hartsville City Council meeting held on July 10th was a momentous occasion, filled with proclamations, retirements, and new appointments. The council gathered to discuss various matters, including the recognition of significant organizations, the approval of resolutions for community development, and the forthcoming deliberation on short-term rental regulations. The meeting was an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and make decisions to enhance the city’s growth and welfare.

The session commenced with a celebration of the 91st birthday of former City Councilwoman Adlena Graham, who has served not only the city but also the community for decades. Mrs. Graham was on hand to receive her flowers and balloons and to thank everyone present for their well wishes.

Council also gifted a series of proclamations for Responsible Fatherhood Month, Parks and Recreation Month, and General Aviation Month. The council acknowledged the importance of responsible fatherhood in building strong families and communities. They emphasized the significance of parks and recreation facilities, which provide residents with recreational opportunities, promote a healthy lifestyle, and foster community engagement. Additionally, the council recognized the contributions of the general aviation sector to the city’s economy and transportation network.

As well as the proclamations, the retirement of City Clerk Sherron Skipper was announced Skipper has served the city diligently since 1980, and her retirement marked the end of an era. To honor her dedication and service, the council declared the week of July 10th as “Sherron Skipper Week” as a token of their appreciation and gratitude. Skipper’s family was on hand to help celebrate the emotional farewell. Although she has retired as City Clerk, Skipper will remain in an advisory position.

As Skipper stepped down from her role, Andrea Crenshaw was sworn in as the new City Clerk. Crenshaw has served as Assistant City Clerk under Skipper for several years. Crenshaw’s appointment marked a new chapter in Hartsville’s administrative affairs, and her expertise and leadership were welcomed by the council and the community. 

During the meeting, several organizations and initiatives were recognized for their valuable contributions to the community. The Man2Man organization, dedicated to empowering and supporting men in various aspects of their lives, received commendation for their positive impact on individuals and families within Hartsville. Neptune Island Water Park was also acknowledged for providing enjoyable and refreshing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Additionally, the Airport Advisory Board received recognition for their efforts in maintaining and developing the city’s airport infrastructure.

The council also discussed regulations on short-term rentals. Recognizing the growing popularity of such rentals, the council aimed to strike a balance between supporting this industry and ensuring the well-being of neighborhoods and residents. This topic would be further deliberated in future council meetings to devise suitable regulations that address the concerns of all stakeholders.

Several resolutions were approved during the meeting, demonstrating the council’s commitment to enhancing various aspects of the community. Resolution 07-23-01 authorized the application for a S.C. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (SCPRT) grant, which would provide funding for improving and expanding recreational facilities within the city. This resolution reflected the council’s dedication to offering residents high-quality recreational opportunities and promoting an active lifestyle.

Another approved resolution, 07-23-02, demonstrated the council’s support for the acquisition of adjacent property by the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM). This acquisition would allow the school to grow and expand its educational offerings, further strengthening the city’s commitment to education and fostering a culture of learning.

The council also passed Resolution 07-23-03, which highlighted their commitment to maintaining two significant cemeteries in the area—Magnolia Cemetery and Greenlawn Cemetery. Recognizing the importance of preserving the city’s historical and cultural heritage, the council pledged to ensure the proper care and upkeep of these sacred spaces.

Resolution 07-23-04 approved a bid by U.S. Water Company to operate and maintain the water and wastewater treatment plants in Hartsville. The council’s decision aimed to ensure the efficient and effective management of these crucial facilities, guaranteeing the delivery of clean and safe water to the community. The bid was $2.5 million over 3 years, $858,420 per year, and will be billed annually.

The Hartsville City Council meeting on July 10th showcased a range of achievements, retirements, and appointments, as well as the council’s dedication to community development and welfare. Through proclamations, resolutions, and discussions, the council demonstrated their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents, preserving the city’s heritage, and making informed decisions for the betterment of Hartsville.

The next meeting of the Hartsville City Council will take place on August 8, 2023.

Author: Stephan Drew

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