Clinton Asks Governor for Help on DOT Shed

The Governor is about to get a letter from the city of Clinton. At the February meeting of Clinton City Council Monday evening at Clinton’s  M.S. Bailey Municipal Center, City Manager Bill Ed Cannon presented council with a letter addressed to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and asked Mayor Bob McLean and each member of council to sign it. The letter requests the Governor’s assistance in ongoing discussions with the South Carolina Department of Transportation regarding the DOT maintenance shed located at Exit 54 from Interstate 26 at SC Highway 72. Mr. Cannon told council that the South Carolina Department of Commerce has identified that location as one of the top 25 economic development sites in the state. However, with the maintenance shed remaining there, it is not available for site development. Cannon said that his discussions with DOT officials have not been fruitful.

The City of Clinton would consider purchasing property for DOT in a desirable location, but not so desirable for industrial or commercial development and then do a land swap. Mr. Cannon said that it is also possible that a developer would purchase the property directly from DOT.

Council Member Danny Cook asked if there were hazardous materials on the site. Mr. Cannon said he did not know what was there. He said he thought it was probably just salt used on roads during inclement winter weather. Mr. Cook questioned if there were perhaps fuel tanks and suggested that if they were able to acquire the property, they would need to complete an environmental assessment before any development could begin. After more discussion, council voted unanimously to send the letter to the Governor and each agreed to sign it. A copy of the letter will go to Laurens County’s legislative delegation. Cannon advised that the delegation is behind the city and that they are also writing a joint letter to the Governor making the same request.