Concern About Losing $99,000 Grant for a Clinton Trail

Earlier this month, Clinton City Council received an overview on results of Clinton Progress 2013, a five-year plan developed in 2008. Susan Galloway said “Clinton Canopy” was developed from plans of Clinton Focus 2013’s green space subcommittee. She said City Council subsequently accepted recommendations from Clinton Canopy by unanimous vote.

Mrs. Galloway reviewed results from the 2008 5-year plan, noting Clinton has done “pretty well.” She said the city won a grant to conduct a tree inventory in 2009, established a tree ordinance to become a Tree City USA in 2014, has beautified an entrance into town from I-26 and developed plans for the Industrial Supply Complex. Galloway said a mural is to be painted on Musgrove Street this summer and another mural is in the works. She noted at least some work has begun on the Martha Dendy site along with improvements at Pine Street Park and work at Pinehaven Park. She said City Council committed $60,000 to establish a park on land donated by Sterilite and the city has been a support to citizens establishing community gardens.

Susan Galloway noted a final recommendation was to make Clinton friendly for walkers and bicyclists. She said much of that work has been done by the Laurens County Trails Association. She noted Clinton receive at $99,000 grant from SC PRT for a “Miller Fork Trail,” the first such grant to Clinton. She said Clinton has asked for multiple extensions of that grant, but the completion deadline is May 31st. With that date looming, She expressed concern that action on this was not on the April City Council agenda. She asked council to do whatever is necessary not to lose this grant.

After her comments, City Manager Bill Ed Cannon said the Miller’s Fork Trail project bids were wildly over budget and a second attempt generated a bid of $65,000 but without accompanying bond or proof of insurance. The city manager said, “I consider that a no bid,.” Noting the bid was well within the project budget, he said it did not meet the minimum requirements to be considered. Bill Ed Cannon added, “My recommendation would be to not touch it at all.” Mrs. Galloway responded that she realized her allotted time had expired but she did want to discuss this matter with the City Manager as soon as possible.