Here’s a recap of Simpsonville City Council’s business meeting Feb. 9:
APPROVED: Acceptance of $322,738 in HUD grants
City Council approved a resolution accepting $322,738 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development for affordable housing and community development. The funds will be distributed by the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. The city plans to use them to improve the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center, a facility that serves low- to moderate-income persons. The improvements include plans to renovate the community room, kitchen and outdoor area in the rear of the building to create a congregate dining location.
In addition, the city will use grant funds toward continued façade improvements to downtown buildings and blight removal.
Approved: $154,500 in accommodations tax grants
City Council approved the second reading accommodation tax grants totaling approximately $154,500 to the following organizations, projects and events:
- SC Koi & Goldfish Show, $10,000
- Celebrate Simpsonville, $35,000
- Hendricks Pavilion Renovation, $65,000
- Food Truck Rodeo with Live Music, $7,000
- Halloween at Heritage Park, $4,500
- Sipping in Simpsonville Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, $7,000
- Sipping in Simpsonville Spring Wine Tasting, $7,000
- Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Promotional Brochure-Annual Update, $2,000
- Simpsonville Arts Foundation Concert Series, $8,000
- Simpsonville Arts Foundation Oktoberfest, $5,000
- Simpsonville Garden Club fence garden in Heritage Park and planting on Main Street, $1,500
- South Greenville Fair, $2,500
These grants are funded by accommodations tax collected from hotels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging facilities for tourism-related spending within city limits.
Approved: Appointment of Kimber Strong as Simpsonville Municipal Court’s ministerial recorder
City Council appointed Assistant Clerk of Court Kimber Strong as ministerial recorder in Simpsonville Municipal Court. In this role, she will be able to set and accept bonds and recognizances and to issue summonses, subpoenas and arrest and search warrants without other judicial authority.