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Town Hall Meeting Summary -- City Council Goals and Objectives

Throughout May and June 2019, Clemson City Council hosted a series of Town Hall meetings designed to seek input from Clemson residents regarding their concerns for the community. In September 2019, City Council completed a list of several goals divided into 4 larger themes as a way to address the concerns raised during these town hall meetings. These 4 themes are listed below; clicking on each of the banners below will display a detailed list of the goals associated with each theme. Updates will be included as they become available.

Facilitate and improve communication and coordination with Clemson University

  1. Establish goals/priorities of the Joint City/University Advisory Board for each of the working groups which have been created by November 2019. Kick-off meeting was conducted on August 28,2019.
  2. Work to better communicate the shared programs, activities, and partnerships between the City of Clemson and Clemson University so that there is a higher level of awareness of the active relationships between the two entities. Use the Community Connection, City & University websites, and other publications to communicate existing and on-going efforts and shared benefits.
  3. Discuss and publicize existing in-kind contributions, programs, activities, or services that Town & Gown contribute to shared programs and activities.
  4. Directly communicate to the Clemson University Board of Trustees the changes and priorities from each Working Group and status of the overall relationships with the City of Clemson. (Possibly at the February meeting of the Board of Trustees).
  5. Establish a regular meeting with the Clemson University Community Relations Director, at least twice monthly, to ensure that both City and University are kept apprised of projects, programs, and activities of each entity.
  6. Establish an annual Town Hall Meeting to be hosted by both the City and University to receive comments and communicate issues to our shared constituents. (Note: This is in addition to the annual State of Clemson event).

Improve transparency and communication

  1. Finalize City priorities and activities that City Council desires to achieve as a result of public input from the Town Hall Meetings.
  2. Evaluate and enhance as needed the communications tools and efforts that are utilized by the City of Clemson to promote greater transparency. Current methods include the Community Connection, websites, the City E-blast system, Facebook groups, hang-tag flyers, electronic newsletters, Twitter, formal media releases, and other methods. Consider contracting with a professional communications consulting firm to assess City communications methods and recommend enhancements.
  3. Consider whether the City of Clemson could benefit from creating a Public Information Officer to coordinate and enhance communication efforts. Implement a public request tracking tool to allow departments to be more easily informed of needs in the community and to communicate results back to persons in the community. Use a "report card" on the City web site to advise the public on the status of goals and objectives.
  4. Begin discussing the possibility of increasing the City property tax millage rate or other funding sources for specific and targeted projects, activities, or goals.
  5. Following the completion of the Comprehensive Plan Update, consider and update the City Vision and Mission Statements. Consider creation of a new master plan.

City Infrastructure, City Amenities, and Quality of Life Issues

  1. Continue to invest and maintain existing community parks and assets:
    1. Nettles Park current and future expansion land
    2. Consider redevelopment of Clemson Park
    3. Dawson Park
    4. Abernathy Park and Boardwalk
    5. City Police Department expansion needs
    6. Downtown Welcome Center & Police Substation
    7. Other City-owned buildings and facilities
  2. Consider infrastructure safety enhancement possibilities:
    1. Implement a policy and procedure for speed humps and other traffic calming systems.
    2. Continue to invest in (and possibly increase the annual budget for) sidewalk construction.
    3. Increase the number of bus shelters on CATbus routes.
    4. Continue to enhance Downtown Camera System
    5. High visibility crosswalk markings.
    6. Consider the need for additional signalized and pedestrian activated traffic signals.
  3. Invest in the Green Crescent Trail System and work with the Friends of the Green Crescent.
  4. Better utilize the City Arts & Culture Commission to encourage public art.
  5. Consider relocating the Child Development Center and determine if a daycare center can be developed. *This issue has been reviewed and was determined not to be pursued. *
  6. Consider issues related to gentrification of neighborhoods, workforce housing, and inclusionary zoning.

Community Growth and Housing

  1. Consider Keowee Trail development.
  2. Cohesive planning process.
  3. Identify ways to preserve/honor our past.
  4. Following the Comprehensive Plan Update, examine zoning ordinance and modify as needed.
  5. Examine the current housing mix within the City of Clemson, including single-family, affordable housing, student housing, retiree housing, etc.
  6. Review and analyze traffic issues on roads.
  7. Regularly inventory underused commercial spaces and identify potential and alternative uses (Food Lion, commercial space in mixed-use buildings, etc.)
  8. Initiate a formal process for interacting with other university communities that are experiencing similar issues (i.e. Auburn, Blacksburg, Davidson).
  9. Develop a plan to attract more Clemson University faculty and staff to reside in the City of Clemson.