Welcome to the Town of Kingstree, SC!
Kingstree is a small town nestled under majestic oaks in eastern South Carolina. We are perfectly situated approximately 75 miles from Charleston, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach. Our town is surrounded by hunting lands with an abundance of deer, turkey, ducks, and other wildlife. We also have the Black River running through our community for fishing and water fun. This makes Kingstree a Sportsman’s Paradise!
A Message from Town Hall
In the Spring of 2016, the Town of Kingstree lost the tenant for the restaurant space in the train station building downtown known as the depot. The Town advertised for a new tenant, but received no proposals. Members of Town Council came up with the idea of using the facility as a venue for events. The Council voted unanimously to accept this idea at their July 28, 2016 meeting.
The facility was rented a few times and used by the Town and Williamsburg Hometown Chamber for a Business After Hours event in July. We had to borrow tables and chairs for these events. In order to make the venue more appealing to potential renters, the Town purchased 15 tables, 17 table cloths, and 100 chairs in September. The total cost of these items, including shipping, was $4,436.00.
The 2016-2017 budget was prepared under the assumption that the Town would have a restaurant tenant in the depot. That tenant would pay a set amount for rent, maintain the facility, and pay the utilities. The rent revenue was set at $18,000 ($1,500/month) as set by the previous tenant’s lease. The Depot Utilities expenditure account was budgeted for $0, because those expenses were to be reimbursed by the tenant. The Depot Expenses expenditure account was budgeted at $3,000 to cover any repairs that may have been needed for the building. The depot was expected to enhance our General Fund by $15,000. Now that the facility will be used as a venue, there is no regular tenant to pay rent, the utilities, or regular maintenance.
Council is considering a budget amendment, presented as Ordinance 2016-08, to address the changing needs of the depot. This budget amendment proposes that all revenue and expenditures related to the depot be moved to the Accommodations/Hospitality Fund. This fund is set aside for activities and facilities that draw people to our town, like community facilities, festivals, and historic locations. This is a very strong fund. It is in a much better position to help establish the depot as a venue. The proposed Depot Rental revenue is still $18,000. This would require 23 full day facility rentals for the year. The proposed Depot Utilities expenditure is $12,000, based on electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash services from the past year. The proposed Depot Expenses expenditure is $20,000. This would be used to maintain the facility and make purchases, such as the tables and chairs, that will make the depot a desirable location to host events. This amount can be reduced in subsequent years. It is anticipated that the depot will eventually be able to support itself as a venue.
The Kingstree Town Council has voted to pursue an “out-of-the-box” option for a piece of property that would otherwise be sitting idle. This new venture requires funds to become established. The budget amendment that is currently before Council would move funds that were not previously designated for anything to line items that will help establish the depot as the premier venue in our town.
The Kingstree Depot is now available for your parties, meetings, and receptions! Click here for more information.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of A three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
• Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
• Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
• To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
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