Simpsonville gears up for 2010 census

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By Laura Clark

Simpsonville officials expect the 2010 census to show the population has more than doubled.

During the Wednesday morning's meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, City Administrator David Eaton guesstimated that the population had grown to 3,000 since the 2000 census, which reported 1,281 residents.

"It does have an effect on revenue and what we can bring in here through grants," said Eaton, who suggested the commission advertise the census.

Mayor Steve Eden said many people felt they were missed 10 years ago.

"The language barrier in 2000 was the biggest issue," he said.

Eden said a reminder to mail packets back probably would be included in February's water-and-sewer bill. Then census workers can follow up with any unreturned packet.

The census is looking for workers, and those interested can inquire at city hall.

$500 to Triple S

The council also voted to carry a motion requesting a $500 contribution toward the zoning computer upgrade. Triple S Planning Commission also requested funds from the Shelby County Fiscal Court ($1,000) and the City of Shelbyville ($500). Triple S would be responsible for the remaining  $2,000 necessary for a server upgrade.

Mayor Eden pointed out the system eventually could be used by other city offices, including city hall, sewer, fire and police.


Other business

  •  Police Chief Scott Chappell reported the new cruiser has been ordered and should arrive in 4 to 5 weeks.
  •  Commissioner Sharon Cummins reported the paving of Champions Way and Champions Circle was complete, and the Kingbrook Parkway met the county's specifications to be taken into the city road system.
  •  The city's budget is on track, Commissioner Cary Vowels reported. With about a quarter of the fiscal year gone, the city has spent 27 percent of its budget.
  • City Attorney Hite Hays reported the zoning requests regarding the new downtown project have been filed, and the property owners are being notified.