Community Report

Report from the Pacolet Community

Updated, January, 2013

Awards

  • 2012 Spartanburg County Tourism Ambassador Award
  • 2011 South Carolina Preservation Trust- Elected Official
  • 2010-11  Champion for Education Award, SC School Boards Association
  • 2010-11  Friend of Education Award, SC School Curriculum Development
  • 2008 United States Preserve America Community
    • It was noted that "As a community, you honor our nation's past and inspire and educate for the future.  The Nation applauds your achievement.  As your community shares its story with residents and visitors, you set a great example for others."
    • Pacolet is the only Preserve America Community in Spartanburg County.
  • 2008 Golden Achievement Award
    • SC/National Schools Public Relations Association award for Community Social Studies Curriculum. 
  • 2007 South Carolina Pilgrimage of Place Award
    • Awarded, Domino Development Team,  Clemson University
  • 2007 South Carolina Blueprint Community
    • Awarded, SC Association of American Institute of Architects
  • 2006 South Carolina Rural Leadership Award

 

Studies

  • 2011, United States Department of Agriculture Feasibility Study of Pacolet/Glendale
  • 2009, SC Community Development Forum held in Pacolet
  • 2009, Mayor Harris chairs Spartanburg County Tourism Strategic Plan
  • 2008, Mayor Harris and Mayor Pro Tem Littlejohn present at the National Preservation Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "Plan for Rural Revitalization".
  • 2007, South Carolina Urban Land Institute study, Glendale and Pacolet.
  • 2006, Mary Black Foundation sponsors design for Pacolet Trailhead.
  • 2006 & 2007, Pacolet hosts South Carolina Mayor's Institute
  • 2005, Photographic Exhibit, Pacolet Pilgrimage of Place, Greenville Technical College and Clemson University
  • 2004, Pacolet citizens along with 18 professional planners, architects, landscape designers, and others develop a Community Master Plan and Covenant. Funded by SC Departments of Commerce and Urban Forestry.
  • 2003, Mayor Harris selected with 18 professionals across South Carolina to study rural revitalization in County Mayo, Ireland. 

 

 

 

Economic Development

  • Village Post Office to stay open.  Our Village post office is the only one that was slated to be closed to receive additional operating hours.
  • Annexations complete for: Brown Mill Road, Gethsemane Baptist Church, East Main extension.  Other annexations requests to the town in process.
  • Town acquired the Old Amory Building located on Sunny Acres Road.
  • Lockhart Power celebrates its 100th year by planting 100 trees in areas of operation.  Pacolet received 29 trees distributed as follows:  3-Marysville School, 7 ClothRoom, 19 near the future river walk.    
  • 2010-2011, United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Grant to study waterway connecting the two communities of Pacolet and Glendale.
  • 2008 to present, $925,000 Grants for Business District Sewer
  • Annexation - Brown Mill and Jerusalem road citizens petition to annex   
  • Land Use Plan updated, new zoning ordinances adopted
  • New housing/retail in sight along Highway 9
  • New businesses over a ten year period – Lockhart Power Plant-Upper Pacolet Dam, Family Dollar, Dollar General Market, Spartan Industries expansion,  Peeler's Farm Supply, New China Restaurant,  Reflective Recycling,  Spartan Hydraulic, Alternator Exchange, Satellite Depot, Say Cheese – Photo Shop.
  • Pacolet Scenic River Group established to implement blue way on the Pacolet River & Lawson’s Fork Creek as National and State Scenic Rivers.
  • Lawson's Fork/Pacolet Rivers Paddling Trail, Advisory Council
  • Spartanburg County Tourism Strategic Plan 

 

Safety

  • Communitywide Crime Watch Program established.
  • Partnering with the schools Pacolet Elementary and Middle School of Pacolet to provide a police presence in the mornings and afternoons during opening and closing.   
  • Town wide clean up days – local churches adopt roads
  • Implementing Town Street Sign plan to be completed by 2015.

 

Heritage Celebration and Preservation

  • National Register Sites - Pacolet Town Hall, Cloth Room, Marysville Community School, Pacolet Mill Village (Historic District) and 13 Archival Sites at the Pacolet River Heritage Preserve
  • Continuance of the Pacolet Community Social Studies Curriculum by teaching all the state standards out in our community to our students in grades K-5 and grade 8.  
  • American Revolution Heritage - 2012 marks seventh year of Gen. Daniel Morgan's Victory March from the Pacolet River to the National Battlefield -  Town partners with Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Cherokee Historic and Preservation Society and Cowpens National Park. 
  • 2009 Historic District Design Guidelines Adopted, Historic Architectural Review Board appointed.
  • 2008 Pacolet Area Museum opened
  • Celebrations:  Indian Summer Festival, October; "A Village at Christmas", and Cultural Heritage Tours, Christmas Parade.

Grants total over a ten year period - $11 million. Designated for infrastructure:  water, sewer, sidewalks, roads and bridges

 

Appling for:

 

  • Clothroom and Amphitheater rehabilitation monies through ARC, CDBG and USDA

 

Recently secured grants:

 

  • $800,000, Construction and Design Phase - Pacolet River Gateway Project:  River Walk and Intersection Improvements.
  • $925,000 – In process, Sewer expansion Business District
  • $1 million, Pacolet Partners with US Teach America History - Right Under Your Feet Grant, Sites are Marysville Community School, African American; Wag Stop Plantation, American Revolution; and Pacolet River Archival Sites, Native American.
  • $19,500 - Directional/Way finding signage, Complete
  • $27,000 - Amphitheater Signage, Complete
  • $150,000 - Hillbrook Sidewalk extension connects a six mile walkable loop
  • $74,000 - Nature Trail linking Middle School to sidewalk infrastructure.
  • $19,000 - Lighting for Pacolet River Bridge, Complete
  • $60,000 - Rural Revitalization Study of Pacolet River and Lawson Fork Corridor, Glendale and Pacolet

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