Natalie Zeigler

Natalie Zeigler

As we enter the busiest season of the year, all of our staff at the city of Hartsville are reminded of just how amazing each of our residents, visitors, and businesses truly are. We are so thankful for each one of you that call Hartsville home. We strive each day to create the best Hartsville experience possible for all that spend time here.

As this year closes and a new year soon begins, we would like to remind you of ways to stay in touch with us and always be well-informed of what is happening in our great city.

A great deal of work goes into creating and maintaining lines of communications between citizens and those that serve. The Internet is, of course, a vital tool. The city of Hartsville has a strong online presence with social media pages for many of our major departments. At our interactive website—www.hartsvillesc.gov—residents can find helpful details, from setting up a utility account to learning about yard debris pickup, our parks system, local schools, job resources, and updated trash and recycling schedules. There are a variety of other ways to stay informed.

The Internet brings a lot of convenience to our lives, but you don’t have to own a computer or smartphone to find out what you need to know. There are print materials that are distributed regularly. One can grab local event cards at downtown businesses. These pocket-sized rack cards list happenings throughout the community during the month. They are a great way to discover fun events for individuals and families.

You can also find event cards at City Hall and the Key to Your Hartsville (Hartsville Visitors Center), located on the corner of Carolina Avenue and Fifth Street. Stopping by the Key personally is a great way to learn more about upcoming events in the community. Someone is always there ready to answer questions or lead you in the right direction. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We include bill stuffers in monthly utility statements. When you receive your water/sewer bill, be sure to check for an additional slip of paper detailing useful information. Bill stuffers typically feature important messages from the city.

For decades, The Hartsville Messenger has been a great partner to the city in helping to disseminate information. They’re an excellent resource in keeping citizens aware of new developments in the area. The Messenger closely covers city initiatives and plans. They provide a venue for us to share details about upcoming events and happenings. The local paper also serves as a space for this column, which allows for a more personal glimpse into the way the city of Hartsville staff works for the betterment of the municipality.

With all the ways to stay connected online and off, it’s never been as easy to be an informed member of the community. Look around; take advantage of all the opportunities there are to learn more. Be engaged and present. We want residents to be knowledgeable and active in the decisions made in benefit of Hartsville. We believe in establishing many effective channels for openness and sharing, because we believe it builds a stronger city.

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Natalie Zeigler is Hartsville City Manager.

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