DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Last year was a great for Darlington, and 2019 will be even better!

Here are some of Darlington’s highlights:

We received a South Carolina Infrastructure Authority grant for $445,000 for the Southwest Darlington Storm Water project. This project, as of mid-April, was not complete, and neither was a $2,562,000 storm water improvement project that is also for the Southwest portion of Darlington (from Fleming to Short Coker Street). The bulk of funding came from a city of Darlington storm water bond.

In July 2018, the Darlington City Council approved the purchase of a vactor truck from Jet-Vac of Sumter. The vactor truck made a big difference when Hurricane Florence hit our city in September 2018. For many years, excessive rain used to result in flooding in front of First Baptist Church and Hardee’s. The vactor truck has helped to eliminate most of the water in front of the church and Hardee’s. To help even more with the vactor truck, the council voted to get a camera and cutter to make the vactor truck more efficient in other troubled areas in the city.

In February 2019, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began installation of 4,400 linear feet of sidewalk, stretching on South Main Street from Walmart to Avenue F. The total cost of the project was $510,000, with $110,000 coming from the city and $400,000 from a SCDOT grant program for new sidewalks. Senator Gerald Malloy was very instrumental in getting the SCDOT funding for the sidewalks. We thank him for helping Darlington.

We have new welcome signs on South Main Street and Lamar Highway entering the “PEARL OF THE PEE DEE.”

I would like to thank all who help to make Darlington a better place to live!

There is more to come. …

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