June 2022 Council Highlights

  • The Sumter Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization (SUATS MPO) is developing the Sumter Walk - Bike Master Plan. The Plan will recommend improvements for the long-term vision of connecting the area with a network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities that expand routes throughout the community that are safe, convenient, and comfortable for all users. They are seeking the communities input in their online survey --click this link to access the survey... sumtersc.gov/walkbike
  • Our Downtown Sumter Department with the Sumter Gallery of Art has completed five (5) mural projects for the Creative Canvas This project was funded primarily by private funds, through Central Carolina Community Foundation and the Bake of Clarendon. The locations of the murals are:
    • 122 N. Washington Street
    • 9 N. Main Street
    • 24 W. Liberty Street
    • 337 Manning Avenue
    • 363 Manning Avenue 

More details on the Creative Canvas project are available at PaintSumter.org.

  • June is the start of hurricane season in South Carolina. We want to remind you to ONLY follow official news sources, such as the local radio station and the official City of Sumter and Sumter County government websites and social media pages for information regarding community readiness during an emergency. To help you better prepare for storms and learn how to protect your family you can also visit sc for more information.
    • It is important to keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of your family for at least three (3) days. Assemble a Family Emergency Kit with items you may need in an emergency or evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as suitcases, duffle bags or covered storage containers. You can view a sample Emergency Checklists on our website at sumtersc.gov. Under the Department tab, chose Emergency Management.
  • The City of Sumter administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Additionally, there will be no July 5th meeting of City Council due to the holiday week.
    • Team Sumter will be hosting Fireworks in the Park at Dillon Park on Saturday, July 2, starting around 9 PM (depending upon sunset). This is a free event for all. Come early to get a good location.
  • While more events are listed on our website calendar at sumtersc.gov. Some highlights to the current community calendar are:
  • Fourth Fridays return to Downtown Sumter again this year, starting Friday, May 27 at 6:30. This is an outdoor concert held on Main Street in front of the Opera House. Attendance is free. Bring a chair, but no coolers, please. Food and beverage vendors will be available onsite. The Summer schedule includes a variety of bands, with:
    • Jus Tru Blac on June 24
    • BadWater on July 22
    • Level 10 Live Band & Show on August 26
    • Second Nature on September 23

Fourth Fridays is sponsored by the City of Sumter and Yannis. For more information, visit www.DowntownSumter.org.

  • Pirate Day, taking place at 122 N. Washington St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday, June 25, will feature The Charles Towne Few, a period reenactment group that teaches about 1690-1820 in full dress as they tell pirate stories, show how leeches were used to help the sick and show off pirate weapons. Attendees to the free event will learn about pirate flags and the meaning behind them and will even be able to make their own. Pirate face paintings will also be available. For more events at the Sumter County Museum, visit sumtercountymuseum.org.
  • The City is hosting a Line Dancing & Exercise Event this Saturday, June 25, 10AM-2PM. This event is free and open to the public. Fun for all ages. Line dancing groups out of Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill and Sumter will be hosting, participating and teaching. Come out and Dance! North HOPE Center 904 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC For more info 803-436-2691
  • The Sumter Opera House is hosting a Summer Cinema Series for children and families. Showtimes are 10AM, 1PM and 7PM. Admission is $1.50 and concessions will be available onsite. The schedule is every Tuesday through August 2, with upcoming movies including Mitchell’s VS the Machines, Raya and the Last Dragon, Soul, Luca and more! A full schedule is available at sumteroperahouse.com.
  • Join Temple Sinai Jewish History Center this June and July for the Curious George Reading Adventures. June’s adventure is $20 per child and includes a copy of the book to take home, stuff Curious George toy, a snack, and more. July’s adventure includes a copy of the book to take home, a home craft, a snack, and more. Preregistration is required for both events and is available on the Sumter County Museum’s website.
  • On Saturday, July 16, THE TAMS will entertain and thrill our Sumter Opera House audience with hits like "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", and "What Kind of Fool". The Tams are under the leadership of Little Red, the son of longtime member Charles Pope and the nephew of group co-founder Joe Pope. It's sure to be a toe-tapping night of reminiscing! Tickets range from $32-$40 and are available online at sumteroperahouse.com or at the box office at 21 N. Main Street.
  • The City also continues to have several career positions available... construction, carpenters, inspectors, code enforcement, recreation, police officers, firefighters, and many more. Apply online at sumtersc.gov.
  • City Council meetings are typically held on the first Tuesday at 1 PM and on the third Tuesday at 5:30 PM on the 4th floor of the Sumter Opera House (enter through the back entrance off the parking lot). Public comments may also be submitted online anytime through our website at sumtersc.gov/council/meetings, or city citizens can contact the Mayor or their Council Representative any time prior to any meeting to discuss a concern or idea you may have for the City. For our regularly scheduled meetings, agendas are announced the Friday before each meeting on our website and include links to detailed agenda items as well as location and more. Due to the July 4th holiday schedule, our next regularly scheduled meeting July 19 at 5:30 PM.