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State of the City from Mayor Sheppard on July 4th

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The following message is a transcript from the Mayor's speech regarding the State of the City on July 4th.  A copy of this will be placed on the "Letter from the Mayor" page of the website.


Good Evening everyone.

 I would like to thank Mayors Tarulli, Hamilton, and Runde, and City Council members:  Stephen Perkins, and  Ron Kirby and our City Manager Dennis Pieper and all of you, my fellow Tega Cayans for being here tonight.  Regrettably, our Mayor Pro Tem Chris Landvik-Larsen and Councilperson Dottie Hersey are unable to be here tonight because of business commitments out of Town.

Tonight we celebrate our City’s 30th Birthday.

In 1972 we had a population of 2,517 and today our population is rapidly approaching 8,000.  We have seen many great days for Tega Cay and her residents as displayed today on the screen.  I would like Cliff Nichols and Karin McKemey for the GREAT pictures, interviews, and slides shows that were presented this afternoon.

30 WONDERFUL Years and we are just getting started.  This past year has been full of optimism, hard work and great progress

While I am talking about how magnificent our city is, I could not allow the opportunity to pass to thank all of the Volunteers of this City both past and present. Without your contribution this city would not be the wonderful place it is and the place we all love to call home. I believe it is the volunteers that help make Tega Cay so unique.  I do have to have a special shout out to the volunteers of the Community Relations Committee, headed up by Michele McGuire for putting on this incredible day.   Thank you all!

Along with the pleasure of working with the volunteers I have the privilege of working alongside a very talented City Council. I thank them for their dedication and leadership, and I am confident they always work hard to make the best decisions for the citizens of Tega Cay.

Our City Staff, under the leadership of our City Manager, Dennis Pieper is without a doubt the hardest working City Staff I know.  Every day they do their best for us, the citizens of Tega Cay.  The addition of Dennis has had a tremendous positive impact in our city on so many levels.

Some of the most exciting things we have accomplished over the last year: 

Our staff has a new home; a facility that truly looks like a City Hall.  As you probably know, we just purchased and closed on the building that was once known as First Properties. It is now the TEGA CAY CITY HALL!

Currently the Administration, Operations and TCUD departments have moved into City Hall. Within the next few weeks Development Services will join them.  This new Facility will create the opportunity for improved services, and as a result of the consolidation, with City Staff under one roof, we now can provide services to citizens, contractors, and business owners all from one location.  This will generate an expense savings by closing two separate facilities, thereby reducing our utility and maintenance expense. It is my hope, and I hope the rest of Council agrees, to move our City Council meetings and Municipal Court into the lower level of the building after some renovations.  This would increase our meeting space from 1,056 square feet currently in the lower level of the Glennon Center to 1,638 square feet potentially available in the lower level of City Hall.

In other areas:  Our economic development continues its forward progress:

In February we were thrilled to announce the Wellmore Senior Living Facility, or as I like to call it the Tega Cay Citizen Retention program – As I am sure  you have read Wellmore will be a 30 million dollar premier retirement community in the Stonecrest Development located on SC Highway 160 . The Community will offer assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services as well as a community clubhouse, gourmet dining and a wellness center for residents. The City of Tega Cay has been chosen as the flag ship location for the Wellmore Senior Living Facility.  We are currently waiting on South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to approve the Certificate of Need (CON) and recognize the need exists here in York County for this type of facility.  I am confident that SCDHEC will reach their ruling before the end of August. Once the CON is approved Wellmore can start moving the project forward. In terms of benefit to the City of Tega Cay, the project will have a construction cost of approximately $ 15,000,000; create 130 new skilled jobs; future property taxes of $ 80,000, business license fees, stormwater fees, and Hospitality tax revenue.  These are all benefits we will see in the future.  The projected completion date is January, 2014.  Our immediate benefit is revenue from the permits and business licenses fees.  Those fees will be in the range of $170,000. - a benefit we will see in this fiscal year.  Other than the financial benefit to the City, our senior resident’s will not have to leave their families and friends or the City they love because of health concerns.

Lake Ridge continues to grow. In our FY 2010/2011 – 99 new homes were built with a total value of $32,976,000.  In our FY 2011/2012 - 76 new homes have been built with a total value of $24,226,000. We are averaging approximately 100 new homes per year in the Lake Ridge subdivision.

In addition to Lake Ridge, new homes are also being constructed in River Lakes and Serenity Point Subdivisions.  According to the permit data tracked by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments for their jurisdictional area, the city of Tega Cay is issuing approximately the same number of permits as the City of Rock Hill.

We are also having commercial growth – 1135 Stone crest Blvd., Carlos Café a new Cuban Restaurant opened recently and there is another project in the early stages targeted for the existing building located at 1143 Stone crest Blvd.

DISCOUNT TIRE will be opening a store at 2435 West Hwy 160.  The subdivision plat was received and approved by the planning commission and Council on June 26th. The site plan and Civil Documents have been received and should be approved by the Technical Team by July 9th. The Building will be 6,947 sq. ft and we anticipate construction to begin in September.

FIFTH THIRD BANK: The subdivision plat has been received and is scheduled for action by our planning commission on July 9th with an action by Council of July 16th. The building size is 3,396 sq ft.  Site plan will be submitted upon sale and transfer of property (we have conducted a preliminary courtesy review).  We anticipate construction to start late September to early October. 

SCHOOL SITE:  The School is now being constructed on the old McCall Property.  Elementary School number 8 has been designed as the new prototype elementary school and the design will be site adapted for Elementary School number 9. The design for this school is two stories, is approximately 120,000 square feet and will house 1,000 students. This capacity represents a 100 student increase from all other elementary schools, but early statics show that due to the location of the school, in Tega Cay, this capacity is warranted. The facility is scheduled to open for the August 2014 school year.  The addition of this Elementary school will assist with overcrowding. The land disturbance began on June 26th.  The city has collected permit and business license fees totaling $ 10,786 to date.  We have heard a lot of concern over the clearing of the property and even some rumors that mistakes were made in the buffer line.  Not only have we heard the concerns - so has the School District. The School District will be holding a meeting at the Glennon Center on Wednesday, July 11th @ 6:30 PM for anyone interested in the project.  Although we will not receive taxes from the school we will receive   water and sewer revenue since they will be on the City’s TCUD system.   With the annexation of the Fort Mill School District property the city has grown through responsible annexation.

OUR GOLF COURSE:  We have put out a Request For Proposals for a Golf Course Management Group.  Because of the type financing we have, we are required to bid out this facility every five years. I do not want to imply in any way that we are unhappy with the current management team or they cannot bid, simply that this RFP is a standard required practice.  It is my hope that the current management team does bid.  While I am on the subject of the Golf Course, the weather has been kind to us which in turn has allowed us to be ahead of budget on rounds of Golf played.  As of May 31st we are ahead of the  budget by 1,036 rounds.

OUR FINANCES:  We did not seek a TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) for this fiscal year for the first time in 2 years.  As I stated in my last City address, with proper handling of our budget, we shouldn’t need one and I don’t see the need for us to seek one this year either.  We currently have reserves in excess of $ 800,000.  All of our funds are performing well and are within or under budget. These reserves do not include the sale of old City Hall or the old Police station. The money from the sale of those two building are in a reserve account.  With the sale of the old City Admin building we will try to pay off or significantly pay down the bond we took out to buy our City Hall.  Once again, Council will work with the budget based on needs vs. wants.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:  As I mentioned last year we are transitioning from a full time volunteer fire department to a full time paid department. We are not doing this because the Volunteers have not answered the call to go in when everyone else is running out. We are doing this because it is the right thing to do and it significantly reduces response times to fires.  Our current Fire Department has members that span the age of 17 to 80. We need coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Many of our young volunteers work outside the city during the day.  Unfortunately, an emergency doesn’t wait for the volunteer fire fighter to be in town for an incident to occur. I hope with this budget that council will be working on in the next few weeks we will be able to add at least 2 paid firefighters so we will have full time fire coverage 24/7.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Our Police Department has been busy as well. The Tega Cay Police department holds monthly Community Watch meetings with our resident’s. They are holding quarterly business watch meetings with the businesses located inside the city limits. They are participating in strategic tactical training for response to Gold Hill Middle and Elementary Schools and our new Elementary School – elementary school number 8 on Tega Cay Drive.

You may not know this but in the lobby of the police department is a pill drop box.  The drop box is used for expired medications. You can bring your expired medications to the drop box and the medications will be destroyed in cooperation with York County.

Both of these departments are a credit to the citizens of Tega Cay for their willingness to support civic groups and provide education to the citizens whenever called upon to do so.  

Once again we held the Mayors’ Golf Tournament.  We called it the 2nd Annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament.  As a reminder this tournament is to raise money through sponsorships to support all of the events in the City. This year we raised a little more than $ 70,000. Therefore events like today are paid for from the proceeds of the tournament and not city tax dollars.  

I would like to extend a special thank you to Valerie and Joe Soprano, Josh Brownell and Charlie Funderburk for all of the hard work they put into making this so successful.  We have heard that some residents are making it a family participation event.   The 3rd annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, March 22nd.

Before I move the discussion to outside the City I would be remiss not to mention the Living Memorial Gardens. What a great example of the power of a volunteer. What a great example of Tega Cay. As its name says it is a Living Memorial Garden. There is still plenty to do in the garden so if you are interested in taking part in this remarkable project, get in touch with the Beautification committee.  Congratulations to Jennifer Stalford – Tega Cay Citizen of the year!

THE TEGA CAY/ Gold Hill Road Connector – OR Hubert Graham Way – York County received Federal Highway and Environmental Protection  Agency approval to classify this as an exempt project and not go through an 18 month air quality analysis. This allows us to move forward. A consultant contract is being developed for possible Council approval at the August 2012 meeting. Design would start immediately after that approval and construction could begin by the middle of next year.

There is a lot more I could talk to you about, and I am sure that some are surprised I said as much as I did, but the fuse is getting short on the Fire Works. Enjoy the Fireworks!  

Thank you for the honor of being your Mayor of this GREAT City.  May God continue to Bless you, the City of Tega Cay and the United States of America.


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The following message is a transcript from the Mayor's speech regarding the State of the City on July 4th. A copy of this will be placed on the "Letter from the Mayor" page of the website.


Good Evening everyone.

I would like to thank Mayors Tarulli, Hamilton, and Runde, and City Council members: Stephen Perkins, and Ron Kirby and our City Manager Dennis Pieper and all of you, my fellow Tega Cayans for being here tonight. Regrettably, our Mayor Pro Tem Chris Landvik-Larsen and Councilperson Dottie Hersey are unable to be here tonight because of business commitments out of Town.

Tonight we celebrate our City’s 30th Birthday.

In 1972 we had a population of 2,517 and today our population is rapidly approaching 8,000. We have seen many great days for Tega Cay and her residents as displayed today on the screen. I would like Cliff Nichols and Karin McKemey for the GREAT pictures, interviews, and slides shows that were presented this afternoon.

30 WONDERFUL Years and we are just getting started. This past year has been full of optimism, hard work and great progress

While I am talking about how magnificent our city is, I could not allow the opportunity to pass to thank all of the Volunteers of this City both past and present. Without your contribution this city would not be the wonderful place it is and the place we all love to call home. I believe it is the volunteers that help make Tega Cay so unique. I do have to have a special shout out to the volunteers of the Community Relations Committee, headed up by Michele McGuire for putting on this incredible day. Thank you all!

Along with the pleasure of working with the volunteers I have the privilege of working alongside a very talented City Council. I thank them for their dedication and leadership, and I am confident they always work hard to make the best decisions for the citizens of Tega Cay.

Our City Staff, under the leadership of our City Manager, Dennis Pieper is without a doubt the hardest working City Staff I know. Every day they do their best for us, the citizens of Tega Cay. The addition of Dennis has had a tremendous positive impact in our city on so many levels.

Some of the most exciting things we have accomplished over the last year:

Our staff has a new home; a facility that truly looks like a City Hall. As you probably know, we just purchased and closed on the building that was once known as First Properties. It is now the TEGA CAY CITY HALL!

Currently the Administration, Operations and TCUD departments have moved into City Hall. Within the next few weeks Development Services will join them. This new Facility will create the opportunity for improved services, and as a result of the consolidation, with City Staff under one roof, we now can provide services to citizens, contractors, and business owners all from one location. This will generate an expense savings by closing two separate facilities, thereby reducing our utility and maintenance expense. It is my hope, and I hope the rest of Council agrees, to move our City Council meetings and Municipal Court into the lower level of the building after some renovations. This would increase our meeting space from 1,056 square feet currently in the lower level of the Glennon Center to 1,638 square feet potentially available in the lower level of City Hall.

In other areas: Our economic development continues its forward progress:

In February we were thrilled to announce the Wellmore Senior Living Facility, or as I like to call it the Tega Cay Citizen Retention program – As I am sure you have read Wellmore will be a 30 million dollar premier retirement community in the Stonecrest Development located on SC Highway 160 . The Community will offer assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services as well as a community clubhouse, gourmet dining and a wellness center for residents. The City of Tega Cay has been chosen as the flag ship location for the Wellmore Senior Living Facility. We are currently waiting on South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to approve the Certificate of Need (CON) and recognize the need exists here in York County for this type of facility. I am confident that SCDHEC will reach their ruling before the end of August. Once the CON is approved Wellmore can start moving the project forward. In terms of benefit to the City of Tega Cay, the project will have a construction cost of approximately $ 15,000,000; create 130 new skilled jobs; future property taxes of $ 80,000, business license fees, stormwater fees, and Hospitality tax revenue. These are all benefits we will see in the future. The projected completion date is January, 2014. Our immediate benefit is revenue from the permits and business licenses fees. Those fees will be in the range of $170,000. - a benefit we will see in this fiscal year. Other than the financial benefit to the City, our senior resident’s will not have to leave their families and friends or the City they love because of health concerns.

Lake Ridge continues to grow. In our FY 2010/2011 – 99 new homes were built with a total value of $32,976,000. In our FY 2011/2012 - 76 new homes have been built with a total value of $24,226,000. We are averaging approximately 100 new homes per year in the Lake Ridge subdivision.

In addition to Lake Ridge, new homes are also being constructed in River Lakes and Serenity Point Subdivisions. According to the permit data tracked by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments for their jurisdictional area, the city of Tega Cay is issuing approximately the same number of permits as the City of Rock Hill.

We are also having commercial growth – 1135 Stone crest Blvd., Carlos Café a new Cuban Restaurant opened recently and there is another project in the early stages targeted for the existing building located at 1143 Stone crest Blvd.

DISCOUNT TIRE will be opening a store at 2435 West Hwy 160. The subdivision plat was received and approved by the planning commission and Council on June 26th. The site plan and Civil Documents have been received and should be approved by the Technical Team by July 9th. The Building will be 6,947 sq. ft and we anticipate construction to begin in September.

FIFTH THIRD BANK: The subdivision plat has been received and is scheduled for action by our planning commission on July 9th with an action by Council of July 16th. The building size is 3,396 sq ft. Site plan will be submitted upon sale and transfer of property (we have conducted a preliminary courtesy review). We anticipate construction to start late September to early October.

SCHOOL SITE: The School is now being constructed on the old McCall Property. Elementary School number 8 has been designed as the new prototype elementary school and the design will be site adapted for Elementary School number 9. The design for this school is two stories, is approximately 120,000 square feet and will house 1,000 students. This capacity represents a 100 student increase from all other elementary schools, but early statics show that due to the location of the school, in Tega Cay, this capacity is warranted. The facility is scheduled to open for the August 2014 school year. The addition of this Elementary school will assist with overcrowding. The land disturbance began on June 26th. The city has collected permit and business license fees totaling $ 10,786 to date. We have heard a lot of concern over the clearing of the property and even some rumors that mistakes were made in the buffer line. Not only have we heard the concerns - so has the School District. The School District will be holding a meeting at the Glennon Center on Wednesday, July 11th @ 6:30 PM for anyone interested in the project. Although we will not receive taxes from the school we will receive water and sewer revenue since they will be on the City’s TCUD system. With the annexation of the Fort Mill School District property the city has grown through responsible annexation.

OUR GOLF COURSE: We have put out a Request For Proposals for a Golf Course Management Group. Because of the type financing we have, we are required to bid out this facility every five years. I do not want to imply in any way that we are unhappy with the current management team or they cannot bid, simply that this RFP is a standard required practice. It is my hope that the current management team does bid. While I am on the subject of the Golf Course, the weather has been kind to us which in turn has allowed us to be ahead of budget on rounds of Golf played. As of May 31st we are ahead of the budget by 1,036 rounds.

OUR FINANCES: We did not seek a TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) for this fiscal year for the first time in 2 years. As I stated in my last City address, with proper handling of our budget, we shouldn’t need one and I don’t see the need for us to seek one this year either. We currently have reserves in excess of $ 800,000. All of our funds are performing well and are within or under budget. These reserves do not include the sale of old City Hall or the old Police station. The money from the sale of those two building are in a reserve account. With the sale of the old City Admin building we will try to pay off or significantly pay down the bond we took out to buy our City Hall. Once again, Council will work with the budget based on needs vs. wants.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: As I mentioned last year we are transitioning from a full time volunteer fire department to a full time paid department. We are not doing this because the Volunteers have not answered the call to go in when everyone else is running out. We are doing this because it is the right thing to do and it significantly reduces response times to fires. Our current Fire Department has members that span the age of 17 to 80. We need coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of our young volunteers work outside the city during the day. Unfortunately, an emergency doesn’t wait for the volunteer fire fighter to be in town for an incident to occur. I hope with this budget that council will be working on in the next few weeks we will be able to add at least 2 paid firefighters so we will have full time fire coverage 24/7.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Our Police Department has been busy as well. The Tega Cay Police department holds monthly Community Watch meetings with our resident’s. They are holding quarterly business watch meetings with the businesses located inside the city limits. They are participating in strategic tactical training for response to Gold Hill Middle and Elementary Schools and our new Elementary School – elementary school number 8 on Tega Cay Drive.

You may not know this but in the lobby of the police department is a pill drop box. The drop box is used for expired medications. You can bring your expired medications to the drop box and the medications will be destroyed in cooperation with York County.

Both of these departments are a credit to the citizens of Tega Cay for their willingness to support civic groups and provide education to the citizens whenever called upon to do so.

Once again we held the Mayors’ Golf Tournament. We called it the 2nd Annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament. As a reminder this tournament is to raise money through sponsorships to support all of the events in the City. This year we raised a little more than $ 70,000. Therefore events like today are paid for from the proceeds of the tournament and not city tax dollars.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Valerie and Joe Soprano, Josh Brownell and Charlie Funderburk for all of the hard work they put into making this so successful. We have heard that some residents are making it a family participation event. The 3rd annual Mayors’ Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, March 22nd.

Before I move the discussion to outside the City I would be remiss not to mention the Living Memorial Gardens. What a great example of the power of a volunteer. What a great example of Tega Cay. As its name says it is a Living Memorial Garden. There is still plenty to do in the garden so if you are interested in taking part in this remarkable project, get in touch with the Beautification committee. Congratulations to Jennifer Stalford – Tega Cay Citizen of the year!

THE TEGA CAY/ Gold Hill Road Connector – OR Hubert Graham Way – York County received Federal Highway and Environmental Protection Agency approval to classify this as an exempt project and not go through an 18 month air quality analysis. This allows us to move forward. A consultant contract is being developed for possible Council approval at the August 2012 meeting. Design would start immediately after that approval and construction could begin by the middle of next year.

There is a lot more I could talk to you about, and I am sure that some are surprised I said as much as I did, but the fuse is getting short on the Fire Works. Enjoy the Fireworks!

Thank you for the honor of being your Mayor of this GREAT City. May God continue to Bless you, the City of Tega Cay and the United States of America.


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A transcript of Mayor Sheppard's speech from July 4th has been sent out on the City's listserv. Please see the website for a copy of the email.