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The City of Johnsonville operates under a Council Form of Government. The council is made up of a six member elected body as well as the Mayor. All seats are on a four year cycle and are at large seats (the city is not divided into districts.)
The regular scheduled meeting for the City Council is the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the council chambers at City Hall. A public forum is on the agenda at every meeting giving citizens the opportunity to express comments or concerns.
The public is invited to attend all meetings. For more information on the council form of government please visit www.masc.sc.
City Hall Staff
City Administrator James "Jim" Smith
Jim Smith currently serves as the City Administrator for the City and has overall responsibility for the day to day administration and operation of all City departments under the direction of the City Council. Jim comes to the City with over 35 years of local government executive level experience, including managing municipal utilities/cities in Massachusetts, Georgia, Kentucky and Connecticut. He holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a certificate in Public Utility Management from the University of Massachusetts.
A customer focused, seasoned leader with a vision for the future, Jim has worked with City councils and elected officials over the years to promote positive change in the organizations he has managed. He is excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the City as he works with the Council to “run the City like a business.”
Jim is an avid golfer and gardener. He and his wife Jessica have four children and seven grandchildren between them.
Steve Dukes serves as Mayor of the City of Johnsonville. He has served in city government for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on council for twenty years. As mayor, Dukes serves as chairman of council and a liaison member of each committee inside the city. A 2006 graduate of the Municipal Association, Dukes is the longest serving elected official in the history of the city. Dukes is also involved in several other capacities throughout the community and state. He is a member of the local library board and is also a member of the Mayors' Institute of Local Government for the state of South Carolina. He is also involved on the Florence County Economic Development Board and is actively involved in promoting the historical and natural attributes of the Johnsonville community. A native of the Johnsonville area, Dukes graduated from Johnsonville High School and then went on to graduate from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Dukes is employed with Santee Cooper. He and his wife, Mona, are members of St. Paul Presbyterian Church and they have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
City Clerk and Treasurer Marlene Rollins
Marlene Rollins holds the position of City Clerk/Treasurer at Johnsonville City Hall. She is responsible for City Council meetings, agendas, ordinances, minutes,accounting and bookkeeping activities at the City. For more information, contact Marlene at: 843-386-2069. email@example.com
Assistant City Clerk Ann Tanner
Downtown Development Director David Mace
David Mace has been Downtown Development Director since January of 2017. David's main focus is economic development for the entire City and surrounding areas. He is working to create job opportunities by attracting new business and industry to the area. He is working on revitalizing Broadway Street and benefiting businesses citywide through the Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. David can be reached at 843-386-2069. firstname.lastname@example.org
Renovated Venters Landing Officially Opened June 16
The official opening and ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Odell Venters Landing was held Saturday, June 16. Senator Hugh Leatherman and Representative Roger Kirby spoke at the ceremony before cutting the ribbon. Representative Jay Jordan and Florence Council Councilman Roger Poston were among the public officials present to open the landing. Mayor Steve Dukes opened the ceremony and introduced the public officials and candidates who were present. Members of the Odell Venters family attended and two of his granddaughters participated in the ceremony. Ninita Stone Brown sang the National Anthem and Donnell Stone Mace made some remarks about the former Johnsonville Mayor and State Representative. The City of Johnsonville received State and Federal funding to pay for the $460,000 renovation project. Monies from South Carolina's Water Recreational Resources Fund are distributed to each county based on boat registrations for purposes related to public waterways. Additional funding came from the U.S. Sport Fish Restoration Fund. The City of Johnsonville contracted R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. of McClellanville to make the improvements which include a reinforced concrete dual ramp, a new 8’x100’ aluminum floating courtesy dock and a resurfaced parking lot. Contactor representative Ron Rose of Alpha Construction Company supervised the installation of the ramp.
Johnsonville Council to Hold Hearing on Sunday Beer Sales by Shamira McCray, Florence Morning News
The Johnsonville City Council will hold a public hearing next month on whether to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores and restaurants. Currently no businesses in the Johnsonville city limits can sell beer or wine on Sundays, according to Johnsonville Administrator Jim Smith. Laws once prohibited the sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays in South Carolina, but those laws have since been relaxed, Smith said. “One of the local merchants in town that owns the Piggly Wiggly supermarket here in town approached me about a month or two ago and was asking me if the city would be interested in having Sunday beer and wine sales,” Smith said. The concern the store owner had was that Johnsonville is losing money to surrounding cities and town that allow Sunday sales, Smith said. The concern was brought to the council at a meeting on Tuesday, and the idea of allowing Sunday sales was discussed. The city council decided to have a hearing at a meeting on Aug. 7 so the public can have its say before a decision is made. Smith said he will have to get clarification on South Carolina’s process for authorizing Sunday beer and wine sales. He said he may also check with other cities and towns in the state to see how they handled the process of allowing the Sunday sales. “I think as long as you hold a public hearing, and you give adequate notice, and you allow the public to speak and you get their feedback, I think at that point the council has the ability to make that decision. And just go from there,” Smith said. There may be more people than normal to attend next month’s council meeting because of the hearing, so it will be held at the Johnsonville Community Center at 6:30 p.m., Smith said.
Have you ever seen this?
Lynches River was completely frozen from shore to shore at Odell Venters Landing in early January 2018.
Mayor Pro Temp. Johnny Hanna
Johnny Hanna and his family have lived in Johnsonville for over 30 years. His wife, Sheila, is a teacher in the exceptional Johnsonville School System. All three of his children graduated from Johnsonville High School. Having spent the greater part of his professional career in sales, Johnny has just the right personality to deal with citizens and employees of the city. He has served several terms as Mayor Pro Tem and is very active on the Parks and Recreation Committee and in the new Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. An avid outdoorsman, Johnny has a chance to see the often unseen facets of the community and enjoys visiting with citizens and business leaders to hear their concerns and ideas for the betterment of the community as a whole.
Jamie Altman was elected to City Council in 2012. Jamie graduated from Johnsonville High School in 1988 and Florence Darlington Tech in 1990. Jamie is married to Robin Altman of Hemingway and they have two children; a son, Drew, and a daughter, Erin. Jamie enjoys fishing, golf, athletics, and spending time with family. He is a member of the Prospect Independent Methodist Church and serves as the Choir Director and Adult Sunday School Teacher. As a lifelong resident of the Johnsonville community, Jamie has contacts in many of the outlying communities around the city and can provide a unique insight into the needs of those citizens. He is a member of the Administration Committee as well as several other committees on council.
Gary N. Arthurs
NC State alumnus and die-hard fan Gary and his wife Janet moved with their two children to Johnsonville, SC, from Apex, NC, many years ago. A former golf course pro at the Wellman Club, Gary is now owner of Southern Lawns and Landscapes and Garden Center and his full-time hobby is visiting with his grandchildren. Gary has made his mark on council quickly as a member the Administrative Committee and Financial Committee and as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Streets and Beautification Committee. Gary has worked on the new Vox water project to offer community residents city water and is helping oversee the building of new facilities at the city park to offer residents a nice place to meet for parties, reunions, etc.
Mona Burris Dukes
Mona, a native of Johnsonville, has been involved in community, church, and civic leadership all of her adult life. As a young adult, she worked with the “Johnsonville Founder’s Day Festival,” now known as the “Heritage Festival Down by the River.” She was active in the Pee Dee Junior Women’s Club, the Johnsonville Library Board, various church-related activities, the “Old Fashioned Christmas in the Park,” and numerous other venues. Mona was an elected member of the Florence District 5 (Johnsonville) School District Board of Trustees for 10 years. She has supported her husband as mayor for many years and is glad to serve alongside the council members to improve opportunities for the citizens of the greater Johnsonville community. She helped start the Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce to give business leaders from within the 29555 area a voice in the advancement of the community and served as the Chamber's first President. She has begun to work with property owners along Broadway to improve the look of their buildings and to rent them to prospective businesses. She is also working to improve Internet and social media output for greater citizen-government communication.
Pat Nettles was first elected to City Council in 2012. He is a native of Johnsonville and is married to Kim and they have two children. Pat is employed as a territory manager with South Carolina Air Distributors. He is a member of New Vision Free Will Baptist Church and enjoys tournament bass fishing. Pat is involved heavily in the wastewater treatment and water projects with the City. He also serves on the Law Enforcement Committee. Also a lifelong resident of the city, Pat has a unique prospective and lends a great amount of knowledge from his profession as he serves the citizens. He is an active voice for community residents.
M. Doolittle Stone
Doolittle lives in his hometown of Johnsonville with his wife Hazel and their daughter Melexa He is an employee of McCall’s Incorporated in Johnsonville and is the newest member of council, fulfilling the unexpired seat of his deceased sister, Diane S. Marsh. He is a 1972 graduate of Francis Marion University When asked why he ran for council, Stone says, “After many years of living and working in Johnsonville, this was an opportunity to give back to the city and help maintain it as a place all citizens can be proud to live and work in for years to come.” Stone believes that, though Johnsonville may not have all the frills of a big city, it does have a strong sense of community where people know each other or know of each other, and there is a willingness to come together and support one another in difficult and happy times. He hopes to explore opportunities to eliminate dilapidated structures in the city and seek ways to bring new businesses into the community.
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