SANTEE — Ways to bring together the town’s younger and older residents were among the ideas discussed during Santee Town Council’s annual retreat March 10-12.
Mayor Donnie Hilliard noted at Saturday’s session, which was open to the public, that in terms of population, the majority of Santee’s residents fall into two age groups — 24 to 29 and 74 to 85.
He posed the question: “What can the town do to get these two groups together?”
It was suggested that most important to millennials are the availability of jobs and daycare, a shopping mall and entertainment, along with economic development. Having medical care, transportation and a movie theater nearby is most important to retirees, it was noted.
Among other topics discussed Saturday were: signage in and around Santee, lighting improvements, garbage pickup, taxes and the need for more shopping opportunities and more restaurants.
“Do not expect urban reality in the small town of Santee” when it comes to amenities, Hilliard cautioned.
Council discussed holding more open meetings like the one held Saturday to encourage more input from residents. Santee officials also indicated they would like to see more residents become involved in town government.