North Augusta City Council to again consider public consumption in Riverside Village

December 3, 2018

North Augusta will once again be considering an ordinance that would allow public consumption of alcohol in Riverside Village today.

In February, Council tabled the ordinance, which would allow public consumption of alcohol in a defined area bounded by the Brick Pond Park, Georgia Avenue, the Savannah River and Esplanade.

“Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 midnight, any business establishment that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, that is within borders on the described area, may sell beer and/or wine beverages in paper or plastic cups for removal from the premises to the designated area,” according to the ordinance.

The ordinance specifies that alcohol cannot be removed from the designated area, and no alcohol can be brought in from outside the area.

The motion to table the ordinance passed unanimously in February. If the motion is untabled tonight, Council will vote on the first two of three readings.

Council will also vote on the third readings of the ordinance for the proposed 2019 budget and the ordinance establishing the 2019 property tax. The third readings of each of those ordinances was tabled at the last Council meetings. During the study session before the meeting, Mayor Bob Pettit said the reason the ordinances needed to be tabled is due to Councilmembers’ relationships to certain organizations that benefit under the community promotions spending in the budget.

Council will also be voting on a resolution that would amend the Stadium License Agreement with the Augusta GreenJackets for the construction and license of SRP Park. The resolution states the city will pay the GreenJackets $149,702 “for costs incurred during construction that were costs to be covered by the city in the Stadium License Agreement but paid for by GreenJackets Baseball, LLC at risk until such time as the city could determine that there would be sufficient funds remaining to cover actual construction of the stadium.”

Council will also vote on the third and final readings of three additional ordinances: one that would establish the dates for the 2019 City Council election; one that would annex property on Pisgah Road; and one that would rezone around 67.57 acres of land along Austin Graybill Road.

Council will also vote on two resolutions that would accept deeds of dedication, one from Gregory Landing Section 1, and one from Nap Properties LLV and North Augusta Pediatrics LLC.

City Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. for a study session and at 7 p.m. for the meeting on the third floor of the municipal building at 100 Georgia Ave.

During the study session today, Council will discuss items on the agenda, hear a presentation from First Tryon Securities on their Capital Improvement Program model, and hold executive session related to Northview Park.

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