County Council to consider budget amendment ordinance

November 13, 2018

Aiken County Council is scheduled to consider Tuesday the third and final reading of an ordinance that would make amendments for the county’s fiscal year 2018-19 operating budget.

The panel will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Aiken County Government Center.

The budget’s proposed amendments would include carry forward purchase orders and additional appropriations to meet the needs of departments that weren’t included in the original budget.

There also would be changes in fees charged when owners surrender their dog and cats to the Aiken County Animal Shelter.

For each surrendered pet that a County Code Enforcement officer has to pick up, the cost would rise from $40 to $50.

For surrendered pets that are dropped off at the animal shelter by an Aiken County resident, the cost would be $15 per animal. The current fees are $15 for one to three animals, $25 for a group of four to six animals and $50 for a group of seven or more.

There also would be new owner surrender fees specifically for litters of cats and dogs that would include a female spay incentive.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held before County Council votes.

Included in the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is a resolution that would authorize County Council Chairman Gary Bunker to enter into an agreement with Crowder Construction Co. to remove several sandbars from Langley Pond near Warrenville.

According to the resolution, Crowder was the “lowest responsive and responsible bidder.” The firm’s estimate for the cost of project is $2,837,433.

Crowder Construction, which is headquartered in North Carolina, is the contractor for the $13.5-million project that is underway to renovate, retrofit and strengthen the dam at Langley Pond.

The resolution notes that Crowder Construction currently controls access to the dam project site and that any contractor involved in the sandbar removal effort would have to travel through that area.

In addition, the resolution states that the Crowder Construction is “very familiar” with Langley Pond Park as well as the environmental permitting requirements.

The sandbars need to be removed for Langley Pond’s rowing course to be considered for national level championship events, according to the resolution.

USRowing rules require a minimum depth of water of at least 3 meters (approximately 9.8 feet) over the entire course. The entire course also must be free of obstructions and structures.

USRowing is this country’s national governing body for the sport of rowing.

Another reason for the sandbar removal project is that the sandbar closest to the Langley Pond swimming area creates a hazard and unfair water conditions for waterskiing and wakeboard competitions, according to the resolution.

The resolution also states that there are plans to bring Cocktail Class Wooden Boat racing to Langley Pond and the sandbars would create hazards for that type of competition.

The Government Center is at 1930 University Parkway.

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