North Augusta approves purchase of parking meters in Riverside Village

February 6, 2019

Future visitors to Riverside Village in North Augusta will soon have to pay to park.

On Monday night, City Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Administrator to enter into a contractual agreement to pay for parking meters.

During the study session before the meeting, City Administrator Todd Glover said they are looking at a walk up, pay-by-plate system. The resolution authorizes the purchase of 25 parking meter kiosks worth $176,850, and says the funds would come from the Riverfront Central Core Fund.

Glover said the meters could be in place before the 2019 baseball season at SRP Park. The meters would each cover around eight spaces of street parking, he said.

Council also heard from Glover during the study session about the riverfront park slated for Riverside Village, which will include an amphitheater, featuring a splash pad flush with the stage that can be used when no performances are happening.

The study session also included an update from Mayor Bob Pettit, who talked about the finances of Riverside Village, saying the city does have the money on hand for the next bond payments.

In non-Riverside Village news, Council approved a map outlining North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Belvedere Fire District’s respective coverage areas.

“There has been confusion and at times disagreement related to the authority and/or responsibility for the provision of fire services between the City and Belvedere Fire District,” the resolution states.

The city and the Belvedere Fire district have come to an agreement regarding service areas, the resolution says, and the map has been sent to the Aiken County Council for approval.

City Council also approved a resolution that would set aside funding for sidewalk construction. Funding was initially included in the Capital Sales Tax II funds, but was not included when Council prioritized the use of the CPST II funds in November.

The resolution passed Monday allocates $300,000 worth of funding for the Sidewalk Construction Program from the Street Improvement Fund.

Council also passed a resolution to approve the City Administrator to send a letter of coordination to Georgia Department of Transportation expressing interest for potential funding of pedestrian/bicycle access and iconic design features for the future replacement of the Georgia Avenue/13th Street bridge.

The resolution states that the City of North Augusta as well as the City of Augusta, Georgia have expressed interest in the pedestrian/bicycle and iconic design features, but that GDOT indicated funding for the bridge replacement would not include those upgrades.

The costs of those upgrades would be provided to the two cities, the resolution says, and that the cities would have to evaluate the additional cost and determine “if and how much each would be able to contribute.”

Glover said during the meeting that neither the resolution nor letter of coordination would commit the city to any funding.

Council also approved of appointment by Mayor Bob Pettit, including the reappointment of Tim Kay and Joann McKie to the city’s Planning Commission. Also appointed to the Planning Commission is Dr. Christine Crawford.

Council also approved the reappointment of Wes Summers to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

All votes Monday night passed unanimously among the members who were present. Council member Pat Carpenter was not present and did not vote.

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