N.A. approves final four projects from CPST II

November 9, 2018

A few projects on the horizon for North Augusta were approved at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

A resolution, passed unanimously by councilmembers who were present, allocates the remaining money in the city’s Capital Projects Sales Tax II fund to four projects. Councilman Jimmy Adams was not present for any of Monday’s votes.

The $1.4 million is split to provide $500,000 for a firetruck, $250,000 for a spray pad in Riverview Park, $175,000 for street lighting in Riverview Park and $475,000 for intersection improvements at Georgia Avenue and Five Notch Road.

The resolution also allows city staff to move funds from one project to another if the cost lands below the predicted amount.

“If for instance, if we were to purchase a new fire truck and it was $495,000, would you allow us to allocate that $5,000 to one of the other projects,” said City Administrator Todd Glover to Council during the meeting.

Councilman Fletcher Dickert expressed appreciation to city staff for putting together the list of projects to use the remaining funds on.

“I’m glad to see citizens are going to get some benefit from money they put in sales tax II and these, I think, are very worthwhile projects and things that are very much needed in the city,” Dickert said.

Council also unanimously passed the second readings of both the ordinance establishing the 2019 budget and the ordinance levying the 2019 property tax at 73.5 mills, the same millage as 2018.

Council also passed the first two of three readings of an ordinance that would grant easements to Wide Open West Inc. to allow for data services to be placed at facilities in Riverside Village.

During the study session before the meeting, North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit announced there will be a special called regular meeting next Monday, Nov. 12, where he will present his findings and recommendation on the Meriwether monument downtown. Pettit said no official action will be taken regarding the monument. The monument, which memorializes the sole white man who died during the Hamburg Massacre, has caused controversy before. After being brought up during a Council meeting last year, Pettit announced he was forming an ad hoc group to discuss the monument.

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