North Augusta to vote on parks and rec costs, start budget review

September 16, 2018

North Augusta City Council will be voting on four resolutions Monday evening related to parks and recreation, as well as Riverside Village.

First, Council will vote on a resolution that would commit the city to providing a match to a grant, if awarded, in the amount of $25,000 from the Parks, Recreation and Tourism fund.

The grant is through the Municipal Association of South Carolina and would be used by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. The grant program requires a minimum match for funding by the recipient of at least 15 percent.

Council will also vote on design fees for the Riverfront Park planned along the Savannah River in Riverside Village. The fees total $154,000, according to the resolution included in the agenda. W.R. Toole Engineers is the designer for the park. The design fees would be funded through Sales Tax 2 and 3 proceeds. Passage of the resolution would authorize the City Administrator to execute the contract with W.R. Toole Engineers for the Riverfront Park design.

The contract, which is part of the agenda, lists that design and permitting will take place from September 2018 until February 2019, when bid documents would be sent.

Council will also vote Monday to amend the Owner’s Representative Agreement between the city, North Augusta Public Facilities Corporation and Greenstone Development Services, LLC related to the construction of SRP Park in Riverside Village. According to the resolution related to the amendment, a $96,896 credit will be provided to the city related to upgrades to the stadium.

The City will also vote on a resolution that, if passed, would amend the Stadium License Agreement with GreenJackets Baseball, LLC. The resolution states the City and the GreenJackets have negotiated on final costs to allow the city to close out the construction contract with Brasfield and Gorrie. The GreenJackets have agreed to pay the city $132,413 for “costs incurred during construction that were costs associated directly to the team and not the city,” according to the resolution.

During the study session before the meeting, Council will go into executive session regarding the amendments to the Owner’s Representative Agreement and the Stadium License Agreement.

Council will also hold executive session for “discussion of contractual matters related to the siting of Public Safety Firestation 1,” according to the agenda for the study session.

Following the meeting, Council will hold a second study session to review the fiscal year 2019 Consolidated Budget. Council will also hold session Tuesday at 6 p.m. and, if needed, Thursday at 6 p.m. to review the budget.

Monday’s study session will begin at 6 p.m., with the regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on third floor of the Municipal Building at 100 Georgia Avenue.

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