AGENDA ITEMS FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY, FEB 28.
APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS – I have appointed Brendan Doherty to the Planning Commission. Brendan is an Aiken native, a graduate of USC and is a local business owner.
APPROVAL OF DEED OF DEDICATION FOR STREETS, WATER, STORM SEWER, AND SANITARY SEWER LINES FOR THE VILLAGE AT WOODSIDE – Silver Bluff Development Company, LLC Woodside Village Residential, LLC, Sidewood Development, LLC, Woodside Golf, LLC, Village Oncology Center, LLC, and the Village Imaging Center, LLC are ready to dedicate to the City of Aiken roads located in The Village at Woodside, along with storm sewer lines, sanitary sewer lines, water lines, and related equipment. Council had several questions regarding this Resolution and proposed dedication at your December 13, 2010, meeting. Our Staff Attorney has discussed these issues with the developer's attorneys. We believe Council's concerns have now been addressed. Our Engineering staff reviewed the roads and other utilities and have found no deficiencies. The water and sewer lines have been tested and approved by DHEC. We, therefore, recommend that City Council accept this deed of dedication.
RESOLUTION APPROVING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SPCA FOR FUNDING FOR ANIMAL SHELTER – Council will review the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Aiken Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
City Solicitor Ben Moore will be present to explain the City’s concern with signing any MOU that requires the City to indemnify any entity. State law prohibits us from doing so.
The remainder of the MOU appears to follow the guidance Council provided when it last discussed this situation. The SPCA is scheduled to meet and vote on our proposed changes prior to the February 28, 2011, City Council meeting. We will report the results from the SPCA meeting Monday night.
APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DEED OF DEDICATION FOR LIFT STATION, DETENTION POND, ROAD, UTILITIES, AND EASEMENTS IN DEODAY PLANTATION, SECTION 4 - Crowell & Co would like the City of Aiken to accept the sanitary sewage collection system, lift station, a 20 foot sanitary sewer forcemain easement along with ingress and egress to reach the lift station, a portion of Pendula Court, and storm water collection system including the 20.65 acre detention pond located in Deodar Plantation, Section Four. The dedication does not include any water lines in Section Four of Deodar Plantation. The City engineering staff has reviewed the utilities and road and have found all deficiencies to be corrected. It is recommended that Council accept the deed of dedication.
APPROVAL OF ACCOMODATIONS TAX COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS – The City’s Accommodations Tax Committee meets every year to determine how to distribute approximately $169,000 in A-Tax revenues pursuant to state law.
This year the Aiken Performing Arts Group has a time-sensitive request for funding a particular event.
Total requests are over $327,000. The Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Their decisions are being reported after the agenda packet is being compiled, but before your meeting. The complete list of requests will be available at the Council Meeting.
APPROVAL OF BUSINESS DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN DOWNTOWN AREA - In November 2010, Council approved the placing of business directional signs in the downtown area during the 2010 holiday season on a temporary basis. The Aiken Downtown Development Association's board members are now requesting that the directional signs be installed permanently. They state that during the trial phase of the project no negative comments were received. They believe these signs benefit the downtown businesses, especially during these economic times.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AT USCA. SCDOT requested input regarding a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Robert M. Bell Parkway. You will recall that USCA Chancellor Tom Hallman had initially requested monetary support for this project as part of the November, 2010 1¢ Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) ballot, but later withdrew that request. You will also recall that the City of Aiken had provided $745,000 for USCA Convocation Center in infrastructure installations in the last round of CPST. At that time, Council heard a presentation about a pedestrian bridge being built as part of future phases of the Convocation Center complex. With this in mind, the City Manager has written SCDOT to remind them of the City’s support of the Convocation Center project.
CITY CAPITAL PROJECTS. The Planning Commission approved the list of capital projects we submitted to them at their February 15, 2011 meeting. The only modification to the submitted list was deletion of the water line loop at The Vale at Montmorenci. Since no right of way has been obtained for this project, it appears prudent not to list it at this time. We will be scheduling a joint meeting between Council and the Planning Commission in April to discuss the status of their Action Items agenda.
WHISKEY ROAD TRAFFIC SIGNALS are now booted up with the In Synch traffic control and monitoring system. After an initial trial phase, when we will ensure any bugs are removed, we will begin normal routine operations. The goal of this system is to adjust traffic signal intervals to keep traffic moving as smooth as possible.
APRT SECURES TOURNAMENT. APRT Director Glenn Parker has stated that the City of Aiken has been awarded the Unites States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Senior State of South Carolina tennis tournaments for the next 3 years. In addition, we have also been selected for two 12-team tournaments sanctioned by the state Dixie Youth Sports baseball leagues for 13 and 14 year olds.
PAWNEE NEILSON REMEDIATION WORK. We are scheduled to open bids to bid the redesigned Pawnee Neilson connector road on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
AIKEN AIRPORT GLIDE SLOPE PROJECT. Engineering and Public Works Director Larry Morris has confirmed that the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission has completed its obstruction survey for the Glide Slope Path installation as part of our Instrument Landing System project. We retain our goal of having this system operational in the Spring of 2012.
CROSLAND PARK CRIME RATE. Director Frommer has shared updated crime statistics for Crosland Park. ADPS efforts have reduced reported crimes significantly in a number of areas.
SAVE THESE DATES AND PLAN TO ATTEND:
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 All Republican Precincts in Aiken County will conduct the bi-annual precinct reorganization meetings. Please go to the web site www.aikengop.com for further details.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011 AT 1:30 P.M. in Rye Patch the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch will hold their annual meeting. They are celebrating 40 years of work in support of this fine city facility. City staff will report on completed, pending, and planned improvements to this beautiful complex.
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011 AT 6:30 P.M. City Council will hold the work session Council desired to discuss business license collection practices. Please note the changed date, done at the request of Debbie Nix and Deedee Vaughters. If you are a local business owner, this is your time discuss and learn about the City’s Business License practices.
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