Aiken County is working towards giving SCE&G the OK to install and operate electric utilities to the new government center on University Parkway.

At tonight’s meeting, County Council will consider first reading of an ordinance granting SCE&G an easement so that the utility company can provide the new building electricity via underground cables.

Administrator Clay Killian said putting the electric utilities underground was definitely one of the things the County wanted to explore for its new administrative offices. The cost to do so was roughly equal to the cost of installing new, elevated polls with cable to power the building.

“At least right in front of the building, on the 20-acre tract, the lines will be underground,” Killian said.

The ordinance granting the easement will undergo two more readings and a public hearing.

The new government center, which has been under construction for several months, will reach a point soon when it can be “topped out,” meaning the final steel beams will be put into place, according to Killian.

Aiken County Council will meet at 7 p.m. in chambers located at 736 Richland Ave. W.