City council discusses possible streetscape changes

  • Saturday, July 6, 2013

North Augusta City Council held a meeting in which there were many discussions on possible changes for the City and how this would in turn impact the community.

City Administrator Todd Glover opened the meeting by updating the Council on the beautification of the Highway 25 streetscape. He discussed landscaping plans between the new McDonald’s and Circle K, and how there could possibly be an entryway sign for the City. Glover contacted South Carolina Department of Transportation, and SCDOT has agreed to amend the plans so brick paving that will match the streetscape on West Avenue can be done on the small medians.

There will also be a new light on Walnut Lane, along with landscaping along the street to make it have more of a look and feel that matches the City.

The application of these changes will be done in phases and will begin north of I-20.

“We have a real opportunity to do some real improvements for this area,” Glover said.

Approximately $718,000 was received in excess funds from the surplus check from project sales tax.

Glover spoke about how station three is currently underfunded 50 to 60 percent, and he believes that would be “a good use of this money, at least some of it.”

Another item that may receive monetary support from this surplus was the lighting on Fairfield Road, and that was estimated to cost around $200,000.

Director of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Rick Meyer brought an update before the Council about the boat courtesy dock proposal that caused a line of questioning about the possible location. The placement is currently set to be behind the activity center, and the project is fully funded. The drop off to the river is steep, and the area could be used as a dock that will not eliminate the beach.

“I’m not so much against it. I just do not know if that is the best location,” said Mayor Lark Jones.

Other members also wanted to know if the location could be changed to better suit the uses for the people.

Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and was a communications major from USC Aiken.

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