Lessie Price, Aiken City Council

Aiken City Council member Lessie Price looks on as someone speaks during a work session last month. City Council next meets Monday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Aiken City Council will meet tonight and, among other things, will discuss prioritization and projects for the coming years.

City Council meets at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W. A work session is scheduled for 4 p.m. City Council's regular, formal meeting begins at 7 p.m. An executive session, to discuss a potential land purchase, is scheduled afterward.

It's during the work session that City Council will discuss its goals for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

Topics of particular interest — they're portioned out in City Council's meeting packet — include the city's annexation policy; the local economy and new development; recruitment, training and retention of city employees; traffic and road congestion; redevelopment of the Aiken Mall; downtown walkability; and consolidation of city properties and facilities.

"The purpose of this work session today is to share with Council a number of issues that staff has identified and get a sense of Council where to prioritize them," a briefing document, signed by City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh, reads. "Your feedback will be invaluable input as departments prepare a draft budget to submit to the City Manager's Office at the end of February."

Budget meetings for FY19-20 will begin mid-March and will likely conclude in May.

"The budget will also serve as a blueprint for us as we begin thinking about where we want to be in the next five, 10, 20 years and beyond," Bedenbaugh's memo reads.

City Council's 7 p.m. agenda is more varied. The 10-plus items to be addressed include:

  • A budget adjustment for a small redevelopment project in The Alley.
  • A budget adjustment for Aiken Senior Youth Center (Eustis Park) construction.
  • A resolution with the state transportation department regarding Hitchcock Parkway improvements.
  • An agreement with Aiken County for road work near Whiskey and Dougherty roads.
  • An update on downtown infrastructure.

Colin Demarest is the government and Savannah River Site reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @demarest_colin