April 16– Apr. 16–The North Augusta City Council unanimously agreed Monday to repair and resurface portions of the Greeneway.
The path will be renovated from Center Street to Riverview Park. The repairs will close parts of the path in that area until the project is finished, which should be by September.
Funding for the repairs will come from the 2018 annual municipal budget, which included $25,000 for the Riverfront/Central Core Redevelopment fund that was not used. Also, the 2019 budget has $35,000 in the fund for a paving upgrade for the Greeneway. Adding to that $60,000 total will be $100,000 from a grant to resurface part of the Greeneway that was awarded from the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Recreation Trails Program.
The council also accepted a donation of six planter boxes from Between the Edges Lawn Care and Landscaping Inc. worth $13,700. The planter boxes will be used in the Center Street median in Riverside Village, and the council will pay for two additional boxes to be placed in the area as well. Those boxes cost about $2,000 each, and the money will come out of the annual budget.
During the study session before the meeting, Mayor Bob Pettit updated council members on the financial status of Riverside Village. The city has a $1.2 million bond payment coming up in May and has $2.1 million available to make the payment. Pettit said income from the Augusta GreenJackets has helped the city make more money to afford the payments.
Pettit also announced during the study session that after a study by the South Carolina Department of Transportation of the intersection of Bergen Road and West Martintown Road, a traffic light will be installed. As of Monday, there was no timeline for the project.
On another issue, the engineering group the city hired in March will deliver comments challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to replace the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on Tuesday, which is the deadline for the comments.
The group, Cranston Engineering and McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, was hired for about $15,000 and prepared 180 pages of comments proposing the repair of the lock and dam and putting in a fish passage on the Georgia side.
“They did an outstanding job and hit all the issues that I think are important,” Pettit said.
The council also recognized members Kenneth McDowell and James Adams, whose last full council meeting was Monday night. They will be recognized at the next council meeting April 29. The two are not running for re-election, and their replacements will be determined after the election April 30.