Jan. 06–North Augusta City Council will be holding their first meeting of the new year, which will include voting on a resolution related to the lock and dam, and a resolution to purchase a new fire pumper.
Council will vote on a resolution that officially supports Option 1-1 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alternatives to the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.
Option 1-1 would retain the dam, with a fish passage on the Georgia side. That option is not the one the Corps is recommending to be constructed; in a meeting in November, they officially recommend a plan that would create a fixed weir with dry floodplain bench.
The resolution to be voted on by Council states the Corps’ chosen option, 2-6d, would lower the pool created by the lock and dam about 2.5 to 3 feet.
“The City and its citizens have grown reliant and accustomed to the river pool created by the lock and dam since it went into service in 1937,” the resolution states.
It also says “any and all measures should be undertaken by the Mayor and City Administrator to ensure that the present pool be maintained.”
Council will also vote on a resolution authorizing the purchase of a new fire pumper for Public Safety.
The resolution states one bid was received for the pumper, and a discount of $13,292 is offered if the price is paid in full by Jan. 31, 2019.
The price of the pumper with the discount is $494,718. If the resolution is passed, the funds for the purchase would come from the Capital Projects Sales Tax II fund.
Council will also be voting on the third and final reading of an ordinance authorizing the Municipal Association of South Carolina to act as a claimant agency for debt on behalf of the city. The first two readings passed unanimously. A related resolution will be tentatively removed from the table, where it was placed during the previous council meeting due to an indemnification agreement.
The new city clerk will also be appointed during the meeting, and the jury box will be voted on.
Council will meet before the meeting to discuss agenda items, as well as the upcoming city council election at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Municipal Building at 100 Georgia Avenue. The meeting will take place afterward at 7 p.m.
Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.