Aiken County Council and staff will discuss today what to do with surplus furniture and equipment sitting in the former County Complex property on Richland Avenue, now that staff has permanently moved into the new Aiken County Government Center.

Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders said staff wants direction from Council on how to proceed with getting rid of the remaining furniture.

“We had kind of an internal surplus where departments in the County who did not move into the Government Center could get furniture,” Sanders said. “That's like the EMS substation, parks offices and public works.”

Council has asked staff to consider giving the remaining furniture to community nonprofits. But staff wants a clearer definition of what those nonprofits should be.

“We need clearer direction on that, and we need them to clearly define it for us,” Sanders said. “It sounds strange, but we just need to know whether their definition includes the normal nonprofits we think of, or, even churches.”

When staff moved into the Government Center, Sanders said none of that furniture made the transition. Most of the furniture left behind was bought from local discount stores, and today, has lost most of its integrity.

Staff will also ask Council how it wishes to proceed in letting go of its former property on Richland Avenue, as well.

The building does reside in the City of Aiken, but County Administrator Clay Killian said staff promised the City they would not leave the buildings just sitting there.

In other business, Jane Page Thompson will give a presentation regarding a potential memorial park during the County's Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting. The committee meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

The public meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the third floor of the Aiken County Government Center, located at 1930 University Parkway.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.