North Augusta City Council met Monday night to vote on a Capital Projects Sales Tax 4 resolution, ticket admissions tax and a water tank lease agreement.

At the end of the study session before the meeting, City Administrator Todd Glover announced to Council that the City has hired a new City Planner, who will start around the second week of June. The City has been without a planner since December 2017. Tom Zeaser, director of the engineering department, has worked as the interim director of the planning department since then.

Mayor Bob Pettit also said during the study session that revenues in the first quarter of the year are running ahead of what their financial model predicted regarding municipal bond debt services related to Riverside Village.

During the meeting, Council voted on a resolution establishing a list of projects for the County-wide Capital Projects Sales Tax 4, which will be voted on in November. At their last meeting, Council approved an original list of projects, but the resolution at Monday night’s meeting added two words.

The change from the previous resolution alters the description of the Public Safety headquarters from “Headquarters Development” to “Headquarters Development and Apparatus.”

Glover said during the meeting they thought it would be “prudent” to add additional wording in case they are able to save money on the headquarters and buy other Public Safety equipment.

The City’s list designates $11,500,000 to a new Public Safety Headquarters.

Pettit made a motion to amend the list so that “New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam” be added to the public works and transportation projects. Pettit said adding it to the list would allow a potential source of funding be available for Lock and Dam projects.

Both the amendment to the resolution and the resolution passed unanimously.

None of the amounts designated for the projects changed on the new resolution.

Council also unanimously passed the third and final reading of an ordinance that would allow the City Administrator to prepare documents designating Riverside Village as a designation development area for the Tourism Infrastructure Admission Act Tax.

That designation would allow the City to receive a portion of the ticket tax paid for admissions to SRP Park or any other tickets sold inside the area.

Council also unanimously passed a resolution allowing a water tank attachment lease agreement with T-Mobile for the Five Notch Road water tank. The term of the lease is five years and would begin on July 2, 2018.

Pettit said during the meeting that the resolution is “very, very similar” to resolutions passed in previous months.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges. 

Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.