North Augusta City Council voted Monday night to give preliminary approval to hire a part-time construction management expert to help with Ballpark Village.
Capstone Services LLC, an Aiken company headed by Mark Chostner, will be paid up to $31,000 to keep an eye on construction costs.
“Mark has an extensive construction background, and managed Columbia County’s SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) program,” City Administrator Todd Glover said.
Capstone won’t be a project manager, but “another set of eyes,” Glover said. Chostner will work about 40 hours a month until the project is finished – in time for the start of the GreenJackets’ 2018 season in April, if the schedule holds. He’ll attend meetings of a city committee overseeing the project and will conduct monthly walk-throughs.
The money to pay Capstone will come from Project Jackson revenues.
The vote to give first-reading approval to the measure was 6-0, with all council members present.
Also Monday, council gave first- and second-reading approval to a façade improvement program for businesses in the Georgia Avenue Overlay District.
Council has budgeted $40,000 to make grants of up to $5,000 to help businesses spruce up their frontage space. The city set aside a half-mill of taxes to fund the program.
Mayor Lark Jones pointed out that this is the second time North Augusta has had such a program.
“We tried it about 15 years ago and got one application,” he said. “We hope there will be more this time.”
In other action, council:
• Gave final approval to the annexation of 110 Edgewood Drive at the request of the property owner, who wants to conduct an at-home business.
• Granted a temporary easement to South Carolina Electric and Gas to run a power line to service construction work in Ballpark Village. Existing lines were displaced by construction.
• Approved allowing its Public Safety Department entering into mutual aid and assistance agreements with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Edgefield Police Department and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. The city department already has such an agreement with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
• Recognized a group of 15 young people who participated in Youth Appreciation Day, an annual event held in cooperation with the local Optimist Club and North Augusta High School. Seniors were paired with city officials for the day and the students attended the council meeting and a reception after.
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