The city of North Augusta will post on its website today a status report on the various projects within Riverside Village.
It will feature a map of the development that corresponds to a spreadsheet of information about each. That will include whether an element is public, private or public/private, and its estimated completion date, said City Administrator Todd Glover. If it’s public, the spreadsheet will show how much money has been spent on it to date, he said.
The report was requested by Fred Ilardi, a North Augusta resident who has taken up the mantle of citizen watchdog over the multimillion-dollar development formerly known as Project Jackson.
Ilardi, who often comes to the podium during the time set aside for residents’ comments, has said he is concerned about elements of Riverside Village that aren’t underway yet. Sales tax revenues from the village’s stadium, stores, hotel and restaurants will pay the interest and principal on the bonds that have been issued to finance Riverside Village.
On Monday night, during a special meeting called because the normal meeting date fell on New Year’s Day, Ilardi said he made the request seven weeks ago. Mayor Bob Pettit said it had taken that much time for city workers to pull together all the information.
Also Monday, the city council voted 6-1 to accept a deed of dedication for Hammond’s Ferry Section C Fulton Street Cul-De-Sac from North Augusta Riverfront Co. LLC , along with a maintenance guarantee and cash deposit.
Councilman David McGhee, who is in the construction business, recused himself from consideration of the deed acceptance because he performed some of the work.
Council also approved the “jury box” for 2018. Potential jurors are chosen from lists of registered voters and holders of driver’s licenses. State law requires the council to vote annually to approve the process.