North Augusta’s leaders will be envisioning the city’s future this week, and they’re asking residents to help them see clearly.
In an initiative called EnVision 2018, City Council, the mayor and department heads will hold a two-day retreat to talk about the future in general and hold a special night session on the upcoming Capital Projects Sales Tax 4, which will be on the November ballot for Aiken County.
The retreat will be Thursday and Friday at the Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive. Each session will start at 8:45 a.m. Both are open to the public.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, there will be a further discussion of sales tax projects under consideration and an opportunity for residents to participate with council members in informally prioritizing the projects. No votes will be taken.
“The revenues the city receives from this initiative are essentially the sole source of revenues for large projects throughout the city,” says a letter about the meetings written by Mayor Bob Pettit and distributed last week. “We are at an early stage of the CPST IV process, and revenues projected to come to the city are still being developed by the county.”
The day sessions are expected to feed into the sales tax meeting by identifying the need for future city projects and services.
“There is evidence everywhere that the city is experiencing rapid residential and commercial growth, and not solely in Riverside Village. Identifying the need now for additional city services in the future being generated by this growth is important. That knowledge will provide the basis for decisions the council will face regarding our facilities, equipment, and personnel,” Pettit wrote.
Another byproduct of the meetings could be a vision statement for the city.
“Creating a Vision statement for North Augusta has been discussed for some time. The Vision statement and the Comprehensive Plan would guide strategic planning decisions,” Pettit wrote. “This meeting seems a fitting time to begin creating a vision for the future. Attendees will have the chance to informally present their ideas to be incorporated into the vision statement and identify specific goals and objectives to move toward achieving the vision.”
Pettit was elected mayor on a platform of asking residents to help guide the city by making their wishes known.
“This will be a good opportunity to engage in discussions about the future of North Augusta. See you there,” he wrote.