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Aiken County Council complex to be discussed

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AIKEN --- The Aiken County Council will review architectural proposals for the new county council complex tonight.

During the work session, council members will look over and discuss proposals from 13 architectural firms, said County Administrator Clay Killian.

Once the firm is selected, it will take about a year to design the complex, Mr. Killian said.

The members also will vote on a final reading of an ordinance to expand the Valley Public Service Authority's service boundaries.

Expanding the boundaries would legalize the authority's efforts to take over Avondale Mills' water system for customers in Graniteville and Vaucluse.

If the negotiations do not come to fruition, the boundaries would return to the original size, he said.

The council also will vote on accepting the agreement for $4 million in stimulus funds to help rehabilitate the water system.

The funds are pending until the county engineers and Valley Public clear up issues such as easements throughout the water service area.

The county and Valley Public have until early 2010 to meet the requirements.

Federal funding is also needed from USDA Rural Development to complete the rehabilitation. Rural Development officials have not yet completed an environmental review of the water system, so officials cannot propose the loan and grant amounts.

The board and the county need $7 million in grants and a $3 million loan from Rural Development to complete the process.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Aiken County Council Meeting

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Council chambers, 736 Richland Ave.


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