The Columbia County Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to spend $116,000 on “finishing touches” for Evans Town Center Park.
Much of that money, $56,000, was allocated for a double-sided LED sign at the park on Evans Town Center Boulevard. Commissioners also approved spending $15,000 on dedication plaques, $4,000 on light pole banners, $19,000 to replace pine straw with hardwood mulch, and $22,500 to improve communication and power equipment.
The money for the improvements is coming from interest accumulated in the 2006-10 1-percent sales tax fund.
Commissioner Ron Thigpen referred to the work as “finishing touches” for a park he said the community will be proud to visit. Commissioner Bill Morris voted against the expenditures.
Officials expect work on the about $5 million park to conclude next month and have organized a grand-opening celebration on Oct. 28 featuring an acoustic performance by five-time Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum. A 5,000-seat amphitheater at the park was named for the band, which includes two members – Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – from Columbia County.
The park also has picnic pavilions, a large gazebo, a splash pad and a dog park.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Oct. 1 at the Columbia County Library for $40 each with a four-ticket limit per customer.
Also at the meeting, the commission tabled a vote on a revision to a planned unit development on North Old Belair Road.
Developers want to remove a 21-acre parcel from the Crawford Creek neighborhood plan to form the Amy Glenn subdivision, consisting of 62 homes.
Surrounding homeowners have complained about the Amy Glenn project since it initially would only have been accessible from Wendover Way through other neighborhoods. They said it would generate too much traffic and worried about construction vehicles.
Developers said they would limit construction vehicles to a dirt road access onto the property from North Old Belair Road.
Still, the developers asked the commission for more time to consider other options for providing access to the area.
The commission agreed to hear the updated proposal at its Oct. 18 meeting. The commission also voted to table the planned unit development revision in August because of the issue of limited street access.