Originally created 07/14/97

Aiken council may donate building for teen program



AIKEN -The Aiken City Council will decide Monday whether to donate a downtown building to a program started to tutor teen-agers.

Beatrice Manning, founder and director of the Talk to Me/A Listening Ear program is asking the city to donate a building at 756 Laurens St. NW to the program.

The Talk to Me program is used to tutor sixth through ninth grade children and expelled or suspended children.

The building at 756 Laurens St. NW was most recently occupied by the administrative offices of the school district but was originally leased to the city in 1962.

A few months ago, the school district moved into another office, and the building is now empty.

In other business, the council will decide whether to donate $30,000 per year to Aiken Technical College's anniversary campaign.

The campaign celebrates 25 years of service to the Aiken community. Its focus is to bring business and industry, as well as the college's staff and faculty into full partnership to implement a five-year program of work-force education and economic development.

Under this proposal, the college would develop a learning facility in the city's conference center and serve as an off-campus educational facility for the college.

The council is also scheduled to have first reading on an ordinance accepting the deed of dedication for a detention pond at Centennial Office Park. The pond has been incorporated in the drainage plans for a new shopping and retail center being built on Whiskey Road across from Wal-Mart.

The pond would be included in the city's stormwater system.

This will allow the city to maintain the ponds and divert water from different areas as necessary to fully maximize the use of the ponds.