Originally created 07/11/00

Council tables picnic pavilion vote



NORTH AUGUSTA - A $25,000 picnic pavilion for the North Augusta Living History Park has been purchased and is waiting to be assembled. The only problem is the North Augusta City Council hasn't decided where to put it.

Money for the pavilion was donated by the North Augusta Sertoma Club about 16 months ago, but it was earmarked for the park developed by the Olde Towne Preservation Association of North Augusta as a site for Colonial and Revolutionary War re-enactments. The Sertoma Club wants it in a highly visible section of the park, but Olde Towne says the picnic shelter should be in a less obtrusive place.

The city council is caught between the two organizations, both of which offer their community a service.

"We are here to find a solution, and we're all here because we love North Augusta," Mayor Lark Jones said at the end of a lengthy council session Monday night. "But I am not prepared to vote tonight on a matter of this importance."

At the suggestion of Mr. Jones, the question of placement of the picnic pavilion was tabled to gather further information on the probable costs of four proposed locations of the structure, with a final decision set for the council's first meeting in August.

The council unanimously agreed to annex a little more than 260 acres owned by developer Harry Miller on U.S. Highway 25 just north of Interstate 20. The property is to be zoned for planned development, according to Skip Grkovic, director of economic and community development. In a memo to City Administrator Charles Martin, Mr. Grkovic said Mr. Miller planned a combination of commercial use and single family and multi-unit housing in an area that was once a mobile home park.

Reach Pat Willis at (803) 279-6895.