The Aiken City Council approved two motions on the second reading by a 6-0 vote at its Jan. 9 meeting. Councilwoman Beverly Clyburn was absent from the meeting.
- City council passed an ordinance to accept the 2004-05 audited financial statements. Each year, the council approves changes to the original budget through the annual audit to reflect spending needs for the current fiscal year.
- Council approved an ordinance to hold a special referendum Tuesday, March 28, to ask voters whether the city should purchase a sewer system from United Utility Company Inc. The system serves Gem Lakes Estates, which recently was annexed into the city.
"The city has no financial obligation," said City Manager Roger LeDuc, because the subdivision residents will repay the purchase costs.
In other action, city council also:
- Approved an ordinance to revise the concept plan for The Village at Woodside. The concept plan for the development was approved in 2001, when the property was annexed into the city. The plan also was revised in 2004.
Under the new plan, residential units will occupy the second stories of retail and office space. Other changes include an equestrian park in the center of the commercial area.
- Voted 5-0 to table an ordinance to control the number of publication display racks on public rights-of-way. Councilman Don Wells was not present for the vote.
Under the proposed ordinance, the city would consolidate 81 publication boxes in six locations. Currently, the city has 81 boxes in 18 downtown locations.