The projects, funded through local option sales taxes, total more than $2.9 million.
In 2004, Aiken County residents voted to extend the 1-cent local option sales tax for seven years, or until $114 million is raised. The original referendum, approved by voters in 2000, generated $54 million.
"Jurisdictions really stand to gain from it. I think that's why it's been successful," Assistant City Manager Bill Huggins said. "It's not benefiting one project or one community in the county."
The city government proposed $28 million in projects in the 2004 referendum.
This year's projects:
- A new Aiken Department of Public Safety pumper truck for station No. 5 that will be built at Citadel Drive and Whiskey Road -- $250,000
- Street paving that will begin either this fall or early spring -- $250,000.
- Sewer line renewals behind Aiken High School to York Street; the water line on Lincoln Avenue is under design along with the water line from Camellia Street to Hampton Avenue along Marlboro Street -- $600,000.
- Elimination of the northbound lane on Union Street, in preparation of the Aiken Railroad Depot replica, to create additional parking, add lighting and for extensive landscaping -- $125,000.
- To reduce traffic on Whiskey Road and provide another route to retailers on the northside of town, the city is building a connector road between Dougherty and Silver Bluff roads -- $1.05 million.
- City crews will install a wrought iron fence and landscaping at Pine Lawn Cemetery, located at the corner of Florence Street and Abbeville Avenue. In March, the 155-year-old cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places -- $170,000.
- A 2,300-square-foot band shell and pavilion at Hopelands Garden and Rye Patch is under construction, replacing the 21-year-old structure that was torn down in September -- $200,000.
- The city continues with its northside improvement program in the Edgewood subdivision by building new affordable housing -- $250,000.
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