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Aiken City Council to discuss budget, annexations, rezonings on Monday night

April 15, 2019 GMT

The Aiken City Council meets Monday night, formally getting together for the first time this month.

City Council will first meet at 4:30 p.m. for a work session. The session is for the city’s fiscal year 2019-20 budget, specifically focusing on the public safety and parks and recreation departments.

The Engineering and Utilities Department budget might also be discussed if time allows, according to City Council documents. That discussion will include sewer and water rate adjustments.

An executive session will follow the work session. Behind closed doors, City Council will discuss two “contractual” arrangements regarding the purchase or, more generally, the acquisition of land in the city, according to a public notice.

City Council’s regular meeting begins after the executive session at 7 p.m.

The agenda for Monday is relatively succinct.

Among other things, there are two standing annexation and rezoning requests, one for a prospective Dairy Queen on Silver Bluff Road and one for a property in Kalmia Hills.

There’s also a rezoning request for a 4-acre vacant parcel along Richland Avenue East. The property is being targeted for multiple uses including a liquor store, according to City Council documents.

City Council on Monday night could also finalize a business incentives deal with B&W Enterprises, represented by Betsy Simons. City Council first approved the deal in October 2018.

The incentives deal would cost the city no more than $6,500 in the first year, according to an attached memo. Subsequent years – two through five – would have a financial impact on the city of no more than $1,000.

City Council meets at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.