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County Council to recognize Andrew Siders for service

January 15, 2019 GMT

The Aiken County Council will hear a resolution expressing appreciation to Council member Andrew Siders for his service as vice chairman of the county council in 2018 at its meeting today.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Aiken County Government Center at 1930 University Parkway.

Siders was elected by council members as vice chairman on Jan. 15, 2018, according to the agenda.

Under old business, the council will hear the second reading of an ordinance revising the fire district area boundaries between the Belvedere Fire District and the City of North Augusta. The revision and updating of the map is based on agreement between the Belverdere First District and North Augusta, according to the agenda.

Under the consent agenda, the council will hear items as follows:

• A resolution to award coroner transport services to Ford Mortuary Transport LLC and to authorize the council chairman to enter into an agreement with Ford Mortuary Transport LLC for coroner transport service

• A resolution to authorize the council chairman on behalf of Aiken County to enter into a new lease with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for office space in the County Government Center

• A resolution to award the contract and to authorize the council chairman to enter into an agreement with J.E. Stewart Builders Inc. for a bid on the Langley Pond finish line tower rebid.

The council will hear on first reading an ordinance to amend the Aiken County fiscal year 2019 budget to establish an internal service fund for the employee health insurance program at its meeting today.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Aiken County Government Center at 1930 University Parkway.

The ordinance also amends or establishes certain fees for services, to make additional appropriations, to establish distribution of certain fee-in-lieu-of-tax payments and other related matters, according to the agenda.

In new business, the council will hear a resolution expressing support of option 1-1 for the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam as presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a mitigation project for the Savannah Harbor expansion project.

Option 1-1 would retain the dam, with a fish passage on the Georgia side. That option is not the one the Corps is recommending to be constructed; in a meeting in November, they officially recommend a plan that would create a fixed weir with dry floodplain bench, according to reports in the Aiken Standard.

According to the agenda, County Council would request the Corps to reconsider its decision.