New Road Pavement Preservation Program: The City of Aiken has selected AECOM to develop a pavement preservation program for the long term progressive maintenance of our roadway infrastructure.  The scope of work will consist of the evaluation of City of Aiken-owned roadways with asphalt pavement, which is approximately 90 miles of roads within the City limits.  The project will be performed in the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Planning and Organization
  • Phase 2: Pavement Condition Inspections
  • Phase 3: Data Analysis
  • Phase 4: Reporting

The first phase of work began on Monday, September 11th with desktop research of each roadway, and work continues with software setup.  Field surveys are anticipated to begin in early October, which will be performed by a two-person crew during daytime hours.  The field surveys are anticipated to last up to three weeks.  AECOM will develop daily inspection plans to minimize any disruption to traffic, and ensure safety of the crews and motoring public.

The final deliverable will consist of a five-year comprehensive plan with a prioritization scheme that is generally based on surface asphalt conditions to make recommendations for improvements.  The project is anticipated to be completed in late fall.

Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum: There is some siding repair work being performed at the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.  The museum will close for two weeks while construction takes place.  It is scheduled to reopen October 4th.

City of Aiken Hampton Avenue Sidewalk Project: The City of Aiken has consulted with Johnson, Laschober and Associates, P.C. (JLA) in the development of the Hampton Avenue Sidewalk Project, which extends approximately 1.25 miles from Vaucluse Road to Florence Street.  The project will improve safety and pedestrian connectivity along Hampton Avenue through the installation of a new five-foot concrete sidewalk, connecting the existing sidewalk on both ends of the project, including the installation of crosswalks along the existing side streets throughout the project limits.

The proposed sidewalk will be installed along one side of Hampton Avenue, as follows, in an effort to improve the overall safety and pedestrian connectivity along Hampton Ave, and to minimize impacts to adjacent properties and the surrounding community:

  • On the south side of Hampton Avenue extending from Vaucluse Road to Loren Street, which will connect to the existing sidewalk at Vaucluse Road
  • On the north side of Hampton Avenue extending from Loren Street to Allison Street, which will facilitate direct access to the Dollar General store located west of Tennessee Avenue, and
  • On the south side of Hampton Avenue extending from Allison Street to Florence Street, which will connect to the existing sidewalk at Florence Street

The design phase is currently underway with the following milestone schedule and anticipated timeline for moving forward:

  • The preliminary design is currently underway, with survey work and SCDOT/DHEC permitting coordination anticipated to begin this fall
  • The construction phase will begin upon completion of the preliminary design phase and permit approval process, with an estimated completion in summer 2018

Commendations

A City of Aiken Retiree, Bruce Myers, sent a thank you note to City Manager John Klimm and City Council.  He thanked them for including the retirees in the 1.5% cost of living increase

Tanya Tomory, of the Margaret Tribert, Esq. office, sent an email thanking Business License Inspector/Deputy Tax Collector Nathan Campbell for his and the Finance Department’s help.  She stated she wished everyone she dealt with was as easy to deal with as he and the Finance Department in Aiken.

Paul Turner, of Steeple Ridge Road, sent an email to express his appreciation for a job well done by the Utilities Department.  He stated he called Communications Operator I Bob Fry about a problem with his sewer line on a Saturday morning.  Utilities Team Leader Thurmond Harris and Maintenance Worker II Alex Bates responded and had the problem under control before noon.  He stated he has had to call the Utilities Department four times (at least two different houses in Aiken) over the past thirty years.  Each time he was impressed with the quick and friendly response and the quality of the work

Tia O’Brien called to compliment Utilities Technician Darrin Perry and his crew for the quick response to tree removal on the road to the Woodwinds detention pond.  She said they were quick to respond, very courteous, and it was a job well done.

Haydn and Anne Garrett, of Silver Meadow Court, sent an email thanking the Water Department for taking the time to warn them of their unusually high water bill for the month of August.  Bill Specialist Ann Young was initiated the service order based on their consumption.  Meter Technician II Zach Holley demonstrated to them the severity and position of the leak (on the house side of the main) and they have subsequently had the repair made.  The repair was also followed by a report from the plumbers that the water pressure limiter was defective and that they were experiencing some 100psi in the pipes.  This issue is also now fixed.  The Garretts thank the City for such good and thoughtful service for the customers, and they have no doubt that the City saved them many dollars and the area many hundreds, if not thousands of gallons, and maybe considerable future water damage in the dwelling if a pipe had burst when they were away on vacation.

Upcoming City Events:

  • Tuesday, September 26th at 11:00 AM: Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant will be here for a press conference to announce the City’s $350,000 grant award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging for a Senior Improvement Project.  The press conference will be at the Eustis Park Community Center site.  In the event of rain, the press conference will take place at the Municipal Building’s Conference Center, 214 Park Ave., SW
  • Monday, October 9th at 7:00 PM: The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers, Second Floor of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave., SW.
  • Monday October 30th at 7:00 PM: The City Council will hold its second October meeting on October 30 instead of October 23