City Manager’s Blog

City to conduct Citizens Survey

With the announcement that the City is conducting an annual citizens survey, some residents have called to ask why. The reason that we conduct resident surveys is to get critical information from those that we serve, the citizens of the City of Aiken.

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Meeting on public parking Downtown set April 12

Parking and the possibility of a parking structure downtown will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled by the City of Aiken on April 12 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. SW.

Aiken City Manager John Klimm said the April meeting will be the latest in a series of public meetings where hundreds of local residents have gathered information and offered input on the future of the City’s central district.

“We are now recommending that we start a new journey of public meetings starting with a major public hearing on the need for and the pros and cons of a parking garage in the downtown,” Klimm said during a recent City Council meeting. “For many years the issue of parking in the downtown has been raised. When we had our workshops last year, the number one issue raised was the matter of parking in the downtown and the challenge of how best to address the parking issue.”

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State of the City Address – A Community Celebration

Well over 250 Aiken residents crowded into the AECOM Center in downtown Aiken last Tuesday to attend our City’s inaugural State of the City Address. The event, filled with much pomp and circumstance, was organized and executed by a great group of volunteers, all of...

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A Dark Day in Aiken turns to Light

Last Friday a thousand Aiken residents went to a High School basketball game with their children, neighbors and friends. And then the unthinkable happened. Outside of the School, someone pulled out a gun and shot three of our neighbors. Chaos ensued but our Department of Public Safety professionals where there and responded as they have so often recently. Over the past seven days, these dedicated staff worked night and day to find the shooter. And today we learn that their hard work paid off and we have an arrest.

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Upcoming Events

12:00 am BLUE Recycling Pickup Week
BLUE Recycling Pickup Week
May 1 @ 12:00 am – May 4 @ 11:45 pm
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7:00 pm Hopelands Gardens Concert
Hopelands Gardens Concert
May 1 @ 7:00 pm
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10:00 am Kite Festival
Kite Festival
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Monday through Friday
8:10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
P.O Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802

Physical Address
135 Laurens St. SW
Aiken, SC 29801