This Issues and Updates memo represents my efforts to avoid inundating City Council members with individual memos. Several significant or potentially critical issues are presented here. Please feel free to let me know if you have any further questions or concerns about any of the items I have included in this most recent edition.
AIKEN – The City of Aiken’s preferred development team for Downtown has proposed a construction timeline calling for the disposal of surplus City property and the renovation and expansion of the historic Municipal building as approved by the citizens in a 2010 referendum be under construction as early as this Fall.
The City of Aiken Business License Division would like to remind all citizens about the need for companies or individuals working inside the city limits to purchase a business license.
This study of the opinions of adult City of Aiken residents has several purposes. The study establishes a benchmark of the perceived quality of services and activities performed by city departments and offices along with suggestions on improvements that could be made. We also explore why citizens choose to reside in the city along with feelings about development, growth—especially in the downtown area, the balance between services and taxes, and finally citizen/government communications, transparency and responsiveness.