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.

  1. City Events:

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.:  There will be a Public Information Session about the potential downtown revitalization project in the Conference Center, First Floor of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Avenue, SW.

Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.:  Aiken Corporation’s Executive Committee will meet in Room 204 of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave., SW.

Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m.:  The Design Review Board will hold its regular monthly meeting in Council Chambers, Second Floor of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave.

Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m.:  Aiken Corporation’s Executive Committee will meet in Room 204 of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave., SW.

Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.:  The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held in Council Chambers, Second Floor of the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave., SW.

  1. Ball Tournament Updates: Citizens Park hosted the ASA Recreation State Tournament June 9-11. This 22 team tournament is the State Tournament for our Youth Softball All-Star teams. The prior week, teams competed in a district tournament in North Augusta.  The City of Aiken fields a team in each age group:  8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 18 and under.  The Aiken 10 and under  team finished runner-up in the district and state tournament.  The 18 and under team finished runner-up in the district, and the 12 and under team won the district and state championship.

Citizens Park hosted the SCRBI Tournament June 16-18. This tournament is a Parks and Recreation tournament that was started back in 2012 as the All-Star experience for baseball.  The City of Aiken, City of North Augusta, City of Newberry, Newberry County, City of Columbia, Town of Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and the City of Charleston are now participating in this event. Citizens Park hosted the 10 and under and 12 and under Divisions, while Chapin hosted the 8 and under and 15 and under tournament.  The 10 and under and 12 and under Divisions had a combined 32 teams at Citizens Park.  The Aiken 12u baseball team won the SCRBI State Championship. On June 24, Citizens Park hosted a 38-team Freedom Sports Adult Softball NIT event. Freedom Sports is new to Aiken, as we are partnering to bring Adult Softball teams to Aiken.  The Freedom Sports Lower World is scheduled for Citizens Park October 19-22.  This tournament is projected to bring around 60-80 teams to Aiken.

 

  1. Summer Day Camp: Summer Adventures and Summer Fun Day camps are now in session! Camps run at the H.O. Weeks Center and Smith-Hazel in themed, one-week sessions over the entire summer. Camp begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. with pick up until 5:00 p.m. Summer Adventures Day Camp at H.O. Weeks has seen between 56 and 60 campers per session and looks like it will operate at full capacity for the remainder of the summer. Summer Fun Day Camp at Smith-Hazel has enrollment hovering around 25 – 30 each week. There are a total of 10 counselors between the two camps.  Camp activities include field trips, crafts, sports, swimming, Citizens Park spray ground visits, karaoke, and special visitors.

 

  1. Hopelands Concert Series: The 2017 Hopelands Concert Series featured a new schedule of Monday evenings in April, May and June with performances from many different genres. This schedule of 13 concerts allowed for cooler evenings for concert-goers and performers alike. On six occasions, concerts were held at the Odell Weeks Activities Center due to inclement weather.  Various community organizations sponsored each performance, including The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Northwestern Mutual – Mueller Financial Group, The Hearing Associates of SC, The Aiken Homes Team at Meybohm, The Aiken Driving Club, Cumberland Village, DayBreak Adult Care Services, Aiken Performing Arts, Security Federal Bank, The Women of Woodside, Allegra Marketing, Print, and Web, The Willcox, and the Screenprint Factory.  The highest attendance in a single concert was the Parris Island Marine Band with 1,189, followed by East Aiken School of the Arts with 618 in attendance.  Each concert, with the exception of military band performance, requires the help of volunteer sound technicians.  These gentleman, Steve Peterson, John McMahon and John Heffentreyer, graciously volunteered approximately 45 hours each, for a total of 135 donated hours.  This season, we also received help from members of the Aiken Marine Corps League (approx. 12 people) and the South Aiken High School NJROTC (approx. 10 people) who volunteered for the Parris Island Marine Band Concert for four hours, a total of 88 donated hours.  Total attendance for 2017 was 5,334.

 

  1. South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association: In the 2017 Summer edition of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association magazine there is an article by Athletic Coordinator, Bre Cantrell, titled “Partnership at the Park – Expanding Opportunities for those with Disabilities”.  The article highlights the Parks and Recreation Department partnership with the RECing Crew, to provide inclusion and accessibility in leisure and recreational activities offered in Aiken. Please see page 11 of the following link:

https://issuu.com/designertp/docs/scrpa_magazine_summer_2017_web

  1. Commercial Projects Update: The following commercial projects are under construction:

Demo warehouse building & small office – 1006 Richland Avenue E

Demo gas station for future Panda Express – 1065 Pine Log Road

Eye Care One upfit – 3521 Richland Avenue W

ARMC 2nd floor renovation for inpatient rehab – 302 University Parkway

Town Creek Baptist remodel for school – 250 Town Creek Road

The following permit applications have been received and are under review:

MHA Aiken county Nurture Home cottage – 232 Greenville Street NW

SPCA shelter for animal crates -199 Willow Run Road

Cherry Bekaert office upfit – 137 Old Market Street

CMI office expansion for physical therapy space – 399 Silver Bluff Road

The following plans have been received and are under review:

Circle K – 2948 Whiskey Road

The following commercial projects received their Certificate of Occupancy:

ARMC 1st floor ultrasound renovation – 302 University Parkway

ARMC 1st floor cafeteria renovation – 302 University Parkway

  1. There will not be a Planning Commission Meeting on July 11 since no applications were received by the deadline.

 

  1. Commendations: A letter to the editor was written regarding the pickup of pet waste. In this letter, special thanks was given to Parks, Recreation and Tourism employees Maintenance Worker II Conell Young and Maintenance Worker II Robert Kelly for the hard work they perform in maintain Odell Weeks.