Aiken Standard, January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 31, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Monday January 31,2011 Vol. 145, No. 31Your Local Source Sincc I8()7 S5S5SSSS www.aikenstandard.com ¡=sssz= Todtay^Vyéather High M* Full forecast 16C 500WHAT ISCOUNCIL SAYINGwith final decision for County's new complex months away? By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Opinions on Aiken County Council of where to build the new administrative complex is split, and it appears a final decision is several months off. An infonnal Aiken Standard poll revealed that of all nine members of Council, four are in favor of staying on Richland Avenue, one is in favor of building elsewhere and four are undecided, saying there are several questions to be answered before they will be able to choose a site. Numerous procedural hurdles still lay ahead before Council is expected to select a location. Four or five additional public input sessions are to be scheduled, and the 18-member ad hoc citizens committee, which has yet to be appointed, will likely meet several times to consolidate public opinion and make a recommendation to Council. County Administrator Clay Killian said he would like to get it all done by the end of February so that the schematic design process can begin very soon thereafter. That is by no means a guarantee, though. Things could change at any point along the way. All members of Council agreed on one thing, however - in the end, it will all boil down to cost. "We know it's more expensive to stay here," Killian said. "We've heard that from most of Council. The direction I have been given is to find a way to stay here, and we're still working on the numbers. The focus right now is this site with the understanding that there are other sites we are looking at." He would not reveal what other sites are being considered. Employees will move into leäsed office space for a period of 18 months to two years while the current complex is demolished and a new one constructed, should Council decide to remain on site, according to Killian. Once completed, staff will move back in. There would be only one move should the decision be made to build on land elsewhere. Either way, the Aiken County Health Department will no longer be a part of the main administrative complex. Its offices will either relocate to an existing building in the county, or, if the complex is not constructed on Richland Avenue, could take over the current building after some renovation^ have been made. Please see COMPLEX, page 7A Should the new admnristrative complex stay on Richland Avenue or move to a new location? Gary Bunker "Only if the gap between the two preK^onceptual estimates is bridged should the new Duilding stay 9t thectfffeittsttetr : Charlcis Barton Sandy Haskell "I m in %/or on «Being downtown holdmg off onin the 'county seat' a dec sion until has many merits. I receive more This entails the information. cost of a couple years of rental 'a§S18ovVoH " the employees and equipment." Kathy Rawls "I'm In favor of buildlrfi on a green^ld stt^. We nave wasted enough time trying to stay on the present site. Seott Singer "I reserve jud^ent but at this point I am inclined to build at the current site." staff photo by Haley Hughes The Friends of the Aiken Depot was given the Leadership Award in recognition of its outstanding design for new construction compatible with existing historic structures. Accepting the awards are IMac McClearen and Owen Sheetz, left and middle, co-founders of Friends of the Ailcen Depot. Presenting the award is former Historic Ailcen Foundation president Ross Culiigan. Awards given for historic structures Roiinle Young "My first choice for the location of the county complex is to be on Its existing site If we can maketne economics work." Chuck Smitii "I do not want to make a d^islon yet because there are still unanswered quest ons as to what site will be the best use of the taxpayers'money. ■ my d to cut off the back portion of the building and replace It with a building that would meet our needs and replicate lr\ some way the current architecture butnotatthf expense of not being functional." umm MoKenzle "I could argue either side as there are pros and cons to both. I want to hear from the public, I do." SEE FULL QUOTES INSIDE By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer Twelve local properties were recognized by the Historic Aiken Foundation on Sunday as having enhanced and preserved the historic visual character of Aiken, among them the Aiken Railroad Depot, the Aiken Golf Club and several residential cottages. All winners received a Historic Aiken Foundation framed certificate, an engraved brass medallion and an autographed copy of "A Splendid Tim: Photographs of Old Aiken." Leadership Awaid • The law o£Bces of Braith-waite, Fanner, Boni & Timmennan • Jennifer and Gerard Kelly "KeUy Cottage" TTie Kellys moved to Aiken when Jennifer accepted the position of manager of USC Aiken's Convocation Center. They bought the cottage, located in the 300 block of Chesterfield Street, and it's a "lovely example of an old Aiken cottage," said Robert Stack, awards committee and board member. The Kellys have since moved to Boston, Mass. • Friends of the Aiken Depot Aiken Railroad Depot The Depot on Paik Avenue, replicated from drawings of the original, is now home to the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department's headquarters and serves as the City's Visitors Center and is a testament to the 'Vision of some of our citizens," Stack said. The original depot servèd thousands of local traveleis and many Winter Colonists before it was demolished in 1954 when thè railroad stopped pas-sengCT travel to Aiken. Ail Aboard! Chairman Tmi Simmons asked Friends of the Aiken Depot ^-founders Mac McClearen and Owen Sheetz to join him in accepting the award. "I don't think I have worked on something any more exciting than this," McClearen said. The Leadersh^ Award is given in recognition of outstanding infill design for new construction this is compatible with existing historic structures in the immediate area. Adaptive Use Award • Janice and Russell Johnson Richland Avenue Courtyard The courtyard space next to the Curiosity Shop used to hold at one time an auto dealership and an auto repair business but had been vacant until the Johnsons bought the property on which to build a home. They were inspired to beautify the courtyard when their daughter asked to hold her wedding reception at the house. "So this all came about to Please see AWARDS, page 5ADarshlaBralksfoidr BrarKhvllle HwlMHrt B* BcttlSt Aiken Deaths arid Furierals 16A Calendar 5C Classifieds 4B Crossword 4C Comics 3C DearAbby 4C Horoscopes Movie Listings 5C Obituaries 6A Opinions Puzttes ^ '4C IB maiifl* . ■■ m viiitHtr i GHS alumni to embark on Carnival cruise By asiujliy wiuiamson Staffwrlter Nearly 100 alumni from . Graniteville High School will sail out on a Carnival Cruise ship next month to Fre^port and Nassau in the Bahamas for the Graniteville fiQgh School reunion cruise. Undor the pspices of the Leavelle McCatnpM S^ool Ahisbni Association, die ahunni will board Carnival Cruise tine's ship. The Fantasy, in Charleston on Feb. 18 and head out for a fiye-night actventure full of food, music, shopping, entertainment Qradufrtes finn the classes of the *SOs, ;608, '708 and two gnàusUss from % o)w» of 1^0 wfll mingle and one gradu* will torn lÜe oldestSee page 10A for a reunion photo. member of the alumni on the cruise, she was actually quite suiprised. "I figured Aat I might be the oldest, but I didn't know for sure," she said. 'It's kind of exciting, I'm looking forward to being with everybody and having a good time." The itineraiy for the alumni inchides a "get acquainted" session on Saturday, Feb. 19, which will take place on the Lido deck by the pool. Bobby Hydrick, a g^uate from the class of 1961, will entertain the guests with a live music performance during the session, and the graduates are encoui^ed to wear their GHS Reunion T-shirts. Kirk Bennett; publicist with the LMSAA and a graduate of the class of 1965, said th^ group's **get acquainted" session is an opportunitying over four decades to ^t to.know piMMittCRui8e.ptafaA staff photo by Ashteey WIIIianwonLudilt Craig Arthiir|1l9, cliM of ftiiidt wl^ •litf«iiilhthtdMiof1MI.B«iiiiillMid6H$Ai^ nlm Arthur as thf guut of honor on tlm cMm. ;

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