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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Wednesday June 8,2011 Vol. 145, No. 159 Tod^ Weather Full forecast 114C Yo 11 r o c a 1 S o u r c e S i i \ c c I 8 f> 7 www.aiken8tandard.com ■— 50^ Option 4 Submitted images Option 5 Option 6 Option 7 Citizens advisory board to give input on new Complex designs By HALEY HUGHES . Staff writer Members of Aiken County Council expect to choose a design for tiie new office complex at their next meeting in two weeks. Until then, the ap^inted citizens advfeoiycommittee will meet to view the four new conceptual renderings presented Tuesday and forward its input to Council. . The new renderings incorporate feedback gathered from the committee and Council when architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith unveiled its first design schematics in May, mainly the desire for a "wow" effect, said firm principal Brad Smith. • hi each new rendering, like the first round, the exteriors jare brick complemented by buff-colored masonry and possess a number of windows for natural light. TTie length of the building in each is shown to be rou^y the size of a football field. . Each design differentiates itself from the otiiefs with architectural features such as Angela Kay Colleran, Aiken Henry "Hank''Christopher Caver Jr., Columbia JeananW.Rou}^ Aiken P. Harold Bateman, Augusta Whitney LeAnne Revis, Clearwater Deaths and Funerals 16A Rawls "I really like the stairs. It reminders me of the courthouse - very classy Kathy Rawls Councilwoman stairs, a dome or walls of glass. Thè new renderings provide a basis for feedback, which architects will utilize in the final design process, and were not meant to lock in a design. The majority of Council appeared to favor Option 4 with its cupola and clock tower and a ground entrance flanked on either side by a curving staircase leading to a second-story entrance. "I really like the stairs. It reminders me of the courthouse - very classy," said Councilwoman Kathy Rawls. Options 4, 5 and 6 have cupolas, a feature which Council members said they find appealing, while Option 7 has a dome. Woridng from Councilman , Chuck Smith's suggestion that the complex extend more vertically. Options 5, 6 and 7 have the building standing at four stories. Option 4 is three stories. Each has essentially the same footprint, with Ae exception of Option 7, which shows the building thinning a bit into a'T' shape, said architect K.J. Jacobs. "I am intrigued by Option 7.1 like the smaller footprint myself," Smith said. When asked» how quickly County Administrator Clay Killian could gather a meeting of the advisory committee, the answer was a few days. Still, as Councihnan Gary Bunker noted, the decision on the final design is "our call." hi other business Tuesday, no one spoke during a public What do you think? > What do you think about the ^ new renderings for th(B Aiken County , office complex? . ► Gommentonthis Story at www. aiken-standard.com, write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S.C. 29802 or email editorial© aikenstandard.com hearing on the proposed FY 2012 budget of $51.6 million. The proposal represents an approximate $700,000 increase from last year's budget, which reflects a small amount of natural growth, Killian said. But, it does not include any major new programs or "much needed" improvements, nor a salary adjustment for County staff. The budget holds the current millage at 74 mills. Council will consider final reading June 21. PUBIIC HEARING staff photo by Rob Novit A residents sits with sign reading "We Will Not Forgef'dur-ing a public hearing on the Aiken County School District budget draft. Residents urge School Board: Don't raise taxes By ROB NOVIT Senior writer At a public hearing on the Aiken County School District budget draft, more than a dozen county residents urged the School Board to withdraw its tentative plan to raise taxes for operations and facility needs. Carolyn Bazzle said she's on a fixed income and is frustrated that teachers will get a raise. "You act like only the teachers need more money, but we are all hurting," she said. "The money can't keep coming. You are asking us to be your bank and your ATM." But some speakers expressed their support for the board's efforts on the budget - which would provide more fimds for major projects and facilities and in part provide instructional initiatives to help struggling students. "Public education gets a bad rap," said Davis Berry. "We are all struggling, but we have to think about our responsibilities. A lot of people think only of taxes. 1 hate taxes, but sometimes you have to have them. This budget development is a well-put together product and deserves the support of this group." Before the hearing, school district comptroller Tray Traxler reviewed the board's proposal to this point. The board would raise operating millage 3.8 mills to help fund such projects as an alternative school expansion and retaining reading interventionists, who were paid with stimulus funds. The debt-service mill-age will go up nine mills - allowing the district to ^crease funds for maintenance and major projects from $14.5 million a year to $17.5 million over a period "of five years. However, the S.C. General Assembly is looking at add-' ing some funds to the per-pupil allocation, which could give the board members some options on the operating millagg decision. The budget will come up for final approval June 21. People simply can't afford the tax hikes, said Dianne Giddings, a former candidate for the school board. The number of students on free and reduced lunch fees is now at 57 percent, an increase of 7 percent. "That's an indicator of the economy in this community," said Giddings. "Housing values have dropped 33 percent, and people can't sell their homes, yet you're demanding more money." Moses Mims no longer has children in the school system and he, too, is on a fixed income. But somebody funded public schools when all the people at the board Please see SCHOOL, page 16A Senate board hears testimony on small modular reactors mm mm Calendar 3C Classifieds 5B Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Markets 14A Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 14A Obituaries 6A Opinions ISA Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings ?c By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Nuclear industry experts before the Sénate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Tuesday provided , input on three bills, one of which supports the development and licensing of small modularnuclear reactors (SMRs) - like those being pursued at a fiiture energy complex at the Savannah River Site. In addition to thè S-512 ; bill that would support development of SMRs, the committee also heard testimony on S-1067, which woyld require, the Secretary of Energy to cany out a research, development and démonstration program to reduce manufacturing and construction costs relating to nuclear reactors. "the two nuclear bills before us today^establish research programs to reduce the coàt of co^tniction using small reactors as well as authorizing two cost-shared demonstrations to license before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission»" said committee Chair Sen. Jeff Bingaman: "Small nuclear reactors, those that are less than 300 megawatts, hold the promise of reducing thè costs of nuclear plant construction." / ■f In late 2010, Savannah, River Nuclear Solutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two companies - GE Hitachi and Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. *- to bring small modular reactors to SRS. SMRs could significantly enhance the United States' competitiveness, said Dr. John Kelly^the Department of Energy's deputy assistât secretary for nuclear reactor technologies. Kelly told the committee that SMR technology should initially be focused. on light water reactors, md Please tee SMR, page 16A Public Safety, USCA officers train for campus shooter By KAREN DAILY Staff writer The ammunition used at use Aiken Tuesday was blanks, and the shooter on campus was a sworn officer actmg the jjart of a crazed gunman, but the possibility Slat the mock scenario could be real is not something local law enforcement officers take lijghtly Aiken Public Safety and use Aiken Public Safety officers spent the afternoon Tuesday at the university framing as if an active shooter was on campus. Lt. Phil Kestin, who supervises Public Safety's frainirig, explained the importance of the drill. "They don't have the manpower (for a large-scale response) and we don't know the campus, but together we have enou^i people with the right information," Kestin said. Each year, Aiken Public Safety trains to activate its incident command system (ieS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS). Staff photo by Karen Daily Officer Chris Walker and a number of other Aiken Public Safety and use Aiken Public Safety officers search the university Tuesday for a shooter during a drill. Please see more photos of the training on page 16A. During the training session, the gunman has a weapon and is shooting, inside a building. When he fired his rifle, the sounds of the filanks reverberated throughout the building, and the officers could be overheard on police radios giving instructions. Since the shootings at Columtine High School in 1999 and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the training has become routine, Kestin said. The training will continue at the university each Tuesday as part of the City of Aiken's in-service June training. The first of the training drills began this week. Please see TRAINING, page 16A lÉ
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