Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 31, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 31
with final decision for County’s new complex months away?
By HALEY HUGHES
Opinions on Aiken County Council of where to build the new administrative complex is split, and it appears a final decision is several month1 off.
An informal Aiken Standard poll revealed that of all nine members of Council, f our are in f avor 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 he 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 al 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 slay 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 broking at.”
fie would not reveal what other sites are being considered.
F.mployees will move into leased 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.
l ither way, the Aiken County Health Department will no longer be a part of the main administrative complex.
Us offices will either relocate to an existing building in the county, or, if the complex is not constructed on Richland Avenue, could take ov cr the current building after some renovations have been made.
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Should the new administrative complex stay on Richland Avenue or move to a new location?
"Only if the gap between the two pre-concept ual estimates is bridged should the new building stay at the current site.*
‘I'm in favor of building on a greenfield site. We nave wasted enough time trying to stay on the present site
do not want to make a decision yet because there are still unanswered questions as to what site will be the best use of the taxpayers' money.
‘I am in favor on holding off on a decision until I receive more information."
"I reserve judgment but at this point I am inclined to build at the current site."
“It was my desire to cut off the back rtion of the ilding and replace
it with a ouildir that would meeT our
needs and replicate in some way the current architecture but not at the expense of not being functional."
“Being downtown in the county seat’ has many merits. This entails the cost of a couple years of rental space and a double move on the employees and equipment."
'My fest choice for the location of the county complex is to be on its existing site if we can make me economics work.'
*1 could argue either side as there are pros and cons to both. I went to hear from the public, I do"
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 Mac McClearen and Owen Sheets left and middle, co-founders of Friends of the Aiken Depot. Presenting the award is former Historic Aiken Foundation president Ross Culligan.
Awards given for historic structures
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By HALEY HUGHES
Twelve local properties wen: recognized by the Historic Aiken Foundation on Sunday as having enhanced and preserved the historic v isual character of Aiken, among them the Aiken Railroad Depot, the Aiken Ckvlf Club and several residential cottages.
All winners receiv ed a I lis-tonc Aiken Foundation framed certificate, an engraved brass medallion and an autographed copy of “A Splendid fun: Photographs of Old Aiken.”
• The law office* of Braiib-waite. Farmer, Bom & Timmerman
• Jennifer and (n:nird Kelly
The Kellys moved to Aiken when Jennifer accepted the position of manager of USC Aiken’s Convocation Center. They bought the cottage, located rn the 300 block of I hesterfiekl Street, and it’s a “lovely example of an old Aiken cottage,” said Robert Stack, awards committee and hoard member.
The Kellys have since moved to Boston, Mass,
• Friend* of the Aiken Depot
Aiken Railroad Depot
The I iepot cai Park Avenue, replicated from draw mg* of the original, is now home to the City ol Aiken Parks, Recreation
and Tourism Departments headquarters and serv es as the City’s Visitors Center and is a testament to the *’v ision of some of our citizens.” Stack said.
The original depot served thousands of local travelers and many Winter Colonists before it was demolished in 1954 when the railroad stopped passenger travel to Aiken
All ANiard* ( barnman Tim Simmons asked Friends of the Aiken !\*pot d>founders Mac McClearen and Owen Sheet/ to join him in accepting the award.
“I don’t think I have worked on something any more exciting than this,” McClearen said.
The Leadership Award tv given in recognition of out-standing infill design for new construction tins tv compatible with wist wk historic struitures in the immediate arm
Adaptive Use Award
• Jaun t and Russell Johnson
Richland Avenue Courtyard
Hie courtyard space next to the Curiosity Shop used to hold at one tune an auto dealership and an auto repair business but had been v acant until the Johnsons bought the property on which to build a home They were inspired to beautify the courtyard when then daughter asked to hold her w edding reception at the house.
“So this all came about to
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CHS alumni to embark on Carnival cruise
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Nearly I OO alumni from Ciraniteville High School will sail out tm a Carnival Cruise ship next month to Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas for the t iranitevilie High School reunion cruise.
Under the auspices of die Leas die Md ampbell School Alumni Association, the alumni will board Carnival Cruise Liqe’s ship, The Fantasy, in Charleston on Feb. 18 and head out tor a five-night adventure lull of food, music, shopping, entertainment and optional shore excursions.
Graduates from the classes of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and two graduates from tile class of 1980 will mingle and reconnect w ith one another, and one special guest will be recognized as the unofficial guest of honor on board.
Lucille Craig Arthur, who graduated with the class of 1938, will turn 90 on Feb. 5 and will be the oldest alumna on the ship.
Arthur said when she found out she’d be recognized as the oldest
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member of the alumni on the cruise, she was actually quite surprised.
“I figured that 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 itinerary for the alumni includes a “get acquainted” session on Saturday, Feb. 19, which will take place on the Lido deck by the pool. Bobby Hydnck, a graduate from the class of 1961, will entertain the guests with a live music performance during the session, and the graduates are encouraged to wear their C iHS Reunion T-shirts.
Kirk Bennett, publicist with the LMSAA and a graduate of the class of 1965, said the group’s ’’get acquainted” session is an opportunity for the graduates from classes ranging over four decades to get to know
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Staff photo by Ashieey Williamson
Lucille Craig Arthur, *89, class of '38, stands with Kirk Bennett who graduated with the class of 196S. Bennett and GHS Alumni will unofficially recog nlze Arthur as the guest of honor on the cruise.