Moving of monument approved at City Council meeting

Plans are in place for a monument to local servicemen to be heading a couple of blocks downhill in the months ahead, with the blessing of American Legion Post 71 and North Augusta City Council.

Monday's Council meeting included a unanimous vote in favor of moving the WWI-WWII monument currently in Calhoun Park. The future home, if Monday's measure is approved by the stage legislature, is to be Wade Hampton Memorial Park, which has a variety of flags and monuments from throughout America's history.

"I consider it a no-brainer ... For years, I'm ashamed to say that monument was covered up by junipers, and you couldn't see it at all," said Mayor Lark Jones.

He pointed out that the monument came back into view with the placement of a statue of James U. Jackson, North Augusta's founder.

The mayor suggested that the move's logistics should not be a problem, between the municipal government and the veterans' organization.

Monday's meeting also included unanimous approval of a $50,000 expenditure to widen the alley between West and Georgia avenues, running next to the former Carpenter's Exxon site.

Unanimous approval also went to the first and second readings of two annexation proposals. One was for a .4-acre tract at 6 Bradley Court, and the other was for a .47-acre tract at 819 Martintown Road.

Also getting unanimous approval was the third and final reading of another annexation request, bringing in a .52-acre parcel at 33 Carolina Springs Spur.