North Augusta bankrolls Park and Ride project

  • Posted: 4/20/2013 12:23 PM
    6/1/2013 5:52 PM
North Augusta bankrolls Park and Ride project
Ginger Perry

Local commuters may have a new resource at their disposal in the months ahead, through a combination of local and state tax revenue to bankroll the North Augusta Park and Ride Project.

Unanimous approval went to devoting $40,000 as the local “match” for money being provided by through the Department of Transportation, to help create a facility at U.S. 25 and I-20, to encourage carpooling.

A report from City Administrator Todd Glover noted that the 5.7-acre facility will be built entirely on SCDOT land acreage previously used for disposal of concrete pavement removed during construction of I-520’s Palmetto Parkway portion.

“The lot will include 226 parking spaces and a transit loading lane ... utilized for van and car-pool pickup and drop-off. The Best Friend Express will monitor the facility to determine if scheduled service is feasible. It is possible that local industries could contract with Best Friend Express for service at shift changes,” it read.

Mayor Lark Jones pointed out that the $40,000 will not represent any new spending, because it will be drawn from a surplus of $184,240 from an interchange project involving U.S. 1 and Fifth Street.

The meeting also included congratulations to Ginger Perry, who won the municipal government’s “employee of the quarter” honor for the period from January through March.

She has been with the City since Feb. 4, 1998. As clerk of court with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, she has duties including notifying crime victims of court dates involving the perpetrator in their cases.

Perry’s commendation noted, “She has assisted her supervisor with planning and selecting the new court computer system. She is always looking for ways to improve the court system and alleviate any unnecessary work.”

It also noted she “is very conscientious and takes pride in her work.” She is this year’s first of four honorees to be eligible for selection as “employee of the year.”