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Officials Are Rethinking Use Of Alcohol In Public
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 23:02
Chattooga officials are having to rethink how they allow alcohol in public areas.
Residents brought coolers with beer and other drinks into the downtown amphitheater off East Washington Street for the Better Hometown-sponsored Second Saturday concert series.
"I'll have to say everybody was behaving," City Manager Russell Thompson said.
The problem, however, is that the city council never sanctioned alcohol usage at the downtown event.
Other music festivals and events, like Finster Fest and this coming Saturday's Battle of the Bands concert, got council approval to sell and consume alcohol downtown.
"We are going to have to address it," the city manager said. "It's kind of an interesting subject. The city is sponsoring the band and the venue is on county property."
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New Trail Halted
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 22:55
A new trail that connects two downtown Summerville parks is being halted, according to city officials.
Officials thought connecting Willow Spring Park and Jr. "Dick" Dowdy Park with a gravel path would cost about $104,000. But that cost estimate was off.
"The bids were open on the 10th of July and it came in approximately $50,000 over budget. We are now trying to negotiate with the low bidder to try to get that cost lowered," City Manager Russell Thompson said.
The city is negotiating with that contractor, B.J. Gambill, on ways to reduce the project's cost.
"This was a $100,000 DNR trail grant that the city received and prepared about a year ago," the city manager said.
The city received the grant and agreed to pitch in $25,000 as part of matching funds.
"Right now we are in a negotiating stage with the contractor," the city manager said.
The city will also pay LADD Environmental $14,500 to engineer the project.
LADD's contract is also another snag with at least one city councilman.
Councilman Dale Housch questioned why the engineering company added measures into its contract to get even more money from the city.
The councilman discovered that LADD's contract allowed other reimbursements for the engineers.
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