GREENWOOD — City Council approved a resolution during its regular meeting Monday evening that will likely result in the closure of Main Street during this summer’s Festival of Discovery.
City Manager Charlie Barrineau presented the proposal to council at a work session earlier this month. Council’s endorsement will be forwarded to the S.C. Department of Transportation for consideration.
The resolution provides for closing Main Street at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, and reopening at midnight on Saturday, July 13. Barrineau said during the council meeting Monday that it would likely take until the early morning hours of Sunday, July 14, to complete the cleanup of the area, but the street would reopen in plenty of time for Sunday morning “church traffic.”
The S.C. Department of Transportation must formally approve the closure, which would result in traffic being rerouted off Main Street onto Seaboard Avenue, to Phoenix Street, and then feed back onto Main Street at Court Avenue.
“It will be challenging for the city and the Commission of Public Works,” Barrineau said. “We can’t guarantee it’s going to work, but it’s worth giving a shot.”
Last year’s estimated attendance at the Festival of Discovery was 30,000 people and the overall economic impact of the festival was $1.6 million, according to city officials.
Council member Betty Boles said she would “like to see something go up pretty early” alerting drivers of the impending detour. Barrineau said council already approved the purchase of several reader boards that would be utilized for this endeavor and several more of the reader boards will be rented.
In other business, council approved the low bid of $24,100 by Open Door Construction of Greenwood to demolish and remove debris at four identified sites in the city.
Council originally budgeted $25,000 for the demolition and debris removal at nine identified locations, but as the project continued, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control told city officials that asbestos would have to be removed from any of the homes before they could be demolished.
An asbestos survey of the properties was conducted, at a cost of $10,000 to the city, and six of the nine homes tested positive for asbestos.
Monday night’s action paves the way for the demolition and debris removal at the remaining properties – 605 Hall Ave., 806 Grendel Ave., and 706 Edgefield Ave. – plus another at 509 E. Cambridge Ave.
Since $10,000 had to be spent for the asbestos survey, Barrineau said another $10,000 out of community funds would be required.
Also, council gave first reading approval to an amendment to the City of Greenwood budgets for 2013 that would allow for $25,000 to be awarded to American Legion Post 20 in conjunction with three “showcase” baseball tournaments that will be held here in May, June and July.
The money requested by Post 20 will help pay for expenses that would be incurred as a result of attracting the three tournaments to Greenwood.
Council also approved a list of 10 city streets that are being recommended for repair through a funding request to the County Transportation Committee for $203,870. The streets are Balsam Lane, Vintage Court, Cottonwood Street, Knotting Pine Circle, Joel Avenue, Hawkins Avenue, Masters Court, Glenwood Street, Graydon Avenue and Enterprise Court. Barrineau said Enterprise Court, where the Baymont Inn and Social Security office, among others, are located. That project alone is slated to cost about $75,000.
Also during the meeting, council approved first reading consideration of an amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding a change in parking requirements for outdoor retail (permanent) and an ordinance annexing property into the city owned by Greenwood Rental Center. The property is 22x28 square feet, according to Barrineau and is where the business’ utilities are located.
Council also approved a resolution declaring April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Greenwood.