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Project Jackson hearing to be held Tuesday

Posted: September 3, 2013 - 6:12pm

Aiken County residents will have a chance to voice their concerns on Project Jackson in a hearing scheduled Tuesday.

County Councilman Willar High­tower Jr. said the hearing on the riverfront development project will be held at 6 p.m. at the Aiken Technical College auditorium.

After a “standing-room-only” showing at a council meeting Aug. 19, Hightower said it was clear that extra room was needed.

“They were lined all down the hall and outside of the building,” he said. “We figured that there would be a lot of interest, so we moved to Aiken Tech, where we’ll have plenty of room.”

The council decided to handle Project Jackson as an ordinance, which requires three votes, known as “readings,” and a public hearing.

The ordinance got first reading approval at the Aug. 19 meeting.

“We decided to go with the ordinance because it allows for more public input,” Hightower said, adding that the council expects the meeting to open a line of communication between the council and the citizens about Project Jackson.

A second reading is possible at the public hearing, he said.

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