City Council approves City Hall parking lot improvements
Parking lot upgrades will increase number of public parking spaces available
At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council gave their approval to the first stage of a planned upgrade the City Hall parking lot, voting 7-0 to award a contract for removal and replacement of deteriorating concrete curbing and sidewalks to Concrete Design & Construction Company for $29,968. Upgrades to the parking lot will ultimately include an increase in the number of public parking spaces available, as well as improvements to internal circulation, pedestrian safety, and the appearance of the lot.
Planned enhancements include three “landscape islands” to channel and improve traffic flow, a new sidewalk to better separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic, new signage and landscaping, asphalt seal coating, and new pavement markings. Total estimated cost for all improvements is around $70,000. Funding for the project would come from the City's Building Facilities Improvement Fund.
Council also approved the purchase of a new 75 ft. ladder aerial truck for the Fire Department. Fire Chief Marion Blackwell said the new ladder truck is needed to replace an existing aerial truck that has been in service for 20 years. Spartan Fire Apparatus is the low bidder at $843,974. Funding for the purchase will come from the City's Equipment Replacement Fund.
Miss Spartanburg Pageant Director Terry Phillips also spoke to Council, asking the City to contribute $2,000 to the organization's scholarship fund for the pageant's winner. The issue was tabled until a later date, and Mayor Junie White appointed Council members Jan Scalisi, Erica Brown, and Jerome Rice to a committee to form a recommendation on the funding request for Council to consider.
For more on last night's meeting, see the full video and a roundup of our live tweets below.