Butler County Times Gazette
  • Downtown plaques need refurbished

  • The City Council approved a plan to refurbish some historical plaques downtown.
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  • The Augusta City Council approved a plan to refurbish some historical plaques downtown at this week’s meeting.
    Downtown Augusta Inc. President Bill Morris told the council that the historic plaques have become difficult to read. He told the council there were two options to make them more readable.
    He said regular paint would work for a few years, but he recommended a special paint that would look better and last longer.
    The cost of the materials was only about $100 and the group will get volunteers to paint the lettering. The measure passed 7-0 with Mike Wallace absent.
    In other action, the governing body decided to stand its ground on watering restrictions despite a request from a local church group.
    Fred Brewster asked the council to lift its restrictions for one evening so the First Southern Baptist youth group could hold a car wash fundraiser.
    Interim City Manager Josh Shaw said this was the first request of this nature this year, but the city has denied similar requests in the past.
    Councilor Mike Rawlings said he had discouraged other youth groups who wanted to do car washes and asked them to find other fundraisers.
    Ron Reavis made a motion to allow the exemption and Matt Malone seconded the motion.
    During the discussion, Councilor Matt Childers asked Reavis why he would be willing to make this motion when others had been turned down in the past.
    “We are in a better situation than the last two years,” Reavis said. “Our usage is no where near capacity. I just think it is time to start backing off if we are able to.”
    Childers said he was concerned about saying the situation this year was a lot better when the hot dry part of the summer is just now arriving. Councilor Sue Jones agreed.
    “We are just now coming into the hot part of the summer,” Jones said. “We have no guarantee that the rain will hold up. I understand the need but I agree with Matt (Childers) that it may not be a good idea.”
    The motion to allow the request failed 5-2.
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