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Benjamin Gives “State of the City” Address

Benjamin Gives “State of the City” Address

Five Points safety...sewage sludge...and baseball.

Those were some of the topics Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin touched upon in his annual “State of the City” address Tuesday night.

Benjamin indicated more efforts to make the Five Points entertainment district a safer place during his second term, speaking favorably toward allowing pedestrians only during busy weekends and boosting police patrols even more.

He said instead of the city paying millions of taxpayer dollars to haul away sewage sludge for burial in landfills, City Council should approve plans by a private company that would turn the sludge into fertilizer and natural gas that the city's vehicle fleet could use for fuel.

And Benjamin made another pitch for spending millions of dollars in public funds to initiate construction on the Bull Street property.

He says that can reap big rewards for Columbia with new residential, office and retail space – plus a city-operated baseball stadium on the property previously used for state mental health treatment facilities.

Tonight, it's Governor Nikki Haley's turn to talk about future goals.

She'll give her annual “State of the State” address to a joint session of the General Assembly at 7 p.m.

 

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