Green Cove identifies five areas to spend its $500,000 CARES Act money

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council designated five projects to be funded by the CARES Act during its meeting Tuesday night.

The five initiatives include: buying new laptops to improve the quality of virtual meetings and security firewalls; touchless faucets, hand-sanitizing stations, lights and automated doors at city-owned properties; outside speakers to make social distancing more accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic during public meetings; permanent restrooms and smart lighting for the Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center classrooms; and expansion for food pantry storage; and a paved driveway and cover at the food pantry pickup area.

Green Cove Springs is scheduled to receive $500,000 of the county’s $38 million provided by the CARES Act.

Council approved the five projects, 5-0, and gave it to city manager Steve Kennedy for implementation.

In other business, the council voted 5-0 to approve the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would eliminate the spacing and license requirements from churches and schools in the Central Business District for on-premises use of alcohol.

The amendment read: “Appropriately licensed restaurants in the Central Business District, the Gateway Corridor District, or within a commercial shopping center under one common ownership in the C-2 zoning district, which would be allowed no closer than 200 feet from the nearest church of school or which were separated by at least a road or highway. Food must be sold at all times alcohol is and must account for over 50% of business sales.”

Also, the council approved a total of $19,500 payment to improve the city’s water system; increasing the approved payment to Reynolds Water System Improvements and MOBRO Utility Extension by $60,245 to $1,060,294 for the replacement of water services in the Cove subdivision; approved electrical inventory purchases by a total of $229,709; and the expenditure of $30,242 to ACE Pole Company to buy utility poles.

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