Garbage service billing proposal explained to commissioners

Augusta’s Environmental Ser­vices chief is proposing a change in billing for garbage service to make it uniform throughout Augusta-Richmond County.


The change proposed by Director Mark Johnson would switch all households to a fee-based system, including about 13,000 customers who live inside the old city limits.

“Moving to an all fee-based system eliminates confusion and the numerous calls each year generated by having two different fees for the same service,” Johnson said of his proposal, which is scheduled for discussion by the city’s engineering services committee Tuesday. “The citizens generally do not understand the difference between old city and old county this long after consolidation.”

Residents outside the old city limits pay a flat $310.50 per year. Those inside pay $115.50 plus a rate that varies based on the value of their property, with owners of higher-valued properties paying more.

Also up for review at Tuesday’s committee meetings:

• Approving an amended scope of work for Heery International to provide part-time project management services for construction of a new Augusta Public Transit bus maintenance facility

• A presentation from Mandy Young on creating “Davidson Se­nior Manor” in the former David­son Fine Arts school building.



WHAT: Augusta Commission committee meetings and called legal meeting

WHEN: Legal meeting starts at noon; committee meetings follow

WHERE: Commission chamber, second floor Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.



Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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