The Augusta Commission will review payments to its members for work done under city contracts at a committee meeting Monday, unless time runs short.
The presentation, included in item 37 of 40 agenda items up for approval, includes a report from the city finance office of payments made to three commissioners’ businesses for plumbing, tiling and locksmith work at city facilities.
Commissioners Grady Smith, Joe Jackson and Wayne Guilfoyle have acknowledged doing the work. Smith is pressing to change the city’s conflict of interest policy to allow elected officials and city employees to work as subcontractors on city projects.
Commissioner Bill Lockett, who heads the administrative services committee set to hear the evidence, said he included the hearing within Smith's request for the policy change, which was prepared at Smith's request by the city law department.
The report, obtained by The Chronicle, shows payments to Jackson's business, Kirby Locksmith, for three Richmond County Sheriff's Office jobs in 2009 and 2010 and one 2008 recreation department job.
According to the report, each job was requested by a department employee and included a procurement department staffer, Deborah Williams or Nancy Williams, listed as “buyer.” Payments to Jackson's business totaled $1,560.
Payments to the family plumbing business Smith owns with his brother, Smith Bros. Mechanical, total $19,165 since Smith took office in 2011.
The work includes 16 jobs the company was paid to do in 2011 and 2012. Each shows a department employee as requesting the work with a procurement staffer listed as “buyer,” according to the report.
The sheriff's office used Smith the most, for seven work orders during the two-year period. His firm also was paid for four jobs at Augusta-Richmond County 911, two at recreation and one each at a maintenance building, the Richmond County Correctional Institute and Augusta Regional Airport. The costliest jobs were a $5,570.73 project at 911 and a $5,035 job for the prison.
Smith and Jackson have said the on-call work included in the report stemmed from existing relationships with city departments, and Jackson said he quit accepting payment for the work in 2010.
Guilfoyle's firm, Augusta Tile Crafters, was paid $70,785.29 for flooring work at Augusta Regional's new private aircraft terminal, according to the report.
Guilfoyle has said he was asked by general contractor R.J. Griffin & Co. to bid on the project before taking office in 2011, but when airport officials changed general contractors to Choate Construction in 2011, Choate carried over his flooring bid.