Housing hire, tornado sirens, garbage fees up for discussion

A new Augusta Housing and Community De­vel­opment hire goes before the city’s adminis­tra­tive services committee today for approval.
The candidate for HCD finance officer, unnamed in the agenda request, requires a salary between $70,000 and $73,000, according to Director Chester Wheeler.


The finance officer position was previously held by Wendy Ellis, who took home $70,860 annually, according to city records.

The job includes oversight of the millions in local, state and federal dollars that HCD funnels into various housing development and social welfare programs, all under U.S. Housing and Urban Development guidelines.
Wheeler said if the candidate’s pay requirement is not authorized, he will be forced to hire a consultant at two or three times the candidate’s hourly rate.

The hire is Item 3 of 19 on the administrative services committee, which goes last in line of five committees on commission committee meeting days that start at 12:45 p.m., but lately have run into the evening.

Item 11 is approval of a rotating schedule for committee meetings, which failed to pass at last week's commission meeting.


Downtown residents enjoy low cost of living, want more retail

Other items up for discussion at Augusta committee meetings Tuesday include:

• Repealing of the city’s request for bids from ambulance companies

• Installation of tornado warning sirens

• Revoking or placing on probation the alcohol license of Skittlez Bar and Grill

• Extending by two years Heery International’s contract to manage city construction projects for $1.6 million

• Leasing riverfront property to Savannah Riverkeeper

• Adopting a draft solid waste resolution for garbage collection, including setting the following annual fees for all customers, including those partially billed through a mill rate:

Designated non-residential: $232.88

Residential: $310.50

Unoccupied location: $155.25

Extra 95-gallon garbage cart: $124.20

Extra recycling cart: $77.63

Small 35-gallon cart: $232.88

Replacement cart: $77.63

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