Deal to clean up, patrol downtown

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Sidewalk cleaners, hospitality ambassadors and safety patrols could be roaming downtown Augusta streets later this month.

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Those employees, part of the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative being funded by a recently created business improvement district, will be managed by Philadelphia-based Service Group Inc.

The district's board of directors approved Thursday a three-year contract with the company, which will operate out of the White's Building on Broad Street.

Because the business improvement district's services are funded by tax money that won't be collected until November, it is seeking a loan to get the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, known as CADI, under way. The board said it expects to get a financing commitment from lenders in one to three weeks.

Service Group Inc. will provide the equipment and personnel to patrol and clean downtown Augusta. Company executive vice president Steve Hillard said it will take three weeks from the time the money is ready to get uniforms, buy equipment and train the personnel.

"Downtown will improve. The perception of downtown will improve," said Barry White, director of the Augusta Convention and Visitor's Bureau, who also sits on the CADI board.

The district, known as a BID, encompasses 30 downtown blocks. Businesses in the district will pay an additional tax assessment to fund the extra services.

The assessment is expected to generate $400,000 annually, said Margaret Woodard, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. The annual contract with Service Group Inc. is $374,000.

ON THE BOARD


Business Improvement District board members:


- Donald Bailey


- Davenport Bruker


- Len Carter


- Bryan Haltermann


- Tennent Houston


- Paul King*


- Robert Kuhar


- Darryl Leech


- Sanford Loyd


- Julian Osbon


- Jeff Partl


- Fred Russell*


- Tillman Salls


- Berry Smith


- Barry White*


- Margaret Woodard*

*Nonvoting member

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ShakingMyHeadInShame
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ShakingMyHeadInShame 02/01/08 - 09:16 am
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Is this to pacify us? We know

Is this to pacify us? We know that the masters tournament is coming up!

pja5529
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pja5529 02/01/08 - 10:31 am
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This isn't just for the

This isn't just for the Masters, this has been in the works for some time now and will become a permanent part of downtown.

dsmith39
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dsmith39 02/01/08 - 11:45 am
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Sounds like a great idea,

Sounds like a great idea, maybe there will be some fundraising to actually get the majority of the community involved.

DRS

dani
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dani 02/01/08 - 12:01 pm
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Why can't a local group do

Why can't a local group do the clean-up. Why an out of town group when we have people needing work?

coco rubio
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coco rubio 02/01/08 - 05:49 pm
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i don't have a problem with

i don't have a problem with an out of town group heading this project.....whatever it takes to get it done right is my main concern.....this BID is long overdue and should be the beginning of many more positive steps that downtown augusta is making to become a destination point for all citizens of the CSRA.......good job....now, get busy.

MartinezWest Augusta
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MartinezWest Augusta 02/01/08 - 06:51 pm
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Downtown Augusta is back!

Downtown Augusta is back!

Told ya
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Told ya 02/01/08 - 10:53 pm
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Using up the whole budget for

Using up the whole budget for three years on this group, when the real need is provide buisness incentives, area capital improvements and larger event investments. Don't you think?

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biggdawgmoneyclip 02/03/08 - 01:37 am
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They need to close down the

They need to close down the Richmond Summit apartments and ship those people somewhere else...

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