Augusta Commission to consider outsourcing all human resources services

Augusta commissioners will further consider the prospect of outsourcing all human resources services to Automatic Data Processing during a committee meeting today.

The commission’s Administrative Services Committee, chaired by Commissioner Bill Lockett, will take up the matter again after no action was taken on it at a Jan. 30 meeting when Deputy Administrator Bill Shanahan presented options for hiring the firm.

The department has struggled during the past year and lost several personnel, including Director Rod Powell. Outsourcing the services would eliminate several city jobs.

Other items coming up during committee meetings include:

-Revisiting a $90,000 bid award to S.D. Clifton to build a garage at the new marshal’s substation on Deans Bridge Road;

-Considering donating the motorcycle assigned to Richmond County Deputy J.D. Paugh when he was killed Oct. 23 to the Augusta Museum of History;

-Requests by Timothy W. Lowery for liquor, beer and dance licenses at Cheerz, 2051 Gordon Highway, and Skittlez Bar & Grill, 1855 Gordon Highway;

-Increasing the guaranteed maximum price to build the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center to $30.11 million because of an $836,228 change order;

- An update on Mobility Transit’s management of Augusta Public Transit since the bus service was outsourced Aug. 1; and

-Amending ESG Operations Inc.’s management contract for wastewater treatment services in 2012 to $5.3 million.

Committee actions must go before the full commission for approval.

The committee meetings start at noon today in the commission chamber with a special legal meeting.

 

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