A matter that has gone before the Augusta Commission or a commission committee a dozen times this year returns again for a vote today.
A contract to outsource most of the city’s human resources functions to Automatic Data Processing has appeared on agendas since at least January but been repeatedly delayed or deferred and has yet to receive a definitive up-or-down vote.
The deal would cost the city more than $2 million annually and likely eliminate several jobs but would automate antiquated record-keeping systems and standardize procedures, according to ADP documents provided to The Chronicle and previous presentations made to the commission.
“Hopefully, they vote it either up or down,” City Administrator Fred Russell said.
He said only with that direction will he elaborate on a plan for the city’s human relations department, whose staff has dwindled to seven since the abrupt departure last year of Director Rod Powell.
“If we don’t do anything, I’m going to have to start fixing what I’ve got,” Russell said.
Commission member Bill Lockett said he hopes for a definitive “no” vote today.
“We’ve had too many meetings; we’ve had ADP in too many times,” he said Monday. “I think tomorrow night would be a good time to just put it to rest and bury it.”
Also on the commission’s meeting agenda are:
• A 4:30 p.m. closed-door meeting with attorneys
• A motion to approve using the former Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center as a sheriff’s substation
• A $1.14 million contract award to Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh to implement planning initiatives under the Augusta Sustainable Development Agenda
• A discussion of approaches for collecting unknown or under-reported license revenue
• A motion to approve a resolution requesting that “Augusta” appear in the name of the combined Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities