ADP stays on commission agenda

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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

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