Augusta Commission expected to consent to Garden City gateways project

The Augusta Commission is expected to enter another public-private partnership for landscaping city streets in an agenda item up for approval today.

The item, one of many likely to be approved without discussion, adds Alexander Drive to the list of city entryways that Augusta businessman Barry Storey is involved in landscaping.

The agreement has Palmetto Storey LLC providing landscape maintenance along Alexander between River Watch Parkway and Washington Road, with Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau to manage the agreement and fund it through the Garden City Improvement Fund, a charity to which Mayor Deke Copenhaver has donated.

Storey also undertook landscaping near his businesses on Wheeler Road, a move that Copenhaver celebrated, and his firm recently entered similar arrangements with the city to maintain downtown sections of Walton Way and St. Sebastian Way.

In each of the agreements, Augusta contributes sales-tax revenue for installation of irrigation equipment.

Also up for approval by consent today is the purchase of a modular play system for May Park. Two other agenda items, speakers concerned with Augusta Convention Center and a vote to reissue $90 million in water and sewerage bonds, were postponed, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

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