Committee to consider pedestrian bridge

Crosswalk returns to Augusta Commission's agenda

An elevated pedestrian bridge connecting Augusta’s new convention center to its parking garage across Rey­nolds Street returns for consideration by an Augusta Com­mis­sion committee Monday.

Placed on the public services committee agenda by City Administrator Fred Russell, the bridge was included in an August deal to approve a management agreement for the garage.

Last month, only five commissioners voted in favor of allocating $891,561 in sales-tax funds for the covered crosswalk.

Augusta’s standing committees are under new leadership as of Monday. Commissioner Grady Smith now heads public services, with Commissioner Marion Wil­liams as vice chairman and Com­mis­sioners Corey John­son and Wayne Guilfoyle as members.

Placed on the committee agenda by Commissioner Alvin Mason is a “plan for increased transportation that encompasses bus routes that cover all of south Augusta and Fort Gordon.” The city’s privately run bus service currently omits Hephzibah, Blythe and the Army post areas.

The city’s Planning and Development department has requested committee approval of a new taxi cab ordinance that increases operator requirements for business licenses, insurance, background checks, vehicle age and other standards.

Russell will present information on “remaining space needs” for city departments in light of recently completed construction projects and others that are incomplete, such as planned renovations to the Municipal Building.

At the first meeting of the administrative services committee Monday, Williams has requested an update on the city’s 2009 disparity study.

The $586,000 study, performed by NERA Economic Consulting, was held after a federal court order barred Augusta’s use of affirmative action in awarding contracts because of its use of 1994 data. The 2009 study found disparities in city awards to women and minorities, but the federal injunction remains intact.

Commissioner Bill Lock­ett, who was reappointed for a second two-year term as administrative services chairman, has requested approval of Veterans Day as a paid city employee holiday and recognition of “Small Business Saturday.”

The Engineering Services Committee, now headed by Joe Jackson, will consider a presentation from Marian Moseley of a petition against the Berckmans Road realignment project. The petition includes about 500 signatures, Moseley said.

The committee meetings will follow a noon called meeting of the full commission with its attorneys.

The meetings are held in the Lee Beard Commission Chamber on the eighth floor of the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

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