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Housing hire, tornado sirens, garbage fees up for discussion

Monday, May 27, 2013 7:20 PM
Last updated 8:04 PM
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A new Augusta Housing and Community De­vel­opment hire goes before the city’s adminis­tra­tive services committee today for approval.
The candidate for HCD finance officer, unnamed in the agenda request, requires a salary between $70,000 and $73,000, according to Director Chester Wheeler.

The finance officer position was previously held by Wendy Ellis, who took home $70,860 annually, according to city records.

The job includes oversight of the millions in local, state and federal dollars that HCD funnels into various housing development and social welfare programs, all under U.S. Housing and Urban Development guidelines.
Wheeler said if the candidate’s pay requirement is not authorized, he will be forced to hire a consultant at two or three times the candidate’s hourly rate.

The hire is Item 3 of 19 on the administrative services committee, which goes last in line of five committees on commission committee meeting days that start at 12:45 p.m., but lately have run into the evening.

Item 11 is approval of a rotating schedule for committee meetings, which failed to pass at last week's commission meeting.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

Other items up for discussion at Augusta committee meetings Tuesday include:

• Repealing of the city’s request for bids from ambulance companies

• Installation of tornado warning sirens

• Revoking or placing on probation the alcohol license of Skittlez Bar and Grill

• Extending by two years Heery International’s contract to manage city construction projects for $1.6 million

• Leasing riverfront property to Savannah Riverkeeper

• Adopting a draft solid waste resolution for garbage collection, including setting the following annual fees for all customers, including those partially billed through a mill rate:

Designated non-residential: $232.88

Residential: $310.50

Unoccupied location: $155.25

Extra 95-gallon garbage cart: $124.20

Extra recycling cart: $77.63

Small 35-gallon cart: $232.88

Replacement cart: $77.63

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just an opinion 05/28/13 - 08:40 am
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Worth it?

Look at the job performance that has been achieved here. The city had to pay back 100's of thousands last year. Mostly because of a former commissioner but the finance director should have seen through their scam.

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dichotomy 05/28/13 - 11:38 am
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"setting the following annual

"setting the following annual fees for all customers, including those partially billed through a mill rate"

That's a lie. Those being "partially billed" through a millage rate are being "partially" subsidized by those paying the DOUBLE rate of $310.50.

Residential: $310.50
Small 35-gallon cart: $232.88

If you can pick up one cart for $232.88 you can pick up all carts for $232.88. $232.88 OUGHT to be about the TOP RATE any municipality charges for garbage service. And THAT is still higher than MANY other consolidated municipalities.

We are being ripped off, especially suburban and rural property owners, and your COMMSSIONERS are complicit in this money grab. The rates are too high....we all know they are too high.....the COMMISSIONERS know they are too high......but they are still shoving them down our throats while Mark Johnson collects the profits from his Compressed Natural Gas empire that WE funded for him including the NEW TRUCKS for the haulers that we are paying for with our DOUBLE THE PRICE, HALF THE SERVICE garbage fees for suburban and rural property owners.

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