The designation, questioned by some commissioners and approved by others, is required under Georgia’s Urban Redevelopment Law for the city to use redevelopment powers in the area, such as issuing $26.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to complete renovations at the Municipal Building.
Going along with the designation is an urban redevelopment plan for the area and scheduling a public hearing on the designation and plan Sept. 23.
Forty-eight other matters are scheduled for discussion by six committees, including updates from City Administrator Fred Russell on the budget and the Augusta Convention Center.
Also on the agenda:
• Moving forward with a plan to create a State Court Traffic Bureau to streamline processing of moving violations
• Approving a $1.3 million match for a $5.3 million federal grant to build a new administrative and maintenance facility for Augusta Public Transit
• Amending the city code to penalize businesses that don’t provide a tax return stating actual gross revenues when renewing business licenses. More than 4,400 Augusta businesses didn’t provide the return last year, according to agenda documents.
• Approving a $395,465 change order to renovate 57 showers in “deplorable condition” at Webster Detention Center
• Approving a $3.4 million “action plan” for dispensing Community Development Block Grant and other federal funds
• At an 11:30 a.m. meeting of the pension and audit committee and a 12 p.m. meeting of the full commission with attorneys, finalizing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program for federal transit projects and discussing having the injunction against race-based preference in city contracts lifted