Museum roof, surplus properties on agenda

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A roof to replace the one that has been leaking on the Augusta Museum of History since the museum was built is among just a few items on today's Augusta Commission agenda.

The commission, which rescheduled next Tuesday's regular meeting for today because of the Tuesday city government furlough, is expected to approve the selection of low bidder Bone Dry Roofing of Athens, Ga., to install the new roof for $214,675 using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

The roof wasn't installed to the manufacturer's specifications when the Reynolds Street museum was built in 1996, requiring staff to use plastic to protect exhibits for years, Museum Director Nancy Glaser has said.

Also today, the commission is expected to award a contract to Sherman and Hemstreet for real estate brokerage services for several surplus city properties. Selling the properties was eyed as a way to help cover the city's $9 million budget deficit.

Still on today's agenda is the possible revocation of the business tax certificate of Augusta Hospitality Management Group for nonpayment of $127,000 in hotel excise taxes, tourism fees and late fees, even though the company paid its bill earlier this week.

Augusta hotels collect a 6 percent excise tax on room rates, but keep 3 percent unless they're late remitting the taxes to the city, Licensing and Inspections Director Rob Sherman said.

Excise collections are higher this year, at $687,157, up from $628,978 in 2010, Sherman said.

The $1 transportation and tourism fee goes toward development of the city's new Trade, Exhibition and Event Center and redevelopment of the Laney Walker-Bethlehem area. Its collections also appear up this year, with $434,000 in as of May. In both 2010 and 2009, approximately $1 million was collected.

Augusta Hospitality Management Group owns hotels on Washington Road, Frontage Road, Riverwest Drive, Peach Orchard Road, Noland Connector, Gordon Highway, Walton Way and 15th Street.

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DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/30/11 - 06:42 am
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What kind of scheme is this

What kind of scheme is this hotel tax? The hotel can charge and collect a 6% tax on a room, but does not owe but 3%? That means the hotel can declare 3% of its net revenue is an expense? What a deal. That is not appropriate vendors compensation.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/30/11 - 09:17 am
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I suppose various "leaking"

I suppose various "leaking" roofs around here did not go over too good with the AC 'police'. Tell it like it is!!!

southern2
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southern2 06/30/11 - 10:31 am
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Must have been the same

Must have been the same roofing crew that roofed the 4th Street Hilton.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/30/11 - 10:52 am
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Looks like they used the same

Looks like they used the same construction company to install the roof on the museum that they did to build the Law Enforcement center at US 1 and Walton Way

Privy
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Privy 06/30/11 - 11:56 am
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Is there kickbacks? I mean

Is there kickbacks? I mean how many times will the city pay to have something built that is to small at the conception of the project, and or it is defective from the start? Disgusta sure earns it's name...

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TK3 06/30/11 - 05:38 pm
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Privy asked "Is there

Privy asked "Is there kickbacks?"
That question is almost as funny as the chronicle headline "Augusta recertified as City of Ethics".
There is no need for contracts with the government because neither side honors it. Take the sorry but expensive roofing construction done under contract for numerous government buildings where the government fails to recoup their losses or even bring charges against their buddies picked' for the contract. Perhaps if some of that roofing tar (I will donate the feathers) were used on the officials envolved things might change but until then, what are citizens going to do about it? That's right, nothing, and they' know it.

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TrulyWorried 06/30/11 - 11:16 pm
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Odd, emery and southern - my

Odd, emery and southern - my similar comment pertaining to the construction of other buildings rubbed someone wrong and it was deleted. Glad you guys got it through!!

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