Augusta Canal Authority chairman to serve second term

Augusta Canal Authority chairman Richard Isdell will serve a second one-year term beginning Jan. 1 after his re-election during the authority’s December meeting.

Other officers for 2013 will be Peter Hughes, vice chairman; Ben Harrison, treasurer; and Crystal Eskola, secretary.

The Canal Authority was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1989 and is similar to a development authority in that it can enter into contracts and issue bonds.

The panel was expanded in 1999 from five to its current 12 members. Each Augusta commissioner appoints one member; the Richmond County legislative delegation appoints the rest.

The Canal Authority does not own the canal, which is a public property owned by the city of Augusta. The historic waterway has a dual role as a recreation site and an industrial structure that provides city residents with drinking water, and provides mills with revenues from the generation and sale of hydropower.

The Canal Authority meets monthly, usually the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the main conference room of Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St., 30901.

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