Businessman proposes landscaping project for Doug Barnard Parkway near airport

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 6:46 PM
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Businessman Barry Storey wants to continue efforts to beautify the Garden City by landscaping the first major road visitors see after landing at Augusta Regional Airport.

Businessman Barry Storey wants to see landscaping added along a 2.1-mile stretch of Doug Barnard Parkway.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Businessman Barry Storey wants to see landscaping added along a 2.1-mile stretch of Doug Barnard Parkway.

A 2.1-mile stretch of Doug Barnard Parkway between the airport entrance and Bobby Jones Expressway needs trees, flowers and grass to replace weeds and concrete, Storey said.

Storey, of Augusta-based retail mall owner Hull Storey Gibson Companies, LLC, presented his concept last week to the Augusta Aviation Commission. He asked the airport to fund up to $250,000 of the beautification project with a match from the city.

The estimated cost of the project was not discussed as not to spoil the bidding process, Storey said. If the cost exceeds the combined funds from the airport and city, private money will be raised.

Storey has led efforts to landscape other major arteries in Augusta that influence first impressions of visitors. He began the initiative by investing his own money into medians on Wheeler Road near his business offices. Then, he sought public-private partnerships to landscape Alexander Drive and St. Sebastian Way.

Maintenance of Doug Barnard Parkway, a state route, was recently deeded to the city by Georgia Department of Transportation. Storey said the Augusta utilities department is needed to bring irrigation to the medians, as they have done for the previous projects.

Storey said the project is ready to go out to bid so landscaping can be completed before Masters Week. The proposal includes weekly landscape maintenance.

“There should never be a week when we go out there and see weeds,” Storey said. “It should be nipped and tucked and edged and blown and picked up and a sight to behold for people approaching our airport and people leaving our airport.”

Augusta Regional Executive Director Gary LeTellier said up to $250,000 will be taken from a restricted fund at the airport. Then, the annual budget will include $30,000 for maintaining the landscaping.

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countyman
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countyman 09/03/13 - 07:18 pm
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Public sector and local citizens must lead the way!

Let's continue the beautification efforts around the county. Wheeler rd, Saint Sebastian, Alexander road, and Gordon Hwy(between North Leg/Sibley rd) all look great.

The Deans Bridge/Gordon Hwy intersection improvements, I-520 expansion, Wrightsboro rd widening/I-520 reconstruction, GRU Laney Walker pedestrian park, Windsor Spring rd widening, etc will all help the image of the county. We desperately need more plants/trees along Washington, Peach Orchard, Wrightsboro, Gordon Hwy, 15th street, Deans Bridge, Tobacco rd, Mike Padgett, Riverwatch, Sandbar Ferry, and Walton Way.

Finally build the urban park in the Augusta Exchange, the urban park or Augusta Greenway in the CBD, small community gathering green space on Washington rd or Riverwatch pkwy, and the park in South Augusta(on Peach Orchard between Willis Foreman/Hwy 88 or somewhere on Mike Padgett between Tobacco rd/Brown rd) connected to the town center development.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/03/13 - 10:57 pm
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Do It Yourself

Do it yourself, Barry!

Installing trendy, fancy landscaping plants and other features is merely the beginning. These projects then require kid glove treatment and tender loving care. Our city administrator, Fred (What, me worry?) Russell has shown himself to be completely uninterested in maintaining city property, city garden projects, Augusta Riverwalk, roadway right of ways, roadway medians, the old library property, the Marina, the Marble Palace (remember the tax commission safegate?), or anything else under his charge.

Let's not get the city involved in this. Let Mr. Storey foot the installation bill himself, and make him post an annuity to assure annual care for the next 99 years.

countyman
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countyman 09/04/13 - 12:10 am
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Little Lamb.. The article

Little Lamb.. The article says the airport will provide the annual maintenance, and not the city.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/04/13 - 06:06 am
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“It should be nipped and

“It should be nipped and tucked and edged and blown and picked up and a sight to behold for people approaching our airport and people leaving our airport.”

Doesn't make a bit of difference if you have to hold your breath due to the stench from the waste/water treatment plant. Sometimes driving down Doug Barnard Pkwy is so horrible, it makes me want to puke.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 07:19 am
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"Downtown overgrowth

"Downtown overgrowth highlights need for more groundskeepers
A city supervisor said Tuesday that local government is doing the best it can to keep Augusta's roads, ramps and walkways at their best, but that a wetter-than-usual summer, paired with a rather limited maintenance agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation can make such a task difficult."

corgimom
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corgimom 09/04/13 - 07:39 am
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"The estimated cost of the

"The estimated cost of the project was not discussed as not to spoil the bidding process, Storey said. "

Taxpayers are supposed to pay for something that they don't know the COST of?

REALLY????

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 08:04 am
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Read Carefully

Countyman wrote:

Little Lamb.. The article says the airport will provide the annual maintenance, and not the city.

Meg Mirshak wrote:

Barry Storey asked the airport to fund up to $250,000 of the beautification project with a match from the city.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 08:48 am
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Needs before wants...

Of course the landscaping improvements would be nice, but the reality is, according to the city, they are already over extended and under staffed.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/04/13 - 10:09 am
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wait a second

we shouldn't plant one flower with city money until every pothole and every road is fixed. I could care less what a visitor sees once a year when regular tax payers are showing up to commission meetings for pothole damages...sometimes I am amazed at the audacity of people.

countyman
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countyman 09/04/13 - 10:58 am
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Maintenance

Little Lamb. The match from the city is to begin construction, but the airport will provide the annual maintenance.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 12:01 pm
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Does the city not own the

Does the city not own the airport?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 01:26 pm
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Bad Idea

From the story:

Storey said the Augusta utilities department is needed to bring irrigation to the medians, as they have done for the previous projects.

You can see it on Alexander Drive. They ran water lines under the street to sprinkler heads. First, the sprinklers are spraying a very narrow strip of soil, and there is runoff into the street resulting in wasted water. Then, the sprinkler heads become damaged, resulting in even worse spray patterns and constant leakage.

What they need to do is use principles of xeriscaping and NOT to irrigate these medians.

Xeriscaping

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 01:37 pm
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Subsidy

Wherever the city utilities department runs water lines to irrigate streetscapes, you can bet there is no meter there. Therefore, all water system customers subsidize the irrigation costs there.

We do not need to grow government in this fashion. Just inform the public about the possibilities. I'm sure some garden club will step up to the plate. The Hyde Park Garden Club would have been a good one to take care of this 2-mile stretch on Bernard Pkwy., but their eminent evacuation will preclude their eager participation.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 02:40 pm
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So, what about it LL, does

So, what about it LL, does the city own the airport?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 05:13 pm
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Ownership

I do not know the legal ownership issue. The city government may indeed own the real estate, and merely contract with the Airport Authority. Or the Airport Authority may actually hold the deed. Does anybody else know?

Of course, the airlines pay serious fees for using the facility; and there are other entities out there who pay rent. But I would be surprised if those completely cover the entire freight.

Does anyone know whether city government sends a subsidy to Augusta Regional Airport Authority for operation expenses?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 05:24 pm
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Bingo

I just found the airport on the city of Augusta GIS property maps. When you click on "information," you learn that the owner is listed as AUGUSTA.

The official address is 1501 Airport Way.

So I reiterate my 10:57 p.m., 9/3/13 post. Keep the city out of this proposal to spend big bucks on beautifying the median or the roadsides. Mr. Storey should drum up private volunteers to do it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 05:31 pm
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Overwhelmed

Perhaps readers of this thread need to read the thread where the city supervisors responsible for keeping roadways clean say they are doing all they can do with the resources they have:

Overwhelmed

Why should we take on this project? The money will simply be robbed from the general fund, and other areas of the city will suffer.

Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 09/04/13 - 07:14 pm
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Augusta Regional Airport

is, in fact, owned by and a subset of the City of Augusta. It's policy and governance is by the charter defined Aviation Commission. Most major decisions have to be voted on by the County Commission after approval from the Aviation Commission.
The ARA operates with a separate budget and stays in the black with positive revenue and has since my involvement. In fact, we are assessed roughly $200,000 annually by the City of Augusta for services they provide, whether we use them or not (such as Procurement, IT, etc...)
The ARA benefits from Federal and State Grants, usually in the 95% range, to cover many of the capital improvements you may have noticed in the last 10 years.
As to opinions on this project, each is entitled to his own. As for me, I respect Mr. Storey for lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness. I appreciate the City of Augusta's willingness to assume a share of the cost, and I hope the Aviation Commission will have a like-mind. What better way can we impact that important "first impression" of the Garden City?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/05/13 - 08:25 am
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Thank You

I appreciate your informed comment up above. It certainly is possible to maintain a landscaped 2.1-mile highway, but the history of doing so in Augusta has not been good. I question the notion that that particular section of road is the premier "first impression" point of most visitors to Augusta.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/05/13 - 11:23 pm
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And that is the problem. Not

And that is the problem. Not so much the project, but the maintenance of it. The interstate & street right of ways are not being properly bush hogged so no budget available for primping. Hopefully, some local citizens and clubs can join Mr. Story's very worthwhile endeavor.

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