Cadi group to clean up downtown Augusta

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 25, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---They are being called goodwill ambassadors, and they are coming to a street near you. One by one they came in looking to take on the streets of downtown Augusta as part of the Cadi, or Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative.

"I think the downtown needs some oomph...something to happen. It's asleep. It's not happening yet," said Al Mazzei, who is training director for the program.

The plan is to hire 8 goodwill ambassadors as part of a cleaning and safety team. Program organizers say this is not to take the place of, but to add to city services.

"A traffic light is out. We'll notify the appropriate city agency," said Mazzei.

The gig comes complete with uniforms, and a customized ride. But, what exactly is a Cadi?

"He sees you looking confused or something. He'll walk up, 'Can I help you, sir? How are you doing?'" Mazzei explained.

"Some people will take it as somebody being nosy, but I take it as you being concerned and looking out for your neighborhood," said Doris Jordan, who is looking to work with the Cadi.

The idea is to clean up Augusta streets. Local business/ property owners opted to raise their taxes. It means over $400,000 a year for the next 5 years to help put a lid on trash.

"Nobody wants to go where it's dirty. Nobody wants to go where they have to look over their shoulder every second," said Mazzei.

Doris Jordan agrees. "I want someone to look after me. So if you want to watch what's going on at my house go ahead...because I feel like then I can lay down and sleep well that night."

Outside of bright green trucks, Segways are also in the plan.

The grand opening is scheduled for March 24th.

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  • by Harriett Location: James Brown blv. on Jan 28, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    I just want whoever is the promoter of this community effort to know how much my daughter and I appreciate the services rendered on our behalf. We were at the RCBOE and the battery on our vehicle died. A young woman saw our distress and said she would get us help in 10-15 minutes. She contacted CADI and in less than 5 minutes they appeared. The young men, one by the name of Will and his companion quickly took a look at our vehicle to determine it's problem and immediately did what was necessary to help us get started. Will realize he needed more tools and called for more assistance and his supervisor appeared with another young man and each of them did what was necessary to get us on our way. It was a delightful encounter. Four young men who were kind and glad to assist us was truly welcomed. There conversation was very polite and courteous. I and my daughter both thank you. We are proud to know that this community as well as those who may visit here will find the greatest hospitality.
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