News 12 First at Five / Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You can't miss the construction at Augusta Regional Airport. The new private jet terminal opened this week -- but many contractors have not been paid.
So where is the money? We went in search of answers.
Dozens were on hand this week as Augusta cut the ribbon on the new General Aviation Terminal. It is the new gateway for people flying in on private jets.
"The colors are soothing," said Gayle Virgo. "I want to get a plane now and learn to fly."
Virgo is impressed with the new terminal that comes with a conference room, a snack room with an option for fresh popcorn and a pilot's lounge complete with recliners and bathrooms that double as showers.
"I know," said Virgo with a smile. "I'd like to be a pilot."
Many in the community are all smiles, but what about the contractors?
"The contractor did a great job," said Jack Mayfield, vice president at Campbell & Paris Engineers. "The architect did a great job. So we are very pleased with it."
Mayfield's company owes subcontractors thousands of dollars for work that wrapped up months ago.
"Yes sir." Mayfield said. "We've been working with the contractor to try to get this taken care of."
Work on the new runway and, of course, the new private jet terminal is complete. Contractors are still due more than $100,000.
So when is pay day?
"It'll probably be a couple of months before we get it taken care of." Mayfield said.
"A couple of months?" we questioned.
"You're putting me on the spot," Mayfield said. "We're trying to do what we can."
So what's the holdup?
"It's unfortunate," he said. "We've just got some invoices that were not taken care of."
Mayfield is on the record saying no more than two months to pay workers for a project that has the community marveling.
"It's amazing," Virgo said. "People don't know how many people come to Augusta for business and for the Masters. It's going to be wonderful."
User fees covered the $5 million renovation.