Augusta Commissioners approve new space for city clerk

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News 12 First at Five/ Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Augusta municipal building (WRDW-TV)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- After weeks of delays, renovations at Augusta's Municipal building could be moving forward.

City leaders voted to spend well over half-a-million dollars to move the city clerk's office and the commission chambers will also be updated.

"We act like the richest county in the state. Let's pour money on it and lets get it fixed," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Smith says he voted against moving the clerk because the updates to her office should've been mentioned over a year ago in the planning stages. Clerk Lena Bonner worked from home last year.

"A whole year and I mean I'm not blaming her either, but whoever is running the funeral hasn't got the procession in the right order," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

"Grady Smith is talking to his hat. If he checks the record, he will see the clerk was off from this building but continued to work," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

City officials say the $566,000 will combine storage rooms, build a filing system and a vaulted area for the clerk's records. Some of the money will be used to combine holding cells and plumbing while adding a bathroom to the commission chambers which will also be used as an annex courtroom for Superior Court.

We're told the money approved today will be absorbed in the $28.5 million they city is borrowing to complete renovations. Even though, they say they're not over cost yet, the building is months from being finished.

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