Heery International's future with Augusta is uncertain

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners are on the fence about Heery International.

The company is currently managing multimillion dollar renovation projects for the city.

"When you got projects going and try to change up, you don't know what it's going to cost you in the end," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Commissioner Smith is speaking from experience. He owns a heating and air company that does construction work.

"Most contractors will tell you not to change horses in the middle of the stream," Smith said.

Heery International is overseeing the multimillion dollar project at the municipal building. If commissioners don't approve the contract extension, they'll have to hire a new company. It could mean the whole project will cost more.

"We know it's going to cost us more if we try to get somebody else now," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

They're talking about his colleagues' recent denial to extend Heery International's contract for two years and pay them just over a million dollars. The company has managed projects like the Sheriff Administration building and the TEE Center.

"I made a motion to approve it with no annual increase and negotiate the bottom line price," Johnson said.

"They've asked me to go back and do some negotiations on pricing. Hopefully, on Tuesday, I'll come back with that and the commission will move forward," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

Some say moving forward could end up costing, which means they'll be moving backwards.

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