News12 at 11 o'clock/ 4-1-14
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----Augusta commissioners plan to spend almost $3 million more on storm debris cleanup. By the end of the week, city leaders say everything should be clean and tidy just in time for the Masters.
It's clear the clean up crews missed the March 31st deadline in South Augusta. "I'm not sure if they lied to us or not. I'm trying to figure out what do we need to do," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
The damage estimates cost have been off. First it was 8 million, then 11 or 12. Now the total cost is around $14 million.
There could be other costs. Leaders are now talking about paying some employees for their extra work during and after the storm.
Those considered public safety exempt like some in the sheriff's office fire and 911 departments
"This will take some going into the budget. We are now just trying to make the situation correct," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.
The commission voted to spend more time later on the pay inequalities for Procurement Director Gerri Sams and HR Director Tanika Bryant. "I'd like to see the facts about what the situation is. You know how Augusta Georgia is believe none of what you see and half of what you hear, " said Commissioner Grady Smith.
City leaders also voted tonight to tear down between 30 to 40 dilapidated properties. It's going to cost around $200,00.
"This is a start. We have to keep this in our budget and in the forefront of our minds to work baby steps to take houses down," said Commissioner Mary Davis.
Before leaders can add that to the pile, they're taking care of debris piles on the street in South Augusta.