Is there a need for the downtown CADI program to return?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
Commissioners are deciding what to do about the future of the CADI program. (WRDW-TV)

Commissioners are deciding what to do about the future of the CADI program. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, March 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Board members are gearing up to try and bring back the downtown cleanup initiative known as CADI. It was voted down last year but could appear on the agenda in March.

Changes have been made to the management deal and it's all in an effort to cleanup downtown.

Book Tavern Owner David Hutchinson finds himself doing a lot more tiding up since commissioners killed the CADI program.

"Having a presence downtown with CADI offers a chance to have ambassadors downtown for visitors and extra eyes for safety," Hutchinson said.

He's been running his bookstore for more than eight years and is excited at the possibility of what this group is trying to do.

"CADI could do a lot more than just sweep up. If everyone down here would jump in and sweep, CADI would then be able to go out and work on other projects," Hutchinson said.

"We feel that we can put it in a petition and there is a legal process which will bring it before the commission again," said CADI Board President Bob Kudar.

The CADI board members voted to recommend changes to the $350,000 management deal. Changes like who will be on the board and making all downtown businesses pay the same rate for the service.

"One zone did pay more per assessed value than the other is correct," Kudar said.

CADI and the Downtown Development Authority mutually parted ways, but they're still in the fight together to clean up downtown.

"Whatever we need to do, we didn't want our ego to get caught in the middle of this. It's just important that it happens. We applaud anyone who can get it done," said Downtown Development Authority President Margaret Woodard.

"Cleaning up where there is no one to clean up and making it attractive place for people to come down and walk around and shop," Hutchinson said.

Fifty-two percent of downtown owners are on board. They need six votes from the commission to help CADI roll back into downtown.


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