City to augment ADICA budget by $28,000 more

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- City leaders tentatively agreed to give the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority $28,000 to complete the authority's operational budget request for FY 2009-2010 Tuesday.

The commission granted what amounted to an emergency request by interim ADICA CEO James Taylor for $22,000 November 2009 to pay essential expenses, financial promises and legal bills stemming from the faulty leadership of former downtown manager Don Buie.

That amount was only a partial amount of what Taylor had requested and was given with the understanding that the remainder would be considered by the commission when ADICA completed work on its bylaws.

Tuesday, Taylor requested the remainder of the amount, $28,269, to fully fund the board for the rest of the fiscal year.

The commission voted 6-0 with Commissioner Bob Langstaff abstaining until he could be provided with additional information about the predicted expenses the board is expecting to incur.

Taylor told the commission that the money would largely be used to support ongoing downtown events like First Fridays and a large event planned for downtown. The money will also be used to pay for $8,000 in legal bills invoiced by former attorney Jay Reynolds and the Perry and Walters Law Firm, and to support a revised facade grant program for downtown.

The money provided by the commission will join a revenue stream flowing from the repayment of $70,000 worth of facade grants. Former board member Lajuana Woods has paid $10,000 of her $50,000 grant and former downtown business owner Tim Washington is paying his facade grant back.

Taylor said that the money will not fund other items that he believes need addressing like the rehabilitation of the concrete turtles throughout downtown which he said had become emblematic of the city.