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Commissioners reject multi-modal site (updated with video)

ALBANY, Ga. — A vote by Albany City Commissioners Tuesday likely will mean the end of a plan to construct a new multi-modal bus facility on a proposed site just north of the Dougherty County Courthouse.

Commissioners voted 4-3 in a work session to deny requests for proposals for architectural engineering plans for the proposed facility, which was going to be built there with almost $10 million in stimulus funds.

While the vote is not binding until next week’s regular meeting, city staff members are preparing for contingencies in case the vote stands next week. Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said Tuesday afternoon that if the vote stands, the city will terminate the current contract with an Atlanta-based firm currently conducting the archeological study on the site that is required by law.

During the meeting, a motion was made to grant an architectural and engineering design services contract to a company from Richmond, Va., but the motion failed when Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Langstaff and Commissioners Christopher Pike and Jon Howard voted against it.

Ward II Commissioner Ivey Hines asked City Manager James Taylor what the vote means for the future of the project.

“So I guess this means we’re back to square one?” Hines asked Taylor.

“We’re beyond square one,” Taylor said, referring to contentions from city staff that if the current site is abandoned a new site survey and study will have to be completed from scratch without the use of stimulus money that was designated for the site behind the courthouse.

Walking away from millions in stimulus money is a tough decision, Hubbard said following the meeting, but it’s the right one.

“I’ve voted consistently against this project ever since that first vote for it, because people and constituents have told me that they just don’t want or see a need for it,” Hubbard said. “You have to be concerned any time you’re giving up money, but, at the same time, why spend money when what you’re spending it on is not what the people want?”

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whattheheck 2 years, 5 months ago

No, "outstanding" would be cancelling the entire project and saving $10 million. Let's call it "better than it was but not good"..

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Canceling altogether would be a miracle come true.

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waltspecht 2 years, 5 months ago

So, we can expect Jimmy's Hot Dogs to stay in business, and the Tour Comapny still makes a dollar or two.

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whattheheck 2 years, 5 months ago

And Capitol City's loan to Destiny Travel is secure! Now, on the revitalization of the Harlem business district into a Bourbon Street rival.

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CaptMurdock 2 years, 5 months ago

So why didn't the they vote against spending the $600,000 for the archeological search before voting to decide to build this project?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 5 months ago

If they had reservations about the whole ordeal then why in the heck did they spend the $600,000 on the archeological survey? No wonder the millage rate is going to be increased because of bone headed decision makers on the commission.

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

IF THERE WERE ENOUGH VOTES TO STOP THE ENTIRE PROJECT THOSE SAME VOTES SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THE EXPENSIVE SITE SURVEY. 600K BLOWN ON WHAT WAS A HAIR-BRAINED SCHEME FROM THE START.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 5 months ago

Since they are cutting routes and stopping one day, why need a new site? Drop it altogether.

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tocar 2 years, 5 months ago

Our city very seldom uses the surveys or committees employed to do their research. The city pays for these expensive surveys and that is the end of that. I think if any surveys or consulting is done they should be done by local qualified individuals who would charge much less for their services. The city of Albany can spend monies foolishly if they get the chance. You would think we are as large as Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Columbus, or maybe New York City. We are a small rural south Georgia city with allots of debt, crime, and welfare recipients.

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AnotherMom 2 years, 5 months ago

Thank you, Mayor Hubbard, Mr. Pike, Mr. Langstaff & Mr. Howard for voting against this hare-brained idea. The "free" money being offered by the Federal government is not free; it has been borrowed from future generations.

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gsujd 2 years, 5 months ago

And it will wind up being spent somewhere more progressive while we smugly say "Well, we didn't use that government money".

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whattheheck 2 years, 5 months ago

Don't thank anyone until a stake has been driven into its heart and no plans for using money for a replacement project surface. It will pop up again and likely soon.

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jglass 2 years, 5 months ago

Did they spend the full $600,000 or a portion of that?

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