ADICA board approves streetscape funding

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority board approved Wednesday payment of some $4,000 in invoices related to the ongoing Pine Avenue Streetscape project, including a $2,700 change order to add a stormwater drain junction box at the corner of Pine Avenue and Washington Street.

The remainder of the funding, which totalled $4,204.69, was approved to pay for charges related to the water breach in The Albany Herald's basement during heavy June and July rains. Those charges included $250 to Albany Elevator Service and $1,254.69 to TTL Engineering.

"There are still questions about responsibility (for The Herald cleanup), but I would not have been able to sleep at night knowing there was the possibility of more damage being done (at the newspaper)," ADICA President Aaron Blair said after the meeting. "My concern is that we finish the project. We'll deal with responsibility at a later date."

Blair also updated the board on the ADICA-sponsored Flint River canoe/kayak launches, a project that is still in the approval process.

"We've actually gotten all of our required (local, state and federal) approvals, and we're in the final public comment stage right now," the ADICA president said. "By the end of the month, we should be able to put the project out for bid. (Construction will) depend on water levels, but the launches should be active at least by March.

"It could take anywhere from three months to six months."

Blair also said after the meeting he had not heard anything about the authority's failure to file financial reports with the state Department of Community Affairs for fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012. Board member B.J. Fletcher said she'd been notified of the apparent failure by a concerned citizen.

"This is definitely something we need to clear up," Fletcher said after the meeting. "We have a responsibility to the taxpayers to make sure we are in compliance with all regulations. Anything that I'm a part of, I want to make sure it's on the up-and-up."

Blair said that since ADICA finances are overseen by the city of Albany's Finance department, he would check with city finance officials to follow up on the report.