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Commissioners approve ADICA money, demolition help

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority hopes to get back on good financial footing with help from the city.

Tuesday night, Albany city commissioners approved $22,461 in funding for ADICA. They may approve more in the future if ADICA once ADICA presents a budget. Right now the authority owes about $35,000 in back rent, legal fees and other expenses.

Interim ADICA Director James Taylor says the request for assistance isn't unusual. For years the city provided a stipend to ADICA between $135,000 and $150,000 to help with operations.

Some extra hands will now help bring more dilapidated structures down in Albany. Right now the Albany City Attorney's office is working on getting rid of 71 properties.

City Attorney Nathan Davis says to process all those cases efficiently, he needs another employee. Commissioners approved that request Tuesday night. "These are terribly labor intensive and this one person I picture spending 75 percent of their time doing it, we should be able to double the number of petitions each month," said Davis.

The total cost for a new Administrative Legal Secretary including new furniture, equipment, benefits and salary will be $43,000.

Albany city leaders are also taking more steps to collect taxes and fees from Albany business owners. City commissioners approved an ordinance change that gives the city more options for collecting past due occupation taxes and fees.

Municipal Court may impose a civil fine or fee up to $500 and the City Finance Director will also be able to bill business owners for the delinquent amount plus interest.

Getting traffic changes in Albany neighborhoods will now take more than a simple o.k. from city leaders.  Commissioners approved a Traffic Calming Policy. If the city gets complaints about speeding or cut-throughs in a neighborhood, the Traffic Engineering Department will spend 5 to 7 days studying the area.

If they find a problem, they'll make recommendations on how to fix them. 60-percent of neighbors will have to sign a petition and pay for the changes such as speed bumps through their neighborhood.

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