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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
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An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
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For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Albany-- The Dougherty County school board voted to go back to a construction method that wasted millions of dollars in the past. In 1999, Construction Manager Beers-Moody was slated to finish 10 school construction projects for the Dougherty County school system. But the company resigned after the School Board realized that having a construction manager was costing millions more than expected. Five years later, the board voted to go back to that old way of doing business.
The Dougherty County school system is building a new Northwest Elementary School on Gillionville Road. The school system hopes to open the school on Gillionville Road by August 2006. School Board member Michael Windom says hiring a construction manager to oversee the project will help the system meet that tight deadline.
"That firm takes you from A to Z. They manage the project for you to keep it on time and on budget," said Windom.
But, the costs swelled under the former construction manager, Beers-Moody, used by the school system in the late 90's. S school board member David Maschke says it's a complete waste of taxpayers' money.
"It was proven repeatedly after they resigned, we could follow the traditional design-bid-build and save millions of dollars of each project," said Maschke.
Maschke says the school system loses control over a project and its budget under a construction manager. "The construction manager would be in the position to invite and eliminate certain builders because they can influence who does and doesn't bid."
But, Windom says they're tightening the contract. The contract will safeguard the school system from past problems which he says stemmed from Beers-Moody, not the construction manager concept. "I'm not convinced that construction management cost you more money because you receive a guaranteed maximum price. If they go over that price, they face repercussions. I feel like we have adequately safeguard in place to ensure a quality project on time and on budget."
Now, the School Board is soliciting bids for a construction manager. The board will the review the interested companies before choosing which one, if any, will oversee the Northwest Elementary construction. T he school system hasn't set a price tag for the new school.
School Board member David Maschke said he doesn't expect the school board to consider Beers-Moody for the job, and he'd be surprised if they even showed interest in the work.