Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
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 popular fountain at Riverfront Park may not open this summer. Public health shut down the fountain because of safety violations, such as no public restroom. The construction company building a restroom says it will take until November to complete. That means the fountain won't be turned on until then. Now, the county is working with public health to find a temporary solution that would allow them to reopen the fountain by June.
As the temperature heats up, Julie Wilbanks and her son Matthew are already longing for the day the fountain at Riverfront Park is up and running again. "Waiting with baited breath to be able to come out and enjoy that part of the park again," said Wilbanks. You might to stop holding your breath because the fountain must remain closed until the county meets some safety guidelines required by state public health.
County workers are nearly finished installing an emergency phone next to the fountain. However, construction of a restroom facility hasn't started. County commissioners approved the money to build it nearly two months ago.
"It's kind of disappointing because it was a great place to meet and cool off on a hot day," said Wilbanks.
County Administrator Richard Crowdis says at first, he hoped the restroom and other required changes would be done by June. But, the construction company said it would take until November.
The county wants to bring in a portable restroom to use during the summer, but it must pass the test of public health. If public health o-kays the temporary facility, the fountain will open as soon as the end of May. If the county doesn't meet all the state safety guidelines, it could be a long, dry summer for kids looking to cool off in Albany's hottest new fountain.
It could cost around $11,000 to lease a portable restroom facility for four months. If the temporary facility is approved, the permanent restrooms would be built next winter when the fountain is closed.
The water quality of the fountain was never in question, the county tests the water three times a day to make sure it's safe.