Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
June 13, 2006
Albany - Lead contamination on city of Albany property will cost taxpayers at least one million dollars. Soil tests found dangerous levels of lead under what used to be an old radiator shop just west of the Flint River on Broad Avenue. The city took over ownership of the property in 2002, knowing it was likely contaminated. Now, the EPD says the City must clean up the site by February 15th or face hefty fines.
The old radiator shop on West Broad was a real eyesore when a Florida company gave the land to the City of Albany in 2002. That company bought the property at a tax auction in 1998, hoping to make a profit but had no luck.
"We needed that property to move forward with the revitalization of downtown," said Commissioner Bo Dorough.
To clean up the property, Commissioner Bo Dorough said the City agreed to take over the deed even though there were concerns the property was contaminated. Dorough said the former city attorney said the company signed a contract to perform what's called a phase two environmental study and pay for any clean up in excess of $100,000.
"The phase two showed no significant contamination," said Dorough. But that definitely wasn't the case.
In fact, significant levels of lead were found during a later soil study six feet below the surface. Now the EPD is requiring the city clean up the contamination by February 15th at a cost of $1-million. As for the "clean-up" contract commissioners thought the former property owner agreed to, it was never actually signed.
"Our only option is to comply," said City Manager Alfred Lott.
Alfred Lott says the City must use sales tax money, allocated for Riverfront Park additions, to pay for the decontamination of the site. There's no word yet on which part of the Riverfront Park project will be cut.
"The real threat or concern I have right now is if we get down there and dig up this contamination and find more. Then we'll have to spend even more money. This could escalate, no doubt," said Lott.
An attempt to get rid of an eyesore will forever be a sore spot for commissioners who must now use taxpayers money to fix a big mistake.