ATI asks for left-over sales tax money - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

ATI asks for left-over sales tax money

July 18, 2006

Albany - Albany Tomorrow warns city leaders more money may be needed to finish downtown projects now that the City is taking away park improvement money to clean up contaminated property.

Tommy Chatmon said a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Flint River downtown would have to be put on hold for now. ATI must get FEMA and state permits to build the structure over the river and that could take up to three years.

Chatmon said the money the city is reallocating from park improvements to clean up contaminated city property shouldn't delay any more downtown projects. But he did ask city commissioners to consider giving ATI any sales tax money earned above and beyond the estimated amount back to ATI so the pedestrian bridge could be built later. City commissioners said they would discuss it, but made no promises.

In other news, Albany failed to give enough work to minority businesses because of possible oversights in the disadvantaged business office. The City sets goals as to how much minority participation is needed for taxpayers projects. But recent work at the airport, which is governed by the federal government, revealed many of the small and minority businesses in this area haven't been licensed by the state -- a requirement for doing work on the airport.

The City Manager said he had no idea Albany and Dougherty County's disadvantaged business office wasn't mandating businesses meet the state guidelines.

"We certainly missed a moral point on what we want to do," said Alfred Lott. "We want to involved everybody here. If these airport projects are eliminating all of our local DBE's (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), then we've had a mission failure. We're going to fix that."

The City Manager stopped short of blaming the Disadvantaged Business Office leader, Pinky Douglas, for the problems. But he did say he was going to investigate the office to make sure the city was following the laws when it comes to hiring minority businesses.

feedback: news@walb.com?subject=citycommission


 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Lee Co. Middle West students renovate exhibits at Chehaw

    Lee Co. Middle West students renovate exhibits at Chehaw

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:57 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:57:01 GMT
    Stem students at Lee County Middle School West worked with Chehaw Park renovating exhibits at the Reptile House. (Source: Parks at Chehaw)Stem students at Lee County Middle School West worked with Chehaw Park renovating exhibits at the Reptile House. (Source: Parks at Chehaw)
    Stem students at Lee County Middle School West worked with Chehaw Park renovating exhibits at the Reptile House. (Source: Parks at Chehaw)Stem students at Lee County Middle School West worked with Chehaw Park renovating exhibits at the Reptile House. (Source: Parks at Chehaw)

    Lee County Middle School West students put their hands to work renovating exhibits at the reptile house at Chehaw Park. 

    More >>

    Lee County Middle School West students put their hands to work renovating exhibits at the reptile house at Chehaw Park. 

    More >>
  • Lee Co. High School graduation moved to Albany Civic Center

    Lee Co. High School graduation moved to Albany Civic Center

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:58:05 GMT
    Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)
    Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)Albany Civic Center (Source: WALB)

    The graduation ceremony for Lee County High School has been moved to the Albany Civic Center. 

    More >>

    The graduation ceremony for Lee County High School has been moved to the Albany Civic Center. 

    More >>
  • Slots open now for Dougherty Co. pre-K summer program

    Slots open now for Dougherty Co. pre-K summer program

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:49 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:49:34 GMT
    Dougherty County pre-K leaders said it is accepting applications now for its pre-K Summer Transition Program. (Source: WALB)Dougherty County pre-K leaders said it is accepting applications now for its pre-K Summer Transition Program. (Source: WALB)
    Dougherty County Pre-K leaders said they are accepting applications now for their Pre-K Summer Transition Program. (Source: WALB)Dougherty County Pre-K leaders said they are accepting applications now for their Pre-K Summer Transition Program. (Source: WALB)

    Dougherty County school leaders said they're looking for children to attend their free pre-K enrichment program, and the time to apply is now.  

    More >>

    Dougherty County school leaders said they're looking for children to attend their free pre-K enrichment program, and the time to apply is now.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly