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Water, travel services to be impact in downtown Augusta area

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Augusta Utilities will be conducting repair work for the Greene Street TIA Improvement Project that will impact travel and water service in the downtown area.

The intersection of Greene Street and Fourth Street will be closed from Feb. 13 until Feb. 16. Traffic detour signs will be in place.

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Upcoming Intersection Closure And Water Service Interruption Due To Greene Street TIA Project(City of Augusta)

All residential and commercial customers on Fourth Street from Ellis Street to Watkins Street and Greene Street from Fourth Street to Fifth Street will have water service interruption on Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Residents with questions should call 706-842-3060.



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RCSO to use new camera system coming to Downtown Augusta

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“What we want to do is focus on the downtown area because it’s very populated on weekends, a lot of people travel, a lot of people go downtown to enjoy themselves and the entertainment part of it,” said Cpt. Danny Whitehead, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, “One of the goals of Sheriff Roundtree has been to take advantage of technology, we’ve done that the last couple of years and this is one of his next visions.”



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More money approved for Diamond Lakes, boat house repairs

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Getting the long-troubled restrooms up and running at Diamond Lakes Regional Park was a rocky journey.

Even rockier than we knew.

Almost $155,000 was approved Tuesday by the Augusta Commission to pay for more work than was originally planned for the restroom and concession building at the park.

The work was needed to correct a few problems uncovered after the last round of repairs and improvements.

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The problems included vandalism and graffiti, ceiling tiles, pressure washing, painting and a plumbing issue with some drain lines.

The city asked the contractor to go ahead and make the fixes back before the improvements debuted in September. The additional money was approved Tuesday to pay the contractor for that extra work.

A week after the sudden and immediate resignation of Parks and Recreation Director Maurice McDowell – along with his request for three months of “severance” pay – parks and recreation facilities were prominent on Tuesday’s agenda of the commission.

Among them were plans for the troubled Augusta Boat House.

After water pipes broke during a freeze, water gushed out and created damage and a mold infestation that’s brought months of discussion over whether to salvage the building or demolish it and start fresh.

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The commission on Tuesday approved $400,000 to help fix the Augusta Rowing Club’s space and start to renovate parts of the building that need help.

The commission also received options on what the two entryway gates of the Riverwalk may look like with Ed McIntyre’s name on it. The commission recently voted to name the Riverwalk for the former mayor.

Ultimately the commission approved this design Tuesday:

The Augusta Commission approved thsi design for the new Riverwalk signs.(Contributed)

Meanwhile the city’s interim administrator, Takiyah Douse, addressed a mass email sent out by the operator of the Fifth Street Marina.

The marina operator claims the city had the water and power service shut off to the docks, forcing many boat owners to relocate.

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She said a lot of conversation still needs to be had before service is completely shut off. But if that must happen, there would be considerable notice.

She also negated the marina operator’s claim of lack of maintenance.

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The Diamond Lakes repairs and improvements have been welcome to many.

The building has been plagued for years by faulty plumbing, repair delays and vandalism.

The city says the facilities have been an issue for Diamond Lakes going back to when they opened in 2012. Back then, it was just water leakage, but since 2019 leading up to the beginning of 2023, more than $900,000 had already gone into fixing up these buildings that keep on having issues.

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Last February, the Augusta Commission approved another $850,000 in SPLOST 7 and 8 funds as a final fix, bringing that final price tag fix to around $1.75 million.

City officials said from there, the facilities would initially be completed by spring but continued to see delays into the summer. On top of construction delays and piping issues, there was vandalism.

The restrooms opened just in time for the USSSA Military Worlds softball tournament which brought in thousands of veterans from across the country and overseas.



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Crime-ridden Augusta businesses could be punished soon

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Augusta leaders are trying to send a message to crime-ridden businesses: nearby violence can lead to a lost alcohol license.

It was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Augusta Commission.

In the news for weeks has been Smart Grocery on Wrightsboro Road.

Although it may not be the owner’s fault, there’s been a rash of shootings at the store – at least nine in recent years with two of them fatal.

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The store happens to be near a cluster of high-crime apartment complexes.

Just this past weekend, there was one right around the corner from the store at Fox Trace.

Despite years of working together with the sheriff’s office and recently hiring extra deputies to guard three days a week, shootings continue around Smart Grocery.

A 24/7 solution is too expensive for them to stay afloat.

Smart Grocery property owner, Sae Pak, cited this past weekend’s shooting as an example of how the problem is the apartments, not the store. He said Little Caesars is leaving the small shopping center because of the violence.

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“There are more problems happening around the property, not just our property, surrounding properties. Please. I would challenge any of the commissioners to come down to where we’re at. Spend the day with us. You’ll see exactly what we see. And then tell us how we can fix it,” said Pak.

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The store owner and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office say they’ve been working together to tame the violence, but the Augusta Commission wants to send a message and hold the business owner accountable.

Because the Smart Grocery item was labeled as “discussion” at Tuesday’s meeting and the store owners need to be given a longer notice for action, the matter is coming back before the commission in two weeks with a recommendation for six months of probation.

This wave of accountability is also coming to the Olive Road convenience store in the Glendale community, as well as Club Rain, owned by Allen Voncelillies, who also owns L9, and he got into trouble over crime there.

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Commissioner Jordan Johnson said: “If you take their license away for a year, I mean, that’s his livelihood, that’s his family’s livelihood. Just like we said with the other folks. It’s their livelihood, it’s family’s livelihood. We need to make this decision off of some type of equal standard.”

At Tuesday’s meeting of the commission, deputies and Voncelillies discussed the revocation of the alcohol license for Club Climax. Deputies are even pressing to potentially close their doors altogether.

While Voncelillies was already on probation for the Level 9 club, he says he was not on Probation for Club Rain and was given no warning about the accusations against his business about a fatal shooting that happened there.

There was a heated back-and-forth discussion in which each side accused the other of not stating facts correctly, such as where the shooting took place.

Commissioners are now looking at 6-month probations for all three of these spots.

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We caught up with Smart Grocery after today’s meeting and they say they’re even willing to offer a sheriff’s office substation next door to combat the shootings.



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