Photo of an office at the Augusta Municipal Building
Augusta, GA -
The Augusta Clerk of Commission told Augusta Commissioners she couldn't stay in her office, so they voted to make the move.
“It's probably the most efficient move to make, at this point. It's unfortunate it wasn't factored in beginning, George. We have to make some concessions to deal with it,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson.
Here’s the deal: the Clerk will move down the hall on the second floor to another office planned as the new home for the Augusta Law Department. A new fireproof vault will be built as the new Clerk's office will triple in size.
“Putting us in that space, we will be thinking about future growth. Give us an opportunity to be there, you wouldn't have to worry about us for a while. I think that's the better space and the better option," Clerk Lena Bonner told Commissioners.
The vote has the Augusta Law Department staying in its current building on Greene Street. However, plans were calling for the Augusta Engineering Department to take that space, so those plans are now impacted.
“Obviously, they don't move anywhere, they have people who are working three to an office. That's why I voted no because I think the entire puzzle should have been solved, prior to just one part does this,” said Commissioner Donnie Smith, who voted against the move.
Another part is what happens to the space the Clerk is in now. Some Commissioners would like to see the City Administrator’s office move into that space instead of going to the ninth floor, as plans call for now.
“It makes sense. I would love to see that happen. We need to address a few other things, first, if we get those addressed we can possibly make that happen,” says Johnson.
Architects did not say how much the moving and adding the vault will cost. However, Commissioners voted for this to occur with no cost to taxpayers.
As for why the Clerk's office came up short on space, architects and the project manager said all plans were signed off on by former City Administrator Fred Russell.