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Augusta Public Works Department Looks To Pad Payroll

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It's a call for more help to take care of Augusta maintenance issues.

Augusta's Public Works and Engineering Department is looking to pad the payroll next year.

The Department's 2014 budget proposal, presented to city leaders Thursday, is calling for 50 new employees at a cost of more than $1 million to take care of maintenance issues.

Things like cutting grass in right of ways, cleaning ditches, and storm sewer cleaning.,

Department officials say, nearly 40 percent of complaint calls this year haven't been closed out due to the shortage of manpower.

To some Augusta Commissioners, the costly request is a priority.

"It goes back to essential items versus non-essential items. That's what we are working on now, that's why we are holding these hearings and I don't object to putting money into the maintenance program as opposed to putting it in nonessential services, says Commissioner Donnie Smith.

Meanwhile, Richmond County 911 Center director Dominick Nutter is asking for more in his budget.

He's requesting a three to five percent raise for this roughly 50 employees.

Last week the Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Augusta Fire Department Chief Chris James both put five percent pay hikes in their budget proposals.

The Commission budget sessions continue next week.

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