Airport EV stations, speed increase for approval this week in Augusta
Airport charging stations for electric vehicles and a new speed bump policy are expected to be approved this week by the Augusta Commission. Meanwhile, Monday is the last day for VaxUp! August.
Augusta residents have until January 31 to get a $100 gift card to get their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since January 10, VaxUp! Augusta had reached 8,108 residents with a first or second dose through one of five providers or at numerous pop-up clinics.
The two locations open Monday are Medical Associates Plus at 2467 Golden Camp Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Christ Community Health at 127 Telfair St. by appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Only the Moderna vaccine is available and vaccinations will not. be offered to children.
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On Tuesday, the commission is expected to give final approval to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Augusta Regional Airport. BETA Technologies is supplying the stations and Georgia Power has agreed to install the infrastructure to support them.
Locations will be at the west end of the employee parking lot, the south end of the short-term parking lot, and at the general aviation airport for private aircraft. Installing the stations ahead of the Masters Tournament, scheduled for April 4-10, was one of the airport’s goals.
The stations are the second set for local government, following the installation at Diamond Lakes Regional Park in partnership with Jefferson Electric.
The commission is also set to pass a new speed curbing policy in the hopes of making it easier and cheaper for neighborhoods to slow down speeders. In response to demands from the neighborhood, the commission has asked staff to develop a new policy that eliminates speed bump fees and designates funds to pay for them.
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The policy went through a commission committee last week and is expected to be passed on Tuesday, but not everyone is convinced. Commissioner Dennis Williams said the phone calls started as soon as the policy was passed by a committee last week.
“I’m still thinking about it,” Williams said. “It could be a handful of neighbors who want it, and then another handful who don’t.”
Commissioner John Clarke also said some neighborhoods don’t want or need it.
“I don’t think they’re always needed,” he said. “In my neighborhood I don’t think they are because people don’t rush here. It would just be a hindrance or a useless thing.”
Under the new policy, when speed bumps are requested, Traffic Engineering determines whether a street is eligible. Streets must be residential, have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour, be less than 40 feet wide and at least 1,000 feet long, and have most traffic traveling at 35 miles per hour or more. Fifty-one percent of street owners must sign a petition.
Funds will come from the city’s engineering budget, sales tax revenue and other sources. The policy states that engineering can fund up to four speed bumps or other traffic calming devices per commission district per year, for a total of $140,000.
The existing policy created a speed bump assessment district in which each household had to pay $30 per year.
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In a final point, the commission is about to approve increasing members’ travel budgets to $7,500 to allow everyone to attend state and national conferences. As a consolidated city-county, Augusta is a member of the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association of Georgia County Commissioners, as well as the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties.
Tuesday’s commission meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 535 Telfair Street.
This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Airport EV stations, speed bumps for Augusta Commission approval