Augusta Commission committee to revisit Heery International contract | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jun

Augusta Commission committee to revisit Heery International contract | The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Commission’s public services committee will revisit a $1.6 million contract extension for Heery International and its two subconsultants Monday after a vote on the extension was postponed last week.

Heery, first hired in 2003 to serve as program manager over construction projects funded by sales taxes, has garnered $9.5 million in fees to develop, promote the passage of and oversee construction of tax projects, billing for some of its services in excess of $200 an hour.

 

Heery and subconsultants Dukes, Edwards and Dukes and Gallop and Associates have plied commissioners with visits to Heery’s Georgia Dome skybox for Atlanta Falcons games, campaign contributions during nonelection years and other perks, all for the stated purpose of maintaining support for Heery’s contract, according to documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

 

Commissioner Alvin Mason defended his visits to the skybox and receipt of campaign funds, which he requested, as legal under the city’s ethics code, which excludes “courtesy tickets or free admission extended to an elected official for an event” from reporting requirements.

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