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Volunteer group cleaning downtown Augusta streets

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

You don't have to walk down Broad Street for long before you see trash littering the sidewalk.

But you won't see the garbage being picked up by the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, or CADI since Commissioners didn't vote to bring back the cleaning program.

Business owner Bill Price keeps the sidewalks clean in front of his package store and he says that's the way it should be.

"I believe merchants should have enough pride to take care of their own property," Price, said.

He's a part of the Augusta Volunteer Initiative Downtown, or AVID.

The volunteer group is made up of dozens of property owners and volunteers who say they will keep downtown Augusta clean because they care about it.  

But Sanford Loyd, the treasurer for CADI, says AVID can't provide a sense of security like CADI did.

"Safety, continuous safety," Loyd, said.

But Price thinks tenants won't miss CADI's safety services at all.

"They had no police training whatsoever, they had no weapons, no training with weapons. They were just like another pedestrian walking down the sidewalk," Price, explained.

Loyd also questions if the volunteer force will be able to effectively clean a downtown that has many vacant properties that no one maintains.

"When you do a volunteer program you run the risk of if the volunteer is here today it gets done. If they are not here it doesn't get done," he said.

But Price says their proof of a job well done are streets that are mostly clear of trash.

CADI officials say they may ask Commissioners to bring back the program again.

If Commissioners don't restart the program, CADI's lawn maintenance equipment and Segways will either be donated to another group or sold. The CADI board will decide what they will do with their gear by the end of the month.

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