Augusta’s proposed stormwater utility fee – a $6.40 monthly charge for a typical household with 2,200 square feet of impervious surface – is the only way to fund millions in needed drainage repairs, Engineering Director Abie Ladson said Monday in response to criticism from a west Augusta neighborhood group.
Ivan Bolgla could not believe the crowd’s reaction when the Purple Heart of a World War II fighter pilot killed in action hit the auction block last month in Aiken.
Eager bidders fell eerily silent. The auctioneer deferred to his ring man to introduce the item. Bolgla, an Augusta Fire Department commander who collects military artifacts, knew he had to make an offer.
In a sale that saw only two bids, Bolgla rescued the forgotten medal of 2nd Lt. Harley Kempter for $75 from Cheeks Auction Co.