West Augusta Alliance elects new leadership, sets goals

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:20 AM
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The West Augusta Alliance elected new leadership and set new goals during its annual meeting recently.

The newly elected officers for two-year terms include: Sonny Pittman, president; Brad Padgett, first vice president; Rita Hamilton, second vice president and secretary; Bequi Coar, third vice president; and Michael Johnson, treasurer.

Pittman, who succeeds Lori Davis as president, said his focus will be to grow the membership and keep members informed about the topics that matter to West Augusta’s neighborhoods, such as flooding and drainage, street and sidewalk improvements, planning and zoning, community development, and public safety issues.

Sgt. Mike Gilliland, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Services Division, was the featured speaker.

He spoke about an interactive website being formed for neighborhood watches and how citizens can be become involved to discourage and prevent residential crime.

The West Augusta Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004. Membership is open to homeowner associations and neighborhoods located in Augusta postal zip codes 30904, 30907, and 30909.

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Little Lamb 12/19/13 - 05:23 pm
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Hopefully,

past will not be prologue. Under Ken Echols’ tenure as president, there was a chilling atmosphere of suppression of free speech. Even residents from dues-paying associations were not allowed to challenge and rebut assertions from Fred Russell at open meetings.

Lori Anderson was a breath of fresh air following Echols, but she was so focused on her political race that the West Augusta Alliance sank into dormancy.

Maybe the new officers will reinvigorate the Alliance. Maybe not. Reading this paragraph:

. . . his focus will be to grow the membership and keep members informed about the topics that matter to West Augusta’s neighborhoods, such as flooding and drainage, street and sidewalk improvements, planning and zoning, community development, and public safety issues. . . .

does not give me much hope that West Augusta Alliance will be a vigorous advocate for a better Augusta government.

The best thing the West Augusta Alliance could do to energize the base would be for them to advocate tax reduction, both property taxes and especially opposing the upcoming SPLOST renewal.

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