Commissioners' requests to be discussed

Another issue relating to the Au­gusta Commission’s decision last week to censure three members will be up for discussion Monday.


The issue is what a commissioner can ask a city department head – or any other staff member reporting directly to the commission – to do.

Commissioner Grady Smith asked General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie last fall to draft an amendment to the city’s conflict of interest policy to allow commissioners and employees to work as subcontractors on city projects.

MacKenzie’s action on the item gave rise to the realization that Smith’s and two other commissioners’ companies had worked as subcontractors or contractors on Augusta-Rich­mond County projects, including work for the sheriff’s office, the 911 center, the Rich­mond County
Cor­rectional Insti­tute, Augusta Re­gion­al Airport and the utilities department.

Such requests extend beyond the law department and sometimes leave department heads scrambling to assemble information at a commissioner’s request.

According to MacKenzie, city laws are not clear on the matter.

Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson asked for “clarity” on what a commissioner can order department heads to do in an item he added to Monday's administrative services committee agenda.

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Before committee meetings, the Augusta Commission is scheduled to vote at noon Monday on whether to move forward with funding a full remodel of the Municipal Building instead of a cheaper, partial remodeling job.

Other items on committee agendas Monday include:

• Discussion of funding options for MACH tennis academy

• Whether to use sales tax funds to purchase 30 Dodge Chargers, 10 Chevrolet Impalas and two Chevrolet Tahoes for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

• Restoring $25,000 for the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon

• A motion of support for Augusta legislators to increase the salaries of Richmond County civil and magistrate judges

• Discussion of the coliseum authority board that runs James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium

• Authorizing the mayor to sign off on forms related to an environmental review of the Cherry Tree Crossing redevelopment project

• Discussion of the procedure for evaluating department heads and other direct reports to the commission



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A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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