Rally, forensic audit meeting planned Monday

Augusta commissioners Bill Lockett and Alvin Mason take center stage at two gatherings taking place Monday.


At the first, a noon rally in front of Augusta Judicial Center and John Ruffin Courthouse, the commissioners have called for 1,000 people to rally against “changes that have occurred as a result of commission votes and action by the state delegation and others.”

Although a news release characterized the event in those words, Lockett said it is actually more of a voter registration rally and inclusive to all.

The pair need a permit from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office if more than 50 attend the rally, which is expected to last two hours.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Lockett is chairman of a meeting of the commission subcommittee established to determine the scope of a forensic audit sought of the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center parking deck project on Reynolds Street.

The subcommittee, of which Mason is the other commissioner member, was formed after numerous firms responded to the city’s request for forensic auditing proposals.

City Administrator Fred Russell, who will not serve on the subcommittee because of his involvement in the TEE dealmaking, said the city needs guidelines for how much money it is willing to spend on the audit and how deeply the auditor should look.

The meeting will be held in an eighth floor meeting room at Augusta Municipal Building. The full commission meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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