Augusta Commission candidate to address commission

District 1 Augusta Commission candidate Lori Davis said she will try to appeal to the “emotional side” of the 10-member commission when she addresses the group Tuesday.


“This is going to be an emotional delivery about what in the world is going on with the people we have elected,” she said.

Davis, one of three announced candidates for the District 1 post held by Matt Aitken, said she and her group, the online blog City Stink, have uncovered corruption in the city’s construction of the new downtown Augusta Convention Center parking deck and wants plans for a forensic audit of the project to move forward.

Four questions developed by a subcommittee setting the scope of the audit will go before the commission Tuesday for approval, and though six commissioners authorized the audit in December, some remain
vehemently opposed to having it done.

“I won’t support a forensic audit. You catch that rabbit, and guess what, you do nothing with it,” Commissioner Joe Jackson said, adding that Davis’ group’s concerns lack “evidence of malfeasance.”

“These deals with the (convention) center and the parking deck, they’re very complex,” he said.

Jackson is among several commissioners favoring the group to approve several operating agreements related to the parking deck that have been stalled since it opened last year.

Commissioner Jerry Brigham, who placed the agreements on Tuesday’s agenda, said Friday he did not think six votes were there to pass

Having a greater chance of approval at the 5 p.m. meeting are several other agenda items, including:

• Approval of the 16-lot Cushendal subdivision off Belair Road, the 54-lot Longpoint subdivision off Old Waynesboro Road and the 63-lot Spring Creek Village subdivision off Ulm Road

• Transfer of Augusta Recreation Department’s Jesse Carroll Community Center and recreation area in Hephzibah to the city of Hephzibah, subject to maintenance and usage requirements

• A presentation of the city’s 2011 financial audit

• A $450,436 bid award to Blair Construction for Augusta Utilities’ water and sewer connection infrastructure at Fort Gordon

• The choice of a Richmond County Hospital Authority board member to replace John P. Rhodes, who resigned. The nominees are James W. Bennett Jr., Hugh L. Hamilton and Levi W. Hill IV.

Commissioners ask questions about parking deck agreements