Augusta mother to speak to commission

Kenya James, who says her 15-year-old son was beaten by sheriff’s deputies who thought he was involved in a burglary, will air her concerns to Augusta Commission members Monday.


James is signed up to address the public safety committee at the request of commissioners Alvin Mason and Mar­ion Williams and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson, according to meeting documents.

Her son Kyvan weighs 98 pounds and has epilepsy, she said.

Monday’s business includes five commission committee meetings and a called legal meeting. The meetings start at 12 p.m., with the public safety session scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m.

Other items on the meeting agendas include:

• A vote on City Admin­is­trator Fred Russell’s recommendation for the position of Plan­ning and Development director to replace the retiring George Patty

• Approval of a $9.4 million set of bid awards for ongoing renovations at the municipal building

• A request for a “comparative analysis” of the costs to operate Augusta Municipal Golf Course, Newman Tennis Center and the Augusta Aquatic Center from Commissioner Bill Lockett

• A discussion of the “apparent ineffectiveness” of the city’s right of way and vacant lot cutting and clearing system, requested by Lockett

• Reconsideration, requested by Williams, of the CSRA Business League’s $175,000 proposal to work with local businesses to correct disparities in the awarding of city contracts to minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses

• A request from Augusta Housing and Community Develop­ment for a $2.5 million “bridge loan” to continue the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem revitalization project until 2015

• A discussion, requested by Mason and Lockett, of the city’s award of a transit contract to McDonald Transit, which has operated the service since Aug. 1

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