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Downtown safety plan to be unveiled

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Augusta’s administrator and the Richmond County sheriff are expected to present a comprehensive plan to increase safety downtown at Monday’s meeting of the city’s public safety committee.

The plan, developed in response to the brutal May beating of an Edgefield couple and a Broad Street brawl viewed on YouTube, will “greatly bolster safety and the positive perception of Augusta’s downtown as a family-friendly destination,” according to the agenda.

No information on the plan was available Friday, including its cost, which was said to be “dependent on several factors that are being finalized.”

The sheriff’s office has another request going before the public safety committee Monday: the purchase of gang tracking and narcotics management modules for a new record-keeping software program.

The modules allow officers to track and search gang and narcotics-related intelligence, with a maximum $40,000 cost to implement and an additional $5,760 annual maintenance charge. The annual subscription cost for the entire program was $375,000 this year.

Commissioners on Mon­day could also address the growing length of committee sessions that sometimes keep residents waiting for hours to speak on minor items.

Going before each committee Monday is a motion to rotate the committee meeting schedule, placing the public services committee, where most alcohol and business licenses are approved, first at 12:45 p.m. The remaining four committees – administrative services, engineering services, finance and public safety – would rotate, going first alphabetically each month, according to Commis­sioner Mary Davis’ proposal.

Monday’s sessions will begin with a called legal meeting at noon.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/07/13 - 08:11 pm
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Yeah, a downtown safety plan

Yeah, a downtown safety plan for an area that the city leaders says is safe.

Only in Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/07/13 - 08:21 pm
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Addressing the Reality

I like the Sheriff’s Office has reacted to increase safety downtown. There does seem to be more reaction to the reality than previous administrations had. Let’s get past the charade that nothing is wrong and try to fix/prevent problems while addressing the realities.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/08/13 - 07:38 am
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Yeah I don't understand that either

Downtown is safe...we hear it all the time...we hear a certain poster tell us how the sheriff said so...so I am confused...why do you need a safety plan for someplace that is safe? Isn't that like saying you need a seatbelt for a car that won't run....I don't get it....maybe the people selling the gang tracking modules own braves tickets and falcons boxes???

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/07/13 - 10:36 pm
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"administrator

"administrator ...................... expected to present a comprehensive plan to increase safety"

How about presenting a comprehensive plan to EQUALIZE TAXES, FEES, AND PROPERTY VALUES you worthless schmuck.

Our mayor, commissioners, and administrators are just like the Obama administration. They are happy as hell to see a new crisis pop up to divert attention from the problems they haven't been able to resolve. They admitted they are too stupid to fix the illegal tax problem so what makes them think they are smart enough to fix the downtown thug issue. Oh, I know.....they just throw some of our money at it and say "look what we did".

countyman
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countyman 07/08/13 - 12:57 am
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Reality vs perception

The problem is easily related to the perception versus the reality. The city should know the drill by now, and they weren't proactive in this situation.The press conference presenting the information related to the crime, the low crime rates in the CBD, and the fact this was the first incident at the Riverwalk in over 1 year never happen. Now every single crime incident downtown lately is being reported in the media.

The media always polarizes the crime downtown, or at the Augusta Mall for example. The Augusta Mall is clearly the most upscale mall outside of metro Atlanta, but some people still think the mall isn't safe.

I do support the increased bike, foot, and car patrols downtown. The CBd and thebMedical District both need their own sub stations. The urban core( Broad, Reynolds, Riverwalk, Laney Walker, 15th, Walton Way) and the main corridors in the suburbs need cameras(Wrightsboro, Peach Orchard, Wheeler, Gordon Hwy, Deans Bridge, Washington, Mike Padgett, Windsor Spring, and Tobacco),

Let's not go overboard during this process, because the crime rate in East Augusta, Harrisburg, Laney Walker, Turpin Hill, older pârts of South Augusta inside I-520, etc shows where the real crime problem is. Some people will never believe the low crime rate in the CBD, and you won't be able to make everybody feel safe.

The city needs to help build new community centers, boys & girls club, and park in these areas. Why not hold one of the job fairs in the AR Johnson, Laney, or the Glenn Hills gym? The first order of business should include giving out citations for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana..

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/08/13 - 04:30 am
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Operation Rolling Drunks

Coming soon to Downtown

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/08/13 - 05:50 am
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I agree with Countyman on this one.

Sure Downtown has crime.
I published the limited available data last week.

But the CBD ranked 5th or 6th if memory serves me correct.
A serious question is, should we be more focused on 1 through 4?

Aside from 4 serious crimes, most of what I see is fights.
Wow! Fights in and around bars who would have ever thought.

Checkout the following Web link(s)
http://spotcrime.com/#Central%20Business%20District%20Augusta%20GA

http://spotcrime.com/#30906

Make sure to look at the dates of the listings to get a time frame.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/08/13 - 06:57 am
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Say it ain't so, Joe

Paying $40,000 for a software "module" is a rip off of all times. You've already got computer software gurus working for Fred (What, me worry?) Russell in other departments. They could program routines to log gang activity and narcotics arrests into the existing sheriff department database in between coffee breaks and cost the city nothing extra.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/08/13 - 07:02 am
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More cops downtown

More cops downtown

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/08/13 - 07:21 am
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Foot patrols

Crime is old school, so why not address it old school.
Before consolidation Downtown had foot patrols in and out of each store on a regular basis. Downtown may be 1/2 dead business wise after bad management, the malls and taxes so 1/2 as many are needed.

After dark hours a focus on "night" entertainment areas will take care of the bars and the restaurant areas.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/08/13 - 07:45 am
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I wish...

they would focus on more important things...like doing away with the unfair property tax system and the trash tax. Address crime on Gordon highway from Barton Chapel to Walton Way, Meadowbrook area, Deans bridge road area. Downtown is way safer than any of those places!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/08/13 - 08:44 am
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I say give it to the Sheriffs Dept

Some think I'm lying about Atla & crime....coming soon near you....

An Atlanta man walking home from a popular East Atlanta bar was robbed early Sunday morning by three men, two of whom were toting assault weapons, police said.

One man was carrying what looked like an AK-47 style rifle while the other gripped a semi-automatic pistol. It is unclear whether the third man in the group had a weapon, but the trio told the victim to hand over his cell phone and everything in his pockets, police said.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1a5IdLS

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 07/08/13 - 09:49 am
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My plan

I don't go downtown, that's my plan.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/08/13 - 11:21 am
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profile every thug, gorilla,
Unpublished

profile every thug, gorilla, and monkey, inact checkpoints requiring proof of id, citizenship, employment, and ability to read-write-add, also a curfew. institute foot patrols in all government housing projects, enforce a zero tolerance for any infraction within all public housing complexes, once broken expell the welfare parasite, moocher, and leech from the county, and slowly and systematically closed down every "gub-i-ment prah-jeck" in the county, institute responsibility ordinances holding landlords who recieve sec 8 responsible for the tenants they rent to, lastly build more and bigger jails/prisons in order to house all the roaches, vermin, and rats spilling out from the "gub-i-ment prah-jecks"

countyman
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countyman 07/08/13 - 04:00 pm
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Growth

The growth in the CBD and Medical District will force the city, media, residents, etc to change much faster than Augusta is ready for. This might cause some frictions at first, because the overall culture of metro Augusta isn't prepared for this type of growth.

Richmond County should be able to increase the number of visitors from 1.5 to 2 million by 2020-2022.

I really feel sorry for some of the media outlets in the future. The Mills portion of the proposed Cultural/Mills campuses will help make Harrisburg a trendy place to live. One private mid rise apartment building in the Laney Walker neighborhood puts them in a great position, and will make some people uncomfortable when it comes to the media coverage. It's only so long before the growth can't be hidden from the majority of the public.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/08/13 - 07:07 pm
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Fr=μNs (sic)....

Fr=μNs (sic)....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/08/13 - 10:35 pm
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Huh?

Countyman posted:

I really feel sorry for some of the media outlets in the future.

What in the world does that statement mean?

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