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Group protests for bid on The Patch

No other offers proposed for operating golf course

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For the time being, the fate of "The Patch" hinges on a Scottish businessman's bid protest pending with the city's Procurement Department. The Augusta Commission couldn't muster the votes to take action on the matter Tuesday.

The Patch in Augusta LLC, whose partners include Scottish golf course developer Brian Hendry and Savannah, Ga., developer Michael J. Kistler, was the only company to submit a proposal when the job of privately operating the Municipal Golf Course was advertised this year.

Their bid was disqualified, though, because the company lacked a business license, which Henry's attorney said couldn't be obtained without first having a lease for The Patch.

After a dozen invitations to bid were sent out by the city department, the only other response was from an Evans golf course management company, which declined, explaining that a five-year lease wouldn't afford time to recover capital investments.

Commissioner Jerry Brigham's motion to put the contract back out for bid -- altering some language about the license requirement and lengthening the years on the lease -- failed 5-3, with Commissioners Matt Aitken, J.R. Hatney and Bill Lockett voting no and Alvin Mason and Don Grantham absent.

Lockett, whose district includes The Patch, earlier had floated a substitute motion to send the matter back to the Public Service Committee. That motion failed 3-5, with Aitken, Joe Bowles, Brigham, Joe Jackson and Jimmy Smith voting no.

Brigham said the golf course's finances need to be settled before they start working on the 2011 budget. The operation lost taxpayers $170,000 last year and is expected to lose $150,000 to $200,000 this year.

The appeal by The Patch in Augusta LLC, will eventually go before the Public Service Committee.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 09/21/10 - 07:23 pm
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Nice to see Johnny Edwards

Nice to see Johnny Edwards swinging the hammer again.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 09/21/10 - 07:32 pm
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We can continue this

We can continue this patchwork way of amending the wrongs of the procurement department or we can fix the source of the problem.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 09/21/10 - 09:01 pm
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Couldn't the commission at

Couldn't the commission at least wait until this Westobou thing was over and out of town visitors have gone home before they once again display the total disfunction of Richmond County Gov't? Charles Walker should stay in jail for the rest of his life for having created this travesty.

disssman
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disssman 09/21/10 - 09:06 pm
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Paulwheeler. Charles Walker

Paulwheeler. Charles Walker didn't create this joke of a government, we the voters did.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 09/21/10 - 09:29 pm
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Dissman, he (Walker) created

Dissman, he (Walker) created it and we stupidly approved it.

Jake
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Jake 09/21/10 - 09:51 pm
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Wow, an opportunity, not

Wow, an opportunity, not guarantee, to make the Patch a better and more profitable environment and the proposal won't be listened to? I thought we were nutty out here in California (and we are) but this does not make much sense unless there is some sort of in-fighting going on.

dani
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dani 09/21/10 - 11:33 pm
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deleted due to lack of sleep.

deleted due to lack of sleep.

dougk
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dougk 09/21/10 - 11:09 pm
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This is nuts. The Augusta
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This is nuts. The Augusta Commission should be thankful I'm not a resident of Augusta......I'd be at every one of its meetings raising holy helll...why aren't the rest of you??

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 11:19 pm
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Reporter Johnny Edwards

Reporter Johnny Edwards wrote:

Commissioner Jerry Brigham's motion to put the contract back out for bid - altering some language about the license requirement and lengthening the years on the lease - failed 5-3, with commissioners Matt Aitken, J.R. Hatney and Bill Lockett voting no and Alvin Mason and Don Grantham absent.

If Don Grantham would have attended the meeting and voted "yes," we could have moved forward. Perhaps he had to attend a funeral. Perhaps he forgot there was a meeting. Perhaps his car would not start. Where was Don Grantham, Johnny Edwards? Being absent without excuse is the same as abstaining from voting. Our government continues to wither.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 11:24 pm
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And, of course, I could ask

And, of course, I could ask the same question about Alvin Mason.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 11:28 pm
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And here is another question

And here is another question for Johnny Edwards or Sean Moores: What does this sentence mean?

The appeal by The Patch in Augusta, LLC, will eventually go before Public Service.

What in the world is “Public Service?” Is “Public Service” a committee or subcommittee of the Augusta Commission? Is it a department within city government? What authority does “Public Service” have? Can they overrule Geri Sams without Commission action?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/21/10 - 11:30 pm
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Is Fred (What, me worry?)

Is Fred (What, me worry?) Russell administering his duties, or is he sleeping?

dougk
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dougk 09/21/10 - 11:51 pm
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Augusta residents...this is
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Augusta residents...this is your issue....one that is so clear cut...go after those people and demand accountability. There is no accountability in Augusta to those who pay the freight and never has been. You are already out $25K because of someone's "negligance" or lack of leadership and that person still has his job. There's seems to toleration for time card fraud and on and on. Wake up folks....wake up and make some noise.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/22/10 - 05:07 am
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Why did Matt vote against

Why did Matt vote against this common sense proposal?

Why not grant an exception on the bus lic?

Brad

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 09/22/10 - 06:05 am
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Augusta Commissioners, if you

Augusta Commissioners, if you really want The Cabbage Patch closed that badly at least be men enough to admit it. What on the surface seems to be a viable proposal isn't even looked at. I am so happy I live in Columbia County.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/22/10 - 07:48 am
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No, Brad. It is not proper

No, Brad. It is not proper to grant an "exception" to the business license requirement. The requirement itself is wrong and needs to be removed from bid packages.

One of the big problems with Augusta government is favoritism. Making exceptions is how you reward friends and punish enemies. We need this to stop.

fred1
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fred1 09/22/10 - 08:16 am
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Augusta, GA should not be

Augusta, GA should not be providing golf entitlements. Prices range from about $15 up to as much as you want to spend at the many public courses across the CSRA. There are so many courses that the city should get out of the business of burning taxpayer money subsidizing golf. I can see providing pools since there are so few public pools, but golf? Government should not be competing with private business using my tax dollars to undercut public course prices. This is taxpayer funded golf for city employees and other entitlement addicted people. Sell part of the course to ASU for student housing and the rest to the airport to expand its runway. The city gets the money from the sale and gets $150,000 - $200,000 to spend on real needs not just providing low cost golf to the city employees and the entitlement "entitled" people.

Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/22/10 - 04:22 pm
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Retired Army the city is

Retired Army the city is currently managing it, so of course it will be poorer quality and cost as much if not more then other options.

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