No vote on location amendment

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A pared-down version of an amendment to a law requiring commissioners to meet, and the administrator to have an office, "at the courthouse" may be gaining favor among the Augusta Commission, but on the advice of counsel the commission did not vote on it Monday.

The shorter amendment was prepared to address the concerns of three commissioners who previously voted against a longer version, alleging that hidden in its sections were other, potentially illegal changes.

The new amendment changes just two sections of a 1980 law now incorporated into the city charter. One section involves the board of commissioners' monthly meeting place and the other addresses the administrator's office and duties.

The "duties" component proved to be a sticking point Monday for Commissioner Bill Lockett, who questioned inclusion of the phrase, "the duties of the administrator shall be as determined by resolution of the board of commissioners of Augusta, Georgia."

At a called commission meeting, Lockett said, "Included in that charter change is giving this body authorization to create resolutions detailing the administrator's duties."

But authorizing the commission to delegate duties to the administrator by resolution was already in the old law, and the only changes being made to it, as shown in a red-line version, were removing the "county" in "county administrator" and changing "Richmond County" to "Augusta, Georgia," General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie said.

The paragraph in question "already had the language in there that you have an office of the administrator and it provides how duties are set for the administrator," MacKenzie said. "We didn't change anything with respect to that."

Not yet convinced, Lockett said he, the mayor and most of the commission had agreed Thursday on a motion dealing only with meetings.

"I don't know why you keep adding stuff about the administrator. We keep telling you to leave it separate, leave it alone and let's take care of the courthouse meeting," Lockett said.

"It was already there that basically says you as a group can assign me duties and whatever," offered Administrator Fred Russell. "The only thing actually done is change the name of Richmond County to Augusta, Georgia."

The 1980 local law, passed under the Home Rule Act with eight votes and not repealed during passage of the 1996 House Bill 805 consolidating Augusta-Richmond County government, "created the language with respect to the powers of the administrator being delegated by resolution," MacKenzie said.

"You're saying that can be done now?" Lockett asked.

"Yes, and it has been done since 1996," MacKenzie said.

"We can give the administrator all this authority, but with six votes we can't decide where this body is going to meet or where the administrator's office is going to be located?" Lockett asked.

"It takes eight votes to amend a local law, and so that's what the proposal is to do, to change that part of the local law," MacKenzie said.

Commissioners Al Mason and Corey Johnson, who previously voted against the amendment, were present but did not question the new version.

A motion to receive the ordinance as information passed 9-1, with Lockett opposed. MacKenzie said the amendment would require a wait of seven days before it goes for a first reading and vote by the full commission. The amendment requires a second reading and vote two weeks after the first and publication in the newspaper before it becomes law, he said.

Afterwards, Lockett said he might support the amendment "if it is what they said is in there."

The commission's next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 17.

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corgimom
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corgimom 05/09/11 - 07:05 pm
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You're so Augusta if "at the

You're so Augusta if "at the courthouse" creates controversy, and people actually think the new courthouse isn't going to be called "the new courthouse".

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/09/11 - 08:01 pm
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The Baptist preachers and

The Baptist preachers and their attorney will handle all of this even though they did not pay their fees to the Secretary of State and their attorney doesn't know how to file a suit!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/09/11 - 08:01 pm
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If Mr. Lockett wants to

If Mr. Lockett wants to change the language about where the commission meets, why doesn't he make a motion to change the language about where the commission meets?

He is suspicious of the city attorney and the city administrator, but he flat refuses to make a motion of his own.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/10/11 - 12:51 am
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ripjones256, no one can prove

ripjones256, no one can prove you wrong and these 3 children on the commission need to be recalled, they are a joke.

gbraun
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gbraun 05/10/11 - 08:36 am
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I wonder if voting on an

I wonder if voting on an amendment to strike "meeting at the courthouse" while not actually at the courthouse, would be legal. I hope Mr. Lockett doesn't read this, he seems confused enough.

Justin4466
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Justin4466 05/10/11 - 09:17 am
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What does "the duties of the

What does "the duties of the administrator shall be as determined by resolution of the board of commissioners of Augusta, Georgia" have to do with changing the wording "att the courthouse." It does not pass the smell test!!

mike1sc
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mike1sc 05/10/11 - 10:22 am
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Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Wow,

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Wow, this is so much better than watching any of the opening monologes on the late-night talk shows! Are you people for real? Tell me that someone is making this up! Hey Lockett, I would be looking at the current resolution under a candle, because I think someone wrote on it with milk and you can't see the words unless you put it under a candle! They may have drawn some invisible pictures on them too! Future elections should have an IQ test to ensure the candidate scored at least "50". Idiots idiots idiots.......Jeez!

404Law
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404Law 05/10/11 - 11:46 am
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WHAT IS MOST TELLING is the

WHAT IS MOST TELLING is the folks who typically comment on this (i.e., charter issues) are silent. And for good reason... The pending lawsuit brought by the 'black' ministers will be summarily dismissed, but there is a lot of collateral stuff that the lawsuit brought with it that will expose the inner workings of the legal department and the administrators office. So, quiet as a mouse they are... They should be.

ON ANOTHER NOTE...A couple of weeks ago, Sylvia did her best to paint Lockett as a guy obsessed with details "Code-Sec-2.dot.2 dash 8 etc." she wrote in a recent publication. Funny. Any other time, a black commissioner is criticized for not reading an ordinance, or lacking the intelligence or wit to weave legal argot and plain talk -- check her archives. Catch 22, maybe?

MY POINT is that many of the comments posted here are uninformed and border on "Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't."

If you can put down your "I think every black commissioner has an agenda" (i.e., to force the govt to give a job, house and monthly check to all the black residents of Augusta - HA!) clipboard, then you might be able to see what is really going on. You -- the common folk who comment on this website in the wee hours of the morning -- are about to see the true stripes of your commission. And, you can't make a zebra without the white.

So, WAKE UP. Stop falling for the race-baiting. I get it. Many of you are angry. You're frustrated. Not because you ride the Augusta transit and worry about privatization; not because you were among the 20+ who lost a job due to reorganization; not because you are confused about where the next Commission meeting will take place; or, anything else that the commission did or didn't do. You're angry because you are unhappy with yourself. Figure out a way to convert this anger into proactive civic involvement. Come on folks! :)

obkad
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obkad 05/10/11 - 01:29 pm
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ripjones, You are correct. We

ripjones, You are correct. We designed a facility with,1. Not enough parking, and 2, no courtroom.. Who's the Einstein that designed this facility? Once again the stupidity of Augusta shines... Judicial center no courtrooms, next it will be a new jail without cells!!!!! Good work fellows!!!
You make me proud!!!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/10/11 - 01:37 pm
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My heart goes out to Susan

My heart goes out to Susan McCord. It has got to be difficult trying to write a coherent newspaper article about the bizarro world of the Augusta Commission.

My comment is the same as Insider Information's up above. I have heard commissioners make motions ad lib and off the cuff and on the fly many times. If Bill Lockett does not like the city attorney's motion, all he had to do is make sure he had five other commissioners in his pocket and make his own motion.

Another thing, we have seen our commission and our administrator and many city employees ignore and flat out disobey ordinances over and over. There needn't be anything different this time. Just leave the code the way it is and meet wherever you want, Commission.

If Fred (What, me worry?) Russell is "dissing" you, Commissioner Lockett, then just find five more commissioners who agree with you and fire him.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/10/11 - 02:01 pm
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I was going to comment about

I was going to comment about meeting at the Ruff House, but after reading 404Law's post, I don't want to appear that I'm not in the know about what's about to be revealed or unhappy with myself.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/10/11 - 02:02 pm
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Was the mayor presiding over

Was the mayor presiding over the meeting or was he at the beach?

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 05/10/11 - 04:35 pm
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LOL@riverman!................
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LOL@riverman!................keep it up! OH God please make me happy with ...myself!

iLove
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iLove 05/10/11 - 05:26 pm
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404Law said : "If you can put
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404Law said :

"If you can put down your "I think every black commissioner has an agenda" (i.e., to force the govt to give a job, house and monthly check to all the black residents of Augusta - HA!) clipboard, then you might be able to see what is really going on. You -- the common folk who comment on this website in the wee hours of the morning -- are about to see the true stripes of your commission. And, you can't make a zebra without the white."

iLove said: I couldn't have said it better myself. . . only if they knew. The TRUTH shall light up this city like never before. . . .SOON!

WooHoo!

iLove
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iLove 05/10/11 - 05:31 pm
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Apparently u r not. :/
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Apparently u r not. :/

iLove
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iLove 05/10/11 - 05:30 pm
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o, and don't forget:
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o, and don't forget: http://adventofdeception.com/

Facing the facts requires to admit that over 85% of the worlds population is under deception and cannot ask why the “Bin Laden Terror Mastermind” who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years?

404Law
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404Law 05/10/11 - 06:18 pm
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Riverman1...CLASSIC. You got

Riverman1...CLASSIC. You got me. :)
Little Lamb: You are so right!!!
iLove: Hmm...

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