Golf, buses, stadium on Augusta Commission agenda

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Issues that matter to Augusta residents -- public golf, public transit and a partially public stadium -- go before the Augusta Commission today for a vote.

The commission will weigh in on the direction that operations at Augusta Municipal Golf Course will take after learning of several options from Recreation, Parks and Facilities Director Tom Beck last week.

Beck, part of a subcommittee that recommended turning the course over to Affiniti Partners, the management firm that operates Forest Hills Golf Course, also presented the options that the course remain publicly run, in which it currently operates at a loss, or turned over to The Patch in Augusta LLC, the only qualified bidder to respond to a request for proposals the city issued last year.

Also today, City Administrator Fred Russell is expected to present a final contract with Mobility Transit, the firm the commission previously selected to take over operations at Augusta Public Transit. Mobility Transit has said it can effect a "startup" at the bus service in 45 days, but contract details are still being worked out. They will affect the future of about 70 city bus drivers and other workers, who will become Mobility Transit employees.

Commissioner Matt Aitken has a proposal on today's agenda authorizing Russell to "explore options" related to funding a multipurpose stadium, shopping and condominium complex desired by Cal Ripken to become the new home of the Augusta GreenJackets, which he owns.

The former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property on the Savannah River levee at 15th Street had been eyed last year for the $38.7 million complex by developers, who also sought some sort of public financing or assistance in building it. The riverfront property, meanwhile, remains tied up as state officials say they're completing due diligence before auctioning it off.

Commissioners also will hear details on population shifts that likely will affect their re-election campaigns when district lines are redrawn based on the 2010 census. In 2000, a committee consisting of four school board members, four commissioners and four Augusta legislators undertook the process of redrawing the lines.

The prevalence of real-world issues marks a change for the commission, which has been arguing for months over details found in the city's new personnel manual, and how to go about removing a charter reference specifying the body must meet "at the courthouse." A new fix, proposed by Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles to simply rename the municipal building a courthouse "annex" also is expected to win approval today.

If You Go

Augusta Commission meeting

5 p.m., Lee Beard Commission Chamber

Eighth Floor, Augusta Municipal Building

530 Greene St.

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countyman 06/07/11 - 08:18 pm
Knightime.. There's several

Knightime.. There's several office jobs located throughout the Central Business District.. The Riverwalk helps brings tourist to Augusta all the time... There are several new bars, restaurants, offices, etc who have opened downtown.. ESI corporate headquarters are located on Broad street along with the Augusta BioBusiness Center. Artist Row continues to become the cultural epicenter in Augusta. Rural Sourcing(100 good paying IT jobs) moved in the Enterprise Mill not too long ago.. The Sutherland Mill($5 million renovation in 2009) is now medical condos. Augusta Ent purchased the entire second floor of the building.. The new residential areas similar to the Emporium.. The developments help add to the tax base of the county.. The 34 condos underway at the Whites Building. And the Lofts at Marbury Village( Phase 1 calls for one 42-unit loft building... The 42 unit building is 3 1/2 to 4 stories tall; Three stories of residential above pull under parkinG; A rooftop terrace overlooking downtown sits on top of the building; Phase 2 consists of two 5 unit townhome buildings; The two 5 unit townhome buildings are 3 stories tall) is another boost to the local tax base..

The people who live in Augusta aren't staying at the Sheraton, Double Tree, Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express etc.. In the future you can add the Four Points By Sheraton in West Augusta and the upscale hotel planned next to the list.. Along with the $30 million 8 story Hyatt opening on Reynolds street. Local citizens either ownor pay rent their house, townhomes, or apartments... The $50 million going towards making Laney Walker and Bethlehem more desirable.. The $1 per night hotel tax is being paid for by tourist visiting Augusta.

Riverman1 06/07/11 - 10:10 pm
Here is the link to the story

Here is the link to the story on the lack of bookings for the TEE Center.

Riverman1 06/08/11 - 11:38 am
Well, I posted the link to

Well, I posted the link to the TV station story about the problems with no TEE bookings and the CVB report, with Barry White's statements about them now going after local events, but it must be lost in the queue somewhere. just showed up above.

soitgoes 06/08/11 - 12:00 pm
Having a baseball stadium

Having a baseball stadium downtown on the river, and attending night games or concerts there would definitely be "COOL".

augusta citizen
augusta citizen 06/08/11 - 02:27 pm
Countyman said, "The Hyatt,

Countyman said, "The Hyatt, office building, and parking garage are coming sooner or later" he said that many times about Bass Pro Shops til they finally announced they're not.

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