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4 noteworthy speakers to address Augusta Commission

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 4:18 PM
Last updated 9:15 PM
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Four speakers connected to significant Augusta issues are signed up to address the Augusta Commission at its Tuesday regular meeting.

Susan McCord
Government Reporter
Twitter: @reportr1
E-mail | 706-823-3215

Barry White, the president of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, is on the agenda to discuss a “pre-opening marketing plan” for the downtown Trade, Exhibit and Event Center.

White and bureau Vice President Peggy Seigler recently outlined a $350,000 plan for marketing the TEE Center before its opening later this year, including reaching out to organizations that have outgrown Augusta’s existing meeting spaces.

Margaret Woodard, the director of the Downtown Development Authority, is on the agenda at the request of Commissioner Matt Aitken to discuss the authority’s planned activities during 2012.

Both entities rely on annual city supplements to fund their operations.

Following will be a joint presentation from Augusta State University President William A. Bloodworth Jr. and Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz. The two universities were recently slated to merge by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

According to an agenda attachment, Bloodworth will discuss college completion in Georgia and Augusta State’s access mission; Azziz will describe Gov. Nathan Deal’s vision for GHSU and the state of health professions education in Georgia; and together the two will discuss consolidation plans.

After the speakers, the commission is scheduled to vote on 45 individual agenda items, including:

• A rezoning application by consultant APD Urban Planning & Management on behalf of the Augusta Land Bank Authority to rezone lots on Kingston, 11th and Spruce streets;

• A change order connected to improved ventilation at the TEE Center that increases the project’s total price to $30.1 million;

• Demolition of 11 structures deemed unsafe and uninhabitable in commission districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6;

• Approving City Administrator Fred Russell’s recommendation of $110,000 as the salary for new Fire Chief Chris James;

• Approving a draft ordinance limiting smoking in public places; and

• Rescinding at the request of the city of Hephzibah a prior resolution to provide water and sewer services to Redfield Property Development.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/19/12 - 07:24 pm
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ASU's "Access Mission?" Does

ASU's "Access Mission?" Does this mean that, regardless of how poorly developed an applicant's reading, math and writing skills are, s/he would be admitted to ASU as a remedial student?

Two better ideas: (1) Such a remedial student would be returned to the public school system from which s/he graduated for such remediation. (2) The student would attend a remedial college-prep program on the ASU campus. The cost of his/her participation in this program would be paid by the public school system from which the unready student had graduated.

OhWell
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OhWell 02/19/12 - 08:21 pm
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Craig Spinks you are so

Craig Spinks you are so right! It looks as if we are going to have social promotion at the college level. That is what is wrong with so many of our young people today, lack of or poor education.

aintryt
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aintryt 02/19/12 - 08:36 pm
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Approving a draft ordinance

Approving a draft ordinance limiting smoking in public places - Way to glaze that one over AC. Smoking is already limited in public places. How about - approve a draft ordinance restricting smoking to all places except your private residence. (for now)

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/19/12 - 10:50 pm
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This is a smart move on the

This is a smart move on the City's part. Bring in speakers, pump up the agenda, use up all the meeting time, don't allow any discussion on non agenda items, get the public's mind off the Tee, Ballpark and audit....put the focus on other things...hold the real business meeting in the back room or Village Deli...

Doesn't sound like anything they have ever come up with. Wonder what & who they paid for this plan? Think proactive vs. reactive. It's very good.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/20/12 - 01:53 am
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WB, Bring in speakers....Yo

WB,

Bring in speakers....Yo Pizza....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 07:59 am
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Whaddya mean? That meeting at

Whaddya mean? That meeting at Yo Pizza was just to discuss the Boys Club. Black Commissioners just didn't have any interest in the club. Right? But Joe Bowles called back to remind the listeners that he went to lunch with Al Mason one time, in case anyone wondered. What a great guy.

So how much does Barry White make? What were his qualifications before being given this job? Does he promote anything, but the Marriott-Tee Center?

Aren't we paying the Marriott to manage the TEE and now want to use $350 thousand our taxpayer money to market the thing? Tell me what facility has ever been paid to manage a facility and wasn't expected to do the marketing? The JB Arena is well managed and they do their own marketing for example.

This is almost as bad as giving $850 thousand to upgrade the air system to make the Marriott happy because their doors open into the TEE. It's silly putty time.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 08:08 am
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What White is doing is

What White is doing is following a plan that calls for asking the community to find events to come to a convention center when occupancy is a problem. It also diffuses the blame. Those involved can say the community just doesn't provide enough support.

Oh, one more thing I'll bet my bottom dollar on. In about 5 years the mantra will start the TEE wouldn't be such a failure if it were only BIGGER. If there's any money left in Augusta by then, they'll take it for the expansion.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 08:58 am
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Sounds like this is going to

Sounds like this is going to be a long meeting.

I hope when they demolish those 11 houses that they will put liens on the properties for the cost of the demolition so the city might get some of our money back if the real estate ever sells.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 09:00 am
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I think it will be tragic if

I think it will be tragic if the city caves in to Marriott management and buys a new ventilation system. We have been told that the designed ventilation system meets federal, state, and city codes. The TEE Center belongs to the city, not to the Marriott.

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Lori Davis 02/20/12 - 10:29 am
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Interesting how these are

Interesting how these are four,"Noteworthy," speakers. So sad that AC subscribers in Augusta never got the opportunity to read about 2 noteworthy speakers at the last Commission meeting who tried to warn the Commissioners about the fraud and corruption in Augusta armed with facts and figures. I would consider that way more noteworthy than anyone could possibly imagine. When the world's of at least two of these who will be speaking tomorrow come tumbling down, wonder if the AC will consider it noteworthy?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 10:31 am
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Lori, haha...great point.

Lori, haha...great point.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/12 - 10:33 am
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I wish Alvin would use his

I wish Alvin would use his choke hold at the meetings and save the taxpayers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 10:36 am
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Haha...another great point.

Haha...another great point.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 10:53 am
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You know how they take one or

You know how they take one or two comments from the on-line folks and print them in the R&R the next day? Well, Willow's 9:33 should make it in tomorrow's edition!

:-)

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corgimom 02/20/12 - 11:20 am
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Craig Spinks- not only will

Craig Spinks- not only will they be admitted to ASU, they will come in on the Hope Scholarship. You cannot believe the poor-quality education that some of those "B" average students have received, especially if they are from Laney or Josey. A few years back, a professor showed me some writing samples of her students. It was appalling. They wrote on the level of 5th graders. The spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax was shameful.

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corgimom 02/20/12 - 11:22 am
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Oh, btw- "A rezoning

Oh, btw- "A rezoning application by consultant APD Urban Planning & Management on behalf of the Augusta Land Bank Authority to rezone lots on Kingston, 11th and Spruce streets"

Rezone them from what, to what?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/20/12 - 01:50 pm
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(C)orgimom, Many poor and

(C)orgimom,

Many poor and minority kids who attend underperforming schools are being denied "the equal educational opportunity" guaranteed them by our U.S. Constitution. Of course, many not-so-poor and majority kids who attend these schools are also being short-changed.

It's a shame.

Where are the contemporary Dr. Kings and Ms. Parks?

David Parker
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David Parker 02/20/12 - 02:57 pm
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Big rave for having a meeting

Big rave for having a meeting with noteworthy speakers. I look forward to some genuine debate and productive discussion. Prepare for solutions YEAH!

i'm serious

eb97
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eb97 02/20/12 - 04:06 pm
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I feel a long dull meeting

I feel a long dull meeting coming on with little being said about the city's problems or solutions for the problems. I see a good candy-coating coming by the speakers, mayor and some commissioners.
People will be sitting there going, blah, blah, blah, blah blah.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 04:27 pm
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At the last committee

At the last committee meeting, where the lawyer dropped the bombshell that Marriott management wanted the city to pony up almost a million dollars to put in a fancy ventilation system in the TEE Center after they have already installed what the architect called for, Commissioner Alvin Mason said to the reporter, "If the Marriott wants something like that, the Marriott should pay for it." Then he added a colorful remark about licking a lollipop.

All of that was before the retreat. After the retreat they all came out holding hands and singing Kum Ba Yah. Will Mason now "retreat" on his principles and vote against the change order motion? Will the Gang of Six splinter into two factions? Tune in Tuesday night for the answer.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 04:48 pm
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Considering the relative

Considering the relative importance of those involved, maybe the Mayor and Commissioners should be going to vist Dr. Azziz and Dr. Bloodworth. It's going to be awkward for each of them to stand up at that little podium. I get the same feeling when someone important calls into a certain radio show...kind of embarrassing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/20/12 - 04:56 pm
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Is Mohammad going to the

Is Mohammad going to the mountain, or vice versa?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 05:01 pm
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Yeah, something like that.

Yeah, something like that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 05:04 pm
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If Alvin grabs anybody by the

If Alvin grabs anybody by the throat while they are there as Willow suggests, or Jerry Brigham spits out, "I've had enough of both of you" as only he can enunciate I'm going to feel very embarrassed and let everyone know I actually live in Columbia County.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 05:26 pm
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I was discussing the Alien

I was discussing the Alien and Sedition Acts on the other thread where the Federalist Congress made it a crime to publish "false, scandalous, and malicious writing" against the government. I wonder if that's kind of what Mayor Copenhaver-Boardman has in mind when he criticizes those on the internet writing against his leadership?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/12 - 06:01 pm
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haha, River, not suggesting

haha, River, not suggesting Alvin "choke-hold" the guest speakers; that maneuver should be saved for his esteemed colleagues... well it would be progress, you know. I had a meeting today and used it myself, it saved a lot of time and we progressed quickly to a workable solution:)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/12 - 06:04 pm
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Too much info about your

Too much info about your meeting, Willow.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/12 - 06:19 pm
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Oh, you know you wish you had

Oh, you know you wish you had been there:)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/21/12 - 03:18 pm
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Hey, maybe with Azziz and

Hey, maybe with Azziz and Bloodworth in the same room, they will announce the name of the merged university tonight at the Commission meeting! Get ready.

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