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The Patch golf course, TEE Center change order on Augusta Commission's agenda

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 7:08 PM
Last updated 8:41 PM
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Nearing the end of a second month operating the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, the private firm The Patch in Augusta LLC is seeking to use $300,000 in city sales tax funds to make improvements at the course.

According to an item from city Recreation, Parks and Facilities Director Tom Beck going before the Augusta Commission’s Public Service Committee on Monday, the city and firm seek to amend their lease to allow a $300,000 allocation of special purpose local-option sales-tax funds approved by voters in 2009 for the golf course to fund improvements being made by the firm, led by Aberdeen, Scotland, businessman Brian Hendry.

The lease amendment says the funds must be used for golf course or clubhouse improvements or grounds equipment, and that all improvements must be approved by the city.

Last year, the commission agreed to lease the course to The Patch in Augusta LLC for $1,000 a month. Hendry took over Jan. 1, bringing in his own staff and hiring some of the former city employees who lost their jobs when course management was outsourced.

IN OTHER BUSINESS MONDAY

• The Public Service Committee will revisit an $836,288 change order at the new Trade, Exhibit and Event Center under construction that the full commission failed to pass Feb. 21.

The changes, to meet Marriott International’s smoke evacuation standards and other details not included in the convention center’s original design, bring the project’s total price to $30.1 million, but the funds are available in the project’s contingency fund, City Administrator Fred Russell has said.

Russell said Marriott was not going to bend on the standards and that the change order’s lack of approval could slow the TEE Center’s opening or even damage the city’s relationship with Marriott.

• The Public Service Committee will consider revoking the alcohol license held by Shalanda Crawford for Cloud Nine Bar and Grill, 3156 Wrightboro Road, for “failure to comply” with the city’s alcohol and dance hall ordinances.

• A lease by Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club of city facilities at Sue Reynolds Park is up for approval.

• Commissioner Bill Lockett has placed the city’s Title VI program on the Finance and Administrative Services committee agendas. The program ensures federal civil rights compliance in city departments, such as the airports, sheriff’s office and transit, that operate using federal funds.

• A contract with Automatic Data Processing to take over Augusta’s Human Resources Department that was referred from a Feb. 13 committee meeting reappears on Monday’s Administrative Services agenda.

• In the open portion of a closed-door legal meeting of the entire commission scheduled atnoon, commissioners Lockett and J.R. Hatney have requested a resolution in support of keeping commission elections in November. The resolution runs counter to Augusta Rep. Barbara Sims’ bill, which passed the House on Friday and shifted the election date for consolidated governments to July.

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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/26/12 - 10:18 pm
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Who cares what the Marriott
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Who cares what the Marriott thinks? Why do they even have a say in the TEE center? If they want an upgraded air system let them pony up and pay it. Otherwise shutup and stay out of it. Another tax payer fiasco that will make someone else make money and the taxpayers will see no benefit. Augusta politics are a frigging joke!!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 02/26/12 - 10:38 pm
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"Russell said Marriott was

"Russell said Marriott was not going to bend on the standards and that the change order’s lack of approval could slow the TEE Center’s opening or even damage the city’s relationship with Marriott."

Can you someone explain what this "relationship with Marriott" is?

And, more importantly, who cares if it is "damaged"?

Is there fine print somewhere transferring ownership of the TEE from the City of Augusta to Marriott?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/26/12 - 10:53 pm
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If there is let them pay for
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If there is let them pay for the change..no let them pay for it anyways...this is getting old!!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/26/12 - 11:36 pm
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F.....oooey on the Marriott.

F.....oooey on the Marriott. Sever the relationship and sever the buildings physically. I give a rats behind whether they "bend" or not because we have certainly been bent over on this deal from day one.

Did anyone see on anything on the SPLOST ballot for the TEE that the Marriott would be in charge of the specifications? Did y'all agree to that? I know I didn't because I voted against SPLOST.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/26/12 - 11:48 pm
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If there has ever been a time

If there has ever been a time for the city officials to take a stand, this would be it. Enough is enough. The Marriott can shell out for their own demands.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 02/26/12 - 11:56 pm
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Taking a cue from

Taking a cue from Marriott....

I demand the commission serve the entire community and represent all taxpayers, and I am not going to "bend on the standards" either.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/27/12 - 02:51 am
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Are Billy, Paul and Fred

Are Billy, Paul and Fred using Marriott as "a boogeyman" to obtain TEE Center changes they want?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/12 - 06:33 am
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The plan to get business for

The plan to get business for the Mariott-TEE is now to have dinners for local groups. That is hardly bringing in outside events. It's exactly what I said would happen. The Mariott-TEE will attempt to take business from existing local venues.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/12 - 08:32 am
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"How to Get Rich Using

"How to Get Rich Using Government Grants"

If you have land, you get the government to build a fantastic attraction such as the Riverwalk located where your land is. Then you build a hotel on it using any name you can. But you promise the premier hotel chain that you can have a convention center built attached to the hotel if they will let you become one of them.

The chain and you will run the convention center and charge the government to do it. Oh, throw in a parking deck the hotel can use also for free and actually make money running.

Lastly, all measures to give your hotel a competitive advantage such as a large ventilation system will be paid for by the government. Anything that needs to be done will be done by the government to keep the name on the hotel.

If business is slow, come back in a few years and demand the convention center be enlarged in order to attract events.

The end

Insider Information
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Insider Information 02/27/12 - 08:28 am
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Know your rights... Land

Know your rights...

Land rights: Riverfront LLC

Air rights: City of Augusta

Ownership rights: Marriott

Financial obligation rights: You and me

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/27/12 - 08:39 am
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It is time to drive a wooden

It is time to drive a wooden stake into the HVAC heart. The convention center building has a few meeting rooms, but essentially it is a big box, like a Home Depot. You do not need a ventilation rate of 8 air changeovers per hour. The architect testified that federal, state and local standards is 2.5 air changeovers per hour and that is the HVAC the architect designed. If they put in a bigger HVAC system it will be noisier and will cost much, much, much more to operate and maintain. Kill this bill, Mr. Commissioner.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/12 - 08:44 am
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Good am Llamb...That has a

Good am Llamb...That has a ring to it....kill this bill...

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 02/27/12 - 02:35 pm
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you guys just don't get
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you guys just don't get it!!!!! "ole joe bowles" told you the tee center will be an economic boom to augusta, it wil reduce crime, reduce the unemployment rate to near zero, everyone will want to visit and move to augusta to bask in the miraculous glow of the tee center and it will all be paid for by sales tax money. have you guys not been listening??? "ole joe" sez the tee center was going to spur unimagined growth and propserity in augusta, to become the new "go to" destination from all parts of the globe..........NOT!!!!!!!!! if you believed what i just wrote then i have some ocean front property for sale off the coast of arizona at a $1 per acre

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 02/27/12 - 03:29 pm
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That large ventilation system

That large ventilation system might come in handy once the Futurity rolls in.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/12 - 03:53 pm
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Jim-Bob, I don't care what

Jim-Bob, I don't care what kind of ventilation system it is, it won't get rid of the stink in the TEE.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/27/12 - 04:17 pm
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Yeah, enough is enough. The

Yeah, enough is enough. The Tee got built. Now let's see some results before getting into upgrading an unused ventilation system. It's just not realistic to demand circulating air 5 more times an hour in a building that is going to be empty for so long. I say that hoping that the emptiness will just be the at the onset and not a long term circumstance.

Guarded but hopeful for the best in any case.

wildcat
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wildcat 02/27/12 - 04:20 pm
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The $300.000 should not go to

The $300.000 should not go to the improvement of the golf course voted or not. If that money had been used earlier on the course it would still be ran by the city.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/27/12 - 04:24 pm
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River didn't weigh-in on The

River didn't weigh-in on The Patch requesting 300k of SPLOST. Hard to really say w/o a breakdown of where the money would actually go. It would be an obvious good thing to invest in improving something like the municipal course, but if the money isn't spent wisely, the tax-payer once again, sees their money getting wasted. That is a bad thing.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/27/12 - 07:13 pm
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David said, "River didn't

David said, "River didn't weigh-in on The Patch requesting 300k of SPLOST."

The agreement says it has to go to course improvements or to the clubhouse. The money was already appropriated and the Commission has to approve exactly how it's spent. Soooooo, I lean toward giving it to them. The Patch, like a public park, is truly something the public uses and will benefit from the improvements. But I will say this is a surprise.

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