Augusta Commission to hold 'goal-setting' meeting Monday

Facilitator will offer ideas on efficiency study

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Only one commissioner, Matt Aitken, has submitted any goals for the city in advance of today’s “goal-setting” meeting the Augusta Commission has scheduled.

Aitken suggested the city set a goal of improving its gateways, the areas travelers first see when entering the city, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

The 4 p.m. meeting, scheduled during a February retreat, will involve facilitator Malik Watkins from the Carl Vinson Institute of Govern­ment at the University of Georgia.

Impressed with Watkins, the group invited him to oversee the goals meeting and present a proposal on performing an efficiency study of city departments.

Commissioner Jerry Brigham said he’s very busy preparing client tax returns this time of year and might not make the meeting at the Au­gusta Marriott at the Convention Center. Commissioner Bill Lockett said he too had been busy and had to leave town over the weekend for a funeral, so he might not have time to develop ideas about goals by today.

After the goals portion of the meeting, the commission will hear Watkins’ proposal for the study and give their expectations for its scope, Russell said.

Lockett said privatization of city departments was happening so rapidly that there might not be any need for a study.

“We need to have a professional to take a look at this,” he said. “The amateurs have done it for the last year-and-a-half and they haven’t done a good job.”

Last year, a majority of commissioners approved leasing the city-owned golf course to a private firm and outsourcing management of Au­gus­­ta Public Transit to a private firm.

At the retreat, Watkins said he would need direction from the commission about which departments
to examine for potential efficiencies.

A similar study he performed in Brunswick for $13,000 included financial analysis and creating profit-loss statements on Brunswick’s recreation, police and public works departments.

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Insider Information 03/18/12 - 04:31 pm
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Did the commission ever

Did the commission ever approve a contract with this Watkins guy? Did they approve how much to pay him? Did they approve what he is supposed to do or what he is supposed to give the city at the end of his "study"?

Knowing our commission, they either: (1) Did none of the above or (2) did it in a secret meeting.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/18/12 - 06:22 pm
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I've got a goal for

I've got a goal for them........get a clue.........in an open meeting......for once.

How about trying something new...like role playing. Nothing else has worked. Instead of being white commissioners and black commissioners, why don't you all pretend like you are all Mexican....or Oriental......or maybe even Native American. Maybe you knotheads could get along long enough to make ONE intelligent decision. For once try to pretend you are all actually representing ALL of the people in ONE county. Now there is a goal. Now, we all know you would have to get permission from Paul and the boys, and local Rev.s, before you could do anything smart, but give it a try.

Oh, I forgot.....it's not time to raise taxes. You wannabe bigshots always seem to come together on that one. You coward out on a vote to cut spending but you always seem to be able to agree to raise taxes. You are all pathetic knotheads. Most of you don't know what you are doing and the rest of you don't know how to help. If there was ever a crew of know nothings that needed a consultant, you're it.

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raul 03/18/12 - 08:30 pm
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I thought the "gateway" idea

I thought the "gateway" idea had already been laid out in one of the costlty 'studies" completed within the last couple of years.

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Little Lamb 03/18/12 - 09:13 pm
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Aye-yah-yah-yah-yaeee! Are we

Aye-yah-yah-yah-yaeee!

Are we throwing away the $500,000 plan from Shields Axxociates about planting crape myrtles at the gateways and starting all over again with Aitken's "goal"?????

Please, please, please, send this guy Watkins packing, and do not pay him another cent.

We need tax relief. We need to cut city payrolls. We need supervisors to monitor employees' work and send them packing when they slack off.

We do not need any more consultants.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/18/12 - 09:21 pm
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In the forties and fifties

In the forties and fifties there were door-to-door salemen selling brooms, brushes, mops, soap, and other day-to-day items for the household. The company was Fuller, and the salesman was called the Fuller Brush Man.

Well, a couple of decades earlier, especially in the south, there was another company offering the same services in the towns of the south and even in rural areas. The door-to-door salesman was called The Watkins Man. Look it up on Google.

We have a new Watkins Man in Augusta, and we don't need him. We have Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Kroger, Ace Hardware, Maner Building Supply, Publix, Bi-Lo, Food Lion (minus three which recently closed), and IGA. All are sufficient to get our cleaning supplies.

Please go home, Mr. Malik Watkins!

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raul 03/18/12 - 09:22 pm
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I am thinking that most of

I am thinking that most of the commissioners are college educated, have indepth business experience, and have held positions of leadership. Folks of such background should not require facilitators, consultant studies again and again, to come up with workable short term and long term planning documents needed to run this county. Just do it!

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DuhJudge 03/19/12 - 07:23 am
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I say cut the number of

I say cut the number of meeting to one a month and that they can last a maximum of 5 hours. Delegate all personell decisions to the Administrator. Give the Department heads the job of establishing goals. Fast track all licensing. And stop trying to act like a business. Its embarrassing to businesses.

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Techfan 03/19/12 - 08:16 am
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Goal #1- Build multi use

Goal #1- Build multi use baseball stadium/medical school/college.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 08:37 am
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Here's a recording of The

Here's a recording of The Watkins Man .

vbost
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vbost 03/19/12 - 02:26 pm
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Nice to see that our

Nice to see that our Commissioners are busy..busy with other stuff that is. If you don't have time to do the job, don't be in office. The Augusta Chronicle really should do an absenteeism study on our "elected" officials. That would truly show the citizens of Augusta how the political game is played.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 02:44 pm
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Can you blame them, vbost,

Can you blame them, vbost, for not wanting to give up a productive day at work for a worthless "goal-setting" meeting such as this one?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 02:46 pm
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From the article: Impressed

From the article:

Impressed with Watkins, the group invited him to oversee the goals meeting and present a proposal on performing an efficiency study of city departments.

This is going to cost money. I wonder what Watkins’ fee is?

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Insider Information 03/19/12 - 03:05 pm
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LL, don't ask such a silly

LL, don't ask such a silly question.

Don't you know how our elected officials operate?

They sign a contract, then they ask about the cost.

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