Augusta commission meetings canceled

Monday, May 7, 2012 1:44 PM
Last updated 2:59 PM
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Three meetings of Augusta commissioners scheduled for today were canceled because of commissioner absences.

The 12:50 p.m. meeting of the four-member public services committee was called off in the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles, who had a conflict, and Commissioner Matt Aitken, who is on vacation, according to City Administrator Fred Russell.

The cancelation means commissioners will take no action on terminating a contract with Mobility Transit, which was a public services agenda item.

The city's administrative services committee meeting was called Monday off because of the absences of Aitken and Commissioner Al Mason, who also is vacationing.

Commissioners were to discuss a contract to outsource human resources to Automatic Data Processing during the administrative services meeting.

With Mayor Deke Copenhaver speaking at a New York conference on veterans care today and Commissioner J.R. Hatney out because of illness, the five absences mean a 12 p.m. called legal meeting also must be canceled because of the lack of a quorum.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/07/12 - 12:57 pm
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Illness should be the only

Illness should be the only excuse for not attending pre set meetings. They were elected and are also paid to conduct the county's business. They don't accomplish anything when they meet so I guess no meeting is results in the same no service!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/07/12 - 12:59 pm
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No action is often the best

No action is often the best policy.

raul
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raul 05/07/12 - 01:07 pm
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What defines the topics that

What defines the topics that the commission votes on vs. those which the Department heads or Fred handles themselves?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/07/12 - 01:29 pm
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Excellent news. The less
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Excellent news.

The less government does, the better. Fewer meetings means less damage.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 05/07/12 - 01:59 pm
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what was bowles' conflict?
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what was bowles' conflict? that he loves mobility transit?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/07/12 - 02:53 pm
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I wish Congress would cancel

I wish Congress would cancel more often..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 07:35 am
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Time Has Come Today

This story says the public services committee meeting was scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m., but that the meeting was called off. I wonder what time the meeting was cancelled. The story in today's edition says Melinda Pearson presented her thick packets to six commissioners at the end of the committee meetings. Did they have to begin the meetings in order to cancel them?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 09:22 am
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Absense

Okay, the mayor's calendar is famously posted on his MyFace page, so everyone knew he would be out of town.

Rev. Hatney was sick — nothing anybody could do about that.

But what about Commissioner Bowles' conflict. Shouldn't he have told someone when they were setting up the meeting calendar?

And if I were Commissioner Brigham, Guilfoyle, Jackson, Johnson, Lockett or Smith; I would be more than a little put out at Messrs. Aitken and Mason for not informing the Clerk of Commission that they were going on vacation. Brigham, Guilfoyle, Jackson, Johnson, Lockett and Smith had to get up, shave, put on their coats and ties, and drive downtown for city business, only to see everything cancelled. That was discourteous on Bowles', Aitken's, and Mason's parts.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 09:25 am
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Retreat

Do you remember those annual retreats the commissioners have? They are the ones facilitated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. They show the commissioners the necessity of being courteous and civil to each other. They allow the commissioners to bond with each other and treat each other with respect.

Do we need a refresher retreat? It seems the commissioners are not retaining what they learned.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/08/12 - 09:28 am
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Blindsided

And after Commissioners Brigham, Guilfoyle, Jackson, Johnson, Lockett and Smith shaved, got dressed, and drove downtown only to find out their colleagues had left them high and dry; they then had to suffer the indignity of being blindsided by Melinda Pearson and her thick packets of protest about her demotion.

Protocol would have her make her protest to the Administrator's office.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 05/08/12 - 12:25 pm
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how many vacation days do we
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how many vacation days do we give the mayor?

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