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Rally, forensic audit meeting planned Monday

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Augusta commissioners Bill Lockett and Alvin Mason take center stage at two gatherings taking place Monday.

At the first, a noon rally in front of Augusta Judicial Center and John Ruffin Courthouse, the commissioners have called for 1,000 people to rally against “changes that have occurred as a result of commission votes and action by the state delegation and others.”

Although a news release characterized the event in those words, Lockett said it is actually more of a voter registration rally and inclusive to all.

The pair need a permit from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office if more than 50 attend the rally, which is expected to last two hours.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Lockett is chairman of a meeting of the commission subcommittee established to determine the scope of a forensic audit sought of the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center parking deck project on Reynolds Street.

The subcommittee, of which Mason is the other commissioner member, was formed after numerous firms responded to the city’s request for forensic auditing proposals.

City Administrator Fred Russell, who will not serve on the subcommittee because of his involvement in the TEE dealmaking, said the city needs guidelines for how much money it is willing to spend on the audit and how deeply the auditor should look.

The meeting will be held in an eighth floor meeting room at Augusta Municipal Building. The full commission meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/14/12 - 05:59 am
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So Is There No Permit?
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This article says they need a permit. Is it implying they have not gotten one yet? So what will happen if none is obtained and they go ahead with the rally?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 07:52 am
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Parking Deck

The audit should look into who is parking in the parking deck and whether they are paying. The Marriott hoteliers are running the deck, so they can give cards to croneys that allow in and out access without paying.

Of course, such an investigation would take the skills of a Jim Rockford, not an accountant.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/14/12 - 08:25 am
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A rally about.....well they are not sure.

A rally about.....well they are not sure. And a forensic audit to find out what we already know......we got taken to the cleaners. At least the rally is free. The audit will cost us a bunch of money, tell us what we already know, recover nothing, and change nothing. But hey, let's spend another bunch of taxpayer money just to make a point.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 09:17 am
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Time Is On My Side

Didn't the city commission pass Lockett's forensic audit motion back in December or January? The procurement department issued their "requests for proposals" document in early February. When the proposals came back, the handful of accounting firms that showed a hint of interest all said they needed guidance as to how deep the city's pocketbook was and exactly what the city wanted them to look at.

Here it is May and Lockett has not decided the scope of his own audit.

Crime trails get cold real fast, as Lt. Columbo once said. The longer Lockett twiddles his thumbs, the more time the crooks have to cover their tracks. The audit will find no wrongdoing because the evidence will have been laundered.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/14/12 - 09:19 am
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Front

From the story:

At the first, a noon rally in front of Augusta Judicial Center and John Ruffin Courthouse, the commissioners have called for 1,000 people to rally against “changes that have occurred as a result of commission votes and action by the state delegation and others.”

Which side is the front of the building — the Walton Way side or the Ninth St. side?

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HighSociety 05/14/12 - 11:03 am
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If the front side is Walton

If the front side is Walton Way their going to cause a traffic hazard. I would hope 9th St side. That was a horrible place to build.

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bdouglas 05/14/12 - 03:01 pm
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@HighSociety: Would hate for

@HighSociety: Would hate for a bunch of 'disorderly conduct' charges to be issued for standing in the right of way. Hope they don't look like they're asking anybody for anything!

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Conservative Man 05/14/12 - 07:50 pm
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Cover ups!!

Agree with LL on this one. The evidence has long been covered up or swept under the rug. Some criminals wear masks, The ones who perpetrated this sham of a deal wore suits....and they got away with it....Let's hope that with "social media" and tech savvy people watching them, next time they won't be so lucky......

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