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Hephzibah prepared to take over community center

Monday, June 25, 2012 7:24 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:04 AM
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It wasn’t on Augusta’s surplus list, but a city-run community center, walking track and ball field may soon be relinquished to Richmond County’s second-largest municipality.

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Jesse Carroll Community Center

Hephzibah and Augusta officials have been working on an agreement to transfer operations of the Jesse Carroll Community Center at 4977 Windsor Spring Road from the Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department to the city of Hephzibah.

“They’re going to go in and fix everything,” said District 8 Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle, who has been working on the deal for several months. “They’re willing to take over all costs and maintain it, to provide for the citizens where it hasn’t been provided for since 2007.”

The center, built in 1989, has fallen into disrepair since Augusta ended recreation programs there five years ago, he said.

The popular one-third-mile walking track at the center was built in part with Hephzibah residents’ donations, so when Hephzibah expressed an interest, Guilfoyle made sure the city took notice.

“If they’re willing to pick up the pieces and put it back together, I can’t ask for more than that,” he said.

The transfer, expected to go before the commission at an upcoming meeting, comes with strings attached.

Hephzibah can only use the facilities, which include two tennis courts and sit on more than 14 acres, for a public purpose or they revert back to Augusta, City Administrator Fred Russell said.

Hephzibah Commissioner Jody Boulineau said the municipality heard about Augusta’s interest in liquidating underused facilities and took an interest.

“We’re excited about having that facility for the youth and for our citizens,” Boulineau said. “It will continue to serve basically as an activities-type structure.”

Even a commissioner skeptical of disposing of city assets backs the deal. Commissioner Bill Lockett, who has questioned Augusta's willingness to give up other city properties, said he agreed to the transfer as long as the
facility remained in public use.

"We have given away an excessive amount of the city's assets, and we haven't gotten anything in return," Lockett said. "Doing that, I have no problem at all."

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/25/12 - 06:30 pm
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awesome. good. consolidation

awesome. good. consolidation was a terrible mistake. go go bedroom communities!

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 11:24 am
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What came first the apple or the worms?

Augusta should not give the anything for free. They did not want Augusta in consolidation and caused Augusta State and Federal base funds. By them staying on their own dose lowering our city's over all population,No big corporation wants to locate their because they can't get any tax breaks. Which cause Augusta-Richmond County to loose out on future on development in that part of the county. What Augusta should do is put the squeeze on them unroll they weep to join the city of Augusta-Richmond County. Unroll then we should just lease the property to them like we lease the Augusta Rapids to Columbia County. What's fair for one is fair for all unless we can get more money from Coulmbia County. Like the money that Columbia County gets from CSE&G company.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 11:18 am
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If you only have 99 cents than you don't ha a dollar

Augusta should charge no less than one dollar to lease the community land to them per year. They make all the improvements and all the up keep and every thing will be fine. That way Columbia County don't fell cheated. Look at what Auguast went through with the golf hall of fame land property land. It didn't go Augusta's way, And there was the land under the TEE center parking deck whith Wells Fargo Bank that was a dasther . Hopefully the city is straight on that problem now. You never know if the city of Augusta will Ned that land in the future, if so we would have to buy it from them. If the don't want to lease the land than they con build them a community center on their city land problem soved. Next thing you know they will have their eyes on Dimands Lake Park to call their own. By trying to get Augusta to turn over that land dirt free also.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 11:16 am
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SPLOST

The real reason why that community became exspenable is because of the Richmond County support of the splas to devolp Diamonds Lake Park improvements. We could have let Wart Mark put a super store there. Well maybe not. Just saying maybe it could be bring revene into the.county rather than the county spending and putting money in the park. All because they problemly don't want to utilize it while is still under Augusta Richmond County control. So now who is the victim in this situation? I'll tell you the Richmond County Tax payers that's who!

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 11:34 am
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Diamond Lake Park

Diamond lake is beautiful and I love it out there. Don't get me wrong. It also still have some of the remnants of The Augusta International Speed Way out there that can still be seen partially intact.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 06/26/12 - 03:06 am
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i think somebody needs a
Unpublished

i think somebody needs a dictionary....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/26/12 - 06:06 am
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A Mouthfull!!

“They’re going to go in and fix everything,” said District 8 Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle, who has been working on the deal for several months. “They’re willing to take over all costs and maintain it, to provide for the citizens where it hasn’t been provided for since 2007.”

Great....NOT PROVIDED FOR SINCE 2007.......geez --imagine that....they forgot about you......stand up & speak up..
Put a fresh market nearby also......the citizens might have to do that too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/26/12 - 06:07 am
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Sweet memories

My daugthers learned to swim there....

Pthoma8
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Pthoma8 06/26/12 - 07:29 am
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Not a problem! But!!

Will the city of Hephzibah keep the facility as a community center that serves the COMMUNITY, since the taxes payers are paying the bill? EX:Meals and events for senior citizen, after school programs for OUR youth, and programs for the jobless in OUR community! Oh by the way, can the people who run the city of Hephzibah do a BETTER JOB at martketing town hall meetings! (Email, newspaper ads, CITY WEBSITE and etc..) It's 2012

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 09:07 am
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No not another land deal gone wrong?

Frist of all sorry for some missed typed words in the past. Using a IPhone to make comments and the reason why only simple words are being used to be sure what is bing commented on is still able to be understood. Now with that being said. When time permits will get on computer and correct mistakes.

All Richmond County voter should have a voice in any land deal concerning official poblic land transfer. Just as it took for the consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County. Richmond County residents this made their voices heard when they repelled a condo developer from build new housing near their neighborhood this pass week. With the commission voting the measure down and stoping it. I have no bones about leaving it up to the citizens of Richmond County to make a final decision on the public property in question. All that's has to be done is add it to next month ballet when we vote weather or not to approve the new proposal for the TSPLOST The transportation special purpose local option sales tax referendum on July 31, 2012.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 09:49 am
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No not another land deal gone wrong?

Frist of all sorry for some missed typed words in the past. Using a IPhone to make comments and the reason why only simple words are being used to be sure what is bing commented on is still able to be understood. Now with that being said. When time permits will get on computer and correct mistakes.

All Richmond County voter should have a voice in any land deal concerning official poblic land transfer. Just as it took for the consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County. Richmond County residents this made their voices heard when they repelled a condo developer from build new housing near their neighborhood this pass week. With the commission voting the measure down and stoping it. I have no bones about leaving it up to the citizens of Richmond County to make a final decision on the public property in question. All that's has to be done is add it to next month ballet when we vote weather or not to approve the new proposal for the TSPLOST The transportation special purpose local option sales tax referendum on July 31, 2012.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 06/26/12 - 10:17 am
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Jessie Carroll Community Center upkeep

There in no reason why The Jesse Coarrill Community Center can't be upkeeped. August Trees and Parks can help with the lawn and the brush that build up at the park. Also in the gerenal area is RIhmond County Crimeal instertotions that can be tasked with the upkeep of the park also.dont know if Augusta still has the streets department, if it dose there another possibility for upkeep of the park! Even if the town dose not want to lease the land. Really it should no be a problem for RCCI to handle it i've seen them at Lake Olmsted many of times, why not put Jessie Carroll Community Center on the list too?

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