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Augusta Commission to revisit convention center management

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With the threat of canceled conventions looming, the Augusta Commission will reconsider approving management agreements to govern the Augusta Convention Center at a noon meeting Monday.

The concerns, voiced Friday by Mayor Deke Copen­haver, compete with those of critics who say the agreements cost the city too much. Last week, five commissioners voted in favor of the documents, but six are needed for their passage.

The meeting will be before the commission’s regular Monday committee meetings. The city’s public safety panel will consider Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles’ motion to establish a committee of city officials to examine citywide where Light Transportation Vehicles are safe to operate.

The public services committee will consider an ordinance making it illegal to leave an unattended animal in a vehicle, and whether to designate Heery International the project manager for the new public transit operation and maintenance facility in south Augusta.

The administrative services committee will consider an ordinance tightening prohibitions against leaving an unattended child inside a vehicle.

The finance committee will discuss Copenhaver’s proposal to use the former chamber of commerce building on Broad Street as a temporary headquarters for what he has termed a “collaboration center” to encourage business development. The committee also will review Commissioner Jerry Brigham’s request for a new tax allocation district downtown to “support the merged university” and facilitate the addition of a hotel.

The commission also has a 10 a.m. workshop to consider a budget plan presented to them by city administrator Fred Russell on Oct. 16.

The budget assumes 1 percent growth in the city’s property tax digest and $500,000 less in sales tax revenues from the first phase of a new exemption for manufacturers. The document calls for adding 13 city-funded positions and spending $4 million from the city’s reserves and presents options for employee cost-of-living adjustments for employees.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/28/12 - 08:08 pm
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T’was the night before the next TEE Center vote,

And all thru' the county, Tempers were flaring over yet another TEE Center joke.

I, with a keyboard still in my lap, had just shutdown after seeing too much political _____rap.

When all of a sudden a bad smell arose, I knew it must be yet another Fred Russell deal and not a South Side rose.

He had come for my wallet, he wanted even more pay. He then snatched up my money and was quickly on his way.

As he rallied his downtown cronies, who were all lased to his cart. I could tell they were out to tear my beloved south side apart!

The downtown cronies who supported this folly, all laughed, joked and were oh so jolly.

But I did worry when I heard "Easy pickings of those who don't know the fight!" I knew right then they'd soon get the TEE Center rights.

So I leave you to think, on this one final note.
If we don't want this to continue, we only need to learn to vote.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 10/28/12 - 07:39 pm
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Lack of Leadership

There is such a leadership vacuum in this city. If someone - anyone - on the commission would step up to lead, that person would rally the masses, become mayor and lead this city in the right direction.

As it is, no one - from the mayor on down - can even explain why competitive bidding is ok for toilet paper, but not for the TEE Center.

Both are going down the toilet.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/28/12 - 08:34 pm
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Vote against the TEE center

Vote against the TEE center contract as it stands. Put it out for a bid. Do something honest and above board for once. Are the other three commissioners going to show up for the vote this time? Have they had time to work out the blackmail price on what it will take to buy their vote?

Let's don't get carried away on the dog ordinance. There is no problem with leaving a dog in a car for 10 minutes on a 50 degree day while you run into the 7-11 or something. Use your common sense.....oh, I forgot....it's our commissioners. It will probably end up a swat team offense.

Does Russell's budget account for the $1 million loss on the TEE center operations? So we ae dipping into the reserves for $4 million. You know Fred, I can save you $2 million right off of the top by NOT opening the TEE center and not gifting Paul Simon an attached overhead crosswalk for free.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 10/28/12 - 09:02 pm
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Tomorrow's vote will tell us one thing...

which commissioner goes for the lowest price.

It's a foregone conclusion that the vote will pass. The only question is which vote got bought.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/12 - 06:32 am
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Warning, Warning Will Robinson

The theme is to approve the agreement even though it is a bad deal because it is necessary to keep the first convention on schedule.

Warning, warning Will Robinson, danger, danger, danger. Something doesn't compute.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/12 - 06:34 am
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Wonder if THIS Has Been Said?

"If y'all want this agreement, put another $50 million into Laney Walker. The last $50 million was only for the TEE."

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/29/12 - 11:16 am
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Follow the money...
Unpublished

It's Billy bucks off our taxpayers backs....again!!! Deke the meek should resign. What a joke. Commissioners should be required to attend a set amount of meetings. You volunteered to serve!! If you cannot serve you should resign. Has Mason even made half the meetings this year???

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Insider Information 10/29/12 - 02:55 pm
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eBay

Did you all the see the item up for bid on eBay this afternoon?
__________

Up for Auction... The Magical Sixth Vote...

No reserve price! Low starting bid! Bid early and bid often. Bidding closes at the start of the meeting.

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