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Committee to consider pedestrian bridge

Crosswalk returns to Augusta Commission's agenda

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 6:12 PM
Last updated Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 1:14 AM
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An elevated pedestrian bridge connecting Augusta’s new convention center to its parking garage across Rey­nolds Street returns for consideration by an Augusta Com­mis­sion committee Monday.

Placed on the public services committee agenda by City Administrator Fred Russell, the bridge was included in an August deal to approve a management agreement for the garage.

Last month, only five commissioners voted in favor of allocating $891,561 in sales-tax funds for the covered crosswalk.

Augusta’s standing committees are under new leadership as of Monday. Commissioner Grady Smith now heads public services, with Commissioner Marion Wil­liams as vice chairman and Com­mis­sioners Corey John­son and Wayne Guilfoyle as members.

Placed on the committee agenda by Commissioner Alvin Mason is a “plan for increased transportation that encompasses bus routes that cover all of south Augusta and Fort Gordon.” The city’s privately run bus service currently omits Hephzibah, Blythe and the Army post areas.

The city’s Planning and Development department has requested committee approval of a new taxi cab ordinance that increases operator requirements for business licenses, insurance, background checks, vehicle age and other standards.

Russell will present information on “remaining space needs” for city departments in light of recently completed construction projects and others that are incomplete, such as planned renovations to the Municipal Building.

At the first meeting of the administrative services committee Monday, Williams has requested an update on the city’s 2009 disparity study.

The $586,000 study, performed by NERA Economic Consulting, was held after a federal court order barred Augusta’s use of affirmative action in awarding contracts because of its use of 1994 data. The 2009 study found disparities in city awards to women and minorities, but the federal injunction remains intact.

Commissioner Bill Lock­ett, who was reappointed for a second two-year term as administrative services chairman, has requested approval of Veterans Day as a paid city employee holiday and recognition of “Small Business Saturday.”

The Engineering Services Committee, now headed by Joe Jackson, will consider a presentation from Marian Moseley of a petition against the Berckmans Road realignment project. The petition includes about 500 signatures, Moseley said.

The committee meetings will follow a noon called meeting of the full commission with its attorneys.

The meetings are held in the Lee Beard Commission Chamber on the eighth floor of the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

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countyman
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countyman 01/07/13 - 03:48 pm
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How can anybody spin this?

How can anybody spin this? One of Augusta's main competitors(Columbia, SC) wants to improve it's public transportation system.

I find it ironic how other cities are looking at ways to improve their transportation systems, and people want Augusta to do nothing.

http://www.thestate.com/2012/11/30/2538006/columbia-bus-riders-pitch-ide...

Riders from across the Midlands voiced their wishes for improved bus service at a drop-in Thursday at the Sumter Street transit center in downtown Columbia.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority held the event to get feedback from riders and others interested in learning how the recently passed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax could enhance transportation services.

Part of the money from the sales tax, passed Nov. 6, would be used to improve bus service while other funds would go toward improving Richland County roads and pedestrian pathways.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/07/13 - 04:00 pm
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county, I get what you are

county, I get what you are saying and you are a great advocate for Augusta. I do believe your employment is tied to your interest, though and you know I do struggle with that "no personal investment in real estate situation". Nonetheless, the cross walk is not worth the expense at this time; perhaps a later project when greater needs are met and the budget allows.

Usually a transportation system is put into place because of major traffic congestions and great tourist attractions; we don't have either of those here.

So who rides the bus here, anyway? Certainly not anyone that I want to see in my business, where I shop, eat, recreate or live; I can assure you of that.

Your enthusiasm tempered with a touch of honesty/reality would go a long ways in your comments having greater creditability. Just my humble opinion, don't mean it to be insulting to you.

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oneofthesane 01/07/13 - 04:20 pm
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"To me, my biggest fear is
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"To me, my biggest fear is getting a big head, and that is when I get the hammer. Because it's very easy in this game to believe you're something special." --Keith Richards

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 01/07/13 - 04:22 pm
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"To attempt to advise
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"To attempt to advise conceited people is like whistling against the wind." --Thomas Hood

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 01/07/13 - 04:25 pm
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"A negative judgment gives
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"A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy." ---Jean Baudrillard

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/07/13 - 04:43 pm
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Downsizing is painful. Has

Downsizing is painful. Has anyone seen photos of Augusta in the 40s? It used to be something.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/07/13 - 04:44 pm
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Yes, River , Augusta was

Yes, River , Augusta was quite the social scene.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/07/13 - 06:42 pm
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We cannot compare Augusta to

We cannot compare Augusta to any of those other cities. We don't have the same amenities and attractions. I keep trying to figure out WHAT will bring any tourist to Augusta BESIDES the Masters? The Garden City doesn't even have a garden anymore.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/07/13 - 06:57 pm
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Patty, my theory has always

Patty, my theory has always been to play to what we do have. Golf, horses, tennis, shooting, lake and river, year round. Decades ago, the rich came here for THOSE things because they are not found in big cities up north. Eisenhower used to spend more time in Augusta than he did in Wash. He played at the National and went shooting and riding in Aiken.

Very wealthy people still come to Aiken-Augusta for golf and horses because these sports locally are unmatched anywhere in the world. So the trick is to expand those coming for those things. There are certain ways to do that I've discussed in the past. Trying to market the same things big cities have is a mistake. Play to your strength.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/07/13 - 07:27 pm
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River

I completely agree. Augusta does have things that they can build from, some very nice things. I guess I'm so used to a livelier appearance. I used to live in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area and all the way in is sheer beauty. Flowers, landscaping, etc...makes you WANT to be there. Charleston, Savannah with the lovely antebellum architecture and nostalgic feel. Augusta has a similar appeal, but it seems like there is no move to work on some of the historic restoration/preservation and downtown (to me) seems lifeless.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/07/13 - 09:09 pm
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Yeah, another $600,000 study

Yeah, another $600,000 study and a proposed $1,000,000 pedestrian bridge ... and you wonder why the city doesn't have the money to take out the trash.

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GnipGnop 01/07/13 - 10:33 pm
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Countyman

I can tell you why there are so many naysayers...everyone knows that when you do business in Augusta if you are in the right clique it's not going to benefit the taxpayer. I know there are services that don't turn a profit but to have commissioners vote on a contract that has so many bonuses for someone that has no risk? Come on...you have a brand new sitting commissioner that cast his first vote as present? You have the most unfair property tax system I have ever seen and you charge the county for trash pickup but the city gets it for free? You think that is part of a up and coming community? I think it's a scam and a joke.

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