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"Slum" designation, other items go for committee approval

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Augusta Commis­sion members have a heavy agenda at committee meetings Monday that includes discussing designating all of downtown a “slum” under state law to issue bonds.

The designation, questioned by some commissioners and approved by others, is required under Georgia’s Urban Redevelopment Law for the city to use redevelopment powers in the area, such as issuing $26.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to complete renovations at the Municipal Building.

Going along with the designation is an urban redevelopment plan for the area and scheduling a public hearing on the designation and plan Sept. 23.

Forty-eight other matters are scheduled for discussion by six committees, including updates from City Administrator Fred Russell on the budget and the Augusta Convention Center.

Also on the agenda:

• Moving forward with a plan to create a State Court Traf­fic Bureau to streamline processing of moving violations

• Approving a $1.3 million match for a $5.3 million federal grant to build a new administrative and maintenance facility for Augusta Public Transit

• Amending the city code to penalize businesses that don’t provide a tax return stating actual gross revenues when renewing business licenses. More than 4,400 Augusta businesses didn’t provide the return last year, according to agenda documents.

• Approving a $395,465 change order to renovate 57 showers in “deplorable condition” at Webster Detention Center

• Approving a $3.4 million “action plan” for dispensing Community Development Block Grant and other federal funds

• At an 11:30 a.m. meeting of the pension and audit committee and a 12 p.m. meeting of the full commission with attorneys, finalizing a Dis­advantaged Business Enter­prise program for federal transit projects and discussing having the injunction against race-based preference in city contracts lifted

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/09/13 - 04:55 am
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You can call us

the golf capital of the world,

You can call us the Masters City,
You can call us the garden city,
You can call us Disgusta,
You can call us the city on the move,
You can call us city on the river,
You can call us the gateway to the CSRA,

You can call me us whatever you want just as long as our 7 of commissioners see more green to waste and spend on their friends

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/09/13 - 05:12 am
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Hold Onto Your Wallet

"...including updates from City Administrator Fred Russell on the budget and the Augusta Convention Center."

Hold onto your wallet. When it comes to money, it's strictly the Augusta Convention Center...no Marriott to be found.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/09/13 - 06:47 am
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It's only money

From the story:

• Approving a $1.3 million match for a $5.3 million federal grant to build a new administrative and maintenance facility for Augusta Public Transit

$1.3 million here, $1.3 million there; pretty soon you're talking real money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/09/13 - 06:49 am
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Prisoners can be a little rough on things

From the story:

• Approving a $395,465 change order to renovate 57 showers in “deplorable condition” at Webster Detention Center

Maybe they should purchase some heavy duty plumbing fixtures this time. Just be sure not to contract Smith Brothers Plumbing and Air Conditioning.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/09/13 - 06:53 am
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License

From the story:

• Amending the city code to penalize businesses that don’t provide a tax return stating actual gross revenues when renewing business licenses. More than 4,400 Augusta businesses didn’t provide the return last year, according to agenda documents.

Why not do it the simple way — when they submit an incomplete license renewal form, just deny the license and send a couple of sheriff's deputies over there to padlock the business doors?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/09/13 - 06:56 am
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Injunction

From the story:

• Discussing having the injunction against race-based preference in city contracts lifted.

The injunction was issued by a court. Won't it take a court to lift it?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/09/13 - 11:34 am
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Approving a $3.4 million “action plan” for dispensing Community

Approving a $3.4 million “action plan” for dispensing Community Development Block Grant and other federal funds
So, it takes a $3.4million "action plan" to dispense grants and funds???
I wonder whose Buddy gets this one?

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