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Augusta Commission offered its own cable channel

Meetings could air on cable TV

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 7:59 PM
Last updated Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 1:41 AM
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Cable subscribers who want to learn more about the activities of city officials might soon have that opportunity, as Augusta ventures into the realm of government access television.

The channel would be a venue for watching Augusta Commission and committee meetings, learning more about government initiatives such as sales tax projects and safety programs, and finding out other information such as job opportunities, said Gary Hewett, the city’s deputy information technology director.

Hewett and Tameka Allen, the city’s IT director and deputy administrator, developed the proposal, but didn’t want to move too far along without commission approval, Hewett said.

While the channel would be free, the plan would cost the city about $180,000 for equipment – such as a small TV studio and production software – plus the expense of paying staff to produce the content, Hewett said.

The department looked to other cities with government channels, such as Columbus, Ga., as a model, he said.

CCGTV, the consolidated Columbus-Muscogee government channel, shows a program lineup of community announcements, a Fort Benning report, “Earth Notes” from Keep Columbus Beautiful, CCGTV News Watch, council meeting videos, a Latino channel and job listings.

“We’re going to be looking for content anywhere we can get it,” Hewett said, including from nonprofits, which could submit professionally done reports to air on the channel.

The proposal goes before the city’s public safety and information technology committee Monday.

Commissioner Bill Lockett, a member of the committee, said Friday that he’d only given the plan a tentative look but planned to consider it further over the weekend.

“How much is it going to cost us, and how much is it going to benefit us?” he said.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

Other matters going before commission committees include:

• Authorizing the Nov. 5 special election to fill the House District 127 seat left open by the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy. The election will cost $14,485 – and more if a Dec. 3 runoff is required

• Approving a $94,834 change order for a radio amplifier system at Webster Deten­tion Center. The change order exceeds the guaranteed maximum price of the construction project’s second phase to $12.64 million

• Renaming Butler Creek Park the “Butler Creek-North View Community Park,” in light of a partnership with the North View Community Association

• Awarding a consulting contract worth $484,452 to AMEC for the city’s stormwater fee implementation project

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/07/13 - 06:29 am
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Puck TV coming to cable. Paired with Jerry Springer interludes.
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Puck TV coming to cable. Paired with Jerry Springer interludes.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/07/13 - 06:31 am
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Not a bad idea

Comcast and other cable providers are required to carry local programming and many cities broadcast their meetings nowadays.

Question:
Given the sometime heated discussions and occasional topics
will we see a TV-MA rating?

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dickworth1 10/07/13 - 06:54 am
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Cable
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What about the folks that do not have cable? Why pay for cable TV or satellite TV and still have to watch the same amount of commercials as free TV? Without cable you miss, cnn news, msnbc news, hln news, fox news, espn 1 thru 15 or whatever, and let's not forget all the dumb channels that you never watch but still pay for them. Save yourself a lot of money to pay for more important things. Get an outside antenna
and enjoy your local channels, save money, and goodbye to Comcast and the likes.

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GnipGnop 10/07/13 - 08:29 am
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Yeah spend money to find a way to stick it to the taxpayer again

Awarding a consulting contract worth $484,452 to AMEC for the city’s stormwater fee implementation project

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Bulldog 10/07/13 - 08:33 am
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Excellent idea!

This is an excellent first step in increasing the transparency of government. And cheap at the price! Do it now!

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dichotomy 10/07/13 - 09:43 am
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"• Awarding a consulting

"• Awarding a consulting contract worth $484,452 to AMEC for the city’s stormwater fee implementation project"

So our mentally challenged Augusta commissioners and Engineering officials, who have been beating the TAX THEM SOME MORE drum for the past year or so, are now going to spend ANOTHER $HALF MILLION DOLLARS for a CONSULTANT on HOW TO IMPLEMENT ANOTHER TAX.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????????

They have been SO DAMNED SURE that they need another TAX in order to do WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAYING THEM TO DO FOR 17 YEARS, but they failed to do because they have been WASTING THE MONEY ON DOWNTOWN PROJECTS, and now they need a $HALF MILLION DOLLAR CONSULTANT to tell them how to do it.

SUCK IT UP SOUTHEAST RICHMOND COUNTY........YOU WILL NEVER SEE A PIECE OF PIPE OUT OF ALL OF THIS BUT YOU ARE DAMNED SURE GOING TO PAY FOR DOWNTOWN PIPE. AND THE PRICE KEEPS GOING UP EVERY TIME OUR LOCAL MENTAL MIDGETS HAVE A MEETING.

And just like the GARBAGE "FEE", it will DOUBLE SHORTLY AFTER THE PUT IT IN PLACE and EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS THEREAFTER.

Look at the inflation rate in food, medicine, health care insurance, gas, and everything else. Look at the unemployment, part time employment, stagnant wages, and all of the other bad signs in the economy. CAN WE REALLY AFFORD TO LET OUR LOCAL YOKLES TAX AND FEE US OUT OF OUR HOUSES. Ask your commissioner "what did you do with all of the property tax money we have been paying you to maintain the drain pipes for 17 years". "Why is something that has been city government responsibility SINCE DAY ONE now all of a sudden EXTRA?"

And IF they are SO SURE they need ANOTHER TAX I would ASSUME they must THINK they know what needs to be done.....SO.....WHY ARE THEY SPENDING A $HALF MILLION DOLLARS on a consultant? I'll tell you why...it's because this is just ANOTHER TAX MONEY GRABBING BOONDOGGLE and they are hiring a consultant because the is really A TAX LOOKING FOR A PROJECT. This is NOT a project that needs another tax......it is a TAX that they need a CONSULTANT to tell them what the PROJECT really is and how BEST TO SQUEEZE the money out of the RURAL taxpayers WHO DO NOT HAVE AND NEVER WILL HAVE A STORMWATER SYSTEM.

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Dixieman 10/07/13 - 09:52 am
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To dichotomy:

YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY IS STICKING.

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rmwhitley 10/07/13 - 10:04 am
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The naacp
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and aclu will keep close watch on this venture, if it comes to fruition. Watch out "white crackers".

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raul 10/07/13 - 02:23 pm
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Does anyone remember how Col

Does anyone remember how Col Cty implemented a stormwater fee tax? It has been several years that it has been in effect. Why not hire a temporary RC employee for the estimated length of the project. You could probably find a few laid off professional engineers from SRP. Consult with Col Cty and other local municipalities that have a stormwater fee tax. I would think it could be done for far less than a half a million dollars for outside consultants.

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soapy_725 10/07/13 - 02:29 pm
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You put it on the water bill. That is all you do. And create
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another bureaucracy. Rain Water Management Department. One with the power to come onto your property without your knowledge or consent.

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