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'Slum' designation, smoking, cooling tower return to city committees

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A revived debate on designating all of downtown Au­gus­ta a “slum” to renovate the government’s downtown campus and a renewed request by Augusta Riverfront for a shared air-conditioning tower highlight Monday agendas of Augusta Commission committees.

Commissioner Wayne Guil­foyle, who heads the city’s Fi­nance Committee, said he was unaware the “slum” item had been placed on the agenda.

“There are going to be questions about it,” he said after seeing the item Thurs­day.

He maintained, as other commissioners have, that the city need not designate all of downtown as a “slum” for the bonding project but only the block containing the Munic­ipal Building.

Heated debate ensued last month after City Admin­is­tra­tor Fred Rus­sell and special city counsel Jim Plun­kett revealed the proposal as part of plans to fund $26.5 million of a $40 million renovation of the Municipal Buil­ding using tax-exempt bonds available under Geor­gia redevelopment laws for blighted areas.

Another item previously dismissed by the commission returns for committee review Monday.

Augusta Riverfront LLC, headed by Paul Simon and sharing management with Augusta Chronicle owner Morris Communications Co., wants to install a centralized cooling system to serve the city-owned Augusta Conven­tion Center and Conference Center and the adjoining Marriott hotel, which runs all three facilities.

The plant, which would be funded by Augusta Riverfront but placed on city property, would replace several aging rooftop units and in the long term lower utilities bills for all, Simon said.

Despite a committee’s unanimous approval of the tower, the commission later failed to approve it after several commissioners questioned how the resources were to be shared among the entities.


Other matters going before Augusta Commission committees Monday include:

- A discussion about revoking Skittlez Bar and Grill’s alcohol and business licenses for repeatedly admitting underage patrons and serving them alcohol. The Gordon Highway nightclub was already on probation, and the sheriff’s office is alleging the violations

- Discussion of amending the city smoking ordinance to restrict smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants

- An update on the city’s latest request for proposals for firms to manage, lease or buy Augusta Municipal Golf Course

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/27/13 - 07:23 pm
It never ends

This commission is famous for not letting its "No" mean "No." They will fail to pass a motion, then like a vampire or a zombie the motion will reappear at a subsequent meeting.

There needs to be a city ordinance that if a motion is made and seconded and the vote does not pass the motion; then the motion cannot be re-introduced for a year.

Riverman1 10/28/13 - 07:08 am
Toilet Paper Next?

I used to joke about the Marriott leaving the doors between the convention center and the hotel open to get free AC. It looks like they took it a step further.

Next they will want toilet paper to be provided by the county. They will reason it’s too hard to tell where the patron first had the urge to go. They will say it’s unfair for them to have to pay for patrons using the bathroom in the hotel after eating and drinking all night in the convention center.

nocnoc 10/28/13 - 07:57 am
I see the NO smoking whiners are still at it.

1st of all My family and I are all non smokers, we even use smokeless powder loaded ammo.

Don't you think, IF there were enough demanding NON-Smokers that would patronize a SMOKE FREE BAR, that someone would have built more than 1 or 2 to fill the unique demand, and make gobs of obsence $$$$$ filling a major demand?

This is more likely just another great example of a few overly vocal Liberal whiners wanting their ways inflicted on others. I truly wonder if they have went to a real BAR (Real alcohol, not a coffee or Oxygen Bar) that they whining about?

As usual my question is:
Why does America continue to listen to a few loud mouths, whose goal is seldom more than to disrupt things and get their names in the paper doing it.

nocnoc 10/28/13 - 07:59 am
IF .... Fred Russel Has Failed To Inform the ARC commissioners

as often as we read in the papers....

Why is he still around?

nocnoc 10/28/13 - 08:10 am
NOW We are in the

HVAC business for a Hotel and a Convention center?

Remember the Hotel's demand that the TEE Center recirculate the air more frequently to match the Hotel that cost big $$$ and the extended Commission debate over those$$$?

SO? how can the AC units be OLD, we just installed them in the TEE Center. Is this really about ARC paying for the Hotels AC upgrade?

Augusta Riverfront LLC, headed by Paul Simon and sharing management with Augusta Chronicle owner Morris Communications Co., wants to install a centralized cooling system to serve the city-owned Augusta Conven­tion Center and Conference Center and the adjoining Marriott hotel.....

How old is the Hotel now?

seenitB4 10/28/13 - 08:15 am
No never means no...does it?

Read this article you will see why some are fleeing....

If it doesn't pass the first time, well, just throw it in again...

Wayne heads the Finance Committee but...he didn't know the slum thingy was up again...

I want to connect up with my neighbor's ac but, for some selfish reason, he won't let me.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/28/13 - 09:21 am

Okay, the slum designation issue was placed on the agenda, but the commissioners did not know about it. Perhaps it was snuck on there by Lena Bonner from her home.

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