Voters to advise on downtown Augusta stadium

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At the heart of four questions placed on the Richmond County Democratic ballot Tuesday is Mayor Deke Copenhaver's proposal to build a baseball stadium at the former Golf & Gardens property.

While the straw poll questions are not binding, city officials and involved parties say they're interested in the results.

The Richmond County Democratic Party drafted the questions for the ballot. Voters in the Republican primary will not have the ballot questions.

The first question asks whether a public referendum should be held on using public money to "enhance private investment" in the golf property.

Copenhaver's proposal involved public investment in a deal with developer Jacoby to build a multiuse facility at the site, primarily for use as an Augusta GreenJackets stadium.

The second question asks whether voters favor spending public money to build a new GreenJackets stadium.

A third question asks whether public money should be spent on a new performing arts center, and a fourth asks whether Augusta should return to once-weekly trash pickup.

The city has collected household trash twice a week for about a decade, but the commission will consider returning to once-weekly when it renews contracts with waste haulers this year.

The questions

1. Do you think that there should be a public referendum if public monies are used to enhance private investment in the Golf & Garden properties?

2. Do you favor spending public monies to build a new stadium replacing the Lake Olmstead baseball stadium?

3. Do you favor using public monies to build a new Performing Arts Center?

4. Do you favor one garbage collection instead of two?

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lsmith
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lsmith 07/18/10 - 03:31 am
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I'd be interested in knowing
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I'd be interested in knowing why the question on the stadium was not offered for inclusion by Republicans.

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SlapShot2 07/18/10 - 05:35 am
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Thanks for the same exact

Thanks for the same exact story you ran over a month ago. I guess because it didnt recieve and comments the Chronicle decided to run it again. We all get it the paper and Billy dont want a new stadium.

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veggie-d 07/18/10 - 09:10 am
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how about trash

how about trash pickup/recycling program for businesses downtown? they have to carry their old books/plastic/etc. to the landfill on their own??...NO containers? NO recycling center/service?...deke should be cleaning out his office, packing his bags to go home...and taking his trash with him.

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deMOJO 07/18/10 - 09:25 am
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not only is this the worst

not only is this the worst possible place for a baseball stadium, it's also the worst possible time. it seems that the Augusta "leaders" will never get their heads out of the clouds.

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Riverman1 07/18/10 - 09:48 am
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Deke, he's a nice guy™, and

Deke, he's a nice guy™, and company are going to get the baseball stadium built one way or another. Building the TEE proves that to me.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/18/10 - 11:04 am
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Augusta needs a new jail far

Augusta needs a new jail far more than it needs a new baseball stadium.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/18/10 - 11:08 am
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Dichotomy, it seems like it

Dichotomy, it seems like it should be that way, but most of trash collection costs are fixed- there's very little variable costs involved. It doesn't cost all that much more to do it twice a week versus one- but they have to make cuts somewhere.

The amount of trash still remains the same. If the amount of trash could get cut in half, then it could be cut by 50%, but that's not the case. And restaurants, apartments, and businesses still need daily pickup, so very little will be saved.

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Little Lamb 07/18/10 - 06:27 pm
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Remember, folks, that these

Remember, folks, that these questions were put on the ballot by the leadership of the Richmond County Democratic Party. The tallies on the questions will be gathered in as "information" by city commissioners and we can only pray that no such publicly-financed baseball field gets approved now or anytime soon.

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Emerydan 07/19/10 - 01:18 am
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well this is one instance

well this is one instance where I applaud the local Democratic party.

animate
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animate 07/24/10 - 10:50 am
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Let's face it, there's

Let's face it, there's nothing wrong with the present park, and with a fraction of the money we could build on to the stadium and even a parking deck.

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