Why wasn't city pro-active?

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As an interested observer of CSRA news, I have watched as Augusta’s leaders have held forth to the press, radio and television on the safety of their citizens after the recent tragic beating of the couple walking late in the evening. Days later, reporters and TV cameras followed the mayor, Augusta Commission members and others walking along and pointing out various deficiencies in the area and espousing various fixes to get the right kind of press and impress voters with how they were on the ball.

Why wasn’t the responsible department head out looking at the scene the day after the incident and evaluating what could be done immediately and with minimal cost to prevent another such occurrence? A responsible manager would be proactive in such circumstances and replacing burnt-out lighting; trimming foliage that provided cover for the attack; and taking other reasonable and appropriate actions to mitigate future reoccurrences.

After completing these actions, reporting to city management what was done and making further recommendations (based on their familiarity with the area), which might require senior city management to spend money not in the department budget, might also have been a reasonable approach.

Why wasn’t it done, and why didn’t city leaders ask the right questions? Is it because city leaders do not encourage their employees to be proactive in a positive manner for fear of being chastised by these same leaders for exceeding their authority?

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/06/13 - 06:33 am
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Guns and Insecticide Needed

The Riverwalk has become an unkempt, unmaintained, roach infested area and places like that embolden lawbreakers. Maintain and police the area and possibly it will come back. The Marriott should provide security since we pay them to manage the TEE Center. That should be an inferred part of the management arrangement.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/06/13 - 07:02 am
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There was no need to inspect

There was no need to inspect it the day after. The Riverwalk problems have been there for years, they are well-known. None of this was news.

There isn't enough money to maintain it, and it's been like that for many, many years. I call it the Roach Walk, you've never seen so many roaches in one place.

Augusta is in fiscal trouble, and this is one of the many areas that are neglected. However, the Commissioners have no problem whatsoever ordering up studies for every cockamamie idea that comes along.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/06/13 - 08:38 am
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Excellent points all

It seems to me the heads of departments have no formal leadership training. Oh, I'm sure they go to work shops and retreats but what formal leadership classes have the leaders been to.

Does the city have formal leadership development program for its leaders or is just on the job training and learning from what the last leader did?

One of the basics of leadership is, "An organization does best those things the boss checks."

If its money that causes the city not to have formal leadership training, I would gladly do it for them at no cost. Not one penny. I'm not talking about a "pie in the sky" program but a gut level day-to-day leadership program.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/06/13 - 09:31 am
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Leadership ability does not come from "some retreat program".
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Leadership ability does not come from "some retreat program".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/06/13 - 09:33 am
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ARC has a glut of want-a-be politicos. Not leaders or stewards.
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ARC has a glut of want-a-be politicos. Not leaders or stewards.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/06/13 - 09:34 am
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Local corporate leadership hides from this "ARC Circus".
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Local corporate leadership hides from this "ARC Circus".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/06/13 - 09:35 am
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This ARC don't do "pitch within and without". Thus its sinking
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This ARC don't do "pitch within and without". Thus its sinking

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/06/13 - 12:16 pm
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First of all, we do not have

First of all, we do not have any leaders. We simply have people that the not too bright population have elected to fill a space....who in turn hire department heads who think just like them. They have wasted our money on pie in the sky "projects" while letting the things we already have rot........the Riverwalk......the roads.......and yes, even entire geographic areas of the county. They are addicted to the "all that glitters is gold" philosophy. You can't get very many bribes, kickbacks, and ball game tickets by spending our money on mundane things like maintenance of what we already have. There is no way to make a race baiting speech about improving the quality of life in South Augusta. No big newspaper article coverage about getting roads fixed. There is just no profit in taking care of ALL of the taxpayers. All of the profit and all of the publicity is in BIG money contracts and BIG money buildings and HOT BUTTON issues. Doing what we elected them to do is not profitable and is too mundane. You know.....maintain what we've got, manage our money responsibly.......live within OUR budget. If our local politicians were doing their job properly we should never see them on TV our in the newspaper.

Leaders......we don't have any leaders. We've got crooks, we've got clowns, and we've got left over people from the 60's......but we don't have any leaders. We've got one or two who TRY to do what we elected them to do but they are over powered by the combined ineptness of the rest of them.

You know there are NO leaders when all of them concede that we have an ILLEGAL, UNEQUAL tax system and they all get together with all of the department heads for multiple meetings and finally say that they are too stupid to fix it. They can propose a multi-million dollar Veranda, they can approve $10 million dollar contracts to people who give them ball game tickets, they can spend $100 million dollars for the benefit of a few well connected people, they can decide to double our garbage fees by halving the service......but they can't figure out how to charge ALL residents they same taxes and the same fees and value ALL of the property based on equal standards.

I think I will add the word COWARDS, to crooks, clowns, and people left over from the 60's.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/06/13 - 04:16 pm
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Don't hold back, Dichotomy,

... tell us how you REALLY feel.

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