Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting was consumed with heated debate, as we took a vote in consideration of an arena at the Regency Mall location for a second time.
You see, any commissioner can put an agenda item on the agenda as many times as he or she likes, even if the item has failed.
It’s one of the many rules we have that I disagree with.
The personal attacks, the talk of haves and have nots, and the perception that was given that those in opposition to the Regency site were trying to “leave out” certain areas in Augusta were uncalled for. When the commission gets to that point, it’s hard to try to make rational comments on the floor and to get back to the item at hand because they just fall on deaf ears.
The seven commissioners who opposed the deal and the Regency site have no ill will against south Augusta or those residents. It was a tough decision to make, especially for the four commissioners who represent that area. Please know that each of the seven made their deliberations based on what they truly believe would be best for Augusta and the taxpayer in the long run.
Please respect them for that.
The positive thing that has come out of this is that developers want to come to the table to figure out what type of development, other than an arena, will work at the Regency site.
In the meantime, the commission has made its decision. It’s time for the Coliseum Authority to revisit the other sites that were identified by the architects a while back and propose another site for an arena.
Augustans, let them hear your voices.
The writer is an Augusta commissioner and mayor pro tem.