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Hyde Park residents will have someone to help them fix their contaminated environment, but it might not be Administrator Fred Russell's first choice.

Members of the commission's subcommittee voted Monday to approve Commissioner Marion Williams' substitute motion to set up qualifications and guidelines for hiring a Hyde Park project director. City officials will come up with the guidelines and qualifications, and advertise the position.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver's original motion called for Mr. Russell to recommend a project director to the full commission.

Mr. Russell had recommended Augusta businessman Steven Kendrick for the job last month, but the full board rejected his choice. At that meeting, Commissioner Andy Cheek contended that Mr. Kendrick did not have the technical expertise to lead such an effort. He said Augusta had many engineers and others who would be more qualified.

The project director would work 20 hours a week under a $50,000-a-year contract, according to subcommittee Chairman Don Grantham.

The mayor's motion might have prevailed Monday, but Mayor Pro Tem Betty Beard abruptly left the meeting after Mr. Grantham wouldn't allow her to finish a statement she wanted to make.

Mrs. Beard and Mr. Copenhaver told residents at the meeting that hiring a project director to spearhead the effort would be a big step forward.

"We have not had anybody dedicated to Hyde Park," the mayor said.

Afterward, Mr. Grantham said the commission doesn't need to hire an engineer or scientist to work with Hyde Park residents.

"I don't think we need that type of contamination expert," he said. "We don't need that type of experience. We've already received that from the EPD, the EPA and from the Gannett-Fleming reports. What we need is a person who will coordinate the efforts of Hyde Park through its communication with its residents and to be able to assimilate all that to come with a decision that will benefit not only the residents, but the government as well."

Mr. Grantham said the administrator should recommend someone as project director.

"And if we don't like that person after the project goes on for a while, then we are certainly at freedom to release that responsibility and get another one," he said.

Also Monday, Mr. Copenhaver outlined his plan for a Brownfields Commission that would develop a plan for identifying and remediating contaminated sites in Augusta.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com



RESPONSIBILITIES OF HYDE PARK PROJECT DIRECTOR


- Review all current information available regarding Hyde Park and develop a comprehensive summary.


- Meet collectively and individually with the residents of Hyde Park to discuss the current status and begin the development of a plan that best meets their needs. Develop a newsletter that can be circulated monthly.


- Work closely with the mayor's Brownfields Commission to seek funding for clean-up, voluntary relocation and revitalization of Hyde Park. Funding sources should include federal, state, local and private resources.


- Establish a timeline for plan implementation, and report monthly to the administrator on the progress.


- Develop and manage public/private partnership to enhance the Hyde Park community.


- Work closely with the city housing and community development office to ensure that Hyde Park receives the benefit of all appropriate resource opportunities.


- Develop a model that can be used to enhance other similar impacted communities.


- This position reports to the city administrator.


MAYOR DEKE COPENHAVER'S BROWNFIELDS COMMISSION


- Develop a comprehensive plan for identifying, remediating and redeveloping the Brownfields site in Augusta. Inventory and rank known Brownfields locations.


- Develop a local budget and seek federal, state, local and private funds to accomplish its goals.


- Use local money as "seed money" to apply for appropriate grants as directed and approved by the Augusta Commission.


- Coordinate the city's efforts in keeping the public aware of Brownfields locations and the opportunities for cleanup and revitalization opportunities.


- Research and develop funding resources that might be available for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Hyde Park.


- Provide an annual report of progress to the mayor and members of the commission as part of their budget submission.

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intheknow
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intheknow 08/07/07 - 04:08 am
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Now I thought everyone was

Now I thought everyone was ranting about giving Mr. Russell the authority to hire and fire? He made a choice but the FULL commission rejected it. WHY have him in that position if you will not let him do his job? What is Grantham an expert on?

justus4
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justus4 08/07/07 - 05:38 am
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Idiot!, Problem: This is an
Unpublished

Idiot!, Problem: This is an attempt by russell/graham to install kendricks as black stooge, who will be working against the people of hyde park. Come on! There is no hope for this area
because race is at the core of all decisions. Ms Beard reacted to being insulted; much like the idea of kendricks being appointed.
Hyde Park residents may be stupid, but they aren't blind.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/07 - 07:35 am
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Who is the mystery man

Who is the mystery man justus4 wants to be the director?

Native Augustan
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Native Augustan 08/07/07 - 08:36 am
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I would not mind working 20

I would not mind working 20 hours a week for $50k. Not a bad deal for someone's friend. Again -- follow the money and the answer will be clear.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/07/07 - 09:01 am
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Does anyone know what

Does anyone know what statement Ms. Beard was trying to make and why Grantham wouldn't allow her to finish? I'm just curious and want to know why she walked out instead of finishing the meeting. There are too many issues to need to be resolved, and the commissioners don't need to let their personal differences get in the way. Both Beard and Grantham need to be more accountable to the people for their actions at meetings. Leaving because you can't have your say, or preventing someone from speaking is childish. That type of behavior is discouraged in elementary schools. Why does it go on in the commission. I don't know what he said to her about her statement, but if it caused a grown woman to leave a meeting, it must have been pretty harsh.

SHOCKER1
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SHOCKER1 08/07/07 - 09:46 am
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Wow! That is a HUGE salary

Wow! That is a HUGE salary for only 20 hours a week!!!!!!

Curious1
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Curious1 08/07/07 - 10:02 am
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Can I apply?.....it goes to

Can I apply?.....it goes to show you don't need experience to serve on any board or organization...it's just WHO YOU KNOW!!!!!

ee8
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ee8 08/07/07 - 11:47 am
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Where are the terrorists when

Where are the terrorists when u need them? This is some BS!! 20 hrs for 50K. Seems like a payoff to me for someone that doesn't need a job.

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Brad Owens 08/07/07 - 12:21 pm
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I worked with Steven Kendrick

I worked with Steven Kendrick on the DDA and I can say, without exception, that he was the only class in that act down there (myself included). I am not sure what the inflated salary is all about but I can tell you that Steven is no dummy. If Grantham is right and this position doesn't require any special knowledge why are they paying this person five or six times the average income of working folks in our community that also have jobs not needing special training or education? Hyde Park needs the help but this is a bit much. Folks, YOUR tax money at work, for WHOM it still remains to be seen. Too bad Andy Cheek can't run for another term.

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 08/07/07 - 12:59 pm
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where is hyde park

where is hyde park

intheknow
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intheknow 08/07/07 - 01:47 pm
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i am going to pass on you

i am going to pass on you hallie. it is like shooting ducks that cant fly.

toppergem
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toppergem 08/07/07 - 02:04 pm
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The salary for this position

The salary for this position is not just a little inflated. It is greatly inflated. $50K is more than most people make full time on many jobs in this country, not just in Augusta! As for the recommendation of Mr. Russell, I can only say...why him? who Fred Russel trying to please with this recommendation? Steve Kendrick is not a stupid person by no means. But, neither do I is he the right man for this job. Mr. Kendrick's entire life seems to have been one of pampering and priviledge. I do not think he brings the sensitivity or knowledge nor has he had a substantial relationship with the disadvantaged, down trodden or working poor to do what is needed for this community of Hyde Park residents. Now IF the job is just that of a PR person then Mr. Kendrick or someone like him would be the one to go to. However, if it is going to require grant writing abilities, community development, marketing plans for the development then my answer would have to be keep looking city of Augusta for a better choice for director of this project.

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 08/07/07 - 02:04 pm
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intheknow why are you such a

intheknow why are you such a jack[filtered word]... go jump off a bridge

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/07 - 02:40 pm
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Hello, Hallie. To get to

Hello, Hallie. To get to Hyde Park, take Gordon Hwy. to Doug Barnard Pkwy. (used to be New Savannah Road). Turn south toward airport. Stay in right lane and look for a faded wood sign that says Hyde Park and turn right. It's an old neighborhood built in the 50s and 60s. Some of the houses are run down, and some are well kept and charming. A vocal minority of residents (egged on by "leaders" who don't even live there) are attempting to shakedown the city taxpayers to give them a cash payment to "re-locate" even though there is nothing wrong with the neighborhood and even though most wish to stay there.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/07 - 02:43 pm
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What no city leader has said

What no city leader has said yet is what will happen to a parcel of land with a house on it if the cash payment is given to the owner or renter. If a cash payment is given to a renter to move away, can the owner just rent it to someone else to get a payment later? If a cash payment is given to an owner to move away, does the city take title to the property? It's a stupid way to respond to demands by citizens. The city just needs to say, "NO."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/07 - 02:48 pm
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Thanks for weighing in Brad.

Thanks for weighing in Brad. You are right to question why they are paying $50,000 for a part-time position who does not need a technical background. The reason Don Grantham does not want a person with an education who can understand the issues of lead contamination of soil is because the city leaders have decided to throw in the towel to the shakedown shouters and are going to give them cash payments. Grantham knows if someone studies the soil contamination reports that no payments could be justified.

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 08/07/07 - 03:16 pm
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thank you little lamb. i

thank you little lamb. i never go on that side of town so i didnt even know the neighborhood existed. i was just trying to understand the story i was reading

pav2003
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pav2003 08/07/07 - 04:22 pm
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Steven Kendrick's credentials

Steven Kendrick's credentials are unblemished and well documented. He is talented, well educated, and is an extremely smart businessman with an undergraduate, as well as a Masters degree, in business. (Graduating with honors). To paint him as "priviledged" and as someone who does not understand the scope of this endeavor, is totally stupid. This statement was apparently, created by someone who is far less qualified, but wants to seize the job for themselves (or a very close friend) who is far less qualified than Mr. Kendrick. Mr. Kendrick would do an excellent job.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/07 - 04:26 pm
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Justus4 and Native Augustan

Justus4 and Native Augustan want someone other than Kendrick to get this $50,000 part-time job whose duties appear to be nothing more than trying to find government money (federal, state and local) to pay off the people in Hyde Park to shut up. I wonder what friend Justus4 and Native Augustan want to have the job?

pav2003
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pav2003 08/07/07 - 04:48 pm
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To Little Lamb: You are

To Little Lamb: You are soooo right on the mark!!! Steven Kendrick is a fair person and will do the right thing; ie, will do the job that he was hired to do, irrespective of color. He is a business man!

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her 08/07/07 - 04:50 pm
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The $50k the city will pay

The $50k the city will pay some one to come in and tell tell them what they want to hear "part-time", should go in a fund for the residents of Hyde Park. I think all the city is trying to do is wait for the residents that care to die off.... IT AIN'T HAPPENING! Some of them do have educated children that will come after you with a vengance and you won't know what hit you.....DISGUSTA!

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intheknow 08/08/07 - 12:20 am
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Hallie, you are too stupid to

Hallie, you are too stupid to find your own AZZ to kiss.

nate59
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nate59 08/08/07 - 10:55 am
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Move Fred Russell and all the

Move Fred Russell and all the comissioners to hyde park until this problem has been fixed, if that's two or three years so be it.
You can spent our tax money for games but not to help people, as i see it the people of Hyde come first, so let's stop the BS and do the Job that we pay you for, If i remember right Russell and the commissioner work for the people of Augusta Ga. Not for themself.

toppergem
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toppergem 08/08/07 - 02:52 pm
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Reallynow, sure you are not

Reallynow, sure you are not related to Mr. Kendrick yourself? No, dearly I have no one from my neck of the woods I am trying to promote for this position. I am just responding to the fact that I do not think Mr. Kendrick is the best choice for this overpaid position. Sure he may have a Masters degree, but so do a lot of other people. And according to some of the commissioners having a Masters degree may make him OVER qualified. But no matter what degree he does or does have; he is still pampered and priviledged and he does not and can never know what it is like to live an impoverished existance. Nor can he know the hardships a lifestyle like this can and does bring. A better choice would be someone who holds the same or similar credentials as Mr. Kendrick but who grew up in or around the Hyde Park area. Now that is someone who would be worthy of consideration of the job.

pav2003
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pav2003 08/08/07 - 08:18 pm
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toppergem: My relationship

toppergem: My relationship to Mr. Kendrick is not the issue. Why would that matter, anyway in sane society? "He IS WHO HE IS" (competent, compassionate, unbiased, and qualified." Should he be offering something else? Please share.....(???)

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pakidu817 08/09/07 - 07:54 pm
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I have lived in Hyde Park for

I have lived in Hyde Park for over 57 years and there have been eight of my close friends and relatives that have died with cancer, across the street and next door. Thank God I am o.k. There is something out here and it not only started with Goldburgs, but if you talk to others who have lived out here for over 50 years, they will comfirm this information. There is a lot of truth that there is contamination out here. Please respond to this e-mail. Thank you. pakidu817.

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