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Recently I noticed that the lights to the tennis courts at Warren Road Recreation Center had been turned off, apparently to save a little bit of money. At the same time the lights to the basketball court have been left on. This is a curious kind of discrimination.

I wondered why. Perhaps my commissioner, Jerry Brigham, plays basketball. I don't think he plays tennis. At least I have never seen him play.

A couple of months ago, the county spent money at Warren Road resurfacing and refurbishing the tennis courts. And now people who work during the day cannot play on those courts at night.

Some of us have had to drive to neighboring counties to play. This prompted a person from one of those counties to say, "It's Richmond County -- what do you expect?" Well, as a long-term resident, I expect my county to be just as good or better than surrounding counties. Should I expect less?

William Marsh, Augusta

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Junket831
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Junket831 01/03/10 - 12:25 am
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Mr. Marsh, did you contact

Mr. Marsh, did you contact the Recreation Department to determine why the lights were not turned on?

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Riverman1 01/03/10 - 08:12 am
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Hahaha....someone actually

Hahaha....someone actually thinks Jerry Brigham would play basketball. That would be a sight I'd pay to watch.

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Riverman1 01/03/10 - 08:16 am
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This was announced last

This was announced last month: " $163,670 in cuts to the Recreation Department, including $70,000 by phasing out 15 positions through attrition, $25,000 from cuts in the special events budget and $55,000 from shutting off lights at all tennis courts except those at the Newman, Diamond Lakes and Fleming tennis centers, and at the walking tracks at Sand Hills, Brigham, Warren Road, McBean and Blythe parks."

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egan01 01/03/10 - 10:12 am
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A simple solution would be to

A simple solution would be to put motion sensors on the court lights so the would turn off when no one is using the courts. You could also put in a timer so the lights would not come on late at night.

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disssman 01/03/10 - 10:46 am
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Is there a company that

Is there a company that provides armed guard services for idiots that want to play sports at night? As to the reason for lights at the BB court. That is simple we need lights because that is where all the drug dealing is taking place. If you don't believe it just park there without being a customer.

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Emerydan 01/03/10 - 06:08 pm
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By the looks of Jerry

By the looks of Jerry Brigham, I doubt he plays any sports..except for Beer Pong

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Riverman1 01/03/10 - 08:59 pm
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A simple, hour wind up thing

A simple, hour wind up thing on the lights would work. If you want to play, you wind the thing up and play for as long as you want if you keep winding every hour. What's complicated about that?

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corgimom 01/03/10 - 09:56 pm
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How about more people play

How about more people play basketball in the winter than tennis?

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jpbrig 01/03/10 - 10:30 pm
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When you want to keep taxes

When you want to keep taxes down you have to make choices. Lights on a tennis court is an extra.

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aniretake 02/11/10 - 02:47 pm
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Oh really? On tennis courts -

Oh really? On tennis courts - extra and on basketball courts not? Or maybe it is a racial issue? More black people play basketball than tennis...;)

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