Legislative delegation plans to discuss Augusta Coliseum board Friday

Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:11 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 10:53 PM
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ATLANTA — The Augusta legislative delegation is slated to meet Friday to consider the Augusta Coliseum Authority's board structure, funding and appointments to the board.

The agenda sent to local lawmakers by delegation chairman Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, also includes discussion of a pay raise for Marshall Steve Smith and Augusta Commissioner Jerry Brigham's request to change the method of electing the city's mayor pro tem.

Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta, drafted a bill to alter the Coliseum Authority's board structure by halving the delegation's number of appointees to two. The other 10 board members would each be appointed by a member of the Augusta Commission, with terms ending when the commissioner leaves office.

The delegation remains divided on the board structure. Some members want a smaller board and all the appointments from the commission, some are willing to compromise on fewer delegation appointments, and a few members want no changes so the management company has a chance to improve the operations of the James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.

Meanwhile, the authority is asking the delegation to pass legislation that would guarantee its current funding from the city's hotel-motel tax and beer tax so the Commission cannot redirect those funds to the proposed Reynolds Street trade, exhibit and event facility. Agreement on that issue also seems unlikely.

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ColCo 03/19/09 - 09:29 pm
And they are meeting when it

And they are meeting when it is too late to do anything this session about anything they discuss, a total waste of time and effort.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/19/09 - 09:49 pm
Exactly. Any meaningful

Exactly. Any meaningful reform must be hammered out in the "off season" and then brought to the General Assembly as a consent item. I'd rather see them drinking and driving than arguing over these items at the last minute when the state is in a recession. They are fiddling while Augusta burns.

Rozzie2003 03/19/09 - 10:07 pm
A sorry group---we don't have

A sorry group---we don't have much representation in Atlanta.The group doen't have no leadership in Rep. Murphy.Throw the bum out and get a new chairman

Riverman1 03/19/09 - 10:11 pm
Do away with free tickets for

Do away with free tickets for Authority members and make a Saturday clean-up of the building part of the duties. Follow the examples of those volunteers cleaning up the canal and other parts of the CSRA. Change the dress of the members from suits and jewelry to jeans and manual labor tools. Then we'll see who is civic minded and concerned about the JB Arena.

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