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American Recovery Plan funds to go toward Riverwalk repairs



Augusta Commissioners voted June 7 to use American Recovery Plan funding to proceed with badly needed repairs at Riverwalk.

Parks and Recreation Director Maurice McDowell abandoned his plan to steer the federal relief funds away from Riverwalk entirely and use them to enlarge the Julian Smith Ba...

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  1. I have long advocated the use of contractors to perform the county’s maintenance and provide routine county services. The fault in my position is that the county has no supervisors and directors who are competent to establish bid specifications and quality standards, evaluate bids, negotiate with bidders, award contracts, and then verify compliant performance of the contract. No lessons learned after construction of the Walton Way law enforcement center.

    I there one person in any county department who is certified in project management? SRS contractors and other corporations almost make such certifications a condition of employment or advancement. https://www.pmi.org/

  2. Wasn’t the previous director forced out? Someone remind me of those circumstances if you remember. I seem to recall that it appeared he was drummed out to make room for a black director.

  3. Why have they not fired the guy? Bring in someone confident and skilled to get our parks and cemeteries in shape. They should also investigate where all the funding went and what it was used for.

  4. This McDowell fella should get a job with the Biden administration because of his lack of critical thinking skills and ability to analyze a problem and form potential solutions. He is incompetent and anyone who does not support his firing should lose their position.
    Is he related to anyone in the Marble Palace?

  5. The consolidation of city and county was short sighted in trying to appease the factions governing at the time. From their past voting, it is plain to see that if the mayor had been attending, someone would have abstained, and the vote would have failed anyway.

    Deadlock is probably good in some cases, but this seems to be standard practice. The consolidation format needs to be improved, and only our state lawmakers have the authority (from us, the voters) and the ability to take positive action. Augusta’s future is stagnant, and the time to act is past due.

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