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Augusta Commissioners divided over what to do with surplus properties



The Augusta Administrative Services Committee began discussing what to do with surplus city properties at the July 12 meeting at the prompting of one commissioner.

Catherine McKnight of District 3 had wanted the city to review its rolls.

The Boathouse at the Augusta Marina is one of the empty...

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  1. Great presentation by de’Laigle …. how hard can it be for commission to take immediate action vs here we go again kicking can down road…= “The NEXT BUDGET CYCLE” ……. and thanks to Comm McKnight for bringing up city mothballed/unkempt properties….and her remark to them: “We just talk the talk and never walk the walk!” how true it is……….

  2. IDLE FIRE STATION #7 – COMMISSION wants to keep it because per Mayor: “WE USED IT AS A COORDINATION PLACE WHEN CHATHAM COUNTY HAD HURRICANE EVACUEES” (how lame and stupid is that excuse) … Augusta has many more suitable venues for such coordination such as Julian Smith Casino…

  3. Augusta Fire Chief Antonio Burden should take out a loan, buy the old fire house and fire engine, and pay to maintain it out of his own pocket, not mine. Ditto for the commissioners who want to rebuild or replace The Boathouse and then let it fall apart again, in lieu of selling it.

    If it is up to the commissioners to give “clear direction” to department heads, then the incompetent department heads are not needed. Every day, the commissioners can plan and schedule the activities of each department employee and provide directions directly to each employee. The department heads can be terminated. Money saved. Work gets done. If you were listening to a Hardie Davis speech, this is where you would laugh.

    • My thought exactly as I read Frantom’s comment “If it is up to the commissioners to give “clear direction” to department heads, then the incompetent department heads are not needed.” If they don’t know what needs to be done or are incapable of organizing the workforce to get it done, they areen’t qualified for the job.

  4. When was the last time an actual decision was made and the action followed through from a commission meeting?! There should be a landscape crew on Greene Street TODAY working on the monument and the median up and down the street. I bet you could find a handful of volunteers to work for one week organizing “departments” and set up actual jobs and tasks and get more done than the actual paid talking heads get done in a month. I have been to the river and seen crews “working” on the fountain by Noble Jones/Second City on more than one occasion. Was there again last Friday and it’s still not working. Pathetic.

  5. Time to fire the Parks and Rec department head, incompetent. Time to sell the boathouse and engine company and most other mothballed property. Augusta maintains nothing that they own. Best to sell and have someone who cares about the property. Private partnerships, hmm… Take a look at Olmsted stadium. Most of downtown is in a current state of need, grass cutting, sidewalks, fountains etc. Covid had been a convenient excuse but this has been going on for YEARS. The cemeteries are an absolute disgrace, particularly Westview.

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