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Augusta Commissioners quietly pass nearly $7 million plan to bail out Parks and Recreation

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At the full Augusta Commission on Aug. 2, commissioners quietly approved a bailout package for the Parks and Recreation Department to the tune of nearly $7 million with no discussion.

The measure was moved to the consent agenda to avoid public discussion.

The near unanimous decision awarded I...

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  1. So if you’re paid to do a job in Augusta and you can’t do it you don’t get fired you just get someone else paid to do the job you can’t do? No wonder Augusta is going to hell in a hand-basket…another pathetic commission move..Garrett continues to disappoint and McKnight, usually votes for the taxpayers, was disappointing on this vote..

  2. Fire Director Maurice McDowell immediately ! No golden parachute. No benefits package after termination . Do an internal investigation in that department . Find out what venders was given special favors during his tenure. Find out what Commissioners placed him in that position and still support him. Follow the money trail…..it’s simple call Mr. McDowell and the Procurement Director to the Commission meeting next Tuesday and Fire both of them !! If any current commissioner are involved in any bid rigging to certain contractors , hold them accountable also. Its time for the City of Augusta to Flush and start over and that does include the landfill also.

  3. McDowell is incompetent. I cannot believe he was the best applicant for that position. And he probably was not. And all the employee raises and bonuses given out this week to retain city personnel…THIS RIGHT HERE…is why good people leave. Terrible leadership from some department heads. The only saving grace to this is that Abie and Steve’s firm is top notch. Again, two great guys that were once employed here in Augusta.

  4. Tedd I am with you. I have emailed him a couple of times, as he always requests the citizens do about issues, only to hear nothing back. Someone needs to check with TopGolf and see if he still is reporting for duty… And I agree with Mr. Clarke completely. Too bad he was voted out this past election.

  5. Hi everyone, I’m with the Augusta Disc Golf Association, and I would like to thank y’all for getting on Augusta 311 about the condition of our park. I have 5 or 6 open requests with them to mow, remove illegally dumped mattresses behind the BBQ pit, tame overgrowth, etc. We’ll see what happens with that lol. Anyway, our club is hosting a cleanup day this Saturday at 10:00 AM, in preparation for our “Throw at the O” tournament Sunday. We’ll be meeting on hole 16, which is directly behind the main casino, down by the water, and will be focusing on removing trash and some of the debris left by Gator dredging, as well as weed eating and other basic upkeep. If you’re free, we’d appreciate the extra hands! Thanks!

  6. IT IS TIME TO FIRE THE DEPARTMENT HEAD! Not only poor to no adequate results in carrying out tasks, but employee turnover is normally a clear sign the poor leadership exists in an organization. If the consulting firm is taking responsibility, why have a proven non-performer sit in his office smoking and joking?? And, hopefully, the commission has STRONG oversight of this multi million dollar contract!! Audit involved as part of contract? Don’t give us the Sammy Sias authority to award contracts without competition! Whoever authorized that stupidity should be gone just like Sammy!

  7. Just another example of Augusta political incompetence. If you are a Department Head in Augusta, it doesn’t matter what you do, we will bail you out with taxpayers’ money and you can continue to not do your job.

  8. I had to re-read the original Chronicle article from 2020 last night. The person responsible for all of this horse manure, was the then interim City Administrator. They were the one that shuffled through 150 applications, and whittled the list down to four, and then one person removed themselves from consideration. Down to three. They then put Mr. McDowell into the position. I’m ashamed that the Commissioners were “convinced” somehow, to bury this into the Consent Agenda, so there would be no discussion. This action simply adds another layer of cost, to EVERY Parks and Rec project. And yes, probably need to put out an “APB” on Commissioner Frantom, to try to find him. Very sad.

  9. Definition of “Insanity” – I agree with Mr. Coleman. Time for a new Parks and Rec department head. The current seems to be incompetent. Greene St, Riverwalk, parking pits to name a few, look absolutely awful. Westview cemetery is unkempt – this is not recent, it has been ongoing
    pre-pandemic. The new mayor elect needs to audit every single department to insure his name is not sullied by the “creative” accounting of the current department heads as well as commission and mayor, just my opinion.

  10. Columbia County, Burke County and North Augusta have all completed massive building projects and they all used existing directors to oversee the projects. Incompetence follows incompetence in Augusta.

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