Column: Augusta Commission wins Cooper’s ‘Turkey Flock of the Year Award’
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I wouldn’t exactly say we should be thankful for spending $7 million to hire supposedly impartial consultants instead of fixing the problems – like getting McDowell off the payroll.
TAP should have you investigate and write about Columbia County. Especially Scott Johnson and his merry men and women.
Sylvia: thank you for being the only source of reliable info on our absolutely useless commission and far too many low performing employees. I am commenting from Saigon, Vietnam, a prosperous, clean, well run city. Sadly, your reliable reporting gives my blood pressure pills a run for keeping me rolling. Our fair city could thrive if only the commission and many of our useless city leaders would do their duty. My hope and prayers go with our new mayor. As a new guy on the job, I strongly recommend that he start his term by calling for an immediate audit of all Augussta government. That will permit a solid starting point for the way ahead. At the moment, Sylvia knows more about the Augusta departments than the current credit card mystery mayor, commission and most directors! DON’T SLOW DOWN SYLVIA!!!!
Augusta politics are a stinky toilet full of S–T that someone forgot to flush!
Sylvia as always your article is spot on! Two canons of the CODE OF ETHICS FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS were violated by 7 commissioners in broad daylight. Taxpayers need to be aware that 7 Commissioners voted to violate the law and their oath of office with their votes. Thumbing their nose at the law! Bringing in Fennoy and Todd for their delegate comments smelled of “back room dealings” and the public needs to be reminded that Fennoy and Todd no longer sit on the commission nor do they have a vote…
§ 30.02 CANON ONE – A COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHALL OBEY THE LAW.
County Commissioners shall support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the state and the laws enacted by the Congress of the United States and the General Assembly.
(Ord. passed 12-4-2006)
§ 30.03 CANON TWO – A COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHOULD UPHOLD THE INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICE.
County Commissioners should demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fortitude in all their public activities in order to inspire public confidence and trust in county government. County Commissioners should participate in establishing, maintaining and enforcing, and should themselves observe, high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of their Office may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further these objectives.
Thanks for the smiles this morning! I think the RC 🦃 in leadership mostly all say “Gobble Gobble Gobble” cause they are in it to Gobble anything benefitting them. Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving!
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THESE SUGGESTIONS? – SURELY NONE OF THEM PASSED. It just shows the competency of the person that suggested them. The whole Code Enforcement Division (which all cities in the USA use as a name) needs to have a complete evaluation.
QUOTE FROM ABOVE COLUMN: “The city’s planning department director Carla Delaney wants a kinder, gentler Code Enforcement division, starting with changing the name to Code Compliance which, of course, signals there won’t be any enforcement going on regarding that car with no tires sitting up on concrete blocks in your front yard. Or the tree that fell through your roof last year you haven’t gotten around to doing anything about other than putting a real good tarp over it. They’re just going to leave a little notice on your doorknob as an introduction and ask you to comply with wishes for you to cut your two-foot-high grass.
And perchance you don’t have a lawnmower, the new “Supply to Comply” program will supply you with a voucher so you can rent one at taxpayers’ expense. If perchance some thief in the night makes off with the rented lawnmower, that will be at taxpayers’ expense too.
DeLaney also wants to take away code inspectors’ Kevlar vests and change the name to Code Compliance to remove any stigma from consistently letting your grass grow so high that snakes feel right at home living there, any sense that it’s akin to being a criminal.”
We are thankful for your columns and the efforts of TAP to keep us informed. My math skills are not what they were, but the 7-2 vote to violate Georgia’s monument law means someone was absent. Wait, let me guess. Sean Framton. Can his commissioner pay be docked for excessive absences? He’d be fired from a for-profit business for his no-shows.
The 7 Augusta Commissioners that voted to remove the name of Jefferson Davis and the six markers from the Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge are nothing more than Social Terrorists committing Cultural Genocide. Augusta’s Taliban 7 have conspired to violate Georgia Law. They should be charged with Criminal Attempt, Criminal Solicitation, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime and Abuse of Governmental Office.
I always look forward to reading your column each week. Keep up the good work of letting the citizens of Richmond County know the truth about our so-called leaders and the misspending of our tax dollars. The new mayor is going to have a very difficult time dealing with all the problems the current mayor and commissioners have created. Wish him the best.
For the 799th time it’s evident only 2 commissioners have a spine, I fail to see why the others show up, other than to make a motion to bring attention to themselves rather than addressing issues within the county.
I make a motion as well. How about all those who approve loaning equipment out to residents to use and abuse, spend their weekends repairing such equipment. I also propose it’s done at Ms Delaney’s home since she created this rapidly approaching train wreck. Is there ever ANY consideration paid to the fact that this type of program will require maintenance and management? I think I just answered my own question.
Still curious why they went into executive session to discuss the bridge..isn’t that a sunshine law violation?
You have created another gem. I agree with your list of things to be thankful for. Not completely sure about the “comfort” regarding the Scott Johnson issue. We shall see. Happy Thanksgiving !!