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Michael Meyers: Richmond County needs to focus on developing community amenities



(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column of those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Augusta Press.) 

Let me apologize in advance for the sudden change. Because of me, and only me, my column will now be a Wednesday column. My church schedule makes it hard fo...

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  1. Augusta should be more worried about why so many employees have access to checking accounts and why they can write themselves checks without any oversight. There needs to be some procurement changes too..writing 3 checks in one day to circumvent the procurement process should be a no no. It should be changed to a set amount in a calendar amount…as in $5000 within a 90 day period should also have to go through procurement…or does anybody other than Scott Hudson care?

  2. WHY COLUMBIA COUNTY IS SO ATTRACTIVE ? A major reason is the totally disfunctional “kick it down the road” Augusta Commission…steal citizen monies… those who voted in Mayor Davis & the firebrand commissioners are ok with stealing monies from citizen taxes…wasteful spending…failure to maintain Augusta beautification….wasting time on monument removal….(but there am getting ahead of myself again….”move west folk go west” ….

  3. Michael, I enjoy your columns, comments and questions. However, you should know this answer way, way before you ask it. Columbia County has a FAR SUPERIOR LIFESTYLE, quality of living than Richmond County. It has far better maintained parks and recreation facilities. It has not just a little but vastly better school system. It has an extremely better Sheriff’s department and so much less crime per capita. Everything in Columbia County is done for the betterment of “ALL” the citizens, not just the few. The facilities are spread over the whole county, the county government works with the builder/developers to create more places to live at all available price ranges, other than poor. We discourage poor people from living in Columbia County to lessen the criminal element. I could go on and on, but you get the point!

  4. Many years ago I had a neighbor who recently had moved here from the VA area. We were talking and she said she was so glad to live in our W. Augusta neighborhood because it was very convenient and quiet. She said that when they were looking, all the real estate agent wanted to show them was Col. Cty. property, but she was glad they landed where they did. Schools is the biggest reason people go to CC if they are young families. People in CC are quick to turn up their noses at RC, but they don’t mind working jobs here or packing our restaurants. Your idea of a sports complex is a good one, as long as it’s privately developed. Richmond County Parks and Rec is incapable of running a facility of this sort, or pretty much anything else. Glad to be looking forward to a Wednesday column.

  5. I moved here in 1994. At that time, and ever since, the primary reason I hear advancing CC over RC is the quality of schools or at least the perception of the quality of education. On average, CC schools probably are better, but I remain unconvinced that the quality is radically better. People should also note that the RC magnet schools rank very favorably nationally.

    As for personal preference, CC has not been desirable for me due to the rapid growth related traffic. I had no desire to deal with that on a regular basis.

    As for amenities, the reason RC has fallen behind is the stubborn focus on the 8 individual commission districts rather that dealing with all of Augusta. The Peach Jam is a great example of how NA did things better. Rather than having a multitude of one or two court Rec Centers like Augusta, they built one center with great amenities. Organizers don’t want to coordinate the logistics of moving teams from one venue to another. Augusta would do well to select three or four locations throughout the community and focus on large facilities that can cater to a variety of activities. Not only would make it easier to promote events, it would cost far less to operate and maintain that the dozens of smaller buildings.

    • The only thing Augusta politicians focus on is their pockets..how many times do we have to hear about accounts that have been bled dry with no receipts? How many employees are writing themselves checks? How many multiple checks below the procurement total to circumvent the system? Where did all the generators and pressure washers go? Where did the My Brothers Keepers funds go? How did Hardie hire a college student to do nothing for a huge amount of money and be the only one that knows about it and refuses to divulge anything about it? How did Hardie use stolen valor in a military town and why isn’t Alvin Mason chewing his ass out about it..and lastly? Where are his damn credit card receipts..all of them? The only two commissioners worth a crap are McKnight and Clarke..the rest are just bloviated douchecanoes…

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