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Editorial Board: Code enforcement can change its name but not its mission 



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Blighted buildings across the landscape of Augusta are arguably one of the biggest issues facing the “Garden City,” just behind the never-ending challenge of ri...

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  1. How does one ARC locate, hire, and employ such a huge group of managers and administrators who cannot perform their duties, analyze their department’s performance, identify problems, and implement effective solutions? Does she really believe that renaming the department will solve any actual problems? Did any commissioner ask her what the renaming will cost in terms of new letterhead and forms, uniforms, vehicle signage, computer system changes, etc. She doesn’t know. An ARC official’s response to every problem is to delay, distract, dis-inform, divide, and distance themselves from that issue.

  2. EDITORIAL, you didn’t mention she, CARLA DELANEY, Director of the Planning and Development Department proposed that $50,000 be given (from taxpayers) for her suggested “Comply and Supply” – providing rental tools to those that are violating code, much against – I pay mine and, I can’t afford to pay someone else’s. I am totally against the name change and taking vests away from enforcement officers. Code Enforcement should be closely reviewed, the problem of enforcing violators has been a long ongoing problem for many years. Code enforcement officers should have the help of law enforcement if needed (i.e., presenting people with written code violations or assisting the code enforcement officer if there is a danger). Laws need to be reviewed and changed if necessary to solve the history and growing out-of-control blight problems. I believe there are many laws that should be changed to help enforce the codes better, and we need to approach our state government for changes. Blight and Crime go hand in hand.

  3. There has never been an effective system for real code enforcement in this city due to the lack of support by the governing body. Anyone doesn’t understand doesn’t know the definition of code enforcement.

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