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Parks and Rec department director tries ‘bait and switch’ tactic with Augusta commissioners

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Members of the Public Services Committee were expecting to hear a presentation from Augusta Parks and Recreation Director Maurice McDowell on May 31 asking for the $1 million allocated through federal American Recovery Plan funding be released for renovations and improvements at Riverwalk and Diamo...

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  1. I have never met him but I really don’t like this McDowell guy. How did he come to be in charge of the Parks Department? Can Augusta find someone better, more honest? I imagine he and Davis are buddies.

  2. Sell the Boathouse and get it back on the tax rolls instead of putting $1.5 Million into it and getting very little in return. Threre was a buyer for the Boathouse willing to pay $1.2 million and assume the existing problems. Ask why that deal did not proceed.

  3. Do any of Augusta’s department heads ever get up from their desks, go to the facilities under their management, inspect them, make a list of the required corrective maintenance, and then prioritize the list contents as line items in their department budget? Does Augusta have a consolidated maintenance work order database that allows employees to create and file a work order request to be triaged and tracked to closure?

    Can TAP publish an Augusta government organization chart that shows all the department heads and their minions, down to the type and number of hourly employees they supervise? Copies of the department heads’ resumes would be interesting too. Yes, it will require a FOIA request, at least $2500, and a court order, but it would be worth it. BTW, when TAP files the FOIA request, also request copies of all the checks written on the mayor’s MBK account listed on this website – https://appweb2.augustaga.gov/Budget/Watch/checkregister.html. And the commissioners turn a blind eye to this?

  4. It would be interesting to know how this man was put in this position. If he worked for a private company, he would have been shown the door immediately. Same old same old in the local Government.

  5. Please TAP, follow up on Mr. Antonacci’s questions. It appears the McDowell is in way over his head. An audit is probably needed in this department as well. The government officials have done little to maintain any existing properties over the years. Conveniently the last two, Covid has been their excuse. Riverwalk, Olmsted stadium, Diamond Lakes, Broad St curbing, fountains, parking pits etc. all have fallen into disrepair. With all the eyesores and mismanaged money it’s time for a new director of Parks and Rec. As a footnote – perhaps a small amount of money could be used to purchase and maintain the downtown sculpture’s for Augusta’s sculpture trail. This would be money well spent , ask the Arts Council.

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