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Sylvia Cooper: Augusta Commission examines multiple cans of worms

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Local resident Kevin de l’Aigle opened a can of worms Tuesday when he asked Augusta commissioners whatever happened to the Keep Augusta Beautiful initiative duri...

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  1. TUESDAY !!!! Let the disfunction continue…! Excellent article, BTW. Keep Augusta Beautiful apparently is another of those accounts that have no control, and blatantly has been criminally used for “others” benefit. All associated with the “check writing”, should be criminally prosecuted. They KNEW what they were doing was underhanded, and they signed those checks. THEY can cut the grass for a couple years on Greene Street and the cemeteries.

  2. Has anyone in the Augusta judiciary circuit heard enough to call for a special grand jury investigation yet? The way Scott Hudson keeps finding these special accounts with checks being written by employees to themselves and another instance of circumventing procurement should warrant a serious look by some outside law enforcement agency. This is just plain thumbing your nose at the taxpayers at this point..and blatantly so…

  3. Thank you Sylvia Cooper for keeping the spotlight on the self serving corrupt politicians plaguing Augusta. If you remember several years ago, certain Commissioners pushed to do away with check the box for whether you are or are not a convicted felon on applications for the city of Augusta. This allowed for the perfect storm in fleecing taxpayers money . Look at the Procurement Department closely. Look how contracts are rewarded and others are denied. Current and former Politicians influence who and what contracts are given. It ranges from the storm water fee money and how the splost money fee is spent in the past. And don’t forget about to retention ponds. Just so happens that from my observation it’s all about enriching friends and family. This brings me to my final point, what we have here in the city of Augusta is organized corruption and crime being committed. And all participants should be indicted under the RICO Act !!!

  4. The Augusta Richmond County goverment is so crooked that they flaunt it in our faces with no worry of being called out or having a full audit done on the finances. Approve a audit and watch the rats and roaches run or turn on one another. This city is such a joke.

  5. Regarding Sylvia’s column: what ever happened to responsibility, nobility, honesty, openness, determination, follow-through, and ability. We are experiencing none of these. We have obfuscation and corruption. There is no long range plan for Augusta, because something like that would get in the way of the petty bickering over trivialities. So we end up on the short end every time, and have to listen to our incompetent “ leaders” telling us things we all know are t true.
    Maybe it’s time for a blue ribbon group of people to become an organized watchdog force to hold the impotent corrupt government accountable. I’m not sure who else can save us from the moral decay we see around us every day. Hats off to Sylvia for what she’s doing and for God’s sake keep supporting the Augusta Press

  6. Thankyou Sylvia for keeping the pressure on our “hot air/no action” Augusta/Richmond County government!! Everywhere you look, along with the great follow-up by Scott Hudson, reflects ineptitude, total lack of oversight by anyone, and worst of all, a great fear of having our government offices, starting with departing mayor Hardie Davis, audited by an OUTSIDE agency!! Time to fire or jail some of these city employees who are flim flamming our citizens!

  7. Until I became involved with our neighborhood association, I had no idea just how corrupt these bureaucrats are. Three different departments handle the same areas. It’s a labyrinth deliberately set up to cover misdeeds and avoid responsibility. I don’t know how this can be rectified other than starting over from scratch. With the exception of a few persons who truly do their jobs as public servants, the rest need to go.

  8. Commissioners a simply laughing their arshes off as we complain about their dereliction…nothing we can do about it…those who voted them in simply ignore their theft and malfeasance…sad sad sad

  9. Replying to Mr. Doug Herman’s comment… first off I want to thank you for seeing what I see. I am on the Commission because I got elected to be a voice for the people, my constituents and citizens of ARC whether they reside in District 3 or not… I represent ALL! I did say that Commissioners are talking but not walking the talk. It’s frustrating!! I look at my mentor Barbara Sims who in this article brought up the same thing and nothing has been done. Look where we are same place back then as today. Nothing accomplished on that end. I will continue to stay on it.

    • And as we shared the other day, same Clown Car, save for a couple of Commissioners. Pretty much has been this way, since I got transferred here in 1988. Only some of the faces have changed. The end result has been the same.

  10. JAMES HERMAN posed the most germane question today
    “Who is responsible for oversight of Keep Augusta Beautiful ?”
    TOM SWIFT had the best suggestion today —-

    “Maybe it’s time for a blue ribbon group of people to become an organized watchdog (GO DAWGS) force to hold the incompetent, corrupt government accountable .”

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