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Sylvia Cooper Column: Augusta Commission pontifications target sheriff’s office request

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Augusta Commissioner John Clarke asked members of the commission’s public safety committee to spend $60,000 for cameras to put in high-crime areas of the city, and Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s chief deputy Pat Clayton was on the agenda to present the item. Unfortunately, ...

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  1. Augusta already had money for mentorship..it was called my brothers keeper..and we know which brother was the keeper..I cannot believe criminal charges for fraud have not been filed..

  2. They should put all crime supression matters under Parks & Recreation who could use the facilities to host and house local gunfighters. (tranlate: our jails are already over capacity) Why not make it illegal for criminals to own guns. (Translate: criminals do own guns they use but have them on loan from pawnshops). Get local businesses involved in supressing crime. (translate: TopGolf could sponsor a program such as “PLAY WITH GOLFBALLS NOT GUNS.”

  3. Why don’t the commissioners get with Hardie and use My Brothers Keepers mentorship program. It also sounds like the entire County Commission have been using Kamala Harris’ “Speaking Skills 101”

  4. All you have to do is read the comments from the commissioner’s to realize how dumb and naïve this group appears to be when it comes to doing the right things for Augusta. Yeah and don’t forget Dennis Williams comment about being careful who is elected. It’s the Democrats vs the Republican’s surely we don’t want anyone who might care about Augusta and it’s citizens.

  5. Conversation alone solves no problems. There must be action and doing the same thing over and over will lead to the same results. Sadly, far too many children are born to parents who do not know how to love, cherish, support and teach their children how to live in the world and become contributing members of society. It is not enough to feed them when they are hungry, give them a cell phone to play with and pat them on the head from time to time. It does not take a village or a school or a recreation department to raise a child it takes a loving and caring family.

  6. They have a “rescue” show on TV for every conceivable business – bars, restaurants, homesteads, etc. Surely someone out there wants to produce and air/stream “The Government Rescue Show”, starring Augusta-Richmond County. Bring in a British chef who swears at the department heads and employees until they get it right.

  7. 1. COUNTY DEPARTMENT’s REQUEST AN AMENDMENT TO ITS’ BUDGET

    IT HAPPENED TO BE THE SHERIFF’s OFFICE THAT SUBMITTED A
    REQUEST FOR A BUDGET MODIFICATION ( 60 Surveillance Cameras ) .
    NO ONE FROM THE DEPARTMENT SHOWED UP TO PRESENT THE
    REQUEST (AND ANSWER QUESTIONS) .
    A MOTION TO TABLE WAS APPROPRIATE.
    NO DISCUSSION WAS NEEDED .
    NO COLUMN IN THE AUGUSTA PRESS WAS NEEDED .
    PUT IT ON THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING AND NOTIFY THE
    DEPARTMENT TO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE THERE TO PRESENT IT .

    2. EMPLOYEE LAWSUIT SETTLED FOR EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND
    ($800,000.00) TAXPAYER DOLLARS

    THE CASE HAD BEEN IN THE FEDERAL COURT FOR ABOUT TEN (10)
    YEARS . THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT HAD DISMISSED ALL THE
    ALLEGATIONS OF THE COMPLAINT .
    THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHELD THE DISMISSAL
    BY THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALL THOSE NUMEROUS ALLEGATIONS
    ——— EXCEPT ONE ——- SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION .
    IF THERE WAS SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION, THE FACTS SUPPORTING THAT
    ALLEGATION WERE NOT LAID OUT IN THE COLUMN.
    WHAT WERE THE FACTS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO A JURY
    THAT WOULD PROVE ——- SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION——— TO THE
    EXTENT THAT A JURY WOULD AWARD EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND
    ($800,000.00) TAXPAYER DOLLARS ???

    3. QUESTION
    WERE THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THE GRATUITIES CLAUSE OF THE
    GEORGIA CONSTITUTION (ARTICLE III , SECTION VI , PARAGRAPH VI )
    CONSIDERED BY THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS PRIOR TO THEIR VOTE
    TO PAY THE NEW RICHMOND COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER
    SOME FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND ($55,000.00) TAXPAYER DOLLARS AS
    SEVERANCE PAY FOR VOLUNTARILY TAKING A PROMOTION FROM
    DEPUTY TAX COMMISSIONER —— TO ——- TAX COMMISSIONER
    —— at a higher salary ???
    IF THE AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS EXCUSE FOR THIS “SEVERANCE PAY”
    IS SOME COUNTY POLICY —-
    DOES THIS POLICY VIOLATE THE GEORGIA CONSTITUTION ???

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