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Sylvia Cooper: Commissioners travel to Colorado for continuing education

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Citizens can breathe easy this week because most Augusta commissioners are in the great state of Colorado for the National Association of County Officers conven...

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  1. Another gem. Thank You ! You did make a point, and it caused me to question — WHY is an OUT-GOING Mayor or Commissioner attending out of State, OR COUNTRY “Conferences” this year, on the taxpayers dime ????!! January 2, 2023 cannot get here fast enough. The behavior of certain Commissioners at last Tuesday’s meeting, regarding Gold Cross, was actually embarrassing. Since they do not pay for their own fuel, I guess it is a difficult concept for them to grasp that Gold Cross is currently paying out $25,000 a month in diesel fuel, and they need assistance. Just SMH…

  2. I’m curious do any Columbia County Commissioners go to these meetings? We need Gold Cross to get the subsidy and give us the great service they use to provide. We all know the inflation costs of fuel and supplies has doubled and Augusta Richmond County deserves a quick responsive Amubulance service for all.

    • I don’t know about meetings, but several years back they went to a Savannah “retreat” and lived high off the hog on the Riverfront, to include dinner at Ruth’s Chris steakhouse. That didn’r sit well with a lot of taxpayers, including me. That stunt hasn’t been repeated that I know of.

  3. In my opinion John Clarke, and Dennis Williams had no reason to attend the NACO convention to be wined and dined and spend taxpayer dollars. At lease Ben Hasan did right thing and stayed home. The only project that I know that some to Augusta from a NACO convention which was in Charlotte, NC, is Project Access. Where doctors volunteer their services to Richmond County residences who are below 200% the poverty line below the of 65 that doesn’t have health insurance. That was brought by Commissioner Steve Shepard, and me. Project Access was champion by Dr, Terry Cook from the medical community.

  4. I wonder if they will remember that weed is not legal in GA when they return from their woke training sessions in CO. Might be good to have a reporter and photographer at the airport to capture the TSA drug dog pointing on a commissioner’s luggage.

  5. Well, there should be a consent agenda from the citizens demanding an informational forum and “trip report” from the attending Commissioners about what they “learned” and how those concepts could, should, or not apply to our County.
    Every corporation, government entity, and especially the military files such a report upon returning from such conferences. It serves as a forum of open discussion and a validation that they actually participated.
    If they found nothing useful at all-perhaps, they could seek to become presenters at the next Conference. For surely, we are a beacon of a transparent government, technologically advance, inclusive, and diverse county, that values our parks, recreational areas and definitely education.
    Perhaps…but please don’t call me Shirley

  6. Only in Richmond County would they play chicken with the ambulance service of all things while spending big bucks on travel for themselves. These commissioners know they have a mostly apathetic constituency too ignorant to care.

  7. Davis also said, “There is this notion in Augusta that if I minimalize opportunities for those that we elected, we’re still going to be a successful city, and that is the most foolish thing I have ever heard.” It seems to me that if we elected people who actually knew what they were doing, they would not need to spend our money in order for them to find out how to do their job. There are thousands if not millions of teleconferences every year. I find it hard to believe that these “new ideas and concepts” can’t be shared that way. It certainly seems to work for many of us!

  8. Just take away the mayors and commissioners travel expenses and gas allowance, and give that to Gold Cross. They knew what they were getting into when they ran for office. Or did they think this is an expense free position, and just get in it for the perks? Dang, I think I just answered my own question!!

  9. If I am in dire need of an ambulance at my residence, should I tell the 911 operator that I am a paying customer? Will the operator relate this info to Gold Cross dispatch? I know this comment is in bad taste, but Gold Cross is experiencing an uptick in indigent calls, and the county should take this into consideration. Commissioners could easily cut some costs in other departments to help Gold Cross remain a viable business. However, I will admit that I am not privy to many of our county government’s monetary decisions.

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