January 5, 2006
Mayor Deke Copenhaver tries to build teamwork with the Augusta commission with plans for a retreat, a retreat that may be the key to breaking the gridlock on the commission.
Today Mayor Copenhaver finalized plans for that commission Retreat. You'll remember commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to have one.
It will be held next Thursday in Augusta at the old Government building.
Mayor Copenhaver is calling it a team building exercise.
He says leaders from the university of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be on hand to help commissioners talk through some of their differences.
Right now, Copenhaver says several commissioners are not even speaking to each other.
He is hoping that the retreat will ease some of the racial tension and prevent future gridlock on key decisions like we saw on Tuesday.
“I think it will be a good opportunity to clear the air and really start to bring the commission together as a unit and I think you will see the commission function better in the following Tuesday’s meeting,” Deke Copenhaver said.
The clerk of commission says the last time commissioners had a retreat was in 1997 when former City Administrator George Kolb organized one.
Andy cheek did tell me that in the past, many commissioners have not shown up.
And as far as cost... No word yet on exactly how much this retreat will cost taxpayers.