Commissioners vote on cab contract, meeting times

Tuesday, April 18 was a busy day for Augusta commissioners.

They voted to end the exclusive contract that radio cab has with the airport.

That means starting June 30, any licensed cab company can do business with Augusta Regional.

This comes after a heated debate over what some called a monopoly at the airport.

Also Tuesday, in a 6 to 3 vote, commissioners voted not to change their meeting times.

Commissioner Andy Cheek made the motion. As News 12 first reported, Cheek has missed over 15 city meetings so far this year.

Cheek said he missed the meetings because he's not able to get off work at SRS. But he told us his bid to change the meeting times to the evenings was not a selfish move.

He says he wants to put Augusta's Commission in line with other cities' meetings.

"We're the only local government in the CSRA that meets at this time of the day. I think it's more tradition than makes sense," Cheek said. "It's a part-time position. Many of us have jobs that are on the commission. Plus all the citizens that attend the meeting for zoning or other issues have their business day interrupted."

The three commissioners who voted for changing the meeting times were Don Grantham, Andy Cheek, and Jimmy Smith.

Commissioner Marion Williams said he was not in favor of changing the meeting times because staying later would result in having to pay overtime to some staff members who work in the building.


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