Augusta commissioners vote after 4-hour meeting


News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It was a marathon four-hour meeting on Tuesday for Augusta commissioners.

Skittlez Club Owner Timothy Lowery was at a loss for words after commissioners voted to suspend his business license for 90 days. The club also has one year of probation after pictures surfaced showing a nude stripper on stage with a 16-year-old.

"We could have asked for a complete revocation of their license like the sheriff wanted. We gave them life," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

A plan to develop two of Augusta's historic mills got the green light. Commissioners vote 9 to 1 to spend $300,000 on research to see if there's a future for King and Sibley mills.

City leaders want Georgia Regents University to use the area for dorms.

"I'm so excited about the mills project. Any investment we make into this, I feel like we're going to get back," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

Commissioners voted to approve three exemptions to add to the trash service. Exemptions for people with 300-foot driveways was changed to 200. You no longer have to show proof of another service if you're exempt.

"Farmers who have 10 acres or more and with the gate program are exempt as long as one residence dwelling ties into that property," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

After four weeks of debate about the ambulance contract, commissioners voted 6 to 4 to have the administrator renegotiate a contract with Gold Cross.

"We are excited, we have the opportunity to stay in Richmond County. We've been community supporters since 2004," said Gold Cross CEO Vince Brogdon.

Some issues settled, and others ... not so much.


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