Commissioners tour Riverwalk for safety concerns

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, June 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A brutal attack is prompting some action from Augusta leaders. The mayor and four commissioners went sightseeing on the Riverwalk Monday morning, and it's all about safety and improvement.

News 12 was the first to report that several lights were out along the Riverwalk. Commissioners say that's a great place to start.

"I think this would be a great hiding place for anyone wanting to do mischief," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

"I have a problem with everything we just passed being really high, it's a problem," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Leaders pointed out problems and safety issues along the Riverwalk.

"We have a lot of overgrown limbs that need to be pruned at some point. They could break off and cause an issue," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

"This one's out too. So far, I think I've seen more non-working lights than those that do," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

Leaders want better-lit areas after Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee were attacked last month.

"It looks like it's supposed to have two bulbs. Some only have one, and others don't have any," Mason said.

"We can't do anything with cameras because we have no visibility here. When you look at things like that, visibility is very limited," Johnson said.

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