Shortest Augusta Commission meeting of the year

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at 11 o'clock/ Oct. 1, 2013

Augusta,Ga--Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler was not in a good mood. "Now you're fixing to push buttons you have never seen before, I'm not talking," said HCD Director Chester Wheeler.

He had mixed feelings after commissioners voted to have an outside review team come and check out his department's handling of Laney Walker Revitalization.

"I would say given the fact that program is under extreme scrutiny. We just want to make sure the dollars are going where they need to go," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Patrons can still attend Club Pure Platinum. Owner Tyrone Davis turned his back to us after he was put on probation for 14 code violations. he later came back and said this...

"I'm allowed to get my money for my alcohol. I had an employee that was making a mistake every now and again putting in sales and we got rid of her," said Tyrone Davis.

He stopped talking again when asked about the death of 21-year-old Phillip Boynton in his clubs parking lot.

"This is the end of the interview," said Davis.

"I told him that we're not going to look very favorable at him if we see him again," said Commissioner Mason.

Commissioner Donnie Smith also decided against his idea of having a special workshop on an $11 million dollar communication plan, after it was mentioned that could be an unfair advantage to Motorola.

"The procurement department will handle this. There has been some criticism from other groups about the way it's been handled," said Commissioner Smith.

Commissioners stayed in the legal meeting for an hour and City Administrator Fred Russell was asked to leave. Now we're working to find out why.

More trees will also be taken down in Augusta, after leaders approved spending $500,000 to fund it.

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