Can Augusta's Commissioners fire Coliseum Authority members who refuse to move on the James Brown Arena?

Thursday, June 27, 2019
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The James Brown Arena won't move because several members of the commission won't budge on a plan. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Where will the new James Brown Arena go? It's a questions that's divided city leaders.

The question was brought up again on Thursday.

There's been no progress since residents voted to keep the JBA downtown. That was more than one year ago.

Commissioners said Thursday some members of the Coliseum Authority have deliberately undermined the city.

The Coliseum Authority, the group in charge of the JBA, originally agreed to follow what the people of Augusta voted for.
So according the city, the authority was supposed to immediately move forward with studies, design plans, all the works. But instead, whenever the Coliseum Authority met, four of its members continuously voted to not do anything downtown.

Simply put, for almost 14 months now, they've been at a stalemate.

"If we're going to build a new arena, we need to get serious and talk about building a new arena and we need to come up with the location,” Augusta District 1 Commissioner Bill Fennoy said.

This is a hot topic, so naturally there was a bit of tension. At one point, there was a motion to get rid of the 4 Coliseum Authority members who refuse to get on board with the downtown location.

Commissioners could not decide. The Augusta Legal Department wants to first be sure if they're legally capable of removing members who keep stalling progress.

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