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Augusta Commission Decorum Debated

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An Augusta Commissioner offers up an olive branch to improve how city leaders get along.

Commissioner Bill Lockett wants to put the bickering in the past, and encourage Commissioners to be respectful of each other.

Other Commissionersm however, have pointed the finger at Lockett, saying his actions have led to often bitter and personal disagreements on the Commission.

"It's called practice what you preach. He needs to read the book in depth. If you go back and check all the minutes, and the reviews, Mister Lockett. You know, always look around your home base first," says Commissioner Grady Smith, who often butts heads with Lockett.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy was highly critical of Lockett's comments to a weekly newspaper following his vote on privatizing the Augusta Public Transit Department.

Fennoy read the article and said he was "very disappointed, very disappointed".

Lockett is saying he wants Commissioners to get along better, but should he be the one saying it?

"Are you the problem?" we asked Lockett. "I don't see it that way, I see it as I'm a Commissioner, he's trying to do the very best job he can do and if I don't agree with them, which often I don't agree, but I think there is a cordial way to do it. If they want to point the finger at me, I'm man enough to take the blame. It doesn't bother me one bit," Lockett said.

Lockett says he plans to change his ways around fellow Commissioners. He says he believes discussion about decorum will help Commissioners get along better.

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