Augusta, GA -
Stating over when it comes to the bonds for the Augusta Municipal Building...
You might remember, back in March, the five member Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA) approved issuing $28 million on bonds for renovations of the "Marble Palace". But, three of the members already serve on other boards and, under city ordinance, they cannot serve on the URA
That means the bond vote was not proper and the city is going to have to try again with three new members.
"Which is unfortunate. I was not aware that the city ordinance was in place to bar them from serving it. At some point we got to get the board in place. It's been a long period of time, there's been a lot of debate, but we will get it done," says Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who recommended the three board members as Augusta Commissioners took weeks to come up with five names to serve on the agency. The Mayor says it's on him for the improper appointments, who were Henry Ingram, Terry Elam, and Larry Jones. Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young and Brad Owens are still members.
Commissioners are going to try and name three eligible members at their next meeting, on Thursday.