Mayor Davis appeared relieved on March 5th when commissioners honored his request for a new vehicle.
“I’m just pleased the commission took action today and that we no longer have to keep having that conversation,” said Mayor Davis after the March 5th vote.
Commissioners approved going out for bids on a Chevy Tahoe, but is it going to be the mayor’s car or a staff car?
“I’m going to use the car I am the mayor and as such the mayor will use this vehicle,” said Mayor Hardie Davis.
But the written proposal before commissioners said it would be used by the Mayor’s office.
“He’s staying the staff needs it so why is he driving it if its for the staff so it’s changing already,” said Commissioner Marion Williams.
If you see a city vehicle almost always there will be a city logo on it,but The mayor says his vehicle will not.
“The code does not require it to be,” said Mayor Davis.
“So it won’t say city of Augusta?
“That’s correct and that’s consistent with he city code,” said Mayor Davis.
But state law says a seal or decal is required on government vehicles except for law enforcment, the mayors; vehicle can be exempted from having a logo however that would have to be approved by the commission but only two weeks after there’s a public hearing on it.
“I’m not playing any more games now we’re done playing games we’re not saving the taxpayers any more we’re spending tax payers money like it’s water and I have a problem with that,” said Commissioner Marion Williams.
Commissioners are looking for clarification on who will drive the suv and about whether logo’s and whether a public hearing is required at next weeks commission meeting however the mayor pointing to city ordiance -6435- passed in 2001 that exempts law enforcement as well as mayor vehicles from logos.