July 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legal Action filed against Augusta City Council and mayor
In response to a violation of Georgia State law, legal action was filed against the mayor and members of the
Augusta (Georgia) City Council July 7th. The action was officially acknowledged and confirmed today by the clerk of Superior Court. The action was filed on behalf of the people of Georgia by
Georgia Heritage Council (GHC) and other plaintiffs.
GHC Chairman Jeff Davis states that "Augusta City Council was notified in writing back in late May that legal action
was imminent if the city didn't take remedial action to reverse their violation of state law." Davis said that “GHC and citizens across Georgia were outraged
by the Augusta mayor's unilateral removal of flags at the Augusta Riverwalk, as well as the alteration of the stone memorials, at the base of those
“The memorials were an integral part of the historical display honoring past
military service by Georgia citizens, from colonial times to the present. It is even more of a concern to learn that,
not only was the act a unilateral decision made by Augusta’s mayor without the color of official governmental action,
but the removal was done at the telephoned request of a Georgia organization on behalf of its sister organization in South Carolina,
which was to have a convention at the hotel adjacent to the Riverwalk…
“Regardless of the reason for the removal and alterations, however, this
unilateral act was in clear violation of the laws of the State of Georgia… GHC sincerely and repeatedly expressed hopes that this matter could be
resolved short of protracted litigation, and GHC invited positive suggestions that could bring this issue to a mutually
satisfactory conclusion.” The city failed to respond in any way.
Davis suggested that Augusta taxpayers should ask their city officials several obvious questions. Why are taxpayer resources being squandered
in legal expenses that could easily have been avoided? Why did the former mayor violate Georgia law and fail to correct the violation after being notified?
Why would the city condone the desecration of a monument to Georgia's veterans? "We tried all reasonable means to get satisfaction short of litigation," Davis said.
The GHC’s purposes include “to preserve and protect the history and heritage
of the State of Georgia, the South, and the United States from the colonies to the present.”
For further information, contact:
Jeff Davis, Chairman, GHC, Gainesville, Ga. Telephone 770 297-4788
Woody Highsmith, Director, GHC, Augusta, Ga. Telephone 706 860-3396
J. A. Davis is a retired radio and
television journalist living in Gainesville, Georgia. He is
volunteer Chairman of the Georgia Heritage Council.
Related Press Releases
Augusta City Council and mayor notified of impending legal action - Press Release May 23, 2005
Augusta Flag Defense UPDATE - Press Release November 18, 2004
Appeal for Contributions to Litigate Augusta Riverwalk heritage violation - Press Release November 3, 2004
Augusta Riverwalk Violation in Review - A Listing
Contact: Telephone 770 297-4788 P-6, 2360 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesvlle,