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Exchange heated at city meeting

ALBANY, Ga. -- Known for her calm, mild-mannered demeanor, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard reached a breaking point with Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell at the Albany City Commission's work session Tuesday, banging her gavel to cut Postell off as he railed against Water, Gas & Light Commission policies.

"I will not be short-changed," Postell said as Hubbard cut him off.

"My intention is not to short-change you," Hubbard said. "But you have strayed into an area that is not on the agenda. We know the money (requested and approved for WG&L expenditures) was used as the ordinance was written; these people have not misused that money.

"When you want to discuss this further and it's on the agenda, we will."

Postell had initially questioned WG&L Finance Director John Vansant about annual stipends of some $8,400 given to four utility executives in lieu of their using WG&L vehicles, money Postell called "bonuses." Vansant acknowledged that the practice had been implemented by Water, Gas & Light Executive Director Lem Edwards "10 or 12 years ago."

Then Postell turned his remarks to the WG&L board, which is appointed by the City Commission.

"If someone on that board is giving the city's money away, we need to get them off ASAP," the Ward VI commissioner said. "They're doing work that is clandestine."

When Postell started talking about Edwards, Hubbard cut him off.

"Your director is not superior to the city manager," Postell said. "When you do things we do not know about, citizens think ..."

Hubbard rapped her gavel.

"It is not fair for you to share your opinion on the general manager with (Vansant and WG&L Assistant General Manager Keith Goodin) when Mr. Edwards is not here," Hubbard said. "Mr. Vansant and Mr. Goodin have no say in this matter.

"We appreciate your opinion, but it's an opinion that's going to require four votes from this table. They have provided information you requested, and now you're expressing your opinion about Mr. Edwards. We knew what your opinion was from the beginning."

Hubbard said after the meeting she'd encouraged Postell to speak about the matter of Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia reimbursement credits approved for use by WG&L to make repairs on the utility's building and to buy equipment. Postell had initially said the request was only for money to repair the roof on the building and to repair its elevator.

Minutes from the meeting at which the funding was approved, however, showed that WG&L officials had requested additional funds for specific equipment as well. The money allocated totalled $1 million.

"We gave Mr. Postell an opportunity to discuss that matter last week, but he chose not to," Hubbard said. "This was not the forum for him to bring it back up. And it was not the forum -- not in an open session like this -- for him to talk about someone who was not present."

Vansant said after the meeting that all expenditures, including funding for vehicles, is discussed before the entire City Commission and at least twice more in open WG&L meetings before being approved.

"Mr. Postell believes we should change the way we run an organization that has been run the same way for more than 100 years," the WG&L finance director said. "I believe he has a lot of anger about the emergency (rate) increase we passed earlier this year."

Comments

Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

HOLD the Presses Postell has the gall to say "If someone on that board is giving the city's money away, we need to get them off ASAP, they're doing work that is clandestine." Someone Please remind "Tax and Spend" Postell that he is the very person who after arguing for a millage rate increase immediately called for a City hand out to the Civil Rights Museum of $50,000.oo. Postell is just pissed at WG&L because they are trying to block him from STEALING more MEAG money before it runs out. Ok Mr.” Raise their Taxes so I can give it Away” Postell we are waiting for you to do as you say and GET OFF the City Commission.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Memo to Ms. D. Hubbard: "YOU GO, GIRL!!!!!"

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iko 2 years, 2 months ago

Postell is an ignoramus. Both he and Judy Bowles should be flogged for what they've done to our city.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Hubbard once again shows she is not taking any BS from Postel. This is about at least the 3rd time she has slammed her gavel and practically told Postel to shut the h3ll up.

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BAC 2 years, 2 months ago

Good for you Mayor Hubbard, it's about time someone put Postell in his place. Postell wants to control WG & L affairs, since Postell is all about money. Postell is upset due to not having a say on how WG & L spends that money.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

Sickem, Madam Mayor. Tommie Postell is a crook. In a clandestine act he conspired with Mr. Ethics (A Lott of bull) to take $40,000 out of city revenue and give it to one of his campaign contributors to repair his personal care facility. The AH essentially thwarted the conspiracy when it was discovered and AH published it. I suspect Postell of suffering from congenital cerebral infarction in addition to his poor character.

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Amazed2 2 years, 2 months ago

Gee Dorothy of Dougherty actually did something. Next time she needs to wack Postell on the Noggin for running his divisive fat mouth!!!! But this is Albany and people like Tommy Postell act like extremist unless it is for their cause. Tommy would like to raise the Taxpayer donation to the Civil Rights Museum I m sure. He helpd give them $50000 of our tax money in 2012. Basically the facility was built with little to no thought on how to operate it $$. Unfortunatey local black dont support it cause they charge a small admission fee.

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MRKIA 2 years, 2 months ago

THEY CAN SEE BLACK FOLKS BEAT-UP AND JAILED RIGHT AT HOME FOR FREE.

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B4it 2 years, 2 months ago

It is way past time for Postell to get off the City Commission. His racist comments (e.g. - we need another black on the Airport Commission), arrogant attitude with meeting disruptions (e.g. - coming in late, plopping his hat on the table while someone is speaking), and meeting outbursts (like the one in this article) are a few examples of why the people in Albany need to vote him out.

Albany needs some serious changes on the City, County and School Boards if there is going to be any future for this City!

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FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

Be careful what you wish for. You might get someone like, say that fellow Heard or Bush or June Bug. By the way is June Bug a preacher?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 2 months ago

June Bug is a former Coach at Dougherty High. There was a good candidate who ran against Postell last Nov. and I hope she will emerge again in 3 years to run in Postell's ward. Remember Mrs. McKinney. She will go far.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 2 months ago

You go, Mayor Hubbard!! Put your foot down because the last Mayor didn't with Postell. You are doing a good job!

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FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

No! No! Mayor Hubbard. Put your foot up, straight up Postell's posterior. Jes kiddin KA. I gave you a thumbs up.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Postell is an embarassment to all citizens of this town. He is a racist, pandering clown and unfortunatley, reflects upon those who vote for him.

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daisymae 2 years, 2 months ago

Go Mayor, Go Mayor !!! Can you get that egotistical, racist off the commission board as well. Mr. Postell ( I use Mr. lightly) is an embarrassment to the City of Albany, keeps the "race pot" stirred and wants anything he can get for free. I thought when David Williams and Art Williams were voted out we might be through with this garbage but obviously not.

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jglass 2 years, 2 months ago

All I can say is "AMEN". All of these comments are spot on!!!!!

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Outtahere 2 years, 2 months ago

I wish I could have been there.

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dingleberry 2 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps there are things done with WG&L money that may need more oversight. No specifics, but I recall the ill fated midnight attempt to buy the Suntrust Bldg on Broad for a new WG&L HQ and conversion of the present building to the much desired loft apartments. This one has apparently been forgotten but it was a big deal at the time. Perhaps the colon does need some cleansing--do we really know what they are doing?

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