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Hubbard: MCLB, post office topics of D.C. trip

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard speaks during the lunch meeting of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday. Hubbard challenged club members to "become cheerleaders for the community."

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard speaks during the lunch meeting of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday. Hubbard challenged club members to "become cheerleaders for the community."

ALBANY — Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard told members of a local civic club Monday that city and county leaders’ recent trip to the nation’s capital to meet with the region’s legislative delegation should pay dividends for the community.

Hubbard told the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club at its lunch meeting that she, City Manager James Taylor and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard had a “very productive” meeting with Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, and Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, and Austin Scott, R-Tifton.

“I was impressed with how well-versed Sens. Chambliss and Isakson, Rep. Bishop and even Rep. Scott, who is from Tifton but said he has constituents employed at our Marine base, were on Albany issues,” Hubbard said after the meeting. “They were particularly concerned with the Marine base and how it will be impacted by sequestration.”

Hubbard said the Albany/Dougherty delegation, which also included Washington-based federal lobbyist Marion Turner and Frances Krack, the leasing agent for the building that houses the downtown Albany post office who made the trip at her own expense to discuss pending closure of the facility, was able to spend quality time with elected officials, but lost opportunities to speak with top Marine brass and with U.S. Postal Service officials because of bad weather.

“Sen. Chambliss and Sen. Isakson were shocked when we told them how we’d been treated by the post office,” Hubbard said. “When we told them we hadn’t even been contacted (about the pending closure), they said they intended to look into the matter further.

“We also discussed with them ways we might expand services at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany to guard against any future closure threat. We talked about the possibility of locating a National Guard training center on the base and about bringing a veterans clinic there.”

Marine Corps officials told the Albany/Dougherty delegation they planned to visit the base soon to discuss issues important to the community.

Hubbard said the local leaders also discussed the threat that sequestration had brought to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

“Certainly our airport is important to the increasing number of people who fly out of here every day, but any cost-cutting measures that impact the (air-traffic control) towers also impact our region’s status as a distribution hub,” she said. “If they make cuts in the towers, it jeopardizes UPS and Fed-Ex deliveries to this region. Our airport is the second-largest distribution hub in the state.”

Hubbard challenged the Kiwanis Club members to “become cheerleaders for your community,” offering a list of local positives that she said would help them in their quest.

“I’ve talked to a number of outside people who come here and say how much they love our community,” the mayor said. “They don’t understand why they hear so much negative from people in the community.

“Albany and Dougherty County have a lot to offer and a lot to be thankful for. I challenge you to change your mindset; find out about the good things that are happening in our community and spread the word.”

Comments

RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

Did any of you happen to mention that Obama was the author of sequestration? That Obama is running this sequester as a warning for what he would do to this country if we ever demand real budget cuts. One thing I will say for Obama, he is not a snake in the grass. He is right up front with his goals. He told us what he meant to do to this country. Fundamental change.

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VietVet1 1 year, 6 months ago

"that she, City Manager James Taylor and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard "

Sure good to hear those three were able to resolve MCLB & Post Office problems. Maybe next they'll address world hunger, larger welfare checks, etc.......

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 6 months ago

Let the City paid lobbyist do their job in Washington. It's what they get paid for and NOT the Mayor. More fleecing of the taxpayers at it's finest. I would love to take a vacation trip too. Will the City pay for it? Oh yeah, I am not a special person in office so I have to stay at work so I can pay for "their" trips.

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Cartman 1 year, 6 months ago

It's the "me, me, me" mindset that got us into this debt debacle in the first place. We need to cut spending. Quit griping about it when the cuts affect your community.

The Post Office is independently managed by the USPS. It is not managed by Congress. They don't call the shots. Regarding the airport tower operations; we will do just fine without a tower. Towers at other low traffic airports such as Columbus, Athens, Macon, and the three airports North of Atlanta are losing their tower personnel as well. These are non-essential operations; which is exactly needs to be cut. Quit making it sound like they are essential.

Cuts will hurt. But collapsing the system will hurt even worse.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 6 months ago

Congress does call the shots of the post office. Bills have been passed by them to protect USPO. Those bills can be undone by them too. There are immediate changes that could be made. Close some of those post offices in small towns and leave Albany open. As I stated yesterday, Sumter Co. had six and closed Andersonville, but they still have 5 and 3 are within 4 miles of each other. Two of those could be closed since north Albany and South Lee Co. has nothing but sparsely placed drop boxes. None are located close to North Jefferson. Phoebe has one inside. Yeah. So for the most part I use the computer. I try to buy money orders if I need one at a convenience store for they are cheaper there. Folks could also get cheaper service using the computers and let the post office dangle some more.

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VietVet1 1 year, 6 months ago

Here's an idea. If any business, organization etc.. can't remain solvent let it shut down. I'm sure some economically minded person can start up a mutual business and run it better. There's too many voters with their hands out for govt assistance.

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