Russell Edwards


Athens-Clarke County Commissioners debated a proposed downtown public bathroom in their work session yesterday. Putting a public bathroom downtown is an issue which has been on the Commission’s radar for months, and last night, county staff briefed lawmakers on the results of a community survey regarding the proposal.

District 4 Commissioner Allison Wright balked at the cost, which county officials estimate at about $148,000 for construction and $33,000 per year in operating costs.

Commissioners wrangle over living wage

May 26, 2021
District 8 Commissioner Carol Myers told her colleagues she would have a hard time supporting a living wage for part time county employees as long as retirees were not seeing regular cost of living increases in their benefits.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners continued work on the county’s budget at a meeting on Tuesday, where much of the discussion centered on the thorny issue of a living wage.

While most Commissioners broadly agree that the county should pay all its employees a living wage of $15 per hour, they differed on some of the details. One of those details is whether part-time and seasonal employees should be included in the pay bump.

That’s a proposition that District 8’s Carol Myers pushed back on, citing a lack of consistent increases in retiree benefits.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met for nearly six hours last night, and heard from more than 20 citizens as part of the public input process for next year’s budget. Many of the comments focused on issues that have been consistent concerns for local policymakers – economic equity, affordable housing, and non-profit funding.

Athens News Matters: Leaf Blower Ban?

Nov 20, 2020

Local officials are considering a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. We talk to the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission to find out why restricting the use of these machines could benefit Athens residents as well as the environment.

ACC District 7 Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tempore Russell Edwards joins the panel to discuss the latest local and state news, including Wednesday's town hall and the financial repercussions of the pandemic.