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ATLANTA AND ACOG HAND IN HAND OR FIST TO FIST?
Published October 3, 1994
Atlanta city officials and ACOG are set to begin negotiations over a city services agreement "sometime next month" to determine expenses for which the city must be reimbursed. The agreement is a "legal hedge" to ensure taxpayers aren't "socked" with Olympic costs ranging from police overtime to replanting flowers damaged by Olympic tourists. "Signs of strain" are appearing between the city and ACOG officials as ACOG is in "no hurry" to establish the services agreement. ACOG spokeswomen Lyn May admitted that negotiations could stir issues "just beneath the surface," and noted that are people in Atlanta "who feel that we did not ask, and did not vote" for the Olympics. A '91 Tri- Party Agreement that "legally binds" ACOG to the city and the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority (MAOGA) "broadly outlines" expenses repayment. The Agreement makes ACOG responsible for fuding and staging the Games, but holds that the city provide adequate security, access to public thoroughfares and water and sewer services. ACOG CEO A.D. Frazier, said ACOG intends to "minimize the burden" on the city by contracting services or getting "help" from the federal gov't (Lyle Harris, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/1).