David Rodock wrote in the VDT 23 November 2011, City project on county land
Without City Council approval, the installation of 5,600 linear feet of water/sewer pipe is being installed on Racetrack Road, at the very edge of annexed City property.County says City didn’t notify. City says did.
This part is particularly interesting:
City Engineer Pat Collins said they had sent the county a letter and had not started on the project. He also said the city hoped to bring the project before council on Dec. 8, so they could make use of approximately 1,000 feet of 12 inch pipe leftover from a previous project.So “not started” apparently includes digging ditches and installing 12 inch water mains. And “approval” means ask the Valdosta City Council after that’s already been done. And never ask the Lowndes County Commission, despite this project being on county land.
Not to worry, there’s a familiar excuse: blame the contractor!
When contacted by the Times on Tuesday, however, Collins said that he had learned that Radney Plumbing had gone ahead with the project without permission from City Council or the engineering office.So, um, who is in charge of such projects at the City of Valdosta?
“Somebody told Tommy Radney to get started but I have no idea who,” said Collins. “He knew we were taking it to council, but he wasn’t authorized to work.”