Heavy rains delay Bonifay's sewer/water project

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

Resident and business owner Wayne Sellers came before the council to voice a few complaints.

“One, I’d appreciate it if you’d stop sending your police officer to harass me about the appearance of my property,” said Sellers. “I understand that broken glass is a safety issue but before you go looking at any one’s property you best be looking at your own, because I’ve been complaining for over 17 years about these trees growing in these ditches and that retention pond.”

He added that the city had caused some damage to his parking lot as well and that elevated patchwork is was causing water to flow towards his place of business.

“You cut up my parking lot a few years back and haven’t done anything about it and now you’re giving me 30 days to comply with you; why don’t I give you 30 days to comply with me?” said Sellers.

Council member Richard Woodham confirmed that the patchwork on his parking lot was causing drainage issues and council agreed to allow Public Works Supervisor Jack Marell to look at it and get an estimation of repairs.

Marell also informed Sellers that the Department of Transportation had informed him that they were going to use some of their equipment to remove the trees in the ditches and retention pond.

“I’m not downing your ordinance; it’s been doing this city some good in some places,” said Sellers. “It’s just how you’ve been handling it by handing down unfair burdens on these folks. This isn’t no place to get rich but it’s a wonderful place to live.”

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