Joyner: Damaged phone line not county responsibility

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County Administrator Steve Joyner said damage to utility lines by county workers is the responsibility of the utility, not the county.

Joyner was contacted by Washington County News in response to a complaint about telephone lines damaged by a county road grader on Ben Road in Chipley Friday morning.

Melony Taylor Rogers posted a photo of a damaged telephone line on the Washington County News' Facebook page Thursday, saying the line was damaged by a road grader.

"This is the exposed telephone cable on Ben Road in Chipley, FL. (between Wausau & Sunny Hills)," Rogers wrote.

"The road grader was working on the road and once again we have no phone service and the cable/wires are left exposed on the road."

Joyner said on Friday morning that the damage was the responsibility of the utility company. Joyner said the telephone lines are not buried sufficiently in the road way and as a result the damage was the phone company's problem, not the county's.

"They probably blame the county, but the utility company doesn't bury the lines properly," Joyner said. He said he did not know what company owned the phone lines, nor did he know who the residents would contact for assistance in repairing the damage the county employees had caused.

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