WHAT: Overgrown vegetation in a 0.39-acre detention pond that catches excess runoff from the Scarlett O’Hara subdivision and a nearby First Baptist Church property. The city code prohibits plant growth exceeding 12 inches or stagnant water.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The Augusta Engineering Department is responsible for maintenance of the city’s detention ponds.
ACTION PROMISED: Assistant Engineering Director Hameed Malik said he’ll look into the issue, but the department, responsible for maintenance of about 800 ponds, has had its access to inmate crews that routinely clear overgrowth reduced since 2011 from 10 crews to an average of four per day. Malik said he’s looking to create two “floating crews” in the new year. Commissioner Mary Davis, who represents the area, said she’d look into the pond issue and see whether it can be addressed.