Let's take care of our city

I am a concerned citizen who tries to bring attention to the issues of the downtown Augusta area – East Boundary, Watkins and Walker streets, and Laney-Walker Boulevard.

For more than 40 years, the above areas have had serious problems with flooding during and after the heavy rains. I seriously believe the flooding is a result of the sewers being clogged with tar, trash and whatever debris that can clog the sewers. The reason for even mentioning tar is because, a few weeks ago, I went to pay the water bill and, upon returning to my car, the sewer was clogged with tar on top of tar. That street, Greene Street, recently was paved, and tar stuck to several sewer drains. Who is supposed to make sure, when this happens, that the problem will be taken care of?

I contacted City Administrator Fred Russell and explained to him my concerns. He stated to me I would need to get with the representative for District 1 and start a petition for names to raise taxes. He stated this would be the only way the upkeep of the city could happen.

How much longer is it going to take to drive through these flooded areas? Another 40 years?

Just a few weeks ago, the Engineering Department on Greene Street sent letters out to homes in the downtown Eastview area to explain a way to hopefully cease the flooding problems by placing pipes underground in the front and back yards of the owners’ property (5 feet, front and back). The Engineering Department mentioned this would be Phase Three of the plan, and the owners’ 5 feet of land will be used temporarily until completion of the project.

Perhaps this plan finally will be the answer to all of our flooding issues in downtown Augusta.

Let’s continue to take good care of our city by contacting Augusta Cares at (706) 821-2300. We must be concerned about where we live and the upkeep of our communities, because we are all in this together.

Doretha Hollins-Williams

Augusta

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