Councilman Johnny Sinclair, who represents the area, said she needs to sign the indemnity agreement and wouldn't support an agreement between her and the city if she didn't.
Johnny Sinclair is a stupid puppet for the City. THE CITY BUILT THIS CULVERT. IT DID NOT GET THERE BY IT'S SELF! I BET IF THIS WERE ON A STREET OVER CLOSER TO WHITLOCK IT WOULD BE FIXED WITHOUT A BLINK. THIS POOR WOMAN AND THE CLUE IS THAT SHE IS A SINGLE WOMAN CANNOT GET THE CITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER UNLESS SHE IS THE RIGHT FAMILY BACKGROUND! THIS IS EVIDENCE OF WHY I DESPISE THE WAY MARIETTA CITY GOVERNMENT OPERATES. AND BY THE WAY WHO ASK PHILIP GOLDSTEIN. THIS IS NOT IN HIS DISTRICT ANYWAY AND HE'S NOT THE MAYOR!
"Even if we fixed it, we can't take ownership of the pipe or the problem," Sinclair said. "The city didn't build the pipe, nor did we build the houses, but we want to do everything we can to help the homeowners, because eventually if the problem spins out of control it will threaten the public infrastructure."
Workers discovered that a four foot square storm drainage pipe runs 11 feet under her driveway and the house next door before heading under Wright Street and dumping it in the creek across the street.
$2,896."I don't think it's mine," she said. "It's not my responsibility. It's an old, decrepit 100 year old culvert that somebody should have known was under there."
Portions of the culvert had collapsed, said Dan Conn, the city's public works director.
MARIETTA Faye McBee, a grandmother of three who lives in a cozy one story house at the corner of Wright and Henderson streets, received an alarming message in April from the man who cuts her grass.
have been five houses on this street and vacant land. Nothing else was here. It was pecan groves. And then they built all this stuff . There's just too much water coming into this for this old thing to hold."
"Every time it starts raining, I really start sweating," he said. "At some point the foundation of the house is going to give way."
City Councilman Philip Goldstein said he is also opposed to the city fixing the culvert if McBee doesn't sign the waiver.
lien on my house,' because I have no money. I don't have $3,000. I don't have 3,000 cents."
A spring storm washed all the gravel down the pipe and into the creek, she said.
"What she wants the city to do is fund and guarantee that her problem is going to be taken care of, and it's not the city taxpayers' responsibility," Goldstein said.
Brenna Bitler's husband, Brian, said he and his wife have moved to his house in Fulton County to escape.
Now that the crevice has gotten worse, the city wants $13,424 to repair the pipe, Conn said.
"It couldn't take the water flow and pressure from all these businesses," McBee said, pointing to the 150 bedroom Henderson Arms senior housing high rise building located behind her. "When they put that (culvert) in, there might Nike Windrunner Men Black
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"I don't think it's right that we should have to pay a dime, and I don't think it's right that we should have to sign this piece of paper," McBee said. "But on the other hand, I don't want these kids (Brian and Brenna Bitler) . to have to suffer."
"I just can't do it anymore," she said. "I'm thinking about saying, 'OK, just put a Nike Jackets Burgundy
Conn said the culvert would have been installed after her house was built, which McBee said was around the time of WWII.
"He said, 'there's a hole under the driveway,'" said McBee, who lives with her Pomeranian, Libby.
It is not clear that the homeowners have all the responsibility for the problem. Whoever put in the culvert/pipe did something that was adequate for 40 50 years based on the housing and the of the land at that time. Since then, a lot of development has taken place that the city has approved. Seems to me that the city now needs to own up to the need for drainage systems that meet the needs of all the current users of the watershed. It is called infrastructure. In new neighborhoods, the developer is required to do it. But who is responsible when an accumulation of decisions by dozens of different people over decades has caused the problem? Isn't the adequacy of water adn sewer systems part of the job of the local government before they approve more building?
Bitler wants to accept the deal. McBee doesn't.
"All the neighbors are saying, "'Oh God, you're going to Nike Tracksuit White Stripe clog up the creek. You're going to flood the whole neighborhood down here,' so I told Mr. Conn 'don't put any more gravel in the hole,'" she said.
McBee, who has multiple sclerosis, said she can't take much more.
So McBee called the city again, and the city again came out and filled the crevice with gravel again, in addition to offering to repair the culvert on two conditions: The first is that both McBee and her neighbor, Brenna Bentley Bitler, a Mount Paran Christian School counselor, had to sign an agreement not to hold the city liable if the repairs didn't work. The second condition was that they had to pay the city Nike Blue Windrunner
A second thunderstorm then washed out the second batch of gravel. With each rain, the hole gets worse, she said.
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