Americus Ditch discussion pops up again for BOCC

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

It was strictly business for the Board of County Commissioners during last week’s meeting.

St. Joe Beach property owner Tom Graney went before the BOCC to talk about the ongoing problems with the Americus ditch project.

“It’s not functioning properly,” Graney told the council of the $1.2 million project installed more than six years ago.

Graney said that District 3 Commissioner Joanna Bryan had brought findings on the project to the last meeting but her fellow commissioners had ignored them.

“By not discussing it, now you must deal with it,” said Graney. “The pipe doesn’t stay in the ground.”

Graney requested that engineers who installed the pipe come before the board to explain why it requires constant repairs and why the project ended up costing more than originally projected.

Since work on the pipe system was completed in 2008, the site has undergone nearly 150 repairs, averaging three a month.

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