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Council Confirms Morris as Attorney, Deals with Bellingrath Street Problems

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 By Dave Freneaux

    Mayor Mac Watts has appointed Sheri Morris to continue as Central's City Attorney.  On Tuesday night the City Council met and confirmed the appointment of Ms. Morris by a 3-2 vote.  Council Members DeJohn, Messina and Moak voted to confirm the Mayor's appointment while LoBue and Washington voted against.  In the first meeting of this Council in June, the Council failed to confirm the appointment.  Council Member Messina changing and voting in favor this week provided the needed margin for confirmation.

    In the discussion Council Member LoBue moved to delay the confirmation until January in order to review legal bills related to the massive public records request handled by the City of Central earlier this year.  His motion failed to receive a second and therefore was not considered.  Additionally, LoBue requested that the City Council go into "Executive Session" to discuss the matter.  This would have caused the public to be dismissed from the meeting and allowed the Council to discuss the matter of appointing the City Attorney behind closed doors.  It was pointed out that an Executive Session would have had to have been on the agenda and properly advertised, which it was not.

    The entirety of this discussion, as well as the discussion of the Bellingrath Lakes street problems can be seen on-line at CentralSpeaks.com.

     The other major item for the night was a lengthy discussion of the problems being encountered as the City attempts to repair streets in Bellingrath Lakes subdivision.  The essence is that the water level of the lakes seems to be causing some of the streets to deteriorate prematurely.  The Council has asked that the engineering firm on the project determine a cost to study the extent of the problem, and to only complete repairs on streets already under construction at this time.

1 Comment

  1. Captain Obvious

    November 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I brought this up under other articles sometime back in regards to Bellingrath Lakes developer wanting to cut corners again on his latest development design. Well guess what now you can finally see what I was talking about. This developer has really left a mess for the City of Central to fix. I hope our leaders in the council will take a stance and deny any future developments from his company. Does the city need to take future maintenance of his developements only to have to fix them later.

    You will see below where I mentioned the ponds where found to be 1′ too high which is the reason why the roads are deteriorating.

    Here are some discussions from the other articles from a couple months ago. I knew this would finally make it to the public one day.

    Captain Obvious says:
    August 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm
    Hopefully Mr. Couvillion does a better job with this development than the Bellingrath Lakes development and sticking the Central tax payers with having to fix his sub-standard roads. Not to mention the drainage wasn’t built per plans and possibly the residents or the tax payers of Central might be stuck fixing that problem as well.

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    September 15, 2010 at 11:17 am
    It is good to see the citizens have taken a stand against another possible drainage fiasco in Central by this developer. If anyone questions the council for delaying this to make sure the drainage is properly designed, please come visit the second and third filing in Bellingrath Lakes Subdivision (another Couvillion development) and you will see why. The subdivision is possibly looking at legal action against this developer due to the lakes not built as per the plans (drainage storage) which causes water to back up into the roads. Thanks to this developer Central tax payers can see their money at work starting in the next couple weeks as we pay to fix the roads in Bellingrath Lakes due to his sub-standard drainage.

    Captain Obvious says:
    September 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Jessie,

    Sounds familiar to me. Bellingrath Lakes back lake was built to 7 acres in surface area where it was supposed to be 9 acres. That is about 77% of what was required. Do we see a trend? Also, the pond water level is one foot higher than the plans so the pond does not have the storage capacity as it was designed thus contributing to water in the roads when it rains. Also, the ponds where not built as deep as the plans.

    Wade Evans says:
    September 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    BOY,BOY,BOY!!!! HAS BELLINGRATH LAKES FLOODED? “CAVE” PEOPLE, “NIMBY’S”, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO ISN’T HAPPY. ONE OF THE ISSUES IN CENTRAL IS THAT IN ORDER FOR NEW HOMES TO BE AFFORDABLE, YOU MUST BUILD MORE THAT 4.4 PER ACRE. THIS IS A PROJECT THAT IS WELL SUITED FOR THE AREA AND SHOULD BE BUILT. YOUNG PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE TO CENTRAL AND BUY A HOME. THOSE WHO ARE FIGHTING PROBABLY TOLD THEIR KIDS ABOUT BUYING AND NOT RENTING, “DONT THROW YOUR MONEY AWAY”, YET WILL CRY THE LOUDEST WHEN ITS IN THEIR BACKYARD. LET’S MOVE FORWARD WITH SMART GROWTH LIKE THIS. BY THE WAY, I OWN DREAMSCAPES LANDSCAPING RIGHT HERE IN GOOD OL’CENTRAL AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I CANT SEEM TO WORK FOR JEFF.

    Captain Obvious says:
    September 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    Wade,

    When someone pays $300K+ for a house on a lake they expect the neighborhood to be built like it was supposed too. Houses have come close to flooding but we have not had a design storm in the years that the 3rd filing has been open. I worry that when a design storm comes some of the houses are going to flood. Water has come as high as the back porch on some houses. So I guess we all should not worry and just let them cut corners and worry about it later when things do go wrong. Let’s not catch it on the front end.

    I am all for houses being built to where younger families or individuals can purchase them. What I worry about is developments built that tax payers have to foot the bill to correct known mistakes.

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