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City continues to discuss levee

May 25, 2004

Albany-- Mayor Willie Adams plans to visit with county commissioners to get their thoughts on paying for a levee study.

The City of Albany needs approval from county commissioners to use sales tax money designated for storm water improvements. If approved, the Army Corps of Engineers would research sinkholes, land fill issues, endangered species and economic development to determine if a levee is needed.

"The levee would certainly protect the homes and the commercial development that are existing right now," said Director of Engineering Bob Alexander. "If we had another big flood, this would be protection for that."

Dougherty County Commissioners have said they won't spend money to build a levee.

The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a visit in mid June. A quarter-million dollars of federal money has been approved, but the local government has to match that.

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