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Madison Co., Fla. officials have no animosity towards Valdosta

Allen Cherry Allen Cherry
Sementha Matthews Sementha Matthews
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Officials in Madison County Florida want the public know that they believe the city of Valdosta is doing everything possible to fix the ongoing sewer problems creating concerns for residents along the Suwanee River in Madison County.
 
Both Valdosta officials and officials in Madison County expressed Tuesday that things like a recent Facebook page started by a North Florida resident calling for a boycott of Valdosta misconstrues the relationship between the two sides.
 
Of course, Valdosta's sewer troubles have been well documented. Most recently, a sewer pipe was discovered last week leaking raw sewage, toilet paper and other debris into Dukes Bay Canal.

As a result of these ongoing sewer troubles, officials with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce filed a letter with Florida Governor Rick Scott, wanting him to take action against Valdosta for continuing to allow their sewage to leak downstream into the Suwanee River.

Now, chamber officials say they believe Valdosta is doing everything it can to fix the problem. And Madison County Coordinator Allen Cherry says Madison County Officials have never had any animosity towards the city of Valdosta in regards to their efforts to remedy the sewer troubles.

"We met, myself and the Chairman from the County Board of Commission and our attorney, met with Mr. Hansen about six or eight months ago and he laid out the plans then for what they anticipated to do based on the tax passing," Cherry explained.

Since that meeting with Valdosta City manager Larry Hansen, the SPLOST tax has passed, the city of Valdosta has begun implementing their plan, and the two sides continue to maintain an open line of communication.

"Are you guys still in contact with Mr. Hansen now?," Cherry was asked. "Yes, any time there's a rain event, he's been real good about sending us communication that everything has held;everything has been in place, especially these last two weeks," Cherry responded.

Hansen was not available for comment Tuesday, but other Valdosta city officials reiterated that both sides have always been willing to work with each other and that neither side feels any animosity towards the other.

"We've had open lines of communication with them and we actually recently presented to the County Manager and the Chamber president," noted Sementha Matthews, Valdosta's Public Information Officer.

Anyone wanting more information about the communication between the city of Valdosta and officials in Madison County can visit www.valdostacity.com or call the public information office at 229-259-3548.

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