Meigs city government issues continue

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 at 9:12 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM EST
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Dorothy Wimes
Dorothy Wimes
Chief Gary Price
Chief Gary Price

MEIGS, GA - Last week, Meigs' mayor promised the city had insurance coverage after its previous carrier dropped the city.  But now some city council members say that's not true.

Mayor Linda Harris told us the City of Meigs got coverage with J. P. West Insurance as of November 16th, but some council members aren't convinced that's accurate.

"No one knows. No one knows if we have insurance what we're being told by the mayor is that we have binders insurance but there hasn't been a payment issued for it," said Police Chief Gary Price.

Council members say the policy doesn't actually take effect until the city pays $5,500.  Now, they say Mayor Harris claims the city has to pay more than that, but council members haven't seen any documentation to prove that.

"I didn't sign my name on the check and I'm not going to its too much going on about this insurance that's just not adding up, and I want to make sure when I sign on the dotted line that I'm doing the right thing. From $5,500 that I abstained now it's gone up to $7,000 and something? I'm not signing that," said Council member Dorothy Wimes.

She says that she refused to sign the checks, and now Mayor Harris is threatening to kick her out of office. "I'm not disrespecting the mayor or other council members I just want to do what's right. I am tired of it what's going on, I am stressed, and I have a better life out there then dealing with this everyday. It's been two years too long. I'm fed up with it," said Wimes.

City employees says they have only seen a few pages from the insurance policy but others are still missing, until then the city of Meigs remains at a standstill.

Mayor Harris didn't want to do an interview with us today and would only say the city does have coverage. We've reached out to the city attorney to get a copy of the insurance policy, but we haven't gotten it yet.

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