Augusta Commissioner Clarifies Concerns About Utilities Department

Graphic showing quotes about water concerns in Augusta, Georgia.
Graphic showing quotes about water concerns in Augusta, Georgia.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – An Augusta Commissioner says it’s nothing personal when it comes to his questions about how the Augusta Utilities Department responded to dirty water issues.

Commissioner Bill Lockett called for a discussion of what he called “the inadequate and untimely response to recent water concerns”, and said the city should develop a plan where the Utilities Department director is not the final decision maker when there are problems.

Some criticized the tone of Lockett’s agenda item, but he says it’s not his intention to criticize the performance of director Tom Wiedmeier. “This agenda item has nothing to do with me questioning the performance of the Utilities Director, but being in the government for fifty years, you always have a chain of command and very important decisions never rely on one person,” said Commissioner Lockett.

Commissioners want City Administrator Janice Jackson to develop a new policy on how the public should be alerted if there are future problems with the water.

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