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East Point mayor vetos plan to fix drainage problem, residents furious

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Some East Point residents sounded off Thursday about a serious drainage problem in their neighborhood.

"It's not just an eyesore, it's a health hazard," property owner Darryl Pollinger said.

Pollinger owns property that backs up to a drainage issue near Center Park on Taylor Avenue.

"Gosh, I'm beside myself as to what to do next," Pollinger said.

He said the city has failed to fix the problem which has plagued this neighborhood for more than five years.

"I'm fearful of next spring when the weather warms up again and we have some rains that not only will it flood my property again creating a hazard there, but the kids in the park adjacent to this property may be affected by the West Nile virus," Pollinger said.

East Point City Council members voted in favor of correcting the problem this week by accessing a federal grant worth nearly $500,000. The mayor vetoed the plan.

"I don't think anyone thought there was a chance she would veto it," resident Joan Shorter said.

Shorter was so shocked by the mayor's actions that she now plans to file an ethics complaint.

"There was no reason to veto and I feel she violated her fiduciary responsibility to the city," Shorter said.

"I stated my intentions to veto this action with the full knowledge that my veto would kill the $486,517 offered in the grant because of the Oct. 19 deadline for submission. I requested that the council reconsider and change the funding source to the storm water utility. No one on the council agreed to do so. The storm water utility is created to address projects like the flooding at Pearl Street," Mayor Earnestine Pittman said in a statement.

"It just doesn't seem to make sense to any of us," Pollinger said.

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