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Thrash: Milner infrastructure crumbling

There are ongoing and worsening issues with storm water control, fire hydrant pressure and other systems in Milner and, thus far, the county commission is turning a deaf ear to pleas from city officials for help. The latest request was for $5000-$5500 worth of repairs to the storm water system at Old Hwy. 41 and Matthews Street. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* ’Milner’s infrastructure is crumbling and they don’t have the means to fix it. It’s just gone,’ commissioner Nancy Thrash reported during the county’s regular workshop meeting May 14. Milner officials expect county public works director James Rigdon to fix the problem and they have no intention of paying for the work, the commission was told. Individual commissioners bristled at that news. ’Send them a letter and tell them they don’t need our permission to fix it and it is their responsibility,’ chairman Charles Glass said. ’I have heard people say that Milner residents pay county taxes and I understand that but they also pay city taxes for things like this. It is in their city limits’ Thrash continued. ‘They also get four percent of SPLOST,’ Glass added. The county, its municipalities and township are parties to an intergovernmental service delivery agreement. The commission agreed to have county administrator Sean Townsend meet with Milner officials to discuss whether or not that agreement needs to be altered.

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