Friday, July 24, 2009
Mobile Baykeeper Asks City's Help
Casi Callaway of Mobile Baykeeper recently asked the City Council to "help enlist an independent engineer" (at city expense)- to review the drainage site plans for the controversial Shoppes at Fairhope Village project. The review would be primarily to determine if the retention basin is large enough according to Callaway. City Planner Johnathan Smith replied the engineer of record, Volkert, has already signed off that the basin is sufficient-- and in his opinion there was no reason not to trust their assessment. Callaway retorted: "You can't trust them because of the violations (that already have occurred)." When Councilman Kingrea asked Callaway if her organiztion would help pay for the engineering study she replied, "No, we don't do that sort of thing." Kingrea: "We have no money (to spare) . . . you need to pay for it." Council President Quinn expressed empathy-- but worried any such action by the city could open it up to lawsuits by the developer, since the plats have already been stamped/approved. Councilman Mixon summarized: "We have to go by the recommendations of our staff."