Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams said the latest financial report from the Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority, delivered to the commission Tuesday, is a waste of time.
“There’s no way I would accept it,” he said in a phone interview. “They just wasted their time again, bringing it up here like this.”
Mr. Adams said the new 93-page document contained 294 lines that were blacked out with a marker.
WWTA Board Chairman Henry Hoss said Tuesday that the new documents were the best he could do.
“The availability of that data has been lost,” he said. “I can't do any better.”
The WWTA has delivered similar documents twice in the past few weeks, both times with substantial information blacked out. Mr. Hoss said last week that the blacked-out portions — which include exact reasons for payments to attorney John Anderson — were part of pending litigation and therefore cannot be released.
County commissioners are so frustrated, they passed a resolution last Wednesday agreeing to take the WWTA to court if detailed versions of Mr. Anderson’s bills were not given to them within 10 days.
Now the case will go to court, Mr. Adams said.
“We’re tired of it,” he said. “We’re going to let the judge tell them what to do.”
Mr. Anderson also is attorney for East Ridge. Mr. Adams had asked the authority for Mr. Anderson’s legal bills on behalf of an East Ridge citizens group.
Mr. Adams said he would also send letters to the East Ridge mayor and city council asking for details of Mr. Anderson’s $96,000 bill to the city.
The legal bills were not mentioned at Tuesday morning’s Hamilton County Commission meeting. Mr. Adams said he was not present at the meeting because his daughter was having surgery.
Staff writer Matt Wilson contributed to this story.
Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...