Issues regarding recent and not so recent storm damage were on the agenda at this month’s regular meeting of the Laurens Commission of Public Works.
As to the recent super storm Sandy, the electric department reported that the commission sent a six man crew to assist with restoration of power in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Long Island,New York. The mission was successful and no one was injured during the repairs.
The other storm related issue discussed an event that occurred last March, when a tree fell onto a house located at 204 Owings Street in Laurens.
The owner of the damaged property, Jeanie Willis, requested the commission to purchase the half-acre lot for the original purchased price of sixteen thousand dollars.
Willis admitted that she had received compensation from her insurance company, but claims that she could not sell the land, or rebuild a larger home due to an eight inch sewer main that runs through the middle of the property. Willis was aware of the sewer line when she bought it, but she claims that it was installed without the proper easement being obtained.
When asked if she would accept the appraised value for the property, Willis responded, “No I want the full price that I purchased the property for.”
“This is a housekeeping issue you need to address, it is not right to treat people this way, it is hogwash and will result in bad publicity for the commission,” were the words of Willis’ husband as he addressed the Commissioners.
The Commission unanimously approved having the property assessed before taking any steps to resolve the issue.