Mayor may have to foot repair bills himself

By By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
Dec. 5, 2002
Mayor John Robert Smith said Wednesday he may end up having to personally pay for repairs to a sink hole in his backyard.
Smith's comments came a day after the Meridian City Council decided not to fix the hole, which apparently was created when an old underground culvert built by city workers before 1950 collapsed behind Smith's 916 26th Ave. home.
Last month city attorney Bill Hammack requested a state attorney general's opinion asking if the city had the authority to fix the hole. Attorney General Mike Moore responded that city officials have the authority to do the work with the mayor's permission.
Smith said there's still a chance the council could decide to fix the hole in the future.
Smith has not discussed his backyard problem in detail because he said it would be inappropriate.

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