Tallahassee city commissioners came to a decision Wednesday night on a proposed retention pond in the Frenchtown area, a proposal that would require several property owners to voluntarily give up their property.
After hearing concerns of a nearby church and William Rollins, a property owner, commissioners decided to go with another, cheaper option that would not require the pond, however, the issue may be revisited since commissioners are also asking staff to try and acquire the Rollins Road Properties during the next six months.
William Rollins' Property has been in his family for 200 years. He calls the move just another reprieve.
"When you want to take that legacy and put it in a holding pond, that says you have no appreciation for those blacks that have given so much to this city,” says William Rollins of Rollins Road Property.
The approved option is not the one recommended by Storm Water Management; the department says it will not solve all the flooding issues of that part of town.