Facebook Post Causes Tension Between Two Communities

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Winnie Wright
April 15, 2014

Valdosta, GA - "It's hurtful, because no one is more concerned about this than us. Of course, it's our community, so we don't want to have that kind of image", says Sementha Mathews, with The City of Valdosta.

Last month, Natasha Munkittrick Allen posted the following to the "Friends of the Suwannee River" Facebook page.. "Let's stay out of Valdosta, Georgia and the State of Georgia...until they stop 'dumping' on us. We'll keep our money....they can keep the crap!" Mathews says the call to boycott could have devastating effects on the local economy if taken seriously.

She says The City has done everything they can to keep neighbors downstream aware of any spills and ongoing efforts to stop them.

"The City manager and our stormwater manager went down to Madison County and presented to a group of people down there and let them know what the city has been doing, what they are doing now and what they hope to do in the near future."

Madison County officials say with SPLOST money in hand and bids being made to do the work, they believe The City of Valdosta is
being as proactive as possible.

"We think they are doing everything that they can, right now, to alleviate a bad situation", says Allen Cherry, Madison County Coordinator.

Madison County officials also say they are not aware of the Facebook post and say it does not reflect the beliefs of County officials.

Mathews says all information on the spills is available on the city's website, valdostacity.com.

City officials plan on holding another informational presentation in Madison in the near future.