August 11, 2004--Posted 4:00 pm CDT
Jonesboro, AR--Most Jonesboro residents never think about the mile upon miles of pipeline running under the city which drains water out of the city And according to one Jonesboro alderman, so had the Jonesboro City Council. Now the council hopes to correct their oversight by making sure to stay ahead of any possible drainage problems by keeping the cities pipes clean.
“We were under the impression we had a dedicated crew cleaning these pipes,” Alderman Darrel Dover says, “but we now know somehow that was not occurring.” The council will now depend on new interim street superintendent Teddy Hooton to oversee this major job. The city says in the past the city has been more reactive. Now they say the focus will be on reaction to pending problems. “ if you don’t do routine maintenance you are going to have blockages.” Hooton says when asked about his agencies new direction. “We hope to be in a few years the class of the city.”