DEAR EDITOR:

I can understand the concern that the parents of Eastvalley School have in regard to health issues with the trailers. However, there is another health issue on the playground. The children play area is next to the retention pond. This pond is not maintained according to Cobb code. There is no working outlet for water. The pond stands with water thus a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Due to the soggy condition, you cannot mow the grass (near) the pond. The surround areas are overgrown.

Many years ago, to control the water problem, the school system put a large pipe across the back of the school, my property and my two adjoining neighbors. This emptied into a creek. This pipe has collapsed on my property and my neighbors. We were told by the school system that since there was no easement given that they were not responsible for maintenance on their pipe. This action shows their lack of concern for the proper drainage of the retention pond and welfare of the students. Keeping the outlet clear is the most important maintenance requirements for the pond.

I contacted the principal at the beginning of summer and ask to meet him at the pond to see the poor conditions. He did not want to do that, but did issue a mowing request. But as I stated above you cannot mow soggy grass. The moral of this story: Don’t do business with Cobb School System!

Carolyn Warner

Marietta

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