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10-26-07, 12:37 AM #1Banned
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City Hall Cited For Water Violations; Won't Pay Fine
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta residents aren’t the only ones receiving citations for violating the city’s strict no outdoor watering ban -- an officer cited City Hall for having its sprinklers running.
The officer noticed the sprinklers watering the shrubbery at City Hall three times and that’s why he wrote them a warning and two citations. But the city won’t have to pay the $500 fine.
Channel 2 obtained copies of the citations an Alpharetta police officer issued to City Hall for violating the city’s no outdoor watering ban. Officer Hickel wrote the citations after he first gave the city a warning for having its sprinklers on overnight.
“I received it. It happened to be on my desk, the violation warning,” said Assistant City Administrator Robbie Rokovitz.
Rokovitz said he sent word to have the sprinkler timers shut off. That didn’t happen. “The only thing I can think of is maybe there was some sort of communication breakdown between our staff and the contract company,” he said.
Four days later, the officer noticed the sprinklers still going on a Saturday and a Sunday. Since it was the weekend, he placed the two citations in City Hall’s overnight deposit box. On Monday, officials noticed them and had the sprinklers shut off. Rokovitz said the officer could have handled the situation another way. “The preference would be to, being it’s the weekend and we’re not in operation, was to give us a phone call,” he said. So you don't cash the checks paying for fines others get on weekends.
Police said the officer was just doing his job. “He did what was required of him,” said George Gordon with the Alpharetta Police Department.
The city won’t have to pay the $500 because all fines go to the city administrator. “We’re not in the business of paying ourselves,” he said.
Citizens hope the embarrassment is payment enough.
“Just the publicity of it, I guess that would be a factor for them,” said resident Tom DiGiovanni.
The city said it does take conservation seriously and has ordered all sprinklers shut off in the city. They said this one just got by them.
10-26-07, 12:40 AM #2Banned
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10-26-07, 01:18 AM #3PeterJasonMN Guest
They did give you a call asshole, it was called your warning.
10-26-07, 05:22 AM #4
Exactly! They got mad at the Officer (capitalized on purpose) because he treated them like everyone else.
The first thing I thought when I saw the bevy of excuses the Administrater gave was "Yeah, we've all heard that one, before."
Shame on the city not only for it's hipocracy, but for critcizing a cop who points it out to them."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
10-26-07, 05:53 AM #5
The officer did his job, is it his fault the rest of the city did not do theirs? I guess he just had to rain on their parade.Romans 8:28-31
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10-26-07, 09:11 AM #6
It's ok to cite others just not the city. Oh ok. Got it.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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10-26-07, 10:25 AM #7
I am certain that the lack of rain in the southeast is significant but I am tired of hearing about their plight. Georgia gets about 50 plus inches a year, right? And, they are down some 19 inches in the last 12 months? Wow! Well, all totalled, my region of California had less than four, yes 4, inches of rain last season (7/1/06-6/30/07). Go figure! Who is in a drought?
Kudos to the officer for his actions.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
[George Washington (1732 - 1799)]
10-26-07, 10:55 AM #8
Worse yet guess who helped inact the water ban??
Guess they cant live with their own rules."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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10-26-07, 11:03 AM #9
I don't know how I feel about this..........I always say, don't bite that hand that feeds you.The opinions given in my posts DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Beans" on LEF.
10-26-07, 02:07 PM #10
Actually, the water shortage is the fault of the federal government. There is a federal contract that requires us to pipe so much water from Lake Lanier down to Florida to protect two species of mussels in a river down there. So the feds are making us continue to empty out a lake that is already shallow.
For those that want to read for themselves: Here's the article.
Also in the article there are pictures of how bad it is.
It did rain this week for about 4 days straight. Unfortunately, it needs to rain for about 4 weeks straight to put us out of the water deficit.
I don't like being called a whiner. Just because the media saturates you with a story out of Georgia, please don't confuse that with us "whining about our plight". For my part, I'd just like the Federal Government to butt out. As it is with most people down here I've talked to about it."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
10-26-07, 09:25 PM #11
I hear ya, however, this officer will now likely be a bit of a hero in the eyes of the average citizen. The officer did give a warning and the excuse was "a communication error"? Would city hall staff take that as a valid excuse from a resident?
Hopefully, the officer has admin support within his department. My own station, along with the fire department headquarters, are an OSHA nightmare. I know my career would be over if I were to make the phone call. Meahwhile, city hall has their nice offices that always seem to be maintained properly... and so it goes.The true measure of your character is what you choose to do when you think no one is looking.
10-27-07, 04:53 PM #12
10-27-07, 05:46 PM #13
''Police said the officer was just doing his job. “He did what was required of him,” said George Gordon with the Alpharetta Police Department.''
wow, a department backing it's officer. wonder what they pay and if they are hiring.
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10-27-07, 06:39 PM #14
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10-27-07, 07:06 PM #15
I am sure he was asked the same question as every other cop. "If you see the chief of police of city administrator breaking the law, would you enforce it" he prolly answered yes like everyone else and then they get mad at him. Bravo officer.... BRAVO. and to think i am a dink for enforcing speed limit laws in my town, if that ever happened...............
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