Dodd responds to comments made at council meeting

By Nola Sizemore nsizemore@civitasmedia.com

April 17, 2014

In response to a Benham City Council story regarding sewer line damages to a home on Maggard Street, former Benham Mayor Shirley Dodd said during her administration work was done to try and alleviate the problem short-term.

“A comment about my husband, and former Mayor John Dodd, in the story saying this problem existed during his service to the city, my understanding is this old sewer line on Maggard Street was not included in a grant the city obtained to replace sewer lines and the problem existed before John was mayor,” said Dodd.

Saying when she was mayor, she along with city clerk Jessica Smith, Police Chief Drew Woods and water plant operator Charles Allison, went to the Bowman residence; Dodd added work was approved to replace pipes at the Bowman residence putting PVC pipes in with the assistance of a city backhoe.

“We helped Missy (Bowman) with this problem,” said Dodd. “We dug up her yard and replaced lines then, but the way I understand it now, the sewer is leaking underneath her house now. We talked about trying to get a grant to replace this old line, but during our service we didn’t get one. I just want people to know we tried to help with this problem. I’m tired of people blaming me and John for every little thing that comes up. We worked very hard, trying to get grants and help the city of Benham during both our administrations.”

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-909-4147 or on Twitter @Nola_hde