The Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority is scrambling to undo the 2007 approval by Pendergrass mayor Monk Tolbert of the 300-lot Pendergrass Depot subdivision.
Final approval of the plat, for a subdivision that may be in receivership (officials are not sure), in theory allows the owner to begin selling lots and to obtain building permits.
In signing the plat, Tolbert purported to accept, on behalf of the JCWSA, “all water and sanitary sewer easements,” essentially obligating the authority to accept and operate the water and sewer system installed by the developer — which are not up to the JCWSA’s standards and are in disrepair.
Tolbert, says the JCWSA, does not have that authority.
Eric Klerk, manager of the JCWSA, said the authority is trying to separate itself from Tolbert’s action by serving notice that JCWSA does not recognize Tolbert’s acceptance of the easements.
On the advice of counsel, Klerk sent a tersely worded letter to Tolbert stating that JCWSA “expressly refuses to ratify your acceptance of the water and sewer easements as indicated on the above referenced plat.”