CANTON — State regulators have lowered to $6,500 a fine levied against Madison County officials for violations at the Sulphur Springs Park project.
The Madison County Journal reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality notified the county in January about problems at the site north of Canton and that a $20,000 fine was in order. Negotiations lead to a reduced fine.
County Engineer Rudy Warnock offered to pay the fine and the board of supervisors agreed to let him.
Warnock said the county had hired his firm, Warnock and Associates, to oversee that aspect of the project.
“It was our responsibility to avoid this kind of thing and I assured you we wouldn’t have a violation out there,” he said. “So I’m going to pay this fine.”
MDEQ said there was improper silt fencing at the site. The first violation referred to the sediment barrier and lack of timely maintenance. The other three violations were conditions of the water quality certification with the project.
The violations began in August 2014, following a compliance evaluation inspection with specific large construction storm water conditions, according to documents from MDEQ.
The lake project has been in the works for years. In 2013, the county issued a $1.5 million urban renewal bond. Since then, there have been issues with sand and early projections of opening in the late spring of 2014 were missed.
Approximately $800,000 from road bond money was steered toward the project for roads.
Early estimates put the project at the final price tag near $2.6 million.
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