Georgia asks for review of water war litigation

24 11 2008

by Dana Beyerle | New York Times

The Justice Department doesn’t like Georgia asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review water war litigation, in effect saying a lower court ruling favoring Alabama and Florida should remain.

The Justice Department in court opposes Georgia’s request for review by the Supreme Court of a District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the settlement between Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would have assigned portions of Lake Lanier for Atlanta’s water supply was illegal.

The appellate court said such a major change in Lake Lanier’s operation could not be done without the approval of Congress. Atlanta needs the water that eventually flows into Alabama and Georgia, creating a common state line. Georgia in August asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the D.C. court’s decision.

Home won’t be demolished

The architectural review board in Montgomery won’t let the former home of Gov. Don Siegelman be demolished, even though it would cost more to repair it than it’s worth.

The board last week denied a request to demolish the home in the edge of the historic Old Cloverdale neighborhood south of downtown Montgomery. The residence also was the childhood home of former Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar. The home is marked by a historic marker that points out the connections to Folmar and Siegelman.

A contractor said it would cost $166,000 to repair the home, built in 1935. It’s valued for tax purposes at $148,500. Siegelman and his family lived in the home from 1979 until he was elected governor in 1998 and moved into the Governor’s Mansion the next year. He sold the home that year for $250,000, twice its appraised value, to a man whom Siegelman later put on a state board, the New York Times Regional Newspapers first reported.

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