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State Approves Warner Robins' Bay Gall Repairs
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A state agency says the city of Warner Robins has finished the job of cleaning up environmental problems at the Bay Gall ditch.

A year ago, the state Department of Natural Resources ordered the city to clean up problems created by dredging work there.

The city and state disagreed over whether Bay Gall is a "creek" - which means the dredging work would need state approval - or a "ditch."

Last year, neighbors complained about the dredging work and said it could cause flooding problems in their neighborhood off Russell Parkway.

The state ruled that Warner Robins had not gotten permission for the work and fined the city.

Under state order, the city restored the area by planting trees and vegetation. The December 2011 order put the city on "provision status" for 12 months.

But a Dec. 17 letter from the state to Mayor Chuck Shaheen says the city has carried out the state order.

On Friday, Todd Bethune of the Department of Natural Resources said the city completed the work on time, to the state's satisfaction, and that the 2011 order is now lifted.

Earlier this this, Shaheen said the Bay Gall dispute cost the city more than $90,000 in state fines and other costs.

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