Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods' Comments at Meeting Draw Fire; the Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Criticized the City Manager and Attorney

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods' Comments at Meeting Draw Fire; the Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Criticized the City Manager and Attorney

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Byline: DREW DIXON

ATLANTIC BEACH - Two top city officials lashed out Friday at City Commissioner Carolyn Woods in response to a heated exchange at the Aug. 23 City Commission meeting.

Woods criticized City Manager Jim Hanson and City Attorney Alan Jensen over their roles in a sewage pipeline project for which the construction engineering contract was approved that night. For about a year, Woods has criticized the city administration over its handling of the project.

"You made false and inaccurate statements about me," Jensen wrote Friday in a memo to the city and to Woods.

Jensen also included a list of ethical principles for public servants and said Woods has violated those standards and practices in her zeal to challenge the pipeline project.

"The citizens of Atlantic Beach deserve elected representatives who follow these ethical principles and values," Jensen said. "I do not believe you have done that in all the controversy you have created" over the pipeline project.

On Aug. 23, Woods said of the pipeline plan, "Things were said at commission meetings that just weren't right, by the city attorney, city manager, other people." Woods did not return a voice mail seeking comment.

Jensen had challenged Woods at the meeting.

"You accuse me of making false statements up here and I have never done that," Jensen said.

Woods has repeatedly criticized the plan to run a pipeline from the Mayport Road area, where the city plans to close one of its wastewater treatment plants, to its other plant off Donner Road. She has opposed running the line through several neighborhoods, including Selva Marina and Oceanwalk, where opposition has been the loudest. City officials have said that's the least-expensive route. After Woods and some residents complained the line would uproot too many trees, the city changed the plan to run it around trees. …

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