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More Than 4,000 Work Orders Are Backlogged In Cobb County

Jul 26, 2017

If you're a Cobb County resident who's put in a work order to have the sidewalk fixed or street gutter cleaned, you might be waiting a while.

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Cobb's Department of Transportation has a backlog of more than 4,000 projects.

Jim Wilgus, the county's transportation director, said the backlog started in 2008 when the recession hit.

"When they request us to reduce labor and we got rid of people, particularly in the maintenance crews, we've not been allowed to hire those people back," Wilgus said.

Cobb's DOT gets an average of about 6,500 work requests each year, Wilgus said. And it's nice when his department can complete around 5,000 orders.

"We prioritize ones that are safety related first," Wilgus said. "And once we get through with the safety ones we try to make it to some of the other ones."

Wilgus said it's an ongoing issue. At this point, he added, if no more work orders came in it would still take a year to clear out the current backlog.

The commissioners' decision to not hike the county's millage rate this year means Wilgus won't be able to hire additional personnel anytime soon.