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The city of Watkinsville was served last week with a lawsuit that alleges the city has diverted storm water runoff onto private property.

The plaintiff is 60 South LLC, whose registered agent is Matthew Smith, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The LLC took ownership of 60 South Main Street from Greg Veale in 2017. 

“The city has breached its duty to plaintiff by artificially increasing, diverting and concentrating stormwater from the city’s streets and rights of way onto plaintiff’s property,” according to the lawsuit. “The city negligently constructed a drainage system that has caused repeated flooding of plaintiff’s property and other damage to plaintiff and plaintiff’s property.”

When contacted by The Oconee Enterprise, Matthew Smith declined comment and said his attorney, David Ellison of Ellison Law, could answer any further questions.

Watkinsville Mayor Brian Brodrick also declined comment, explaining that he doesn’t generally comment on litigation.

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