I-TEAM UPDATE: Fleming Park investigation results not being released

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Augusta-Richmond County investigation into Melquan Robinson’s electrocution is complete, according to their spokesman.

The city voted to start work on the updating and replacing the wiring and lighting at Fleming Park, but they still don’t plan to release the report detailing what they found was malfunctioning and the recommendations from a contractor they hired.

News 12 has asked the mayor, the city administrator’s office and some commissioners for the report. They all say the findings are an attorney-work product and that they don't plan to release it.

Joann Johnson has lived on Amelia Drive for four years. Her grandson played football up the street at Fleming Park. Thinking about the boy who lost his life last fall still makes her emotional.

“Because it's that's a baby. That's a baby,” said Johnson.

She says she wants to know how this happened.

"Why is it a secret? Why can't we know what is going on," said Johnson.

We asked commissioner Dennis Williams if the city had an obligation to let the public know what the problem was.

“Yes, in a sense yes. But they will know. They may not know today, but they will know once the court situation is taken care of,” said Williams.

We also asked Mayor Hardie Davis.

"I think there are a series of things that could have potentially led to the tragic passing of Melquan Robinson. And so, I don't think it is our role as a local government to one, provide a series of reports to suggest that this could have happened or that could have happened. At the clear and present moment of where we have not only identified what solutions need to be bought to bear and bringing the park back up to full speed so that it is open for full recreational use and activities. But not just those who play sports but those who just come out and walk around the parks. It is at that point we will make all the information that we can available to the general public."

It seems the repairs will come before we get the whole story at Fleming Park. The city will update and replace all the wiring and lighting at Fleming Park.

As far as with the current status of the project, they haven't selected a contractor yet and they plan to put the project out for bid. The timeline for this project is "Not available at this time."