An outside facilitator has been brought in to help with the negotiations over the new transfer station location. All parties involved, from politicians to historians, met with the facilitator for the first time this afternoon. The facilitator is from the University of Georgia and was hired after years of arguing over where the station will be located. The parties say not only is the facilitator there to be objective but to keep the process moving.
"We've had plenty of public input," noted county chairman Billy Hair. "The problem is, we didn't agree and we didn't agree, so the process got bogged down and never went anywhere. Now the process can continue."
The process is expected to take about six to eight weeks. But Hair says once a location is chosen, it will still be impossible to have everyone agree on the final choice.