City Council Approves their Side of an Intergovernmental Agreement

November 5, 2013

A solution may finally be agreed upon about how to deal with the old Mill Street/Stephens School property.

The dilapidated structure has been an eyesore for those living next to the property for quite sometime now, and the property has been a constant discussion point at just about every Elberton City Council meeting.

Well hope may be on the horizon said Elberton City Manager Lanier Dunn, as members from the Elberton City Council, Board of Commissioners, and Board of Education gathered to discuss how to handle the property.

According to Dunn, each governing body will be responsible for different aspects of the building’s demolition.

“The county has proposed an agreement where they would use their labor and equipment to tear it down, we would assist in the ways we can, and the school board would be responsible for the cost of material disposal as well as the asbestos abatement”, explained Dunn. “This is the best solution, and this is the best case scenario about dealing with this property.”

Currently, the tentative deadline for the building’s demolition to be complete is by the end of February 2014.

Dunn said that could change depending on the circumstances, but for now that is the agreed upon deadline.

Councilman Troy Colquitt said this agreement gives hope that the three bodies can continue to work together.

“I see this as the three bodies working together. There is all kinds of problems we have, but we need to work together to make this a better place to live”, said Colquitt. “Maybe if we get this done, we could move onto other projects.”

The Elberton City Council approved a resolution with a unanimous vote Monday night, before the intergovernmental agreement can be finalized, both the Elbert County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will also have to adopt a resolution agreeing to the terms.