The next hearing date in the Wilbros’ civil suit is scheduled for next month.
Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Tuesday that Judge Robert Adamson has scheduled a hearing for August 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Stephens County Government Building.
The evidentiary hearing on August 7 is designed to help reach a new order to replace the court order already in place and set out additional steps Wilbros should take to help eliminate the odor.
Ranck does say that the two sides will continue to negotiate and try to reach a proposed joint order doing that prior to the hearing.
Those talks have been going on since Judge Adamson ordered attorneys on both sides in May to have experts meet with each other and negotiate to see if a new joint order could be reached.
Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County citizens’ group are suing Wilbros and associated defendants over the odor coming from the Rose Lane facility.
In a related note, Ranck said Stephens County Commissioners remain as committed as ever to working to abate the noxious odors coming from Wilbros that continue to negatively impact the county and its citizens.
That comes after the city of Toccoa’s announcement last week that it would no longer contribute financially to the legal costs associated with the Wilbros’ civil suit.
Toccoa officials informed Stephens County in a letter sent last week that the city had paid in excess of $60,000 towards the suit after originally agreeing to a maximum contribution of $20,000.
City officials stated in the letter that while the city can no longer participate financially, it supports the suit and agrees to continue to participate as party plaintiff in the suit, if that is acceptable to Stephens County.