The Wilbros civil trial will not start next Tuesday as was first scheduled.
Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Judge Robert Adamson has granted a continuance in the trial at the request of Wilbros in order to allow Wilbros to construct and implement an “in vessel” composting process.
According to Ranck, “in vessel” composting involves cycling the material to be composted through an indoor process for the first 7 days. He said that Wilbros is about to start construction on the process.
Ranck said that Judge Adamson has indicated a desire to see if “in vessel” composting helps the odor situation involving the Wilbros facility on Rose Lane in Stephens County. He added that the judge has also asked experts to make additional recommendations of other steps Wilbros could take to abate the odors.
During a pre-trial meeting on April 30, Judge Adamson had asked attorneys for the county and other plaintiffs as well as Wilbros to have their experts meet and see if a settlement could be reached.
Ranck said he and the county commissioners hope these steps, plus those already taken in response to the civil lawsuit will ultimately help to abate the odors.
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 Wilbros.
With the continuance granted, Stephens County Clerk of Court Tim Quick reported that jurors who received a summons for Tuesday, May 21 do not have to report.