Hyde Park residents tell city leaders to 'get to stepping,' leave them alone

Nora Roberts has lived in the same home in Hyde Park more than 40 years. (WRDW-TV)

Nora Roberts has lived in the same home in Hyde Park more than 40 years. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A plan is already in motion, moving people out of Hyde Park, but some of the folks who live there are asking: When is it actually going to happen?

City leaders are talking about cutting out a step in the process that could speed things along.

Nora Roberts is one resident wishing the city would make up their minds, saying, "If they are going to move us out and relocate us, then get to stepping."

Roberts has lived in the same home in Hyde Park more than 40 years, and she says this isn't the first time the city has told her she will have to move out of her home.

"They told us one time we was going to have to move, and my house had went down a whole lot," she said.

That was more than 10 years ago, and once she realized they weren't moving her out anytime soon, she spent money fixing the place back up.

"I had this bathroom redone ... I went back in debt, got things done to my house, and now, they say we have to go again," she said.

This time, though, city leaders say the move is for real.

"We'll actually start appraisals in January or February of 2013," said Hawthorne Welcher Jr. with Housing and Community Development.

Commissioners are deciding right now whether or not to give the mayor and city administrator the power to approve each contract, rather than having hundreds approved by the commission.

"We hope to eliminate some of the time that would take to put each of those on the commission agenda," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

But, commissioners aren't so sure they want to hand over that much power.

"We are the purchaser of this property, and every one of those come before the commission," said Jerry Brigham.

"Most of the contracts they look at, they do look at each individual contract," Russell said.

But those in charge of the project say it will slow things down if commissioners have to approve each contract individually.

But, as for Roberts, she says, "If they're going to do something, well do it. If not, leave us alone."


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