The Hyde Park relocation process has been at a standstill for a couple months and residents want to know why there's a holdup. (WRDW-TV / May 16, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, May 16, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- We're ready to move. That's the message from the people who live in Hyde Park.
Hyde Park residents have dealt with flooding and potential contamination for years. It's set to become a lake once everyone is moved, but residents say the relocation process is taking a lot longer than expected.
They are fired up and ready to move.
"We ready to be relocated and we need all the help, all the support that we can get," said resident Alice Williams.
The Hyde Park relocation process has been at a standstill for a couple months and residents want to know why there's a holdup.
"We're wondering about the delay," said Hyde Park President Anthony Jackson. "We're tired of the delays in Hyde Park, and we're ready to move on. The people are ready to be relocated."
Commissioner Corey Johnson said the delay started a few months ago.
"We had some snags, we had a little setback about two months ago," Johnson said. "We had a vote to come before the commission; it didn't go as well with the vote so now we're kind of at a standstill for a month or two."
Johnson said they're hoping to move forward by mid-June.
The people who live in Hyde Park came together Wednesday night as one to show a united front. Even those who have been the most opposed to the relocation said if it's inevitable, just go ahead and do it now.
"If you want the land, get it, just treat me right," said resident Nora Roberts. "That's all I'm asking."
To show their commitment, they plan to attend every commission meeting from now until they are moved.
"Whether we on the docket or not, I'm fixing to start going to all the meetings," said resident Gregory Douse. "We gonna show them that, 'Hey we ready to go.' It's no longer, 'Hey they done passed it.' Let's get us out of here."
Johnson said their passion speaks volumes.
"It shows a lot and it shows the commission and the City of Augusta these people are really behind us," Johnson said. "Everybody really wants to be relocated, but they just want to be treated fairly."
A few months ago they sent a vote to the commission to hire people to work in the relocation office. That vote failed. Johnson said they are now going back to the drawing board and looking to go in-house rather than to an outside group to get this all completed.