All parties appear on the same page on how to move forward on Jones Creek

Friday, June 28, 2019
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- It was a flooding problem that led to a lawsuit to try and get some compensation and it led Jones Creek Golf Club to close their doors for good.

For 8 years, Columbia County has stood quiet about their role in it all. We're hearing from them for the first time.

For 8 years it's been nothing but disagreement, but it seems that finally all parties are on the same page. It's partly because no one wants to see Jones Creek looking poorly with overgrown grass, weeds, and dirty bunkers.

That’s the view outside Emile Cochet’s window these days.

"I hope the golf course will be sold to some people who want to come in and clean it all up and fix it all up,” Cochet said.

For 8 years, it's been a battle of who is responsible for silt building up in Willow Lake and flooding when it rains.

"Columbia County stood our ground on that,” said Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said. “We did not talk about the lawsuit while it was an active lawsuit. Not that we didn't want to, we couldn't. We were told not to and we didn't."

Now it's over and they're ready to talk.

"The many, many years and millions of dollars of difficult issues to try to deal with,” said Ray Mundy with Jones Creek. “I think we're at the point right now where we're trying to move forward."

"We always stood behind the fact that the taxpayers could not be responsible for the maintenance on private property and that's really what it boils down to in our mind,” Johnson said.

What's left is a neighborhood built around a golf course without a golf course, and questions of where they go from here.

"That was one of the things the residents had a big concern about was I had a golf course in my backyard and now that it's not there anymore, is it possible I could have a house butting up to my house?" Mundy said.

There's no doubt the golf course will be sold as they plan for better days.

"Whether it was having a wedding reception up here or having a golf tournament for a charity event, those are all important life events that this is centered around,” Mundy said. “It needs to be the same thing again."

The hope across the board is for Jones Creek to return to its former glory.

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