In order to possibly avoid going to court, the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority (HGRAA) has agreed to a request by the three local banks (Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Bank of Eastman and Colony Bank) to go into mediation regarding a lawsuit filed against the three banks by the HGRAA.
The airport authority met in a called meeting to discuss the possibility on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the airport terminal building. The seven members went into a closed meeting to discuss the possibility.
After more than an hour in the closed meeting, the board returned to open session. HGRAA Chairman Steve Greer asked for three separate motions to be entertained by the board.
The first motion was to accept the banks’ offer to go into mediation concerning the lawsuit with the understanding that mediation would halt if either the banks or the airport authority decided to walk out of mediation. The motion passed unanimously.
The second motion was to make former HGRAA Chairman Eddie Driggers the 30(b)6 designee, that meaning Driggers would be the binding person of knowledge (about the lawsuit). The motion passed with six members in favor and Phil Bearden abstaining from voting.
The third motion was to amend board policy to allow the chairman to attest to the closing of meetings pursuant to the open meetings act. The motion passed unanimously.
Mediation between the HGRAA and the banks is expected to possibly begin some time in August.
Tomorrow we will finally get to the bottom of the airport lawsuit mess. So many rumors out in town that I cannot keep up with everything. I heard the FBI was here last week talking with them out at the airport. Any truth to that one?? lol. What ever they were here for I just pray justice is served on those who deserve it and that our town can get back to creating jobs and raising kids.