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Consolidation commission hires help

May 11, 2004

Albany - The commission looking at whether to combine Albany city and Dougherty County governments is now getting outside help.

The Study Commission met with Miller Brewing Company facilitator Tracey Williams. She was hired to help board members write a final report.

For nine months, twenty members have collected data from consultants and visited other Georgia cities that consolidated. Board Member, Gary Smith, says, "We are in the tenth month of pregnancy. The burden is heavy now and we want to get it out. We've spent a lot of time, a lot of energy and a lot of man hours. Unfortunately, the public hasn't, for better or worst, gotten the vision that we've seen."

Williams was hired for 100 dollars an hour.

If the board recommends consolidation, the city and county commissions would have to approve a plan.

It would then have to be passed by the General Assembly and voters in Albany and Dougherty County.

posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

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