County Commission chair Sammy Hall, District 3, thanked the city for extending its hand to revitalize the effort.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to get together and perhaps start some dialogue in the future about different issues that we have. We don’t dislike each other,” Hall said. “Each of us represents our own area, and from time to time we are going to have some disagreements because the city and county are looking out for their interests. They aren’t always going to be the same. Other than that, we get along and are willing to work together.”
Chambers added that the city and county usually agree on middle ground for processes such as the sales tax split. Constructive debate outside of just SPLOST or LOST negotiations looks to be a mutually beneficial way.
Jarrett said this is the perfect time to initiate the joint meetings while no major issues linger.
“The city and the county have productive meetings. Normally, we meet to deal with different situations that arise. In some of those cases we might have opposing views each protecting what they think are best for the city or the county,” Jarrett said. “You should have disagreement because you represent two different perspectives. Disagreements bring about better solutions to the problems.”
Face to face meetings are the consensus best option.
“I think it’s much more effective when you are sitting in the same room, and you can express those feelings,” Chambers said. “I look forward to it. I like being up front and out in the open a lot better.”
The commission chair said these gatherings could realize joint master planning goals and opportunities. He loves the same room approach taken by the city.
“I’m hoping this leads to future meetings, so we can work on projects down the road. It’s always better when you can meet face to face and discuss whatever issue there might be,” Hall said. “It will be a good chance to rub elbows. It might lead us to do some other planning together.”