Mesa County Mediators Helping People Free of Charge

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Problems with your neighbor? Can’t decide who owns the fence? Or maybe that dog just won't stop barking? It might seem like there's no help to solve the everyday problems, besides hiring a lawyer; but there is.

The Mesa County Mediation Center helps solve everyday problems like these and more and at no charge to you.

"Barking dog situations, vicious dogs and children situations," says mediator Beverly Cormier about cases that mediators have dealt with. And for these problem solvers with the Mesa County mediation center it's not about the problems it's about the people.

Laurel Jones has been coordinating the mediation center since it was created in March of 2008 and says, "Its volunteer its confidential and its user friendly." Jones says, "I think its going to be the first choice for folks in conflict from here forward."

The Mediation Center handles all kinds of disputes, from arguing neighbors to family quarrels to consumer problems, but mediators don't pass judgment or write contracts. That's left up to the disputing parties. "And its an agreement the two people themselves crafted so the chances of it holding for the indefinite future are very good," says, Jones.

Besides working directly with the public, the Mediation Center also takes referrals from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Code Enforcement, Animal Services and the District Attorney's office.

Trish Mahre with the Mesa County District Attorney's Office says many of these cases can't be solved in a court of law. "Sometimes you can't identify what that issue is until two people are willing to come speak together face to face," says, Mahre.

Mediators with the Center receive extensive training before taking any cases of their own.
And while the job isn't always easy, they say it's all about bringing members of the community together.

For more information on the Mediation Center call Laurel Jones at 985-2314.

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