by Robin Kemp

The Board of Elections and Registration is asking the Board of Commissioners to approve recommendations for awards totaling $653,715.15 for voting system products, equipment, and programs from Dominion Voting Systems and two Kenworth T270 stock trucks from MHC Kenworth Atlanta.

The voting supplies would be funded by the Center for Tech and Civic Life COVID-19 Response Grant and the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute’s Democracy Fund.

The trucks also would be funded by a Center for Tech and Civic Life COVID-19 Response Grant.

Although Elections and Registration made the request, “(d)ocumentation to substantiate this decision will be maintained by the Department of Central Services,” according to tonight’s agenda.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Veteran of the Month, Sgt. (Ret.) Charles Cooper, will be honored for his four decades of service in the U.S. Army.
  • Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner will give a presentation on the Medical Examiner (the BOC will consider a resolution authorizing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner to provide services in the absence of a county coroner).
  • Authorization for the county to apply for a Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) worth $2,077,059.15 (the county has to match 30 percent, or $623,111.75.
  • The “dollar store” moratorium on small-box discount stores is up for renewal through January 31.
  • The county is asking the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce to lease 2270 and 2272 Mt. Zion Road for offices for the Clayton County Economic Development Department.
  • Human Resources is asking to fund one full-time positions civil service administrative assistant at $49,730. The money would come out of the department’s part-time budget for an existing part-time employee. “Due to the nature of the work in this area, the incumbent must have excellent interpersonal skills,” the item notes. “Currently, we have a case log of 82 cases that are pending to go before the Civil Service Board, and new cases are constantly be(ing) added.”
  • HR also is asking for a 10 percent salary supplement for the Director of Building Maintenance at $10,276.05 and the Assistant Director of Building Maintenance at $8,860.94. The request comes after the BOC approved a new Division of Planning, Design, and Construction within the Building Maintenance Department. “As a result, 13 additional positions were created, and additional responsibilities, accountability, and tasks were assumed by Building Maintenance,” according to the request.
  • Approve sending the county’s PY2019 Annual Action Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a third round of CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding worth $1,689,425 for rental and mortgage assistance.
  • Several items benefitting Clayton County Senior Services, including rental rates for the Flint River Black Box Theater; fees and charges for the use of facilities, equipment, and programs; and an agreement with Tivity Health to provide Silver Sneakers programming for county Senior Centers and the Flint River Community Center.
  • Accept a $2,000 donation from Walmart to the Clayton County Police Department.
  • Accept the title to a 2005 gray Chevy Trailblazer, seized by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, “for the purpose of enhancing law enforcement.”
  • Add four street lights in Trinity Park.

The BOC also will consider board appointments to the Tourism Authority through December 31, 2024 and the Zoning Advisory Group through August 19, 2021.

Zoning matters include:

  • A request for a conditional use permit for an automotive repair center inside the Exxon at 6539 Georgia Hwy. 42 in Rex (District 1 – Gregory). The applicant is Olutayo Olokode. Both Planning and Zoning and ZAG have recommended approval with conditions.
  • A request for a conditional use permit for a food pantry and clothing donation center at 6109 Riverdale Road in Atlanta (District 2- Hambrick). The applicant is Dianne Collins on behalf of Faith Walk Ministries, Inc. Both Planning and Zoning and ZAG have recommended approval with conditions.
  • A request for a conditional use permit to expand the Hennessey-Southlake Mazda dealership at 7261 Jonesboro Road in Morrow (District 4-Davis). The applicant is Cirara Vogan on behalf of Hennessey-Southlake. Both Planning and Zoning and ZAG have recommended approval with conditions.
  • A request to rezone about 25.17 acres from RS-180 to PUD (Community Development) at 1821 Creel Drive near West Fayetteville Road, just east of Flat Shoals Park and the Castlegate subdivision in Riverdale (District 2-Hambrick). The applicant is Battle Law, P.C. on behalf of Blackstone Investment Company, which wants to build 100 single-family attached townhomes. The project is called The Townes at Flat Shoals. Both Planning and Zoning and ZAG have recommended approval with conditions on this and a companion preliminary plat request.
  • A request to subdivide about 14.9 acres zoned PUD (Planned Unit Development) “near the fork of Village Wood Lane and Village Park Drive” in the Village of Ellenwood subdivision in Ellenwood (District 1-Gregory). The applicant is Sunrise Builder, Inc., which wants to turn the land into a 42 single-family lot subdivision. The project is called Villages of Ellenwood — Village Creek. Planning and Zoning recommends approval with 6 conditions not listed on the agenda. ZAG recommends denial. The preliminary plat was tabled on October 5.

The BOC meets at 6:30 p.m. at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro.

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