by Robin Kemp

The Clayton Crescent extends a hearty thank you to all who took part in the our first Citizens’ Sunshine Workshop! Here’s a look at what your elected officials are up to this week. You can tell them what you think, watch meetings online or in person, and request public documents if you want to change things that bother you or work on solutions to problems and issues that affect you.

ALL WEEK

Keep an eye on both the Georgia House and Senate floors via https://www.legis.ga.gov/video/all and track individual bills and resolutions at https://www.legis.ga.gov/search as the Gold Dome sausage-grinder goes into high gear before sine die. You also can look up how members of the House and Senate voted on any given measure. Not sure who your state representative or state senator is? Look them up here.

MONDAY, MARCH 22

  • TBA: No meetings noted today.

TUESDAY, MARCH 23

  • 5:30 p.m.: Clayton County Board of Commissioners Work Session: The BOC will discuss preliminary items for the April 6 meeting (agenda and agenda packet were identical at press time Monday afternoon, meaning no supporting documentation appeared in the agenda packet) followed by several presentations (the Solid Waste Board presentation listed on the agenda is not ready this week, said Chairman Jeff Turner):
    • Information Technology
    • Georgia Smart Communities Grant
    • addressing a text amendment to Resolution 2021-39-A on the single-family residential subdivision moratorium
    • Office of Personnel Management on an operation analyst position (Dr. Chalonda Smith)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Morrow City Council Work Session (agenda packet)
  • 7:30 p.m. Morrow City Council Regular Meeting (agenda packet):
    • On the agenda: approving a FLOCK camera for “The District” (also known as Olde Towne Morrow) at $2,750; a structural assessment of the boardwalk deck at “The District” and a scope of work for replacement by Shear Structural, at $2,200; a scope of work by LOWE Engineering at $2,625; and approving a recommendation by Public Works for It’s Electric to retrofit, repair, and install canopy lights at Morrow Center at $2,456–all using 2014 SPLOST funds.
    • First reading of a proposed ordinance (listed on the agenda as 2021-02 and listed on the text of the attached ordinance as 2021-03) that would change how officers are appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board. The ordinance would require the mayor to “appoint one active board member as chairperson who will serve for one year or until they are reappointed or their successor is appointed.” The board would appoint one active board member as vice-chair, also to “serve for one year or until they are reappointed or their successor is appointed.” The board also would appoint a secretary “who may be an officer or an employee of the city or a member of the planning and zoning board.” The current ordinance reads that the board shall elect a member as chairperson, another as vice-chair, “each of whom will serve for one year or until he is reelected or his successor is elected,” with the board also appointing a secretary “who may be an officer or an employee of the city or a member of the planning and zoning board.”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

  • 9 a.m. Clayton County Civil Service Board: Register in advance for the Zoom meeting at https://bit.ly/3tHGNFC
  • Mayor Angelyne Butler and Ward 3 City Councilman Héctor Gutierrez are scheduled to meet with tenants of the Park at Fort Gillem Apartments, with Planning, Building, and Zoning Director James Shelby joining them by computer. Residents have expressed concerns about why they were not informed about longstanding toxic waste from Fort Gillem spreading through groundwater, as well as issues with maintenance. The owners have declined comment.
  • 5:30 p.m. Forest Park Development Authority Monthly Meeting: This meeting will be available online via tiny.cc/FPDA and by phone at (312) 626-6799. The meeting ID is 989-1019-9762 and the passcode is 273282. Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting, followed by the chair’s comments. Ed Wall will present a “financial explanation for Pilot Program with Clayton County.”

THURSDAY, MARCH 25

FRIDAY, MARCH 26

  • Deadline for Public Comment on Fort Gillem FTG-01 Cleanup: Today is the deadline for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to receive comments on its proposed cleanup plan for FTG-01, the landfill on the north side of the base. This comment period is of special interest to those who live north of the base in Forest Park, Conley, and Ellenwood but applies to anyone. Read our coverage here and here about the plan and the longtime contamination spreading from the former base. We’ll have more coverage on the proposed plan and other options this week. E-mail comments to Tom Lineer, Chief, Base Realignment and Closure Field Branch (DAIN-ISE), U.S. Army, 1508 Hood Avenue, Room A-103, Forest Park, GA 30297 at thomas.a.lineer.civ@mail.mil. Postal mail must arrive no later than Friday, March 26. 

SATURDAY MARCH 27

  • 10 a.m.- 2p.m. Clayton County Water Authority Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Gather up all those old paint cans, bottles of weed killer and pesticide, and other nastiness in your shed and under your sink and bring them to the W. B. Casey Water Resource Recovery Facility, 8890 Roberts Rd., just off Flint River Road in Jonesboro. CCWA says masks are required and people must stay in their vehicles. The event does not include dropoff for pharmaceutical or over-the-counter medicines. Call (770) 960-5200 or visit https://www.ccwa.us/collectionday/ for details.

Let us know if you see we missed any event involving meetings of your local government and we will add it.

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