by Robin Kemp

Millage rate hearings top this week’s Monday Roundup of Clayton County government events you should be aware of:

Monday, Aug. 9

  • 6 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Education holds a public hearing on the proposed millage rate. The board would like to keep the millage rate unchanged at 20 mils. However, increased property values in the county mean homeowners would pay higher taxes. See our detailed explanations here and here. Board Chair Jessie Goree said public comments or questions about any other topic, including the budget on which the proposed millage rate is based, would not be addressed–the hearing is strictly about the proposed millage rate.
  • 6 p.m.: The Jonesboro City Council holds its regular meeting.
    • A public hearing will be held on a proposed church at 186 North Ave. that would require a conditional use permit. The applicants are the Estate of John Mitchell, which owns the property, and Iyabo Okuribido of Golden Crown C&S Church. The application number is 21-CU-013.
    • On the consent agenda: a resolution to accept a Little Free Library for Lee Street Park from Family Literacy of Georgia, a proposal “from Geotechnical Environmental Consultants, Inc and the City of Jonesboro for construction materials testing and special inspections,” and cancelling the Sept. 6 work session and holding the regular meeting on Sept. 13.
    • The city will vote on whether to approve the Hearthside Jonesboro senior housing development’s minor subdivision plat change along North Street. The applicant is OneStreet Residential, LLC.
    • It also will vote on whether to approve the Golden Crown C&S Church conditional use at 186 North Avenue
    • The council will vote on a resolution (2021-005) to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would allow the city to use the county’s election equipment for the November 2 municipal election. City Manager Ricky Clark also serves as the city’s election superintendent. According to a notice on the city’s website, “Qualifying to run for office shall be held at City Hall, 124 North Avenue, Jonesboro, Georgia beginning on Monday, August 16th through Wednesday August 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.” Three at-large City Council seats, held by incumbents Pat Sebo, Bobby Lester, and Billy Powell, are at stake. The candidate qualifying fee is $277.20.

6 p.m.: The Riverdale City Council has cancelled its regular meeting for August 9. The municipal election will take place Nov. 2, with seats in Ward 1 (Mary A. Granison) and Ward 3 (Wanda Wallace) up for grabs. Candidate qualifying will take place at City Hall, 7200 Church Street, Riverdale, Georgia on Monday, August 16 through Wednesday,
August 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Qualifying fees are $408.

5:30 p.m.: The Lake City City Council meets for a zoning variance hearing, followed by the 6:30 p.m. work session and 7 p.m. regular council meeting. Bhavin Patel, on behalf of Shree Shakti of Atlanta/Ambaji Development LLC, wants a zoning variance at 1450 Huie Road. The work session features updates on Employee Appreciatoion Day, the upcoming election, the Reynolds Road sidewalk project, the city’s Nature Preserve, and Georgia Cities Week, which is October 3-9. The regular meeting agenda includes:

  • adoption of Amended Ordinance 2021-01
  • adoption of Resolution 2021-05 (Zoning request for Oakmont Acquisitions)
  • an intergovernmental agreement with Clayton County for elections
  • a resolution to take part in Georgia Cities Week
  • a resolution to adopt the Clayton County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Plan

See the Lake City Council agenda here:

Tuesday, Aug. 10

  • 5:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Commissioners meets.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Morrow City Council holds its work session, with the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
  • 6 p.m.: Invest Clayton (Development Authority of Clayton County) meets at the Lake City Community Center, 5471 Jonesboro Road, Lake City. On the agenda: an Invest Clayton project report, CREST Team presentation, an update on Clayton Works, election of an assistant secretary/treasurer, and new business involving Chairman Jeff Turner’s 5K Run and the Oakwood Trails Annual Back to School Block Party.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

  • 9 a.m.: The Clayton County Board of Assessors holds its work session, immediately followed by its regular meeting, at the Tax Assessors Office, Annex 2, 2nd Floor in Conference Room A, 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro.

Thursday, Aug. 12

  • TBA

Friday, Aug. 13

  • TBA

Saturday, Aug. 14

  • 8 a.m: The City of Morrow is holding a Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m until 2 p.m at Olde Towne Morrow/The District, 1065 Olde Towne Morrow Road. You have to register by Wednesday, Aug. 11 to sell items. Call (404) 499-3891 for details.
  • 11 a.m.: Clayton County District 4 holds its Community Town Hall Meeting via Zoom. Register online at for a link to the meeting.

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