by Robin Kemp

How ’bout them Dawgs? The wheels of government are turning at the Gold Dome–towards the nearest UGA tailgate. Back in Clayton County, here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

Monday, Jan. 10

  • The City of Lovejoy has cancelled its pre-meeting and council meeting tonight.
  • 6 p.m.: The Riverdale City Council meets at 7200 Church Street. On the agenda:
    • swearing in Councilmembers Mary Granison (Ward 1) and Wanda Wallace (Ward 3), as well as Municipal Court Judge Wanda Dallas
    • appointing a mayor pro tempore, parliamentarian, liaison to the Clayton County Municipal Association (CCMA), medical director, and 2022 Georgia Municipal Association voting delegate
    • Approving a purchase sale agreement for “Church Street Property”
    • On the consent agenda: appointing Chris Chapman as judge pro tempore, Jerry Patrick and city solicitor, L’Erin Wiggins as city attorney, and Sylvia Vaughan as city clerk, followed by swearing in Chapman, Wiggins, and Vaughan. The city also will approve the Clayton News as the city’s legal organ.
    • 7 p.m.: The Lake City City Council meets the second Monday of each month at City Hall. No agenda was published on the city’s website by press time. However, the council is set to adopt the proposed $4,005,086 FY 2022 budget tonight. It includes a proposed $155,000 for street repairs, an additional $75,000 for police traffic employees, an additional $16,000 for technical services. The city attorney line item proposed amount includes question marks but is proposed to stay at $30,000. The council and mayor are looking at a proposed $200 increase in retirement (bringing them from $2,300 to $2,500). The city manager’s office is looking at a $5,900 increase, including $5,100 in pay, $400 for Social Security and $400 for retirement, for a total of $138,665. You can see a copy at City Hall fro 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. We’re also including it here for your convenience. If you have questions, call (404) 366-8080.

6:30 p.m: The Clayton County Ethics Board meets in Board of Commissioner Conference Room 2, 118 Smith Street, Jonesboro.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

  • 4:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration meets via Zoom. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/3t7ZqWe . The webinar ID is 890-5110-4906. A public comment form will be live from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Items of particular note on the agenda include a discussion of the Empowrd application, which shares an address with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), an incubator for Black-owned startups, and a discussion on changes to voter challenge procedures. Director Shauna Dozier will update the board on 2022 election plans.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Morrow City Council holds its work session, followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. No agenda for either meeting was available on the city website as of press time.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Commissioners holds its work session at Smith Street. Discussion items include:
    • the I-75 Central Corridor Coalition
    • a presentation on workforce development by Invest Clayton’s Sydney Bourget
    • a presentation by Clayton County Public Schools’ Dr. Anthony Smith “regarding new developments and County partnership”
    • a discussion by Staff Attorney Charles Reed on “the impact of law enforcement incentives” and what the BOC wants to do about them.
  • 6 p.m.: The Development Authority of Clayton County (Invest Clayton) will hold its monthly meeting at Clayton State University’s Arbor Hall Auditorium, 5823 Trammell Road, Morrow. On the agenda:
    • updates on Invest Clayton projects and Clayton Works
    • 2022 resolutions on conflict of interest and on indemnification
    • an executive session on real estate, personnel, and potential litigation

Wednesday, Jan. 12

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Clayton County Elections Office is hiring poll workers, advance voting staff, and other temporary and seasonal positions for the 2022 election year at 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro. Apply online at www.claytonelections.com

Thursday, Jan. 13

  • 6 p.m.: The Forest Park Planning Commission meets in council chambers. On the agenda:
    • PC-2022-01 Variance at 916 Main Street – The applicant is requesting a variance to remove the requirement to install a sprinkler system, as required in the Downtown Mainstreet District, per Zoning Ordinance 8-8-38.33 B. This ordinance requires that sprinkler systems must be installed in new or substantially renovated developments in the Downtown Mainstreet District.
    • CUP-2022-01 Conditional Use Permit at 819 Forest Parkway – The applicant is requesting a
      Conditional Use Permit to operate an event center. This property is located in the Institutional
      Commercial (IC) District; places of assembly, such as event centers, require a conditional use permit to
      operate.
  • 7 p.m.: State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) will hold a virtual town hall on legislative priorities for the 2022 session. Join the meeting online at https://bit.ly/3tbG4PV. The meeting ID is 825-1211-0298 and the password is 729335. Scott’s priorities include:
    • civil forfeiture
    • ethical policing
    • gun safety
    • period poverty
    • solitary confinement
    • burial plots
    • implicit bias training

Friday, Jan. 14

Please forward any events, including any we might have missed, to editor@claytoncrescent.org.

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