by Robin Kemp

Here’s this week’s Roundup:

Monday, Feb. 21

  • 10:30 a.m.: The Clayton County Police Department holds its annual Faith Forum via Zoom. Register online at or call Officer K. McCall at (770) 347-0289
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Jonesboro Historic Preservation Commission meets via Zoom. No agenda was published online as of press time.
  •  6 p.m.: The Forest Park City Council holds its work session, followed by the 7 p.m. meeting. On the agenda: creating two additional five-member planning boards (Urban Design Review and Planning Commission); approval of an agreement between Georgia Emergency Management Association and the Fire Department to receive federal funds for hazmat and ; a request to spend $10,000 so the Georgia Municipal Association can help the city get all the franchise fees (fees that cable and other utility providers pay the city for the right to provide services within the city limits) to which it is entitled; naming a representative to the county Land Bank when James Shelby’s term ends; and raises for all city employees (15% for police, fire, and EMS; $17 minimum wage; 7% for everyone else). The new planning boards stem from the city’s updated zoning regulations. To qualify for the three-year term, appointees must live or work in Forest Park. UDR appointees must have relevant qualifications: either education or experience in “land development, arts and culture, engineering, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, real estate, or similar professional field,” or “be a design professional registered and licensed by the State of Georgia in one (1) of the following professional fields: architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture.” The Design Committee is for residents or property owners (excluding the mayor and council). The first slate will serve four years, with future members serving three-year terms.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

  • 10 a.m.: Clayton County is holding an online workshop on how to get certified to do business with the county. You will learn how to register as a vendor and about upcoming opportunities. Register at or call Clayton County Central Services at (770) 477-3587.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Commissioners holds its work session. Discussions include the monthly financial report from Chief Financial Officer Ramona Bivins, development impact fees for unincorporated Clayton County by Chief Resilience Officer and Director of Fire and Emergency Services Landry Merkison (requested by Commissioner Felicia Franklin), MARTA Clayton County Transit Supportive Land Use Study by Community Development Director Patrick Ejike, a presentation by the Land Bank on its “parameters… status of establishing a budget, code enforcement of Land Bank properties and costs of same,” and a review of International Park fees by Parks and Recreation Director Troy Hodges.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Thursday, Feb. 24

10 a.m.: Clayton County Central Services is holding a webinar on how to take part in Invitations to Bid (ITB) and Requests for Proposals (RFP). To get login access, you must register in advance at

Friday, February 25

  • 5:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Youth Commission and Team Management 2000 Inc. present a Teen Dating Violence Forum for youth ages 14-18. The forum takes place at the South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Road, Hampton. Register in advance at or contact Ciara Dunn at or  (770) 477-3349.

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Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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