Clayton County Board of Commissioners on dais. Chairman Jeff Turner was absent.

Overview:

The BOC also approved CCFES' request to address flooding on Upper Riverdale Road, as well as additional spending for the new BOC parking deck and for concrete services from Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright's company during the April 5, 2022 Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners has okayed the county Transportation Department seeking federal grant money for upgrades and sidewalks on Tara Boulevard.

“Can I just add an amen to this one?” asked Commissioner Felicia Franklin, who had promised to do everything possible to make the county’s dangerous main artery safer.

Chairman Jeff Turner was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, with District 2 Commissioner Gail Hambrick presiding. The commission placed all business other than board appointments on the consent agenda, passing them all with a single vote.

Among the items passed without discussion: a request by Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider solutions for flooding on Upper Riverdale Road at the Flint River (which, incidentally, also happened Tuesday).

The BOC also approved a request by CCFES to partner with the American Red Cross on using “certain Clayton County facilities as congregant shelters during large-scale disasters,” another from Clayton County Police to renew participation in the Joint Operations Task Force, and retirement of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officer Scout to Nichole Suttles.

Other big items included:

  • SPLOST 2021 funding for the last two aerial ladder fire trucks
  • Another 379 days and $400,292.10 in 2021 SPLOST funds for design services for the Clayton County Administration Center parking deck (the contractor is Nelson Worldwide, LLC of Alpharetta)
  • a fourth contract amendment “for all items due to a manufacturer price increase” for Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright’s company, C & C Lovejoy, Inc., using Transportation and Development’s General Fund, 2015 SPLOST funds, and 2021 SPLOST funds. That contract number is ITB 18-210, which is providing concrete construction services to the county.

Three of five empty board appointments were held. Anderson had two appointments, one to the DBHDD, another to the Zoning Advisory Group, and said she wanted to talk to a couple of people about an at-large Land Bank Board slot that was held after District 4 Commissioner DeMont Davis’ nominee, LaTanya McGriggs, said she was leaving Clayton County. Davis asked that the appointment be held:

  • DBHDD board (at large): held until April 19 meeting
  • DBHDD board (Anderson): Monique McDowell (Franklin seconded; unanimous)
  • Land Bank Board (at large): held until April 19 meeting
  • Land Bank Board (at large): held until April 19 meeting
  • Zoning Advisory Group (Anderson): Maury Gusta (Franklin seconded; unanimous)

The board then went into an executive session at 6:56 p.m. to discuss personnel and litigation. After reconvening at 7:28 p.m., the BOC voted to approve a $15,000 settlement in a civil suit against Sheriff Victor Hill, the county, and Fluellen.

The board also approved a senior assistant solicitor general at grade 31, step 10, which is higher than entry-level pay for the position. Pay will be $81,230, with total compensation at $106,655, an increase of $2,059 that will come out of the Solicitor General’s existing budget.

Robin Kemp

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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