The Georgia Assembly is back in session today, which means The Clayton Crescent will be under the Gold Dome, looking for your state senators and representatives and getting a first look at pending legislation today.
Here’s a quick look at what your government officials are up to this week. It’s up to you to show up, make your voice heard, and make sure they respond to you:
9:30 a.m.: The Georgia House of Representatives kicks off the 2023 legislative session at the Gold Dome in downtown Atlanta.
11 a.m.: Coffee with a Librarian: Meet Interim Library Director Scott Parham at Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro.
5 p.m.: Riverdale City Council special called meeting (agenda): Appointed officials will be sworn in: Municipal Judge Wanda Dallas, Solicitor Jerry Patrick, Judge Pro Tempore Chris Chapman, City Attorney L’Erin Wiggins, City Clerk Sylvia Vaughan, Mayor Pro Tempore Councilwoman Wanda Wallace, and Parliamentarian Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon. Officials will choose the legal organ publishing city legal notices, name a liaison to the Clayton County Municipal Association, discuss the compensation plan, discuss the mission statement, and consider “the Memorandum Agreement between Clayton County Health District, Clayton County Board of Commissioners, and the City of Riverdale.”
6 p.m.: Clayton County Board of Education (agenda): The Clayton Crescent will be recognized for its coverage of the Community Warming Center, hosted by CCPS at Sequoyah Middle School.
?? p.m.: Jonesboro City Council (agenda): The council will vote on whether the county or the city will run the municipal election, which pits Councilwoman Pat Sebo-Hand against Councilwoman Donya Sartor. The council will consider to reappoint former Mayor Joy B. Day as chair of the Urban Redevelopment Authority; Day sold her Jonesboro home and moved to another county after resigning several months ago. The council also will consider reappointing the rest of the URA Board, including Allan Roark, Councilwoman Sebo-Hand, City Manager Ricky Clark; Helen Meadows, and Councilman Ed Wise.Other reappointments include City Manager Clark; Police Chief Tommy L. Henderson III; Public Works Director John Burdin; Legal Counsel Fincher Denmark LLC; Municipal Court Judge Keith Wood; and Municipal Court Solicitor Jerry Patrick. The Jonesboro City Council also will consider reappointing Mayor Pro Tempore Tracey Messick, Clark, Burdin, Henderson, Lt, Chris Cato, and Sebo-Hand to the Accident Review Committee; and Helen Meadows and Jule Segner to the Downtown Development Authority. One new appointee to the DDA, Trina Kolawole, is up for consideration. The council also will appoint the Mayor Pro Tempore “to fill the ex-officio role on the Jonesboro Downtown Development Authority until a Mayor is duly elected in the City of Jonesboro” for the length of that person’s term.
6:30 p.m.: Lake City City Council work session (agenda TBA)
7 p.m.: Lake City City Council regular meeting (agenda TBA)
4:30 p.m.: Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration (agenda): The board is expected to call a special election for Clayton County Sheriff, as well as for the Clayton County Public Schools SPLOST, and approve advance voting locations for the March elections. The board also will elect its officers, hear the Director’s Report and 2023 election update, and consider a recommendation to change the February meeting date. Elections officials have had to move operations to 1285 Government Circle while crews repair flood damage resulting from the hard freeze over Christmas. No word yet on when the office will reopen.
5:30 p.m.: Clayton County Board of Commissioners work session (agenda): The BOC will hear from Kevin Ross of Airport FastPark about the Mountain View development; Chairman Jeff Turner will give a presentation on Robert’s Rules of Order; Kevin Avjin of EOSLinkx will propose a plan to bring more electric vehicle charging stations into the county; Human Resources will talk about a Clayton County Public Schools internship; and citizens can expect an update on the Finance Department audit by Mauldin and Jenkins.
6 p.m.: Invest Clayton (agenda TBA)
6:30 p.m.: Morrow City Council work session (agenda): The City of Morrow wants to establish a municipal probation department. Probation services had been contracted out.
7:30 p.m.: Morrow City Council regular meeting (agenda): The council will consider a $39,630 police vehicle and an ordinance establishing a city-run probation office. The city had farmed out its probation duties to a private company.
5:30 p.m.: Forest Park Urban Redevelopment Authority (agenda TBA)
11 a.m.: District 4 Town Hall Meeting with Commissioner DeMont Davis, 112 Smith Street. To join by Zoom , register in advance at https://bit.ly/3QtGmez
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