The Clayton County Board of Commissioners meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, January 17, at 112 Smith Street in Jonesboro. The BOC will pass a resolution as to its 2023 priorities at the Gold Dome. It also will consider a resolution to partner with Strayer University, a for-profit college, to provide tuition discounts for county employees. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires published tuition, time to degree, student loan debt, and job placement disclosures.

On the consent agenda are several contracts and requests to modify existing contracts up for approval. These include:

  • a recommendation to extend the county’s contract with AT&T Corporation of Atlanta through the end of April “while we re-procure the services” for voice and telecommunications services
  • a similar recommendation for AT&T’s data and Internet services
  • $87,025 to Willis Towers Watson Southeast, Inc. of Atlanta for property and casualty insurance services using the General Fund
  • $183,881 to Matthews Specialty Vehicles of Greensboro, N.C. for “the purchase and fabrication of a bookmobile” using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds
  • a professional services agreement with Caswell Truman LLC dba Clayton County Medical Examiner Office of Covington to serve as the county’s medical examiner for one year, with three one-year renewals possible. The cost per investigation of each deceased person is $1,675
  • $60,000 to Daysha Scott of Atlanta to provide legal services for dependency proceedings for one year, renewable to three years, from the Juvenile Court Services Indigent Defense Fund
  • $162,617 to Lexipol, Inc. for an administration policy manual and daily training bulletins and “full implementation” using the Information Technology General Fund. In plain English, this is for an online manual that is constantly updated as laws change that would affect day-to-day administration of county departments
  • a request to accept $20,895 from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association and Five Star Food Service that would be used to buy shade structures for Spivey Splash
  • several position additions and deletions involving the Chief Resilience Officer/Director of Emergency and Performance Management and related positions that would save the county $36,340
  • a request from the Solicit0r-General’s Office to add a fifth investigator to the courtroom (at an additional cost of $21,900)
  • monthly report of joint settlements okayed by Risk Management and Chief Staff Attorney since November
  • a resolution to enter a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the county and the Clayton County Public Schools “to establish the terms and conditions under which Clayton County Public Schools will import certified vendor data from the County through PRISM compliance
  • a resolution authorizing an agreement between the county and the Atlanta Regional Commission “to provide additional funding in the amount of $50,000 to update the Aerotropolis Blueprint strategic development plan, and to address all concerns and requests that the County has for said plan”
  • a resolution that would allow the District Attorney’s office to apply for “the 2023 Victim of Crimes Act for the Compensation Base grant in the amount of $273,314.00 and for the Comp Advocate Federal grant in the amount of and $79,378.00, the cash match of $68,329.00, and $19,845.00 being waived and otherwise not applicable”
  • a resolution that would allow county library staff to do one eight-hour staff development day per year, instead of six three-hour days per year
  • a resolution allowing the Tax Commissioner to take “checks, money orders, certified funds, credit/debit card payments (including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), automated clearing house payments, and wire transfers (with payments to include interest and penalties) for all taxes, fees, and licenses due the Tax Commissioner’s”

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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