We apologize for the shortness of this Roundup! Here’s a quick look at what’s going on with your elected and appointed officials this week:
Monday, Feb. 13
- 6 p.m.: The Jonesboro City Council holds its meeting, which features a number of public hearings, two of which are likely of widespread interest. One is a proposed moratorium on Air BnBs, event centers, equipment rental businesses, self-storage units, and smoke/vape shops while the city works out some coding issues. The other is on “moving the official Polling Place for City of Jonesboro Elections to the Jonesboro City Center located at 1859 City Center Way.” Doing so would allow as close to a “one-stop-shopping” experience as possible for City of Jonesboro voters, who will have to vote in two separate county and municipal elections on March 21. The city also will consider approval of a budget amendment, authorizing City Manager Ricky Clark, Jr. to “make needed adjustments to the FY 2023 General Fund and Solid Waste Fund Budgets.” See the full agenda for additional zoning and other items.
- 6 p.m.: The Riverdale City Council holds its regular meeting at City Hall, 7200 Church Street. On the agenda: another run at amending the city’s mission statement, led by Councilman Kenny Ruffin. Also on the agenda are discussion and consideration of the following items:
- adopt a memorandum of understanding with Dubois Academy
- approve a Professional Service Agreement with Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. (Resolution 13-2-2023) for building inspection services
- amend the city’s retirement policy under Employee Handbook Section 1.8.1 (Resolution No. 12-2-2023)
- approve fencing for the City Hall and Town Center (no vendor or sketches were included in the published agenda)
- cancel the March 27, 2023 council meeting “due to the NLC Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C.”
- An executive session, for which no topic has been listed as of press time.
- 6:30 p.m.: The Lake City City Council holds its work session, followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 5455 Jonesboro Road. If you have business that you want to address by having it placed on the agenda, call City Hall at (404) 366-8080. The work session agenda items include “Project Update,” Street Paving Update, City Holiday Update, Fire Station 15 Update, and Employee Recognition. The business meeting will take up Resolution 2023-03, which would extend the moratorium on Transient Merchant Permits.
- 6:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Ethics holds its meeting in Board of Commissioner Conference Room II at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
- 5:30 p.m.: The Clayton County Board of Commissioners has cancelled its scheduled work session due to lack of a quorum. Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 5:30 p.m.: The Morrow City Council also has cancelled its scheduled work session and regular meeting. Enjoy your night off!
- 6 p.m.: Invest Clayton (Development Authority of Clayton County) will meet at the Lake City Community Center, 5471 Jonesboro Road. This will be the first meeting for new board member Donald Craddock who replaces Morrow Mayor John Lampl (Lampl has not returned a request for comment as to why he left the board). Also on the agenda: approval of the January 10 regular meeting and executive session minutes; and old business, including an update on the Gilbert Road Project and South Metro Development Outlook, which is run by The Collaborative Group’s Michael Hightower. Nothing specific was listed under New Business, but there is an executive session planned on real estate, personnel, and potential litigation.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Thursday, Feb. 16
- 6 p.m.: The Forest Park Planning Commission meets at Planning and Community Development, 785 Forest Parkway. On the agenda: Winston Lewis want to build a two-story, 2,000 square foot home on a single-family lot that is 65 feet from commercial zoning; the required distance is 80 feet. Staff recommends approval because “The parcels adjacent to the proposed project as well as the surrounding parcels are all 65 feet and under in lot width; [t]he newly built structure will add value to the overall community and not be injurious to the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare towards the adjacent properties; [and] Applicant will have to apply and appear before Urban Design Review Board for consideration of proposed exterior house design elements.” The case number is VAR-2023-03 and the address is 4593 Ernest Drive, Parcel # 13048A C029.
Friday, Feb. 17
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