The Clayton County Board of Commissioners meets tonight (Tuesday, February 21) at 6:30 p.m. at 112 Smith Street in Jonesboro.

Among the 13 resolutions on tonight’s agenda are proposals to:

  • Allow a nonprofit group called Project Real Life Youth Occupational Training Corps to disburse an additional $1 million in emergency rental assistance funds, which would bring its total to $2,067,028 (with $144,691.98 in administrative costs)
  • Change street names associated with the Confederate States of America
  • Create two new positions: deputy chief operations officer, to assist COO Detrick Stanford, and director of the Office of Grants Administration (at $91,267, “for the purpose of managing all general financial accounting and administrative duties associated with Federal and State grants awarded to Clayton County”)
  • “initiate changes to the East West Corridor also known as Highway 138 Overlay boundary to exclude parcels per Appendices A and B attached hereto and to adopt a new map to reflect such changes.”
  • Apply for and accept grant funds from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for substance use disorder workbooks and drug counseling technology for Accountability Courts

Fourteen contract amendments or awards are also on the agenda.

The agenda includes several zoning matters, which the public can speak on during a separate public comment period. Regular public comment will come after all zoning matters are heard, a policy instituted several months ago after some commissioners took offense at public criticism during the citizens’ time to speak. The commissioners also cut public comment from three to two minutes per person.

The BOC also has a number of key board appointments to fill, including to the Ethics, Animal Control, and Development Authority Boards. District 3 Commissioner Felicia Franklin has the Ethics Board appointment. Three seats are coming open on the Animal Control Board. Director Larry Vincent’s and Herman “Drew” Andrews’ seats on the Development Authority Board (Invest Clayton) are up for appointment, as well; Andrews is running for Georgia House District 75 but says he is still able to serve on Invest Clayton for now.

The first matter of business will be a presentation of funds raised during the Eighteen Holes for Heroes benefit golf tournament for first responders. District 1 Commissioner Dr. Alieka Anderson held the event at the Lake Spivey Golf Club, which is owned through a series of corporations by C.H. Braddy.

Tonight’s meeting overlaps with the Women of Clayton County’s candidate forums on all races in the March 21 special election.

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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