The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday, August 8 at 5:15 p.m., 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro.

A published noticed dated Friday, August 4 notes the purpose of the meeting is “to consider a resolution authorizing Commissioner Dr. Alieka Anderson and the BOC to support Forest Park Day on Saturday, August 19, 2023.”

The notice describes Forest Park Day as “a joint community engagement event with the county contributing $8k as a sponsor” and that “The funds have been identified by Deputy CFO Angela Jackson.”

According to the notice, “The urgency for the Special Called Meeting is they need to get the remaining vendors paid.”

The notice does not specify who “they” are, nor does it indicate which vendors need to be paid in advance of the event for which services.

Forest Park’s proposed FY2023-2024 budget shows Forest Park Day received $2,122 in 2021; $7,655 in 2022; and no funding in 2023. However, the amount requested for 2024 is $8,000:

This year’s Forest Park Day does not appear on the city’s website calendar. We’ve asked Forest Park City Manager Ricky L. Clark, Jr. for more information about the request.

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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