Compiled by Justin Boron
The City Council voted Monday to authorize the mayor to accept a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart for the enhancement of recreational programs by the Department of Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services.
The city will offer its "clean sweep" service Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the recycling center on 327 Lamar Drive. Any item can be discarded with the exception of unknown chemicals or pesticides, commercial truck tires, and cement block. Proof of residence is required.
The City Council is seeking new legal counsel and will accept proposals until Oct. 18. The city manager will make a recommendation to the council members based on the proposals. The city's previous attorney was only temporary and did nothing to prompt the search, said City Manager Iris Jessie.
The Riverdale Fire Department will hold a family day Saturday at City Hall from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second annual event will allow the families of fire personnel to meet and intermingle, said Fire Chief Billy D. Hayes. The department also will showcase its new equipment and recognize veteran firefighters in the city.
Twin Enterprises started work this week on the renovation of Lovejoy Mobile Home Park. The company will remove all of the current homes, revamp the area, and place new mobile homes on the site, said Mayor Joe Murphy. The owner of the renovating company, Todd Hogan, said he plans to make the park a 35-unit senior community with gates, new landscaping, and resurfaced roads.
The city is accepting bids for its recently approved garbage collection service, Murphy said. The service was picked up to qualify for city certification. Lovejoy must choose the service provider before it can make its certification official.
Stately Oaks Plantation will host the Autumn Oaks Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will include fiddle rallies, carnival games, and traditional jam sessions. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages five to 11.
Mayor Jim Millirons and the City Council adopted the Clayton County Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The City Council donated $5,000 to Melly Meadows and the "In the Fullness of Time" holiday event for the production of program booklets.
The City Council officially broke ground for the city's new public safety building Tuesday, sealing up any uncertainty about the building's completion. Plans for the building had encountered numerous hurdles and had been a source of contention in the four years leading up to the groundbreaking. Most recently, the city avoided a potential lawsuit with American Resurgens, who is now the project manager, said Zensi Whitsett, the city's public information officer. The city anticipates the completion of the 60,000 square-foot building for November 2005, she said.