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Telephone town-hall meeting

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County is set to lead off a series of events, designed to obtain input from the public, by phone, regarding proposed transportation projects in metropolitan Atlanta.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable will hold a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Monday, at 6 p.m., to discuss the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, and local transportation priorities, according to Henry County spokesperson, Julie Hoover-Ernst.

The Transportation Investment Act of 2010 enables voters to cast ballots on a one-cent regional sales tax proposal, dedicated to fund transportation projects in Atlanta, and the Southern Crescent area.

It has been predicted that such a tax could generate more than $7 billion dollars over ten years, to build much-needed road and transit projects in the region.

Hoover-Ernst said the Henry event will be the first telephone meeting in the 10-county Atlanta region, on the transportation legislation.

The call-in number for the town-hall meeting, is 888-886-6603. When prompted, Henry County residents should enter a personal identification number, 16717.

"To participate, residents simply stay on the line after answering their phones," Hoover-Ernst said. "They will be automatically connected to the meeting."

"People will be called at random, but people can also choose to call in themselves," she continued. "This series of telephone town hall meetings will reach out to more than one million residents, through innovative technology that will allow roundtable members to speak directly with members of the community."

Henry County Commission Chairman, Elizabeth "B.J." Mathis, and Locust Grove Mayor, Lorene Lindsey, who are members of the Atlanta Regional Commission Roundtable, will lead the discussion for Henry County.

"Roundtable members will be working throughout the summer to develop a project list, that voters can decide whether or not to fund, through a penny sales tax in July 2012," the spokesperson said.

Mayor Lindsey said the town-hall meeting campaign is designed to inform the public about the bill.

"We're really going to have to let people know what the projects are all about, and who's going to get what," Lindsey said.

For more information, call Kathryn Lawler at (404) 463-3296, or visit www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com.