As of Friday, May 4, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
Photo by Jim Massara
Mike Woodman, right, helps Lonnie Massingill of Forest Park, left, and Linda Toale of Jonesboro find the projects they want on a map of Clayton County.
If you need sidewalks, traffic lights, speed bumps or bike trails in your neighborhood, Clayton County wants to know about it.
The county is conducting a series of town-hall style meetings to get ideas for how to spend the $61 million it may receive if a tax funding the Transportation Investment Act is approved by voters in July. The first meeting was on Thursday at International Park, with four more scheduled for next week.
County residents can also ask questions about the act and its tax — known as the T-SPLOST — but not be pressured into voting for or against it.
“We’re here only to educate and get your input,” said Mike Woodman with The Collaborative Firm, hired by Clayton County to answer questions and solicit opinions.
Although most of the T-SPLOST, if approved, will fund high-profile projects like redesigning Tara Boulevard and reviving mass transit in Clayton County, 15 percent will be left over for the little stuff — lane stripes, turn lanes and the like.
The meetings were heavily promoted through newspaper advertisements, flyers, signs and emails, but at Thursday’s meeting, presenters and county officials outnumbered the audience two to one. Woodman said he hopes to see better attendance at future meetings.