Forest Park to set August qualifying dates for November election Council will also consider appointment of elections superintendent

FOREST PARK — City council is expected to discuss an elections superintendent and set qualifying dates for the November election, according to Monday night’s agenda posted to the Forest Park website.

According to the state elections code, the qualifying period must begin Aug. 26 and continue not less than three but not more than five days. The code details the period must last at least three consecutive days and cannot begin before 8:30 a.m. Monday and must end by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Council members are also expected to consider an elections superintendent. Members voted 3-2 last month to fire Darnell Moorer. Councilwoman Latresa Akins broached the issue of terminating Moorer because she said he was “too political” and wasn’t supportive of Mayor David Lockhart.

Under state elections rules, in the absence of an elections superintendent, the duties fall to the city clerk, in this case, Mike Blandenburg.

The offices of mayor and wards 1 and 2 are up for election this year. Lockhart, retired Public Works Director Mike Gippert and former Mayor Pro Tem Sparkle Adams are expected to run. There have been no public announcements from other candidates. The election will be held Nov. 5.

In other business:

• Council is to consider a new retail alcohol license for beer only from Refresh Investments Inc., Texaco Food Mart at 503 Forest Parkway.

• Council is to consider a resolution to execute an intergovernmental license agreement with Clayton County Public Schools for the use of Kiwanis Stadium and concession stand to conduct football games.

The games are set for Aug. 27, Sept. 17 and Oct. 1, and will require a $100 field use fee for each game and $50 for use of the concession stand.

• Council is to consider a resolution for a license agreement with Community Christian School for the use of the Forest Park indoor pool from Oct. 14 to Jan. 30 to conduct swim practices.

• Council is to consider a resolution declaring certain city property surplus and to provide for its proper disposal either by auction or other methods under the city ordinance.

The work session starts Monday at 6 p.m. followed by a regular session at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and include a public comments portion during the 7 p.m. session.