By Kathy Jefcoats
FOREST PARK — Forest Park City Council voted Tuesday morning to add an evening work session on a trial basis to accommodate residents.
City Manager John Parker said the 10 a.m. session — added just last week — will also be held.
“We’re going to try this for the next two or three months to see how it goes,” he said.
Starting Jan. 22, the council will meet in work sessions at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
The council also discussed who would take over the activities Ward 1 Councilwoman Sparkle Adams is involved in once she resigns the seat to run for mayor, expected by Feb. 1. Adams has been a driving force behind Teen Council and had concerns that it continue in her absence.
“It’s been a lot of work but it’s a labor of love that’s done nothing but make the city proud,” she said. “The teens have really helped out with a lot of stuff.”
Whoever takes over the task should consider the time involved, said Mayor Pro Tem Linda Lord.
“It’s a tremendous responsibility,” she said. “If you don’t do the reports right, they can lose funding.”
Teen Council is sponsored by Forest Park through a grant issued by the Clayton County Board of Health.
Among the activities coming up for the Teen Council are getting the Willie Finch Community Garden plowed up and ready for planting, and a March visit to Washington, D.C., for National League of Cities. Adams is expecting about 15 kids and three chaperones to make the annual journey.
No decision was made Tuesday on who would take over the Teen Council duties. However, Councilwoman Maudie McCord agreed to be responsible for the city’s membership in the Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association. Councilwoman Latresa Akins agreed to participate in the community garden project.
“I accept it with honor,” she said.
Members of Council, which is the only all-female municipal board in Clayton County — maybe the state — said they no doubt will find someone to represent the city on Teen Council. They said they pride themselves in being able to work together.
“After everything we’ve been through, we’re still getting along,” said Adams. “We’re still laughing and talking. I think it is because we have the best interest of the city at heart. We can agree to disagree.”
“We know it’s not about us personally,” she said. “No matter how we feel about something, we follow the city’s charter and do what the charter says.”