Forest Park police could provide services at Farmers Market

By Kathy Jefcoats


FOREST PARK — City council meets tonight and included on the agenda is a proposal for the police department to provide services at the State Farmers Market.

The Farmers Market has its own police department. However, according to the agenda, Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Chief Safety Officer Stewart Hicks have approached the city about taking over police services at the market.

The market is in Forest Park, just off I-75.

Council members are also expected to take up the position of elections superintendent for the November General Election. Last month, Ward 4 Councilwoman Latresa Akins asked the board to remove Darnell Moorer from the position because she said he is "too political." Moorer spoke out against Mayor David Lockhart at a May council meeting, challenging Lockhart's claims of transparency.

The issue was debated at the July 1 meeting but tabled until tonight. Qualifying for the municipal election, which includes the seats of mayor and wards 1 and 2, begins Aug. 26 and ends Aug. 30. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 7.

Council members will also address the removal of diseased trees at City Hall and on Bennett Alley. Officials said a large oak tree fell on the southside of City Hall July 6. A horticulturist examined five remaining trees and determined one was diseased and should be removed.

Public Works employees are expected to remove the tree.

Keep Forest Park Beautiful Executive Director Edie Yongue will also hand out residential and business beautification awards tonight.

The work session starts at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Both sessions are open to the public.