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Clayton County Board of Commissioners

JONESBORO—The Clayton County Board of Commissioners has a hefty agenda for its regular meeting June 18.

Topping the list is adoption of the county's $218 million budget for fiscal year 2020, amendments to which include $3.5 million in last-minute cuts; several state-mandated salary increases for commissioners and Superior, State, Juvenile and Probate Court; transferring two code enforcement officers from CCPD to Community Development; adding two aquatics coordinators, a custodian and improvements for Parks and Recreation; and adding two accounting specialists at the Tax Commissioner's office. 

Highlights of the 23-item consent agenda include:

• an intergovernmental agreement for the county to supply the City of Riverdale with election machines (candidate qualification is Aug. 19 through 21);

• an intergovernmental agreement with Clayton County Schools to let Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services use modular classroom trailers, desks and chairs for the Fire/EMS Pathway program;

• a request from the Finance Department to amend the budget to establish a $48,823,925 "Life to Date Budget" for the FY 2020 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST);

• a resolution to accept Veterans Treatment Court grant money from the Council of Accountability Court Judges, as well as a $50,000 Family Connection Grant on behalf of the Clayton County Collaborative Authority, and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council grants of $25,395 for DUI Court and $22,497.05 for Adult Felony Drug Court (both of which require a 10 percent match from the county);

• a request from Parks and Recreation to join the How Big Is Your Dream Foundation to sponsor a summer music camp at Stillwell School of the Arts and $807,368.38 from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Aging Grant "to serve the senior population of Clayton County this fiscal year, reducing the cost to the county of providing needed services;"

• a $374,922 custom-designed mobile medical unit from LifeLine Mobile of Columbus, Ohio for CCFES;

• $117,944.12 in turbine module overhaul services for CCPD;

• $79,103.02 in electrical services from AC & DC Power Technologies, LLC of College Park for the Information Technology Bunker;

• $254,800 in consulting services from The Collaborative Firm, LLC of Atlanta, as requested by Central Services/Risk Management;

• a "clarification of scope" for processing audit services with the New York company PGV Advisors, LLC, under which "the Consultant will be compensated based on a percentage of discovered savings" and "only for those cost savings strategies that the County elects to implement;"

• termination of legal services  by Evan Black, Esq., who is resigning as legal advisor for Juvenile Court and approval of those services to be provided by Patricia A. Buttaro of Peachtree City for $60,000 per year over a three-year contract;

• changes to a contract for residential and commercial building inspections and commercial plans review with Nova Engineering and Environmental, LLC of Kennesaw, which would add a part-time on-call inspector for $32 an inspection.

On the regular agenda are discussions of 2020 health benefits and retiree benefits management; Sheriff's Department reclassifications; position changes for clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court; a proposed pay scale for law clerks; appointments to the Zoning Advisory, Library and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Boards; and four zoning matters which will include three public hearings:

• to allow a solid waste handling permit for a baler facility owned by Trade Your Tires, LLC of 7468 Jonesboro Road #111;

• to allow the Garners Ridge subdivision to use brick, stone, Hardi-Plank or stucco instead of brick on all four sides of its homes; 

• to allow Transwestern Development Company to build a 351,000 square-foot facility on the site of an old concrete manufacturing plant at 1412 Battle Creek Rd. in Jonesboro;

• a previous request by Justina Ugwudi Barrow on behalf of Ramtech to rezone a general-business site at 855 Georgia Hwy. 138, Riverdale, as mixed-use in order to build 3,200 square feet of commercial space and six condominiums. At the May 21 public hearing, Commissioner Gail Hambrick asked the BOC to hold the vote until she could meet with Ugwudi about the project.

In addition, MARTA is scheduled to make its quarterly presentation and the Clayton County Water Authority is to present an award.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at 112 Smith St., Jonesboro.

See the full agenda packet at https://bit.ly/2IoBh5K

Watch the meeting live (or after the fact) online at https://bit.ly/2Y4pAa9

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