Dear Editor:

During the week of April 13-19, Jonesboro will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week has been set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia.

Our theme, “People, Place, Purpose,” reflects the qualities that make cities cultural, economic and social drivers of the community.

City government is truly government of, by and for the people — the people who are making the decisions about our community are your neighbors, business owners and community leaders. City government is administered for and by its citizens and is dependent upon public commitment to carry out its responsibilities. City government sets the stage for success for individuals, families and businesses.

We recognize that through our lifetimes, the average person will have more direct contact with local governments than with state or federal governments. Because of this, we feel a responsibility to ensure that the public knows how the city operates and feels connected to their city government.

Clayton County is fortunate to have seven strong cities and we salute our sister cities: College Park, Forest Park, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow and Riverdale. Each one is unique and brings admirable services and support to our community.

Jonesboro City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, April 14, on Main Street in front of Heritage Bank at 6 p.m. At that time, we will present awards for the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest open to students in grade 5 at Arnold, Suder and Lee Street elementary schools, and grades 6 and 7 at Jonesboro Middle School.

Following the council meeting, the city will host a Citizen Ice Cream Social at the Firehouse Museum on West Mill Street. City equipment will be displayed across the street at that time for citizen review.

We hope you will join us in this celebration and learn more about your city and how it operates for you.

Joy B. Day

Mayor, City of Jonesboro

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