When’s the last time you attended a BOC meeting?

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Whether you love or hate Clayton, have lived here two years or 20, we all have opinions as to how our elected officials can make this county better. Unfortunately, it seems like many residents do not attend commission (or Board of Education) meetings to voice their opinion unless there’s drama involved.

Back in 2007, our then Board of Commissioners changed the public meeting time from 9:00 A.M. (when many residents began their work day) to evenings at 7:00 P.M. in an effort to give us a chance to be heard.  That time change also allowed those commissioners who work full-time to attend BOC meetings in their entirety.

Out of ten metro Atlanta counties, only four (DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale) still hold BOC public meetings during normal business hours. Cobb and Henry offer alternate morning and evening times monthly, while Cherokee, Coweta, and Fayette also hold evening meetings.

One thing I would like to see come to Clayton in the future are televised BOC meetings. Gwinnett and Henry residents can watch their BOC meetings online at their convenience and leisure. Heck, Gwinnett even provides video from BOC retreats!

Clayton’s BOC meetings are held on the first, second, and third Tuesday of each month beginning 7:00 P.M. Public comments are welcome and limited to two minutes per speaker, however, you MUST sign up on the “Public Comment Sign-In Sheet” beforehand in order to address the Board.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, Special 75th Anniversary Edition)

50 comments Add your comment

getyourown

January 19th, 2010
11:11 am

I’ve attended a few BOC meeting in my years as a Clayton County resident. However, in addition to commission meetings, residents should attend community and HOA meetings. These are especially important to residents that are concerned about home values, crime, code enforcement and other issues. Sadly, these meetings are usually not well attended. This is in part a reflection of the 70% of our residents that are not property owners. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a renter disputing a zoning change request!

Peggy Sue Davis

January 19th, 2010
11:25 am

Thanks Kim for this insightful post. You politely ‘went there’, lol!

I just hope certain folk ‘man up’ and do what is right and stop being cowed by the bully’s of ClayCo.

Harmuph!

Luther

January 19th, 2010
11:35 am

CC BOC would never televise it’s meetings. Too much backroom deal making as it is!

Jonesboro

January 19th, 2010
12:32 pm

Are we to suffer because the majority of this county are not home owners and have no vested interest? The peole and media complain enough about CC for them to start doing something progessive regardless of who attends the meetings. I’ve met with the Eldrin Bell at his weekly meeting witht he public…you get 3 minutes..literally 3 minutes to speak with him and he never got back to me with what I inquired about.

Jonesboro

January 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

My subdivision is trying to assemble or enforce our HOA…..its a work in progress.

Anyone visited the CC website and looked at their economic development page?

My question is WHEN THE HELL WILL ANY OF THAT STUFF GET DONE? I think Morrow will complete gateway village because they are a progressive city…can’t say the same for the other plans…I would like to see them completed though…The light rail looks EXCELLENT.

NOW LESS TALK AND MORE ACTION

Jonesboro

January 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

WHATS UP WITH CLAYTON COUNTY BEACH…THERE IS SUCH POTENTIAL THERE…IF THAT BEACH WERE IN COBB, IT WOULD BE A WORLD CLASS ATTRACTION. PLEASE DON’T WASTE THAT SPACE….MARKET AND PROMOTE IT…YOU CAN DO GREAT THINGS WITH IT PLEEEEEEEEEASSSSE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL.

BnB

January 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

Yeah – 3 weeks ago. Use to go fight against the zoning sell-outs conducted by Griswell and Bray. A lone voice does not work – the citizens of Clayton were complacent then – and now want to complain. The time to act was 6 to 15 years ago. Hard to turn back time now.

GET IT TOGETHER CLAYCO

January 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

KIM YOU SEEM TO HATE THE TRUTH,PLEASE LETS STOP DOING LIP SERVICE AND WALK THE WALK LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING DID,IM SICK AND TIRED OF MY PEOPLE ROBBING ONE ANOTHER,KILLING ONE ANOTHER,BLACKMEN LIVING OFF THE BLACKWOMAN,YOUNG BLACK KIDS THINKING ITS COOL TO BE STUPID,AND ITS LAME TO BE SMART! WHAT HAPPEN TO US AS A PEOPLE? LET’S GET IT TOGETHER EVERYWHERE!

MorrowDude

January 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

I have attended some meetings. My main concern with the County Commission is they are not listening to HOMEOWNERS. They seem to care more about renters, who are usually drifters and transient. The first thing the commission could do is INSIST code enforcement do its job. Then they should focus like a laser beem on economic redevelopment.

James

January 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

Economic development should be the focal pont of the BOC. They continue to allow stip malls to be built, when many are half or more empty. We don’t need any more nail salons, beauty parlors, fast food restaurants, title pawn offices, pawn shops, and the like. We need quality development. The BOC also needs to focus on bringing light rail to the county. Look at the City of Morrow and how they are improving their town. Maybe the BOC could use their playbook.

Tell The Truth

January 19th, 2010
8:05 pm

The sad reality is that the nation isn’t in a good place, economically speaking. Clayton is in the same boat with all other counties in the metro area. With more furlough days for teachers and pay freezes, the best that can be done is to attempt to keep things from getting worse by not pushing more businesses out of the county. Eventually, things will turn around, its just not happening fast enough for most people and whoever is in office will be blamed for not doing enough. I remember when Eldrin, Virginia, Carl, and Griswell were a voting bloc and attempted to make Wole look like he wasn’t a good commissioner because he wanted meetings held in the evening so more of the public could attend. Now, with the exception of Eldrin, we have building named after this sorted lot and a community in shambles.

say what?

January 19th, 2010
8:07 pm

It is easier to contact thru email so that paper trail is there when nothing gets done. Going to a BOC meeting is a joke, as theya pprove everything, and continue to make additions to an already underfunded budget. The meetings that I have attended, if someone is able to get their agency on the agenda, then they will be guaranteed to get $75, $750, $7000, etc more than what has been allocated. This is how we have gone through savings, it was Not Bell, it was every last one of them who approved these special funds at each meeting.

Economic development should be abolished because building out property with NO one to rent for business makes not sense. If not abolished, then everyone down to the phone operator should be fired. It is a joke and leaving the county to infighting and implosion.
Still going to press commissioners to fight for my needs and those of my community.

Reapers

January 19th, 2010
9:18 pm

Attend a BOC meeting for what? The BOC and Clayton’s state delegation first sold your children accreditation for political favors; that cost the kids millions in funding. Now you folks are looking for a speedy recovery. Ain’t gonna happen; this will take another six to eight years! You will reap what you’ve sown. The “Smart” thing to do is take similius money and invest in light rail; but the plutocrats won’t have it.

Broke

January 19th, 2010
10:05 pm

Clayton’s Commission is a waste of time; not independent thinker run by the rich plutocrats. Why should I attend a BOC meeting I’m broke I don’t have any money to give them!

Broke

January 19th, 2010
10:07 pm

DoubleAction, If you can’t get diversity at “The Beach” it’s not us black folk fault; we love the beach!

Truth

January 19th, 2010
10:08 pm

The BOC won’t be able to move this county forward until Elgrin leaves!

joe

January 20th, 2010
9:04 am

The consensus is that Eldron needs to leave…Can we get some AJC press coverage into the disatisfaction the county has with the BOC and most notably Eldrin Bell!!!!

joe

January 20th, 2010
9:04 am

Light Rail Now!!!!

Light Rail Now!!!!

Light Rail Now!!!!!

Morrow for BOC

January 20th, 2010
9:06 am

Can the city of Morrow and its leaders please take over leadership of tis county….everyone with sense will be behind you……please run for the BOC positions……the homeowners and progressive people of this county WILL help you to win…..they got Jill Scott and Hill out…….and got a strong DA Tracy Lawson in….we can do it again.

Morrow for BOC

January 20th, 2010
9:10 am

Take the plans from the CC economic redevelopment page and put it in the hands of the CAPABLE Morrow government…watch how it all gets done. Gateway Village is almost done…Old Town Morrow is done,,,,,,get behind these progressive minds people and CC will be alright

Plan for CC public schools

January 20th, 2010
9:13 am

If we can get some type of local and or national attention for our schools doing well….it will be help erase the accreditation mess we’ve just been through. There are smart kids in CC schools…scholars…MIT….Yale type scholars…one kid score perfect on his SATS year before last…..lets raise the overall average SAT score significantly and and the CRCT score and watch how loss of accreditation gets forgotten and property values begin to rise again

Plan for CC public schools

January 20th, 2010
9:17 am

Heatly..or anyone who has any say so with the BOE….hold the rif rafs accountable…expel those who have no intention of bettering themselves……..set standards…….ITS UNACCEPTABLE FOR SOMEONE TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL AND STILL SPEAK EBONICS AS A FIRST LANGUAGE!!! You cant tell me you went through 4 yrs of high school English and talk like that……..slang is fine…just know when to turn it on and OFF…..the problem is the kids have no OFF switch.

Liberality

January 20th, 2010
10:07 am

I met DABOUZE ANTOINE a few months ago when he spoke to African-American boys to inspire them to do great things. We need more young men of color doing good things for our county and setting a good example. I’m voting him in for COUNTY COMMISSIONER-District 4.
http://www.enoughisenoughga.net

i like to watch

January 20th, 2010
11:10 am

again with the plutocrats. you are like a broken record. did you get tired of the 15+ illegal meetings shtick already?

The Beach

January 20th, 2010
8:11 pm

The Beach could be such an attraction…just needs a little planning and marketing, It should be the premiere spot come 4th of Juky…but the close before it gets dark? Whos idea was that?

Elucidate

January 20th, 2010
10:47 pm

My man, “i like to watch”, can’t see! He’s blinded by partialty and unfairness!

What will it take?

January 21st, 2010
8:16 am

Morrow is a poor example? When is the last time you looked at the elected officials? They have unchallenged elections and special elections that citizens have no idea are coming. The Gateway project is a failed undertaking that has been touted for over six years and nothing has materlized. Every time there is an election the candidates run on this lie about the Gateway project. No we do not need Morrow officials to get into the BOC. We need Morrow citizens to run for office in Morrow.

formerresident

January 21st, 2010
11:04 am

Morrow’s geriatric city council are all out of touch. Mr. Eady does a good job. Where in the world do thye get all of their money? I keep thinking one day we will hear they are bankrupt.

Morrow for BOC

January 21st, 2010
11:36 am

@former resident and what will it take…You both sound like Eldrin Bell or some loser from the CC BoC.

Morrow has completed projects and seems to be the only city doing anything to push the county forward….You would gladly have Eldrin Bell serve anothe 10 terms and have Riverdale and Forest Park be the face of CC.

The facts remain..Morrow gets it done in terms of development. They don’t just talk..they do.

Mt. Zion is one of the few places that look decent and have restaurants and entertainment.

Morrow for BOC

Morrow for BOC

January 21st, 2010
11:54 am

Morrow has money because they don’t embezzle it..or waste it…all counties and cities would have a relatively strong financial standing if they used their funds appropriately and conservatively.

James

January 21st, 2010
12:20 pm

Ask any potential developer, investor, or entrepreneur where they would invest in Clayton County. The answer is always: IN THE CITY OF MORROW.
Say what you will, but Morrow has a reputation of getting things done and is the brightest star in Clayton County.

James

January 21st, 2010
1:07 pm

After nearly five years of inactivity on the Gateway Village project, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) –– on Tuesday –– adopted an 18-month plan to develop the area and prime it for new construction. Thankfully it will be in Morrow, the best place in Clayton County.

http://www.mycountypaper.com/claytonnews/headlines/82133767.html

bigdogears

January 21st, 2010
4:49 pm

Ask a successful Atlanta investor where they’re willing to put their money and they’re more likely than not to tell you that they won’t invest in anything south of I-20. We’ve got to get ourselves out of this mess!

u

January 21st, 2010
7:54 pm

@Double Action…a shooting range? that was a joke right? I’ve been to the shooting range in FP…i liked it. Forest Park is another animal.

jonesboro

January 21st, 2010
7:58 pm

I heard that south of I-20 stuff before….i was told not to live south of I -20. I beg to differ…Fayetteville is wonderful…so is Stockbridge…..Jonesboro is fine also.

jonesboro

January 21st, 2010
8:33 pm

The website for the city of jonesboro is terrible! Please someone who knows the mayor (because he looks like the type that isn’t into technology and fancy doohickey’s) to update the site..you can get a graphic design student from Clayton State to do it for extra credit.

By far…the city of Riverdale has the best website….the plans for the Promenade look amazing. Please make sure you rid your city of those undesirables…because they WILL trash your investment and you will not attract any businesses there.

Morrow for BOC

January 21st, 2010
8:35 pm

Congrats to Morrow on getting the ball rolling on Gateway Village. CC BOC please take note…get your head out of your a#$$ and complete some of the projects on your development page…..namely light rail and the redevelopment of of the Upper Riverdale RD area.

Stop suing and demoting..creating bogus new positions and push this county forward so you have something to show come election time!!!!

What will it take?

January 21st, 2010
10:49 pm

Morrow for BOC and other bloggers speaking on the City of Morrow everything you have said is very untrue. Morrow has hundreds of empty properties. No one is flocking to build, develop or invest in the City of Morrow. Wait until the election and the lies will fly again. In the meantime ask the question, why would the new economic development chair run for city council? You do know there is an election on March 15th?

Morrow for BOC

January 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

There are vacant homes in Lake Spivey..East Cobb, Alpharetta..its a slow economy. Morrow is doing a lot despite this bad economy. The BOC seem like a bunch of misguided unprogressive fools.

We want people from morrow in the BOC beause they get things done and aren’t as corrupt as Eldrin Bell

What will it take?

January 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Morrow is doing nothing despite the economy. Time takes care of everything though.

MorrowDude

January 22nd, 2010
6:08 pm

What will it take?- You sound like a very bitter person. Morrow DOES NOT have hundreds of empty properties. Have you ever heard of Olde Towne Morrow? Morrow Center? Gateway Village? There are empty retail businesses in Morrow, just like every place else right now. At least the City of Morrow is moving forward, too bad the same can’t be said for other Clayton cities and the county.

James

January 22nd, 2010
6:30 pm

If someone can’t see the progress Morrow is making, may I suggest they visit Forest Park and Jonesboro?

Jonesboro

January 22nd, 2010
8:08 pm

The Jonesboro Mayor and council are the perfect example of Mayberry. I doubt Maddox can use a computer….I like the fact that things are quiet…it beats some other areas of the county…but a little development and spunk would serve the city well.

Forest Park has allowed itself to become Norcross or Little Mexico….who fell asleep at the helm?

What will it take?

January 22nd, 2010
11:26 pm

Sorrow but you are sadly misinformed Morrow Dude. We have yet to see any real progress and Gateway has been on the table for over 5 years. As for Olde Towne Morrow time will tell. I am not bitter I live in live in the City of Morrow and I love where I live.

Keep Up With The Details!

January 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

Gateway Villageis a county project, not a city project. Thanks to the current BoC for picking up the ball! Rail is a state funded project. Contact your Governor and state delegates if you want rail to move forward. The BoC is unanimously supportive of commuter rail. As the fiscal arm of the county, the BoC is responsible for considering budget requests and expending funds. As long as they are prudent and forward thinking, then they are doing their job!

Barbara

January 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

I saw Eldrin Bell being announced at the M.L.K Memorial Monday. I felt bad for Clayton County he was all smiles I booed the T.V.

James

January 23rd, 2010
9:04 am

KEEP UP WITH THE DETAILS?- OK- here they are- Gateway Village is a joint redevelopment effort between Morrow-Lake City-and Clayton County. The state and federal governments are also involved- as you can see with the location of the State and Federal Archives, and the involvement of Clayton State University. Light rail is funded by federal and state money. (Morrow has already used those funds to put in their train station.) The governor has announced his support of light rail, of course he hasn’t done much to get it started.

Jonesboro

January 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

@Double Action…and what good is going on in Forest Park? do tell do tell

teacher

January 23rd, 2010
8:53 pm

Race will never stop being a factor in Clayton County! It is sad that after I have dedicated so many years to teaching here that I would rather leave without a job than return another year to take the abuse from the admin, parents, and students. When my word as a dedicated, moving numbers, achievement producing teacher is no longer good enough because of my skin color it is time to leave!

James

January 24th, 2010
12:01 pm

Who exactly “embraced” Victor Hill? He was the sheriff- a constitutional office- and the city had to LEGALLY work with him, just as they currently do with the Sherrif’s Office. I wouldn’t exactly call working with an official “embracing.”