Would you help clean up Clayton?

I remember attending a BOC meeting where a resident complained about trash on her neighborhood streets. After inquiring as to how the county would fix the problem, a commissioner then asked what SHE was doing to keep her neighborhood clean.

I, along with that resident, were initially taken aback by this response. But in retrospect, that commissioner made a good point. We as residents must get more involved with keeping our neighborhoods clean because unfortunately, the county can’t do it all.

Local businesses need be held responsible as well. While Clayton has its fair share of unmaintained, vacant properties, there are existing businesses that neglect their property, and it shows. For example, neither Tara Boulevard or SH 85 present welcoming sights to see upon entry into this county for various reasons.

Another eyesore is the overgrown grass in the medians and graffiti on buildings throughout Clayton. These are issues that the Georgia State Department of Transportation can address, specifically District Engineer Bryant Poole who deals with Clayton’s thoroughfares (bpoole@dot.ga.gov;  we are District 7). Perhaps if enough residents voice their opinion, we will begin to see improvements.

I recently spoke with some residents who expressed a desire to start a countywide initiative in spring 2010 to help beautify Clayton. The purpose is twofold: getting Clayton cleaned-up while generating some positive publicity for the county. Residents would be asked to help clean and maintain public areas that have been neglected, and hopefully businesses will participate as well.

Would you participate in a countywide initiative to help clean up and beautify Clayton county?

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Of course it will take more than a few hours work to keep our streets and neighborhoods clean and/or transform Clayton’s image, but it could be a start.  Is this something you would be willing to participate in? Or how about installing gardens on vacant lots and medians similar to what DeKalb is considering?

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January 25th, 2010
11:45 am

I said the same thing about Tara Blvd. The plaza that contains the farmers market and Chuckee Cheese is filthy. Can Bell or Wole or anybody do something PLEASE!!!!! residents can’t pave parking lots…we can’t plant shrubs on a businesses property.

Thr grafitti will appear every other week….the people living in the trailer parks are the ones that spray the grafitti on the vacant business..everybody knows this..you see the mexican gang lingo all over it..The CITY paints over it and its back up in a week…….YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THE TRAILER PARK!!!!!!

I’d be willing to help clean up Clayton…what I’d like to see is a JOINT effort between reseidents and government and business owners with strong support and publicity for the issue

There you go…another platform some commissioner can lie about to get re-elected.


January 25th, 2010
11:51 am

I’m willing and able…but we need the county involved. i see the same buildings covered in grafitti …the old carpet factory business and the old massage parlor..both right next to the TRAILER PARKS!!!!!

That other defunct massage parlor that has the pressure punture or acupuncture sign on it has been sitting idle for years…….nobody is going there for happy ending anymore so tear it down or fine the owner a hefty some for not keeping the place up.

Cut the grass…get true green to spray it…………re-pave….why does fayetteville look so well kept…..the instant you cross the CC Fayette county border you can see the difference…what gives?


January 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

Jonesboro: the people who came up with this idea are just average citizens/residents, no elected officials are involved yet to my knowledge. They were thinking of ways to get us all to come together and make the county better, but they wanted to see if other residents are interested in participating before they spend time and effort attempting to pull this together.


January 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

I’m very interested…post a link for sign up and I’ll be there. However, for something like this to be successful we will need buy in from some county officials….some news paper and website publicity and a clear plan with goals and objectives. LETS DO IT!!!!!!


January 25th, 2010
1:39 pm

I believe that anyone who owns a building be it a office or your home. You should keep it up. When a business leaves they need to take the signs with them. Any of these owners that live out of state and are letting us turn into a area in which thye would not live. They should be fined until it is cleaned up. We the community should not have to clean up after a business owner. And as far as the grafitti you can tell me that no one sees these people. It takes longer than a coulple of seconds to do some of this grafitti. so i feel some of it is being overlooked at night because it would be too much trouble to stop this instead of sleeping.


January 25th, 2010
2:26 pm

I am reminded of the Adopt a Highway program. If the citizens take it upon themselves to “adopt” the roadways within a few hundred yards of their house – this could be a start. I am doing this in my area.

Is there a number we can call to report grafitti on anything from fences, GA Power and AT&T junction boxes and signs in front of business. I cannot go clean that up – private property. I would be willing to volunteer – 4 people in the family to help. A little organizational assistance from the local govt. may help things along.

Who is in charge of cleaning up the grafitti on the wall along the access road in front of the JC Penney outlet? – this is widely seen and makes us seem uncaring of our environment.


January 25th, 2010
2:26 pm

The AJC has kept the story about the CVS and the DA probe on the CC page waaaaaaaaay too long. Fayette page shows a general article about the success of charter schools in GA..not fayette..but GA as a whole.

Question..why isn’t that story on the CC page…the staff at the AJC looks for the worst story and leaves it on the CC page for as long as possible so anyone looking at CC headlines can see something negative to rejoice about. Go to the clayton daily news home page to see whats really going on in CC….AJC…you’re part of whats wrong with this county.


January 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

I’d help. What specifically are we talking about doing? Where do I sign up?

What will it take?

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

Ditto Jonesboro!


January 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

Private individuals or corporations own the land along tara blvd, trailer parks and the strip shopping centers. Gov’t officials can’t just take it, tear it down, plant over it, etc. These individuals have property rights just like gov’t can’t just take your home b/c some Commissioner doesn’t like it….if we are going to clean up the county we should at least be informed.
The Lying politicians are the ones that tell you that Gov’t can take possession of these properties b/c of gang graffitti or b/c they are not well kept, etc. The most Gov’t can do is to fine their owners, attach liens to their properties, etc. This idea is being done by the Commission currently.


January 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

One thing the county could do is ENFORCE code that’s already on the books. The code enforcement officers should be patrolling the county each day, talking to citizens and citing homeowners and businesses not in compliance. You drive into the City of Morrow from the county and you can see the difference. The Morrow code enforcement officer does her job very well, and it shows.


January 25th, 2010
4:30 pm

It is poetic that keeping the county clean would be your topic for this week. As I drove home from work today I spied several roadside signs that cleanly violate the county sign ordinance. I consider these to be trash so I stopped my car, hopped out and picked them up. They’re now in my trash. One sign of special note is from a sign company in McDonough that specializes in creating “Bandit Signs”. These are signs that are known to be illegal either due to the information they contain (or omit) or there placement.


January 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

I like the idea of the gardens, but was wondering about your choice of words. How do you instill a garden? Did you mean till, or install?


January 25th, 2010
5:29 pm

to all – this is idea is very much a work in progress, I’m sure those who wanted to start this will be open to suggestions on how to implement this idea if anyone wants to share some ideas. Thanks to Fingersmcgee re: the property rights issue, will pass that info on.

to Rhonda thanks that was a typo should have been “install”


January 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

I would so participate in this project. I do believe it is up to the community to take the initiative and when people see that you are trying they will step in too. Clayton County has potential and there are some very nice parts. However, you’ll never see the news show that part of it. If we want a better community it has to start with us. Now, I had the opportunity to work in Fayetteville and can tell you that they are very, very, very strict about their codes. So, I believe that once the laws are enforced and the community can get on one accord then Clayton will be a better community. And with us being so close to the airport there are alot of business opportunities that could come our way if we look the part.

okay now

January 25th, 2010
7:13 pm

@Rhonda…thanks for pointing out the typo…..please do that for every blogger in every county since you have nothing constructive to do with your time.

@Fingersmcgee…Is there some disdain or apathy for CC that the owners of these filthy establishments have? If the plaza was in Alpharetta or Peachtree City…would they still turn a blind eye to property maintenance?

How about hefty fines…..something these owners can feel in order to make them pay attention and maintain their property?

I think the mailing address or telephone number of the owners should be made public so the county residents that have to suffer can voice their opinion.

Lastly, how soon can we expect to see some result of the steps taken to fine these owners….that plaza and some of those buildings have been like that for several years?


January 25th, 2010
7:17 pm

When I wrote “get rid of the trailer parks”, I meant it. However, the means by which you do this is entirely up to the person(s) that decide to do it. Fine you can’t bulldoze, but you can rezone, fine, bump up patrol…get creative……if the county wants something or someone gone……they WILL FIND A WAY TO DO IT. So county officials…DO SOMETHING

say what?

January 25th, 2010
10:42 pm

I am wiht AJC over the negative slant given to Clayton and DeKalb counties. Are you tellilng me that there are no law abiding, hard working community activitst in these counties. You will find the positive if you are looking for positive to write about, but this is the ajc.com. Negative state stories are connected to Clayton or Dekalb, why? AJC.com is definitely a part of the problem with the perception of Clayton.
My s/d was built in 3 phases, and I live in the final phase built out in late 1990s-early 2000s. with the amount of foreclosures and empty houses, my phase of the s/d has someone living in every house! That is a good trend to share instead of focusing on delapidated areas. Can the ajc please do its part to help Clayton County?

Work For Hot Meals

January 25th, 2010
11:16 pm

Clatyon county have a lots of criminals in jail, I suggest we have law enforcement have these criminals out everyday picking up trash on all roads around the county. We can also have these criminals paint over graffitti. Since they like gangs make a Daily Chain Gang!


January 26th, 2010
2:37 am

Here is a novel concept put large dumpsters out within each commsisioner dist and watch how fast they fill up with trash. Free dumping the proper way is a dollar well spent


January 26th, 2010
5:41 am

James hit a big nail on the head when he mentioned enforcing the code that’s already in place but that doesn’t help the refuge problem we have. There just aren’t enough code enforcement officers to cover the full breadth of the problem, the court system isn’t equipped to deal with the burden of cases that would occur for major offenders and the county doesn’t have the money to pay for equipment and labor to perform the task.
In other states, I’ve seen that rather than put people in jail for petty crimes (especially DUI’s, etc), they round them up, put an orange safety vest on them, and have them pick up trash along the interstate and county roads. The supervision isn’t heavy handed and the public doesn’t even care who might be in the group. The big question about this method is whether Georgia (or Clayton County) is so addicted to the dollars that they would actually try this possible solution out.


January 26th, 2010
5:56 am

James is right- the Clayton County Code Enforcement Department was moved into the Police Department a few years ago, We were told they could do a better job since they would be considered “officers.” I haven’t seen any improvement. I have reported many violators to code enforcement, they might come by and look at the problem, but don’t follow up and get it resolved. James was right on another point- the Morrow code enforcement officer-one person- keeps that city looking good. With several officers, the county could do a better job.


January 26th, 2010
9:54 am

Code violations…there is a basic focus…a quick fix. Are wade starr..wole…bell…cholias listening?

there was 20 plus million shortfall in last yrs budget…..could have used it on code enforcement.

If you go down the street next to the cVS and Wendys on Tara..you’ll see some yards that look like strait trash…….real hillbilly stuff……..at least its out of sight

First prioroty should be the main strips…Tara..Hwy 85 and then the neighborhoods…..where is Dabouze Antoine ? He is running…he should be out in the streets cleaning up and building a reputation pre-election……..Get some of the mega churches with 2000 members together

lets do it.


January 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

Mr.SouthMetroAtl- I love that idea. The prisoners should be made to pick up trash on the streets, remove graffiti, haul off junk on property with code violations. Of course, the county commission needs to get this program rolling before our entire county looks like a third-world country.

I am tired of calling code enforcement and NOTHING being done. My neighbor has turned his property into a virtual junk yard- complete with cars on jacks and blocks, car parts, huge drums, trash, debris, and plain junk. I have called, written, emailed. I have called my commissioner. The problem persists. Now that the weather is cold, I have rats coming from his property. It is a shame that I wrote a check last fall for my property taxes-$2,500- and I can’t get the county to do anything to help.

Moved On..

January 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

Face it, the County is a junk pile and no one cares. Morrow is your only hope. Do what they are doing….


January 26th, 2010
6:07 pm

It does appear that the county government doesn’t care- especially about those of us who are homeowners and taxpayers (the ones who pay their salaries). I live in Morrow’s zip code and I wish they would annex my area. It looks like that’s the only way I’ll ever get decent services.


January 26th, 2010
6:30 pm

I picked up another dozen signs today. Am I the only one in Clayton County that 1) has read the sign ordinance 2) thinks that the blatant disregard for my community is appalling 3) is willing to get out of my car and do something about it? I’ve picked up about 50 signs in 3 days so far. My trashcan was so fill I could hardly put any household trash in it! Tomorrow I’ll say goodbye to even more pain management, carpet cleaning, gutter cleaning, easy money, and roofing signs from vendors and scammers from Lawrenceville, Griffin, and elsewhere.

No Littering

January 26th, 2010
7:11 pm

Keep Clayton County clean! This county should be the “JEWEL” of the metro! Now we have all these whiners on this forum crying about the news media bashing of Clayton! However, less than 18 months ago, these were the same people screaming about the schools and calling the news media to vilify the county. What happened? Have you been over exposed?

The Abyss

January 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

ENFORCE code that’s already on the books. The code enforcement officers should be patrolling the county each day. However, that won’t work just like the school system turn down feds stimulus money! Now they face a 103.5 million dollar deficit by 2012. Stop take lessons from the republicians.

someone has to say it

January 26th, 2010
9:00 pm

It hurts me to make these comments because I live here. HOW THE HELL DOES THE SCHOOL BOARD HAVE A 100 MILLION DOLLAR DEFICET? iIts average SAT score is below the state average..lowest of the metro counties…where is the money going? Not to educating anyone. Someone involved with the BOE please explain to me roughly how you can be short 100 million dollars…maybe I’m missing something.

my plan is to send my kids to school in another district by any means necessary…upgrade my house and pray for a buyer..if not..use the proceeds from my new business venture to pay it of completely or significantly….losing accreditation was the WORST thing that could happen……You damn near have to forclose on your house just to leave this pis pot. .I hope the people responsible burn in HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

someone has to say it

January 26th, 2010
9:01 pm

i’m going to stay of this vent for a week…..this is why people fly of the hinges.


January 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Moved On,Morrow is a nice city. I really like the park. However, the Lake Spivey area in Jonesboro is much nicer. I read an article back in 07 about property values in Clayton, and 30236 zip code was the only area in Clayton where the homes had apperciated. Why it it that there is trash pick up on a regular basis in that area. Maybe it’s kept up because that is where Bell lives.

I am all for cleaning up Tara and 85 especially, it’s a dump. We can clean up the streets and then move unto the BOC.

Personal Responsiblity

January 27th, 2010
10:06 am

why is there no trash in the lake Spivey area? It isn’t because some government entity picks it up, or because Bell lives there. Its because the residents respect themselves, their neighbors, their community and their property so they don’t trash it in the first place. If the rest of the county felt the same way – there wouldn’t be a problem.

What will it take?

January 27th, 2010
10:22 am

The last thing we need to see on our streets is prisoners! This is just the south’s way of making use of free labor. Create some jobs Clayton County–there can be no economic growth if you keep using free labor. Clearly we need forward thinkers in this county. Morrow is not the example for the county so those of you who keep trying to make it seem as though Morrow is the answer, you do not have a real sense of this city.


January 27th, 2010
11:04 am

I suspect that the Lake Spivey area being nicer than the rest county has deeper roots than Bell and getting jail inmates to pick up trash. The real reason is that since those homes sell for a greater amount than many of the homes in the county they are poor candidates for rentals. With fewer rentals you have more owner occupied homes. These residents has much more to loose than a renter would and therefore tend to take better care of there properties.


January 27th, 2010
11:11 am

Lets face it. You can pick all the signs up in the county but you are spitting in the wind! They cost pennies and they work like crazy to get more business. In fact when people put them up, they expect them to be taken down. Do something more constructive like go to the BOC meeings and hold those clowns accountable to you


January 27th, 2010
2:22 pm

the 100 million accumlative deficit is because of the tax dollars that are not being collected – from abandoned homes, from businesses leaving – and some can be traced back to the fact Clayton’s freefall from the late 90’s when the flood started coming in from ATL. It is also because Sonny Perdue over the last 9 years has taken back over 80 million that the state owed our school system – but he could and did take it away from our kids. And will continue to do.


January 27th, 2010
2:34 pm

The city of Morrow is 2.95 square miles in area and has a population of 1880 residents. I believe they have one code enforcement officer. Clayton County covers an area of 142 square miles and has a population of 273,718 residents. For the county to have code enforcement coverage similar Morrow it would require about 48 officers. No matter how much we complain to the BOC we can’t afford it. So, what do we do? Complain to the BOC AND pitch-in and help clean up the county ourselves.


January 27th, 2010
2:59 pm

We all need to come together as a county and come to a consensus for how we’ll clean up our county (in more ways than one). I’m impressed by Dabouze Antoine, who’s running for Clayton County Commissioner, District 4. I want to vote for him to help clean up these streets! http://www.enoughisenoughga.net


January 27th, 2010
3:02 pm

We all need to come together as a county and come to a consensus for how we’ll clean up our county (in more ways than one). I’m impressed by Dabouze Antoine, who’s running for Clayton County Commissioner, District 4. I want to vote for him to help clean up these streets! http://www.enoughisenoughga.net


January 27th, 2010
3:39 pm

Dear timerofchange.talk is cheap.And actions speak louder than words.When I see Dabouze Antoin out actually cleaning up the County maybe then I will be more inclined to vote for.him. Let him get his behind in gear and get his supporters out and clean up Tara and 85. Oh, they can’t do that? I didn’t think so.So I am NOT impressed with Mr. Antoin,


January 27th, 2010
5:24 pm

Enough of Dabouze Antoine! My god have you looked at his web page? The last thing this county needs.

Just Thinking

January 27th, 2010
9:30 pm

We need to clean up the property owners and landlords first . We have so many section 8 housing and low rent apts thru out the county. It isn’t just the trailer parks.The landlords are getting their money renting to people who just just don’t care or know how to take care and be responsible. Check out the apartments , NO CREDIT CHECK $99.00 MOVE IN SPECIAL.
Bigdogears said we don’t have enough code inforcement officers. Lets start with inspecting the county. Designate a group to inspect the county. Report given to the code inforcement officer.We will have done most of the work for them. They issure citation and let property owners know about the clean up day.
Prison labor is not free. Mine and your tax dollars pay to keep them locked up. Let them cut the grass and pic up trash on the county property.
Every property owner , schools , churches , bussiness, B.O.C , B.O.E ,police department , sheriff s department, mayors, property renters ,should get invoved . Everyone should take responsibily for the clean up days.
Once we get the county cleaned up , what are we going to do to keep it clean?
Our B.O.C should take the lead and see to it that it stays clean.If they can’t handle it maybe we need to look at some one who can.
What we need the most is enough people who care about Clayton County and not just in it for the money.

The Abyss

January 27th, 2010
11:01 pm

Clayton county is not fiscally responsible! The county should budget for county beautification, expansions and upgrade but they didn’t! Just like the school system turned down federal stimulus money! Now they face a 103.5 million dollar deficit by 2012. Stop taking lessons from the republicians; getting America to fail under this president.

tell The Truth

January 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Since when is DUI a petty crime? I suggest you look up the number of deaths caused by drunk driving.


January 28th, 2010
9:44 am

@Time for change…Babouze antoine wants more affordable housing in Clayton…I take it the depreciated bottom basement prices aren’t low enough? Would you suggest some public housing where rent is $20 per month,,,maybe that would attract more of the type of residents you want in this county.

Look at CC home prices you dufus before you campaign. Lastly, your website…..just stop. You don’t offer any real solution or ideas that show good sense. Please stop….We have enough trashy commisioners…we DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANY MORE

School deficit

January 28th, 2010
9:57 am

@Bob The county allowed the accreditation to be taken away…thy had ample notice and were on a probationary status before it was revoked…..Losing accreditation IS A MJOR ISSUE. Any fool would know what it would mean to property values…businesses..residents. The board should have been removed before the ax came…that would have. saved us…you had a freajin list to go by as to what to correct. if citizens didn’t petition the governor to remove those losers they would have stayed!!!!!!

Close some of those schools and force some people to leave the county…thats the only was to save money…you can’t afford to operate.

Next…..work on scholasic achievment and discipline.

If students at JH thought a lap dance was appropriate for a school function…they obvious;y have no concept of right and wrong.
If teachers fight over facebook..have ongoing affairs….get rid of all 3 of their Maury Povich butts..not just the women fighting……ZERO TOLERANCE ON ALL ACTIONS DEEMED DETRIMENTAL TO THE NEW IMAGE OF THE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.

have the under achievers go to alternative schools….or trade based schools…Get help from successful counties…NORTH FULTON…FAYETTE…COBB…..not Dekalb or South Fulton

get creative.


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January 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

It is true that AJC has their part in making things worse for Clayton as it relates to the news. I often wonder why do they continually place negative stories that happened in other counties under the Clayton section. It’s not just the AJC however, it’s the entire media. If there isn’t much to report, it appears as if they say to themselves, “Hey, let’s talk about Clayton!!!”

But back to the issue at point, why is it that I never see the prisoners picking up the trash in Riverdale? Why is it only the Lake Spivey area…don’t we all pay taxes?


January 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

I have seen prisoners picking up trash along Tara Boulevard near the Justice Center, and in the Lovejoy area occassionally, but not regularly.