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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Jonesboro

January 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

i also propose a Clayton Summit open invitation meeting. Guests should include commissioners past and present….BOE…Development Authority.

We should have open and HONEST dialogue on what happened to Clayton County..from the Ollympics,, the housing authority…etc..Lets talk and and what we can do to restore things….clean up…development…better schools and test scores..etc

Lets get specific goals and deadlines for getting things done

Jonesboro

January 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

AJC…..Man gets life for killing wife..they will keep this story up for two weeks..even though news happens daily…then they’ll search for a shooting or some thing that happened in the past to put up as news in CC. They have a hatred for this county for some reason…maybe the write use to live here and left with the “white flight” and holds a grudge.

Jonesboro

January 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

What about renaming the county to get rid of the Stigma? They rename streets and companies all the time. How about renaming Clayton State Univ also..they do some great things there and shouldn’t have to suffer because we had some buffoonary on our BOE and our BOC.

Moved On..

January 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

Probably not going to see County Prisoners in the City of Riverdale…I’m guessing they only pick in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Justsaying

January 28th, 2010
9:17 pm

I have a question for Clayton County bloggers. Have any of you noticed this is the only county offered A forum to blog on individual subjects? If you haven’t; look at all the other counties represented. Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb, Fayette, Gwinnett and Henry counties blog about education. Week after week we get the opportunity to hurl insults and hatred towards each other and we don’t disappoint. I read someting in te vents that gave me an ah-ha moment. I’m not sure how many of Clayton’s bloggers are actually from this county. All counties have a vent section, but they seem to go that extra mile just for this county with a section so we put our county down. I know there has to be some positive things happening but they seem to get lost in the shuffle. Yes we have problems however I know we are not the only ones. My request is for us who are truly Clayton county residents blog about the good because if it is to be reported it’s has to come from us. I’m sure this won’t happen because that would be too boring. Again, my question to Kimberly and Clayton residents why aren’t all counties allowed to air their dirty laundry? Why can’t we smell their dirty clothes for a while?
Either everybody vents and blogs or nobody vents and blogs. Clayton county let’s band together and quit entertaining readers for the AJC. Just something to ponder.

Jonesboro

January 29th, 2010
8:53 am

320 pounds of pot found

Meth Lab broken up

Man gets life for double murder

Clayton Chief probed by DA

With the exception of the energy saving story…why the hell does the AJC continue to report only NEGATIVE STORIES on a consistent basis. If you want a positive story about CC go to http://www.mycountypaper.com or google clayton daily news.

STOP THIS SLANTED REPORTING ASAP!!!!!!
They find pot and meth in Cobb, Gwinett and Cherokee far more often. The lassitter HS teacher fondled a student…You must live in one of those counties .

Kimberly..please pass this on to the “writer of the CC page.

My letter to the AJC

January 29th, 2010
9:14 am

320 pounds of pot found

Meth Lab broken up

Man gets life for double murder

Clayton Chief probed by DA

With the exception of the energy saving story…why the hell does the AJC continue to report only NEGATIVE STORIES on a consistent basis. If you want a positive story about CC go to http://www.mycountypaper.com or google clayton daily news…You can find more “dirt” on Henry county..since your newspaper barely reports anything negative about that county. I’m not saying that bad tings don’t happen in this county, but a lot of good does also….we have nice neighborhoods and million dollar homes like other counties. We are stuck with losers in government because the previous administrations opened the flood gates and let Atlanta’s trash come to our county during the 1996 Olympics…now the majority of voters are uneducated and apathetic…..so we were stuck with poor candidates and not enough quality residents to vote them out….

Last election, your newspaper endorsed Eldrin Bell..He was corrupt and inept with the APD and is just as bad for Clayton County. The irony of it all is that he’s a better candidate that his only opposition, the master crook Lee Scott. Many of our worthless state representatives run unopposed …this is a dilema that we face. We have educated, honest, hard working citizens that are taking steps to turn this county around. It was a group of citizens that got our BOE removed by the government after costing us our accreditation. We are mobile and doing things to clean up the county.

A little empathy and consideration would be appreciated. We DO NOT NEED THE EXCESSIVE NEGATIVE PRESS.

STOP THIS SLANTED REPORTING ASAP!!!!!!
They find pot and meth in Cobb, Gwinett and Cherokee far more often. The lassitter HS teacher fondled a student…You must live in one of those counties .

The difference

January 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

The difference between CC and other counties…CC has had a disproportionate amount of leaders that were hell bent on this county. I say this because they didn’t make decisions with the counties best interest in mind that didn’t work out…they made decisions that would knowingly ruin the county and kept going.

Ex. They allowed Atlanta to ship transplants from the closed housing projects…whta good could come from inviting a large amount of housiong project residents to a county?

2. The previous BOE stayed on the board despite the looming threat of accreditation loss. You know your presence could jeopardize the ENTIRE COUNTY yet you stay and continue to do the same thing that warranted SACS involvement. One of the board members lived in freakin MARIETTA!! The other loud angry and unprofessional bunch figured they would stick it to the county before being forced to resigned or pulled by the sate government

3. The unsightly trailer parks that are hotbeds for crime and foolishly positioned on the main corridor for the county is OWNED BY A FORMER COMMISSIONER.

4. Micheal King…nuff said.

5. Our hed commisioner is at the home of a crooked strip club owner firing guns

6. Our sheriff fires 27 people on day one for no damn reason and puts snipers on the roof…what kind of publicity was he expecting to some from that?

Honorable Mention (they weren’t leaders..but given their role and status of the school system)
7.Two teachers fight over a facebook note in front of kids…at a school system that just got it accreditation back.

Thats the difference..other counties don’t deliberately try to run something

We are given leaders without a semblance of common sense