The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners held the first in person combined work and voting session of the month on June 23rd since sheltering place. Social distancing and face covering was highly recommended and followed by those in attendance at the Rockdale Auditorium. At the request of Chairman Oz Nesbitt there was a 9-minute moment of silence to open the meeting in honor George Floyd who died after being pinned beneath a police officer’s knee for the same length of time.
The meeting covered the agenda as presented. There were three SPLOST agenda items for transportation projects that was approved. One item, a request to make Juneteenth a county holiday was put on hold until the next budget session.
A father and son asked the Board of Commissioners to consider reopening the basketball courts. The son speaking on behalf of other teens are seeking ways to exercise during the pandemic. The county has reopened the tennis courts in June and they wanted to know when the basketball courts will be available.
An attorney and his wife presented a case to remove the confederate monument that is located in front of the Rockdale County Courthouse. He finds the monument offensive given the current climate of social unrest. He was assured by the BOC they were looking into relocating the monument.
Additional Remarks Were Presented By the BOC and Directors
Commissioner Post 2 Doreen Williams wanted her colleagues and the public to know she is deeply touched by the civil unrest and recommends a deep conversation regarding white privilege in the country. She values the diversity of the Board, community and family.
Commissioner Post 1 Sherry Washington advocating for Juneteenth holiday, June 19th in Rockdale County.
- Fire Chief and EMA Director Dan Morgan reported that Rockdale County has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 case since the state has reopened. He recommends that residents wear a mask, avoid large groups, 20 second hand washing and continue to social distancing.
- Chief of Staff Corey Hambrick reminded residents that drive up free testing is available at the Conyers First Baptist Church, 1200 Highway 138. No doctor referral is necessary. Residents must schedule an appointment by calling 770-513-5631.
- The administrative building located at 962 Milstead Road is locked, if you need immediate assistance, please call 770-278-7001. He acknowledged how Director Sue Sanders team responded to the needs of the county, around the clock disinfecting and maintaining the facilities.
- All Rockdale County employees are scheduled to return to work on July 6th after a remote work plan since March. There is a current hiring freeze for Rockdale County according to Director Toni Holmes. Talent Management will be organizing a Virtual Community Job Fair with other business who are hiring on July 10th.
- Recreation and Maintenance Director Sue Sanders says a buzzer and camera will be installed at the Administrative Building for those residents who need to enter the building.
- On July 9th all trails will be open. All organized sports are cancelled. Fishing will be free at Black Shoals Park.
- The recycle center will be open on July 1st on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays to accept yard debris.
- Planning and Development Department is available online and via the phone 770-278-7100 for inspections, business licenses and code enforcement.
The next Work Session and Voting Session will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.