The Chairman called the April 20 Work Session to order. This is the first completely in person meeting following the COVID-19 pandemic.

To start the meeting, a special presentation was given for 12-year-old Carlonte Johnson commending his bravery in sharing important information to Sheriff’s Deputies regarding a fatal hit-and-run accident. The Public Relations team shared a spotlight video about Mr. Johnson, and he was also presented with a proclamation from the Board of Commissioners (BOC) read by Melisa Mims, Community Relations Manager.

Following this presentation, with permission from the Board, Legislative Affairs Director and County Clerk, Jennifer Rutledge quickly read agenda items for review. Items for review can be seen at the following link: https://rockdalecountyga.gov/rockdale-board-of-commissioners-meeting-agenda/

The next portion of the regular agenda included items from Planning and Zoning which will be heard at next week’s Voting Session for Second Reading. Kalanos Johnson, Director of Planning and development offered explanations for those items (items 2021-193 through 2021-198)

Following this, the Board moved to public comment, hearing from one member of the community. Iffat Walker, Director of Community Action Now, shared information about free COVID-19 testing and vaccines. For more information visit www.communityactionnow.org.

Board Comments

Commissioner Sherri Washington thanked the Chairman and Tax Commissioner for getting the stormwater fee added to the tax bill. She mentioned how it would help improve the County’s infrastructure, as well as be a help over all for the Stormwater Utility. She saluted the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for Rockdale County and sent special well wishes to Gabrielle Wood, Juvenile Court Judge Maurine Wood’s daughter. She is the Valedictorian for the Magnet School and plans to attend Howard University in the fall. Commissioner Washington then mentioned that her and School Board member Pam Brown will be distributing COVID-19 vaccinations every first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at J.P. Carr Community Center from May to December. Regarding Economic Development, she shared that the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council has done the first round of interviews for a new director, and the second round starts next week. She visited the revitalized Summer Hill Complex and discussed the need for different types of housing and moving the County forward.

Commissioner Doreen Williams made comments about how she is pleased to be meeting in person and how long it had been since she had been to a meeting in person. She made comments regarding affordable housing in the county as well as options like tiny homes. She discussed how tiny homes could be built well and be a good option for retirees and young professionals. The county will have to take a close look at Zoning for this, and she explained that she would like to work on how this could be a possibility for the County. Commissioner Williams discussed her excitement about Georgia Piedmont Technical College having their location in Rockdale County at the Rockdale Career Academy. She also discussed how pleased she is that they have partnered with the Accountability Court participants and getting them enrolled in programs, graduating them and helping them find employment. She also mentioned she had a conversation with one of the deans at Kennesaw University about possibly having a satellite program in the County.

Chairman Oz Nesbitt then shared that there are jobs everywhere in Rockdale County, everyone is hiring and how he’s received calls from several employers who are having difficulty finding people to fill available positions. He spoke about how E.R. Snell, the company contracted with the County for the Sigman Road Widening Project, is looking to hire local Rockdale County residents to work on the project. He gave a shout out to the Emergency 911 Division – he wanted to thank them for the role they continue to play and the role they played during the pandemic taking calls and serving the community. He gave information about the Community Countywide Cleanup which will occur on Saturday, May 1, 8 a.m. at 1400 Parker Road. The County is looking for volunteers, as well as offering a paid opportunity to the youth. He reminded the public that we are still in a pandemic, but to also follow Rockdale County social media pages and Rockdale 23 for information about things reopening. He announced that the Summer Concert Series would kick off in July. For his final remarks, he discussed economic development and housing in Rockdale County.

Following these remarks, with no need for Executive Session, the meeting was adjourned.

Upcoming Schedule:

Voting Session: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – In the Auditorium located at 903 Main Street, Conyers, Georgia 30012

Work Session: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – In the Auditorium located at 903 Main Street, Conyers, Georgia 30012

Voting Session: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – In the Auditorium located at 903 Main Street, Conyers, Georgia 30012