Volume 22, Issue 3
COMMUNITY NEWLETTTER Councilmembers: Pat Sebo, Mayor Protem Larry Boak Alfred Dixon, III Bobby Lester Billy Powell Ricky L. Clark, Jr., City Manager Joe Nettleton, Public Works Director Franklin Allen, Police Chief Pat Daniel, Asst. City Clerk Sandra Meyers, Finance Derry Walker, Code Enforcement Steve Fincher, Attorney Keith Wood, Municipal Judge Jerry Patrick, City Solicitor City Hall (770) 478-3800 Jonesboro PD (770) 478-7407 NON-Emergency # (770) 477-3550
CITIZENS & BUSINESSES INVITED TO JOIN MAIN STREET
BROAD STREET PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING Monday, March 12 6:00 pm, 170 South Main St.
OFFICER KLEO JOINS JPD The Jonesboro Police Department placed into service their newest member this month, K-9 “Kleo” handled by Officer Marcus Gerald (above), assigned to B shift, currently working 6 am—6 pm. Kleo is owned by Officer Gerald, and the City is reaping the benefit of having a K-9 on duty. Kleo, a 2 year old Belgian Shepherd, is certified in all narcotics and tracking. The new team will be utilized for traffic enforcement, community events, public relations and assisting other agencies. Welcome, Officer Kleo!
Dear Friends of Jonesboro: Last year, our Mayor & Council approved participation in the Georgia Main Street Program. Main Street communities provide the impetus for business recruitment, building renovations, downtown events, tourism, partnerships, residential living, volunteerism, and historic district designation. With this program, a Board of Directors has been appointed to oversee and facilitate economic growth within our City. I am happy to report that this Board has raised over $90,000 to help stimulate the Downtown District. Being recognized as a Main Street Community enables Jonesboro to have access to technical services, grants, and other tools to further grow and enhance our business community. In order for our programs to be successful, we need your help. Our focus is three core areas: (1)Façade/Sign Improvements (exterior improvements to buildings), (2) Special Events & Festivals, and ( see MAIN STREET, Cont’d on page 3)
Jonesboro Receives LCI Grant (ATLANTA – February 15, 2018) - The At-
lanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $742,400 in Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study grants to 11 metro Atlanta communities. The grants will help recipients develop plans and policies that create more vibrant, walkable, and connected places. Once the studies are complete, communities will become eligible to receive funding for transportation projects such as sidewalks and intersection improvements, to help implement their visions. “The LCI Program has improved livability and access to jobs and services across metro (Cont’d, GRANT page 2)
St. Patrick's Day Festival (Shenanigans) Saturday, March 17: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm Lee Street Park
Music Food Vendors Drinks Family Activities Irish Dancers Games fun for all!
CLARK & CLARK HONORED BY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Two of Jonesboro finest young executives were recently honored by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at its yearly Gala. Dondra Clark, at right, Branch Manager at Heritage Bank in the City, received the Chairman’s Award. Ricky Clark, at left, Jonesboro City Manager, was cited with the Carl G. Rhodenizer Community Service Award. Congratulations to Dondra Clark and Ricky Clark.
IN LOVING MEMORY
GUN SAFETY CLASS
CITY BLOTTER January 2017
Presented by JONESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Thursday, March 23—6:00 pm 170 South Main Street
FREE to all citizens
For further information or to register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (770) 478-7407
Mayor Willie Oswalt Lake City, Georgia (1940-2018)
Luncheon / Fashion Show
Historical Jonesboro Saturday, March 17: 11:15 a.m.
8490 Tara Boulevard “THE sandwich shop for slow roasted roast beef sandwiches ,chicken and turkey.” (770) 473-9030
$30.00 per ticket (Table of six: $180) Stately Oaks Mansion 100 Carriage Lane Clothing designs from Medieval to Antebellum
GRANT (continued from page 1) Atlanta, while also encouraging more healthy lifestyles” said Kerry Armstrong, ARC Chair. “It has helped transform communities across the region.” With a grant of $76,400 (20% city match), Jonesboro will develop master plans for trails and its downtown core, including a new municipal complex and civic spaces. The trails plan will connect existing MARTA and Xpress bus stops with the downtown core area. To learn more about the LCI program and the impact it has had on the Atlanta region, visit atlantaregional.org/lci.
The Pit Stop
Welcome our new Police Officers in the Jonesboro Police Department: Left to right: Officers Sophal Vong, Jamal Hunter, and Brian Waters. CLAYTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY “Building the Bond”
Shelter: 7810 N. McDonough St. TEL: (770) 471-9436 FAX: (770) 473-1268 Donations: Clayton Co. Humane Society P.O. Box 2116 Jonesboro, GA 30237 www.claytoncountyhumane.org
FRONT PORCH PLAYERS PRESENT
“THE SECRET GARDEN” March 9-11, 16-18 Church, school and other group rates Call (770) 897-1404 or www.frontporchplayers.com for tickets 1842 Lake Jodeco Road Jonesboro First Presbyterian Church
DISCLAIMER—Black History Trivia—February Hattie McDaniel : the first African American to win an Academy. Dorothy Dandridge: the first African American nominated for an Academy Award. The correct answer was C—Hattie McDaniel for “Gone With the Wind.” Answer was correct; the letter was incorrect.
Citations – 553 Warnings— 240 Accidents— 31 Arrests— 85 DUI— 7 Property Checks— 251 Warrants— 424 Probation— 786 Criminal Invest.— 4 Training Hours— 152
Falcor is a cute happy dog. He likes to play with humans and other dogs. He also enjoys being petted and loved.
Ike and Andrew are cute kitties who came into the shelter at the same time. They formed a support system for each other and now think they are brothers.
8664 Tara Boulevard “Your neighborhood convenience store” (770) 478-5680 *****
Mark A Skiebel, P.C. 161 South McDonough St. “Pursuing justice for the injured and disabled” (478)285-9870 *****
Swint’s Feed & Garden Supply “Everything Feed and Seed and MORE!” 252 North Main Street (770) 478-7034 *****
31-W Insulation Co, Inc. 212 Turner Road www.31-W.com (770) 603-2112 *****
Wells Fargo Bank, NA 154 South Main Street “International banking and financial services” (770) 473-3520 *****
Get to Know...Your State Legislators
Rhonda Burnough District 77
(Representing Riverdale, unincorporated Riverdale, Jonesboro, and Morrow)
Rep. Rhonda Burnough, Chair of the Clayton Delegation, is in her second term. Finding ways to bring businesses to Clayton County is her main priority, as well as legislating ways to assist grandparents raising their grandchildren and victims of domestic violence. Rep. Burnough shares information with her constituents through newsletters and at www.statereprhondaburnough.com. She served recently on the team who helped resolve tax issues related to House Bill 821. Her current work is centered on attracting businesses, the Fireworks Bill, DFACS assistance for grandparents, HR655 (Gold Star Fathers), working with all elected officials and community leaders and continuing to implement the “USE” theme (Unite, Serve, Empower). Thank you, Rep. Burnough!
Meredith Roark Tapped as City Clerk
The City of Decatur recently named Meredith Roark, daughter of Allen and Cathy Roark of Northlake Drive, as City Clerk. Ms. Roark previously served as Budget & Performance Measurement BUSINESS FEATURE ? Director for the City of Decatur. Her new position All businesses are will incorporate her existing duties and add responsieligible, at no cost. bilities for elections, records administration and other The application was tasks such as certifying documents. Meredith Roark emailed to you, so has been with the City of Decatur for 11 years and you can see why has a BBA in Economics from the University of GeorCITY EMAIL is gia and an MS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. important! Congrats to Meredith! should be receiving email from the City at least twice monthly. If not, please check your Junk Mail/ call City Hall. Want to be part of our
MAIN STREET, (Cont’d from page 1) (3) Economic Enhancements. Jonesboro is the only accredited Main Street Program in Clayton County. The City receives no funding from the state for this effort. We are still ready for the task.- to raise funds for the purpose of implementing programs that help us achieve the goals of creating a better downtown. For example, your membership and donations helped us to establish façade and sign grant programs to assist Businesses. This year, we have budgeted over $20,000 in façade grants. No donations go to paying salaries as all of the Board/Staff members volunteer their time to this effort. We are also pleased that the memberships allowed our dream of the Broad Street Plaza to become a reality. In addition, the City was one of only nine communities in Georgia to be designated as a Rural Zone. The Rural Zone allows over $150K in tax credit incentives for investors in our Community. We invite you to join over 100 other businesses and community partners, please see www.jonesboroga.com for an application, or drop by City Hall. Select Business Membership Level __$300 Large (9+ employees) __$200 Medium (5-8 employees) __$100 Small (1-4 employees) Select Community Membership Level __$ 50 Membership – Booster of Main Street __$ 75 Membership – Neighbor of Main Street __$100 Membership – Friend of Main Street __$125 Membership – Best Friend of Main Street Questions? Call Ricky Clark at (770) 478-3800
Join TODAY and show your support of Downtown Jonesboro!
Low Temp Industries Begins Work on $13.5 Million Dollar Facility Low Temp Industries (LTI) has begun the process of clearing timber for the construction of their new headquarters facility to be completed in October of 2018. LTI will house roughly 200 employees. LTI is a third generation owned and operated foodservice equipment manufacturer; they celebrated their 70th business anniversary in 2017. Since 1947, LTI has built a reputation around superior craftsmanship and customer service in researching, developing and manufacturing serving technologies. LTI is one of the country's most well-known custom stainless steel fabricators. LTI is located at 9192 Tara Boulevard in the City of Jonesboro.
Visiting Angels of Jonesboro
198 N. McDonough St., Jonesboro, Ga 30236 (678) 604-6406 Owners: Benjamin & Marsha King
We provide non-medical in-house care for senior and adults with disabilities and service Clayton, Rockdale, Henry, Fulton and Dekalb Counties. We offer memory screenings by appointment only, as part of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America National Memory Screening Program. Caregiving can be stressful for family members caring for their loved ones. We offer solutions to bring you peace of mind. -Senior Home Care -Respite Care -Transition Care -We Build Relationships -Proud Caring Partner to Assist our U.S. Veterans (Qualified Vets may be eligible for care benefits through the
* Bathing Assistance
* Dressing Assistance
* Assistance with Walking
* Medication Reminders
* Flexible Hourly Care
* Errands and Shopping
* Light Housekeeping * Friendly Companionship
Angels a call today!
* 24-Hour Care Available
Jonesboro City Hall
Pre-Sorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Jonesboro, GA Permit No. 7
124 North Avenue Jonesboro, GA 30236
Community Calendar MAR 1
DDA Meeting, 6 pm, PD
Work Session, 6 pm, PD
Hill Family Band, 6 pm, FM
MAR 12 City Court, 8 am, PD MAR 12 Council Meeting, 6 pm, PD MAR 12 Broad Street Public Meeting, 6 pm, JPD MAR 14 Economic Vitality Comm., 4:30 pm, CH MAR 15 Covered Dish Supper, 6 pm, FM MAR 17 Spring Sprint, 8 am, LSP MAR 17 St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, 11am7 pm, LSP MAR 22 Gun Safety Class, 6 pm, PD MAR 26 City Court, 8 am, PD MAR 26 Beautification Comm., 5:30 pm, CH
Firehouse Museum Activities (unless otherwise noted on Calendar)
Tues. Movie, 6 pm
Thurs. Bingo, 6 pm
(10 & OLDER) PD =Police Dept. FM = Firehouse Museum LSP = Lee Street Park CH=City Hall
If you live inside the City Limits and do not have a sign for your mailbox, drop by City Hall for a FREE SIGN. See Pat or Maria.
MARK THE DATE
RELAY FOR LIFE Saturday, April 28 Lee Street Park: 4-10 pm Fighting Cancer as a community, remembering and honoring, raising awareness and funding
Does anyone out there know where the “Sleepy Hollow” location was in the City of Jonesboro in olden days? If so, please contact City Hall.
The Community News Published at Jonesboro City Hall Written & Edited by Mayor Joy B. Day To submit news items, call 770) 478-3800. Items must be submitted by the (20th to appear in next month’s edition or email email@example.com .
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WHO DO I CONTACT? Water, Sewer Issues: Clayton County Water Authority (770) 960-5200 Electrical Problems: Georgia Power: (888) 660-5890 Garbage Issues : City Hall (770) 478-3800 All Other Emergencies: Dial 911
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