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Inaugural Issue

MORROW Fall 2012

MORROW Contents Masters of Ceremony~ The Mayor and Council Page 3..........Cover Story: Milton Daniel Trail Re-surfacing Page 4..........Tip-a-Cop * It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Page 5..........Hammack Park Rocks * Christmas in the Park Page 6..........Morrow Path Walk Page 7..........Community Matters Page 8..........On the Inside Page 9.........Planning and Economic Development


MC Pictured from left to right: Councilman Bob Huie; Councilman Larry Ferguson; Mayor Pro Tem Jeanell Bridges; Mayor JB Burke; Councilman Virlyn Slaton

Merry Christmas to you and your love ones; may this season be filled with love, joy and peace. During the holidays I would like to invite you to take a walk along Jester’s Creek Pedestrian Pathway. It will be a great opportunity for you, family and friends to become familiar with its destination points and trailheads. The beautiful and calming view is really worth the time. I hope to see you on the path!! Mayor Pro Tem Jeanell Bridges Dear Citizens, Greetings from City Hall; hope you are enjoying the holiday season. There are many exciting things happening in the City. A new park and playground just opened at Hammack and Morrow Road. Our locally famous Christmas in the Park event will be held at Southlake Mall on December 1, from 2pm until 7pm. The Public Works Department is working hard hanging Christmas lights, ornaments, and other staff members are planning projects and events. Learn more about your local government by joining us at City Hall for the city council meetings held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:30, right here at City Hall. I wish all citizens a merry holiday season and hope you are making plans for a successful 2013. Councilman Larry Ferguson

Season’s Greetings, everyone. As my first year as Mayor quickly ends, I reflect on the events of 2012. We had many great moments throughout the year: our Concert for Care, which raised thousands of dollars for those with needs in Clayton County; SummerFest, our 4th of July celebration was well-attended even under that hot July sun. The Police Department-sponsored Safe Halloween and MBTA’s Fashionatta fundraiser were both successes. December 1 will bring our highly anticipated Christmas in the Park at Southlake Mall. This year we proudly present a carnival for kids of all ages, 1 to 101. I am especially proud to have myself available through a direct email address: This is a direct link to reach me, and we can have a chat anytime you like. I invite all of you to attend our council meetings held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Be a part of your community; let your voice be heard. I look forward to the coming years honorably serving as your Mayor. Let us spread the word, “Come To Morrow...Today!” Have a great and prosperous new year, everybody.

Fireside Chat with Mayor Burke

On the Cover In November of 2008, the City of Morrow Grants Administrator Sylvia Redic, GPC, submitted an application for funding through the Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund (or “LWCF”) to resurface the walking trail at Milton Daniel Park. Milton Daniel Park is adjacent to Morrow City Hall along Morrow Road. The park is Morrow’s premier recreation location and showcases a castle playground (also funded through the LWCF), pavilions for gatherings and cookouts, green space for active recreation and the highly utilized walking trail that has long been covered with crush-run, a crushed gravel. The resurfacing project’s objectives were to create a walking trail that offered a comfortable, low-impact surface, which easily accommodated a variety of uses and required minimal maintenance. The product selected for the surface is a recycled rubber manufactured with 100% commercial waste stream tire rubber. This product is a creative option for disposing of commercial waste in an environmen tally safe manner. In addition to the environmental benefits, the rubber product also has economic and community benefits. Resurfacing the walking trail reduces the operating costs of maintaining the trail, and it enhances comfort for the user while improving the overall quality of life. Morrow’s Public Works Department under the direction of Glen Hill prepared the project site. Glen worked closely with the selected vendor, Leisure Lines, Inc., to ensure the project was completed successfully. The installation required closing the park for just over a week, and the park was reopened on Friday, November 16, 2012. The Mayor and Council extend their gratitude to our citizens for continuing to make Milton Daniel Park Morrow’s premier recreation location and hope each visitor will enjoy the newly resurfaced trail. The Mayor and Council would also like to thank the Department of Natural Resources LWCF program for supporting this community enhancement. Fall 2012 * 3

Submitted by: Public Works & Administrative Services

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Tip-a-Cop Submitted by: Police Department

The Special Olympics Tip-a-Cop program is a fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is a running event that includes officers and athletes who carry the Flame of Hope to the local opening ceremony for Special Olympics. The Tip-a-Cop program began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas, and thirtyone years later, with restaurant partners all over the nation, the program is still raising funds to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Morrow Public Works Department is always behind the scenes preparing our city for the Christmas season. Hanging lights and garland, assembling trees, blowing leaves and enduring the cold chill to make sure our community looks pretty for the holidays. The Christmas tree pictured here stands 30 feet high; the tree will be lighted during the festivities at Christmas in the Park, Saturday, December 1, 2012. (See Christmas in the Park article for details.).

One restaurant partner is Joe’s Crab Shack. On September 23, 2012, Joe’s Crab Shack locations along the eastern seaboard hosted the event to raise money, highlighting their commitment to local communities. The Joe’s Crab Shack on Mt. Zion invited the Morrow Police Department (or “MPD”) to work in cooperation earning over $3,000 for the Tip-a-Cop fundraiser and Torch Run event. This was the first year MPD took part in the program. The day’s local celebrity waiters included Police Chief Chris Leighty, Captain Jimmy Callaway, Captain Greg Tatroe and many more of Morrow’s local heroes in blue. The Morrow Police Department and the generous patrons of the event earned Morrow the “Rookie Agency of the Year” for achieving the #1 fundraiser among all participating agencies. We would like to thank our citizens and all those who came out to show support. This will be an annual event as we move forward to strengthen our Captain Tatroe, Captain Calloway, Chief Leighty commitment to Special Olympics.

Submitted by: Public Works

Jack Simms, Tony Lee, Darby Brayboy, Adam Webb

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Christmas in the Pa

Christmas in the Park, Morrow’s annual Christmas celebratio set to take place December 1 from 2 until 7pm outside the M Center at Southlake Mall. This year’s celebration will combin familiar favorites like the Lil’ General train along with McNa Amusements carnival for a new, even more interactive exper All attendees will be given five free tickets for use on the Mc rides. The annual City-sponsored event provides an opportun for city businesses, organizations and churches to display the ferings to the public. Always geared around the family, each nonprofit organizations provides an activity for children to en Parents are invited to bring along their camera to take picture their children at the “Supper with Santa.” Another new offeri this year is a metro areawide motorcade of wreckers and big that will begin rolling from Turner Field and culminate at Ch mas in the Park. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots will be pres to take donations for their annual toy drive. The event’s grand finale is the lighting of Morrow’s Great Tree which will rema lit in front of Morrow Center at Southlake throughout the hol season.

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Clayton County’s Office of Housing and Community Development through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program (or “CDBG”) awarded the City of Morrow $75,000 to build a playground at Hammack Park. CDBG, established in 1974, is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its primary objectives are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and to expand economic development opportunities. The vision for the park was to create a unique experience in Morrow’s recreation system that offered activities for children and exercise options for adults, both in an environment which compliments nature. Through the Request for Bids process, Hasley Recreation & Design, Inc., was selected to install their design for the playground. Morrow Public Works, under the direction of Glen Hill, executed all site preparation and oversight. We hope the community enjoys this new addition to our recreation and wellness opportunities available here inside the city. Submitted by: Public Works & Administrative Services Fall 2012 *5



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On a beautiful November morning, Mayor Burke and Mayor Pro Tem Bridges joined an enthusiastic group of community residents and members of City staff to lead a walk along Morrow’s Pedestrian Path System. The group gathered in Milton Daniel Park adjacent to Morrow City Hall. Mayor Burke welcomed the crowd and explained that the path system is one of Morrow’s key assets and that we should look for future expansion and programming along the path. Mayor Pro Tem Bridges concurred with Mayor Burke and went on to say the path system was a hidden treasure we hoped to help people find and that it was a great way to move around Morrow without getting into a vehicle. The day’s walk moved the crowd through Milton Daniel Park, onto the connecting neighborhood streets, down to Millirons Park and then onto the Jester’s Creek Pedestrian Path System. The walkers were able to see how to access the path, where the path leads, understand the signage along the path and ultimately experience firsthand how the path connects with the streets and sidewalks to create a pedestrian system for access throughout the city. The Morrow walk, which took place on November 3, 2012, was the first in a series of community walks. Mayor Pro Tem Bridges spearheaded the idea of walking with the community in hopes of demonstrating the ease with which the path system can be accessed, how safe the path is and how picturesque the walking environment is along the path. Morrow is excited to report that the third phase of the pedestrian path system is funded and is currently under design. For future information about community walks or to add your name to a “Walking Group Email,” please contact Grants Administrator Sylvia Redic, GPC at 770-961-4002 or via email at sylviaredic@ Submitted by: Administrative Services

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Every year the Morrow Police Department organizes a Christmas Party to benefit the children of our community. Funds for this year’s event were raised primarily with the generosity of City of Morrow staff. Morrow resident Craig Drummond also gave generously when he donated all proceeds from his Kettle Corn sales at Safe Halloween to support the event. The collective giving will make Christmas brighter for more than 20 children. What an amazing opportunity to give to our community! The Mayor and Council and the Morrow Police Department appreciate every effort that went into making this year’s Children’s Christmas a success.

Citizens’ Advisory Group

Submitted by: Police Department

Submitted by: Police Department

The Citizens’ Advisory Group is an advisory body to the Morrow Police Department’s Chief of Police. This group provides recommendations to the Chief of Police with respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the incorporated City of Morrow. The Citizens’ Advisory Group is a key component of Chief Leighty’s community-oriented policing philosophy. They provide a foundation of community contacts to be ambassadors for the police department and to identify issues or concerns the community may have that can be addressed by the police department. The group has quarterly scheduled meetings; however, they have direct access to the Chief at all times. Fall 2012 * 7

Current Members: Ray Aballo Joyce Bean Clifford Byrd Malissa Cochran Carolyn Cochran Craig Drummond Vicky Drummond Jim Duckworth Sam Juarez Rashad Richie Claire Vann

On the Inside

Allied Amusements American Facility Services Atlanta Airport Publications Back-A-Yard Cuisine Caren’s Creations Carrabba’s Chef Cary’s Cuisine Chick-fil-A Southlake Mall Citivending Group City of Morrow Cookiegrams of Georgia D’s Concessions Events By Mete’Dela Hearts for Families Indian Lake Apartments Jennifer Williams State Farm Jubilee Farm Kathy Nguyen – State Farm Ken Chase Concessions Let Your Life Shine Community Outreach Lindell’s Event Center Macaroni Kid McNair Amusements Morrow Masonic Lodge Oliver Imprints Personal Touch Tours Piccadilly Restaurants Quality Polygraph Roses, Balloons & Cupcakes Saint Leo University Southlake Mall Southlake Property Associates Team Realty The Pace Institute Twirl Girls Waffle House West End Medical Centers/ Peachcare for Kids Thank you for helping to create synergy to continue growing Morrows vibrant business community. Submitted by: MBTA

Narrowbanding FCC Mandate In an effort to promote greater spectrum efficiency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requiring all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees using 25 kHz VHF and UHF radios systems migrate to minimum 12.5 kHz efficiency by January 1, 2013. The City of Morrow Police and Fire Departments completed the required transition to narrowbanding in November of 2012. Submitted by: Police Department

Training Captain Submitted by: Fire Department

Jeff Moss joined the City of Morrow Fire Dept. on October 1, 2012 as the Training Captain. He is a 24year veteran of the fire service and comes from Cobb County Fire Dept. He is 43 years old and resides in Dunwoody. He is married and has two sons 9 and 6 years old and one daughter 4 years old. Capt. Moss received his Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Reinhardt University and Associates Degree in Fire Management from Georgia Perimeter College. He is a Ga. State Paramedic, Ga. Smoke Diver, Fire Officer 1 & 2, NPQ Instructor 1 & 2, NPQ Inspector 1 & 2, NPQ evaluator and BLS instructor. His background also includes management of Event Medical Teams for large public events and part-time work as a certified home inspector and appraiser. 8 * Fall 2012

Planning & Economic Development In July of 2011, the City of Morrow created the Planning + Economic Development Department with Michael McLaughlin as the Director. In April of 2012, Brecca Johnson was brought on as Senior Planner, staffing the City’s first professional department responsible for providing guidance and best practices related to permitting, zoning, economic development issues, and community development responsibilities. In addition, the department manages the extensive activities of the Downtown Development Authority of Morrow as well as the Urban Redevelopment Agency. In the short time frame of its existence, the department has achieved a tremendous level of awareness about issues of future development, and has numerous accomplishments related to these responsibilities. The P+ED staff looks forward to many more milestones in the next year. The City welcomes citizen, business and property owner involvement and input into the activities of the department, so please feel free to visit or call anytime to learn more about what P+ED is working on for your city. Particularly note the significant amount of “community development” activities the department has put into place - which you can learn more about if you visit the website - and be sure to get involved to make a difference in your community. Below are just some of the activities the P+ED staff are managing that you will hear more about in the near future: Economic Development Activities Working with ARC on the Metro Strategic Economic Development Plan to be completed early 2013; Working with County on County Economic Development Plan to be competed in 2013; Outlining structure for City Economic Development Strategy to be developed in 2013; Leading player with ARC, Clayton Chamber and Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Planning Dept on South Atlanta Development Planning exercise, which includes focus on development of a Community Improvement District in Morrow; Continued planning discussions with Clayton State University on development of unified projects with Morrow to promote interaction between City and University - GMA / UGA Graduate Practicum is developing detailed strategy for creating “Town+Gown” program; Broker engaged by Development Authority is completing expansive Market Strategy - will lead to a Portfolio Analysis of owned property and disposition plan - properties to be marketed for leasing and sale; Old Town Morrow development is included in Broker analysis - will be marketed via a Request For Proposal to locate potential Public Private Partnership for redevelopment opportunity. Planning + Zoning + Community Development Tasks Managing as many as 50 permits a month for new and growing businesses as well as home improvements; Working with ARC Community Choices to develop plan for Zoning / Development Code Re-write; Continuation of developing P+ED Department policies, procedures, forms and management approach; Working with ARC and Clayton Senior Services on Community Development programs such as Community Garden of Morrow, development of civic association and several other grass roots citizen involvement projects and programs; Continuation of development of Senior focused programs for Morrow - stay tuned for announcements in the coming year; Community outreach programs continue via Morrow Merchants Meetings, Imagine Morrow Community input meetings, and will continue with more unique outreach / input campaigns in early 2013; Morrow has tremendous assets and the P+ED Department will continue to promote them to grow the community in a

positive and professional manner.

Submitted by: Planning and Economic Development Fall 2012 * 9

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