October 2017 Minutes

Cliftondale Community Club, Inc.
October 9, 2017
The Cliftondale Community Club, Inc. met October 9, 2017 at the Cliftondale Community Center. About 50 members and guests were present. Distinguished guests in the audience included City of South Fulton Mayor William Edwards and Councilmembers Carmalitha Gumbs and Helen Willis.
President Stanley Knowles presided. Membership Committee Co-Chair Tommie Stegall provided the opening prayer.
The meeting centered on a question-and-answer program featuring the three candidates for Chair of the Fulton County Commission: Robb Pitts, Gabriel Sterling, and Keisha Waites. Each candidate was allowed several minutes for an introduction.
Questions were taken from the audience, with all candidates answering every question on a rotating basis. Questions included handling of the expected property tax increase when the current year’s freeze is lifted; County-level policies on southside issues such as crime, AIDs, employment, school graduation rate; willingness to agree to the timely release of resources, service personnel, and funds from the County to the new City; how geographical and party differences on the Commission affect voting and the Chair’s positions; how the Chair and County can partner in marketing the new City; possible changes in the Commission’s morning meeting schedule to make it more accessible to the working public; positions on mass transit and transportation; and significant personal accomplishments in public service.
Mr. Knowles thanked the candidates for participating in a very helpful and informative exchange for such an important election.
Membership Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Stegall and Julie Wachsler invited those present to support the Club’s work to keep the community informed by becoming a member: “Membership matters.” Information and forms are available on the Club’s website, www.cliftondale.org.
The meeting was adjourned.

Gayle Lesser, Secretary
Note: This meeting was covered by reporter Arielie Kass of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her article, “Three candidates vie to lead Fulton County” was featured on page 1 of the B/Metro Section of the AJC, Sunday, October 22, 2017.

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