October 2019 Minutes

Cliftondale Community Club, Inc.
Minutes
October 14, 2019
The Cliftondale Community Club, Inc. met October 14, 2019 at the Cliftondale Community Center, Vice President Marcus Carter presiding. About 20 members and guests were present. Councilwoman Helen Willis was present as a distinguished guest.
Councilwoman Willis reviewed the polling schedules for County Commissioner District 6 and for four City Council seats and two City amendments. She is on the ballot but is unopposed. She urged all residents, even if their Council seat is not on this year’s ballot, to turn out to vote on the two amendments, which deal with authorizing tax allocation districts and an Urban Redevelopment Authority and capping City homestead property tax increases.
In other news, she reported the City’s renaming process is getting underway, starting with a committee of citizens nominated by each Councilmember. The Community Development Department has only one planner left. In keeping with the City’s efforts against human trafficking, there will be training for human trafficking ambassadors at Welcome All Park on November 2. She noted that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is not, as commonly believed, a center for human trafficking, but rather a refuge for the homeless.
She announced several City initiatives: the opening of the newest police precinct at Butner and Camp Creek roads; the reopening of Fire Station 1 on Welcome All Road after rehabilitation, which includes a new community meeting room; and the installment of speed enforcement cameras in all 16 City school zones by January.
Zoning Committee Interim Chair Bruce Moody announced there will be a meeting with a developer at Welcome All Park on October 21 regarding a proposed 65-house subdivision at West Stubbs and Cascade Palmetto Roads. He reported that the Council passed certain requested variances for the “Bluffs” subdivision (the name is to be changed). The variances were not made public. A requested zoning for the Legend Oaks extension on Butner Road was withdrawn.
Mr. Moody and Mr. Carter noted that unfortunately the south Fulton community organizations were not working together on zoning matters as they used to do.
Mr. Moody recognized Vangie Watklns in the audience for her retirement from many years of service in the County’s zoning and code enforcement department. She was recently recognized by Women of Change with a Worker Bee of the Community award.
Membership Committee Chair Tommie Stegall reminded attendees about opening or renewing annual membership. He also announced that Friendship Church will host a forum for the candidates for City Council districts 1, 5, and 7 on October 17.
Secretary Gayle Lesser, speaking as Treasurer liaison, provided the Treasurer’s report.
Mr. Carter explained that the Club was not holding a fall festival this year, but several other festivals are planned in the community. In partnership with the City Parks and Recreation Department, Councilwoman Willis is sponsoring a Fall Festival at Welcome All Park on October 26.
The meeting was adjourned.
Gayle Lesser, Secretary

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