With a new year almost upon us, our community and delegation has begun looking ahead to the 2018 legislative session. On December 5, I attended a luncheon at the Henry County Administration Building with other Henry County delegates to discuss the county’s objectives and concerns for the next year. I want to take a moment to thank Henry County officials for having me and for hosting this luncheon and discussion. Here are some informational highlights from our meeting:
Henry County Public Safety Training Academy
Among the topics discussed, Henry County staff emphasized the community’s need for a public safety training academy. The Henry County Police Department would strongly benefit from training their officers locally, rather than sending them to other academies in the state to do so. If the department could train in its own district, they would eliminate the cost of training elsewhere, therefore saving money.
House Bill 204
House Bill 204 was also examined during our luncheon. This bill would remove non-tax related fees from property tax bills, thereby obstructing the county’s revenue sources. BOC Chairperson June Wood strongly encouraged delegates to not support this bill in the upcoming 2018 legislative session.
Henry County Coroner
Lastly, the Henry County staff addressed their desire to pay their coroner by salary, rather than the current state of paid by call. This resolution was approved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners and requested for legislation.
I always enjoy discussing the needs, endeavors, and goals of my districts. Our community is continually striving for growth and improvement, and I am proud to represent it.Read More
Georgia Department Of Transportation contractors have begun clearing vegetation along Jonesboro Road and State Route 81, and construction of the East-West One-Way Pairs in downtown McDonough is now well underway! In an effort to lessen traffic entering and exiting McDonough Square, Jonesboro Road to Doris Street is to be converted to a one-way route heading west, and the Georgia Highway 20 (Hampton Street) heading into the square will be turned into a one-way, as well. A roundabout will also be built at the intersection of Doris Street and Jonesboro Road that will lead drivers to another eastbound one-way. Roundabouts help ease the flow of traffic because cars are only required to yield, not stop. This reduces traffic delay and improves traffic flow. Construction is estimated to last about thirty months.
This project will undoubtedly be beneficial to local businesses, surrounding areas, and McDonough citizens as it will ease traffic congestion near McDonough Square. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation Project Manager Cherral Dempsey, the East-West One-Way Pairs construction will involve at least three temporary road closures. The Georgia Department of Transportation will keep McDonough citizens updated with lane closures and detour information on their website, Twitter, and Facebook. Be on the lookout for signs and message boards around the area for redirection, as well. Although the construction process takes time, the benefits of the results will be well worth the wait!Read More