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Closing Comments from the 10.12.21 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone:

Today, I will begin my comments by calling your attention to my pink tie. I am wearing this tie in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I will exercise a point of personal privilege my giving a shout out to my mother-in-law Doris Marie Buchholz who is a breast cancer survivor and who, like the energizer bunny, is still going and going at age 98. Let’s encourage the women in our lives to get the proper screening. Most medical issues, if caught early enough, can be dealt with without the need for extreme measures. Breast Cancer is no different. Please get screened.

Our fourth and final Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast meeting for this year will be held on Saturday, October 23 via zoom at 9am. At the beginning of this year, my hope was that we would be able to meet in person by now. Unfortunately, that will not be doable. To that end, I will again take this opportunity to encourage those who have not done so to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More information about our community meeting will be available across our communications platforms.

It was great to attend the Placita Latina Mercadito Outdoor “Pop Up Market” in Avondale Estates on October 3rd. The dance performances were outstanding, and the food was excellent. And I stand in solidarity with our friends in the Latin-X Community. I want to thank event Co-Chair Adela Yelton for organizing a great event and for the invitation to attend.

On October 4th, I enjoyed playing in the DeKalb Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament at the Stone Mountain Golf Course. Early morning rain did not dampen our good mood and the weather improved as the day wore on. Thankfully, I hit enough decent shots such that I was not a drag on our team. And I thank my playing partners for putting up with me. Today I underscore my support for the DeKalb Chamber and our new President and CEO Frankie Atwater.

It was great to join my colleagues in the City of Tucker and other dignitaries for the 50th anniversary of the opening of Northlake Mall on October 6th. The adaptive reuse development that is going on at that site now serves as a great model for other potential redevelopment opportunities in DeKalb County. I commend the developers from ATR Corinth Partners, Tony Ruggeri, and Frank Mihalopoulos for taking on this project. Likewise, I commend Northlake Tucker CID Executive Director Matthew Lee and Tucker Mayor Frank Auman for their leadership in attracting this kind of development to our area and for the invitation to attend.

It was a pleasure for me to meet with the Norman Road Neighbors to discuss the proposed development at Spivey Norman Lake on October 10th. As always, I take these zoning matters very seriously and listening to the feedback of the community is an important element of my decision-making process. I want to thank Steve Ritz and other community leaders for inviting me, and Gina Sgro for hosting the gathering at her lovely home, outside of course.

It was an honor for me to be recognized by the DeKalb Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women as the Man of the Month for my service to the community at their meeting via zoom on October 11th. Needless-to-say, I was honored and humbled to receive this acknowledgement. I would like to thank my friend and chapter President Derrica Williams for the recognition and the invitation to participate in the meeting to share some of my initiatives for District 4 and DeKalb County.

If you need any information or assistance, you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at l will close today by once again, thanking the citizens of District 4 for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.

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