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Closing Comments from the 11.9.21 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone:

It was an honor to join my friend and colleague Commissioner Larry Johnson as well as other BOC colleagues for the ribbon cutting ceremony and ceremonial walk for the Michelle Obama Trail expansion on October 27th. The newly constructed 2.2-mile segment of trail includes installation of a 12-foot-wide path primarily consisting of concrete sections of wooden boardwalk and two steel truss bridges. This trail is a wonderful amenity in South DeKalb which enhances the quality of life in this area. I commend Commissioner Larry Johnson for his leadership and vision for the Michelle Obama Trail and, I thank him for the invitation to participate.

I was able to drop by the Trunk or Treat celebration at Antioch AME Church on October 30th. The outfits were cute, and it was a good time. I want to thank my friend Pastor Vandy Simmons and the entire congregation at Antioch for the service they provide to our community.

It was great to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Starnes Senior Residences in Clarkston on November 4th, along with Commissioner Ted Terry. This project provides quality affordable housing for our seniors in this area, which is certainly a critical need. The facility is quite beautiful. I want to commend Pete Walker, John Corcoran, Dorothy Bell, Allen Mitchell, and all the good folks at the Housing Development Corporation for their leadership and dedication to the development of much needed senior housing, and for the invitation to participate.

It was great to join my friends in the City of Pine Lake for the Poplar Park Inaugural Event on November 6th. In due time, this wonderful greenspace will be a great amenity for the citizens of Pine Lake and the entire area. I want to thank my good friend Pine Lake Mayor Melanie Hammet for her leadership on this front and for the invitation to participate.

It was wonderful to be with my fellow congregation members at Clarkston First Baptist Church for their annual Veterans Day Service on November 7th. During the service, I issued a proclamation on behalf of CEO Michael Thurmond and the Board of Commissioners to honor our veterans. In a previous year, I had the great privilege of serving as the keynote speaker for this event. I thank Pastor Karl D. Moore, First Lady Angela Moore, and the entire congregation of Clarkston First Baptist Church for holding this service every year.

If you are not busy this evening, please join us on Memorial Drive as the Memorial Drive Event Boosters host a wonderful fellowship event. The event boosters are one of the Community Actions Groups that was formed after BOC passage of the Memorial Drive Revitalization Plan. I could not be prouder of these citizens for taking on these important leadership roles to help continue to push this initiative forward. In particular, I want to commend and thank Shanta Lana Hereford for her leadership in organizing this evening’s event, as well as the committee members who assisted in that effort.

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.

And may fellow veteran and former United States Senator Max Cleland rest in peace.

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