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Closing Comments from the 8.10.21 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone:

It was a pleasure to speak at the Council for Quality Growth DeKalb County Advisory Committee Meeting on August 5th. It was the first in person gathering of that group since the start of the pandemic, and I was honored to be their first speaker. I was able to share my priorities with the group and take questions. I want to thank CQG President and CEO Michael Paris and his entire team for the invitation to participate.

Later that day, it was awesome to participate in the re-opening ceremony for the Sue Kellogg Library in Stone Mountain. As you know my office allocated $1.5 million to fund these renovations, and the updated library facility looks wonderful. I want to commend our Library Director Alison Weissinger for managing this project in such a professional manner. The citizens of Stone Mountain, District 4, and DeKalb County will now be able to use and enjoy this renovated facility for many years to come.

After that, we were able to take a terrain walk on the site of our new District 4 Senior and Community Center. It is really gratifying to see this project taking shape. I want to thank our Community Development Director Allen Mitchell and Site Superintendent Tim High from Headley Construction for showing us around. We are looking forward to a ribbon cutting in about 16 months.

It was good to visit with my constituents in Avonridge which is one of the great communities in District 4 on August 7th. In that meeting, we addressed several issues of community concern. I want to thank Lt. Schriptner from our Police Department for participating. And I want to thank Block Captain Sandra Taylor for the invitation and for her commitment to her community.

That evening, it was wonderful to attend the 100 Black Men of DeKalb Annual Scholarship Gala. This is an outstanding cause that supports the Leadership Academy which affords many of our youth with mentorship opportunities. I would like to commend Chapter President Andre Deas for his leadership, and everyone involved in putting that wonderful program together.

On August 9th, I met with the Shadow Rock Lakes HOA Board via zoom to discuss issues of concern. Shadow Rock is one of the great communities in District 4. I thank HOA President Charles Phillips and my friend Dolan Garr for the invitation. I also thank Major Hughes and Captain Toledo from our Police Department as well as officer Zellars from our Code Enforcement Department for participating as well.

Later that day I was honored to do a site visit at Leaven, a collaborative kitchen and resource center in District 4. Presently, 70 small businesses or “members” use the space provided to prepare their food-based products for market. They intend to grow that to 100 members by year end. I want to thank Co-Owners Stan Sugarman and Krystal Rodriguez and Operations Manager Fernando Contreras for showing me around. They are providing a wonderful service to DeKalb County businesses. We are so proud to have them in our District.

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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