Residents get update on city status

Mon, 02/19/2007 - 9:43am
By: Ben Nelms

Organizers called the event “The Keys to Your New City.” Members of South Fulton Concerned Citizens (SFCC) Feb. 12 used the backdrop of Cliftondale Community Center as the most recent venue to promote the June 19 vote to officially form the new city of South Fulton.

SFCC members Benny Crane, Bruce Moody and Gail Lesser gave an overview of some of the issues surrounding incorporation to the nearly 150 area residents in attendance. Their presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Questions crossed a wide range of issues relating to the formation of the new city, the manner of conducting business and other topics such as those relating to Fulton County schools and the Fulton Industrial Boulevard corridor.

Crane and Moody reviewed the legislative process that culminated in Senate Bill 552 and the upcoming June vote on incorporation. They provided an overview of a fiscal viability study conducted by Dr. Robert Eger, professor of economics at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Throughout the meeting, SFCC members stressed their belief that local control placed in the hands of local residents will provide a better future for the area. The current make-up of Fulton County Commission, Crane said, leaves only Commissioner Bill Edwards living south of 1-20.

Crane said SFCC members will continue to have community meetings with increasingly detailed information on all aspects of the incorporation.

The next city of South Fulton incorporation meeting is Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Red Oak located at 4710 Washington Road in College Park.

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