News Line for Forest Park

Board OKs permit for apartments
City council members approved a conditional use permit Monday night to allow the development of an upscale 12-unit condominium inside an abandoned apartment building.
Source: Clayton News Daily

New Gillem board holds first meeting Minority contracts become top issue
The newly-formed Urban Redevelopment Agency met for the first time Wednesday and much of the discussion centered on minority contracts.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Clayton officials expect big impact from aerotropolis
Clayton County government, business and economic development leaders said they are giddy about the possibilities available to them through the formation of the recently announced Aerotropolis Alliance.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mediation ends without vote
More than three hours of mediation Thursday night failed to bring an end to a federal lawsuit brought against Forest Park by a corporation that operates strip clubs.
Source: Clayton News Daily

First of Fort Gillem redevelopment to bring nearly 3,000 jobs
The first of two land-transfer deals at the massive military base in Forest Park is set to close on May 2, said Fred Bryant, executive director of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Countdown to Tri City application underway
Officials from Lake City, Forest Park and Morrow have unveiled their timeline to prepare a redevelopment plan that could bring an economic boon to the three cities.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council, clubs continue mediation Thursday
Forest Park mayor and council will meet Thursday in a second mediation meeting with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit involving strip clubs closed by the city.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council approves budget increases
Council members voted earlier this week to approve budget amendments of more than $100,000 in Forest Park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

No price hike for Forest Park trash pick-up
Council members are expected to vote Monday night on an amendment to a trash pick-up contract without a price increase for residents or businesses, said the mayor.
Source: Clayton News Daily

New SPLOST collection would raise $272 million for Clayton, cities
Clayton County and its seven municipalities could raise nearly $272.3 million for roads and other needs, including aid to its ailing hospital, if voters approve a package of special-tax funded projects unveiled this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forest Park declines to help bail out SRMC
Council members in Forest Park agreed Monday to keep $3.3 million in anticipated SPLOST funds rather than help bail out Southern Regional Medical Center.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mediation goes on in strip club case
City Council members agreed Monday to continue mediation efforts in settling a federal case involving the owners of two Forest Park strip clubs shuttered by the city in 2011.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayor exercises veto powers to seat commission
Mayor David Lockhart exercised his veto powers in Forest Park on Monday evening.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Akins claims race disparity in wages
Councilwoman Latresa Akins claims there is a disparity in wages between black and white city workers in Forest Park and wants an investigation into their salaries.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park officials eye $19 million in SPLOST projects
City officials are hoping for $19.38 million in 2015 SPLOST revenues to fund 24 projects across seven departments, according to the list released recently.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park rejects lobbyist request
City council members rejected a proposal to hire a lobbyist at $8,000 a month to represent their interests in Atlanta.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council defeats raises for Forest Park workers
A heated discussion regarding a 4 percent across-the-board raise for more than 250 Forest Park city employees ended in defeat Tuesday night but the issue could be re-visited next month.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council puts appointments in 60-day limbo
What was expected to be routine annual appointments turned out to be anything but during the city council’s first meeting of 2014.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Dozens witness swearing-in Monday in Forest Park
Dozens packed into Forest Park City Hall council chambers Monday night to witness the swearing-in of the mayor and two councilmen.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council members to be sworn in Monday
The first Forest Park city meeting of 2014 will be held Monday and topping the agenda is the swearing-in of the mayor and two council members.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayor wants ethics code abolished
Mayor David Lockhart wants to abolish the city’s code of ethics to make it harder to oust officials but couldn’t get support of council Monday night.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Police accreditation hearing set in Forest Park
Residents will get a voice in the accreditation of its police department during a public hearing Dec. 16.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park police protect victims rights
The Forest Park Police Department has a variety of resources to protect and preserve the rights of crime victims, officials said.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park Ward 2 Seat finally filled
A Forest Park city council seat that has been vacant for more than two years was filled this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City could close Fort Gillem deal by February
Officials could finalize the purchase of the former Army base by February and residents are another step closer to learning which businesses are locating to that property.
Source: Clayton News Daily

State funds Forest Park police presence at farmers market
Council members voted Monday to accept nearly half a million dollars to fund police presence at State Farmers Market.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Goodman lived up to his name, honored by Forest Park
The late Gary Tyrone Goodman proved that adage in his selfless giving to the Forest Park community, officials said during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Goodman, who died in October 2012 at 58 after a long illness, was a member of the city’s Architectural Design Review Board.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow completes the TriCity triumverate with vote to join project
The proposed TriCity Opportunity Zone that is intended to spur economic growth through tax credits across three cities in northern Clayton County is a go. Sort of.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park police go scruffy or pink for a good cause
How much would a man pay to not have to shave for a month? How about a dollar a day? What if the money went to charity?
Source: Clayton News Daily

Lockhart returns as Forest Park mayor, wards 1 and 2 in Dec. 3 runoff
David Lockhart, elected mayor in a special election in April, was returned to office for a full four-year term Tuesday night, beating two opponents to win outright.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Hundreds cast early ballots in Forest Park
More than 400 voters have cast early or absentee ballots in the race for mayor and wards 1 and 2, said officials.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayors deserve consideration
The fact that the mayors are speaking with one voice, speaks volumes.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayors say no to Clayton County government change
As you are aware Chairman Jeff Turner’s Administration has made significant and meaningful strides in developing a successful bilateral relationship with all of the cities in Clayton County
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park appoints new public works director
Councilwoman Latresa Akins was concerned that the new Forest Park public works director slot wasn’t filled in-house as she voted against the appointment Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow City Manager Jeff Eady resigns to become Forest Park public works director
Jeff Eady is expected to resign this week after a 30-year career with the City of Morrow.
Source: Clayton News Daily