Lead Polk among the vis­i­tors at Cedar­town Com­mis­sion.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Correspondent

A week­long de­lay in the Septem­ber meet­ing for the Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion pro­vided the board an op­por­tu­nity to add more items to the agenda, and with wet weather brought by Hur­ri­cane Irma blown off they got back to busi­ness last week.

The com­mis­sion was free to ap­prove a lease re­newal with Pri­mary Health Care at One Door Polk, along with their OK for Cres­en­cio Gon­za­lez Pelico’s con­di­tional use re­quest for a new church at the old Purk’s build­ing, and two prom­i­nent Lead Polk mem­bers pro­vided up­dates about class hap­pen­ings.

Here’s a run­down of the lat­est meet­ing for the Polk County Com­mis­sion:

New busi­ness

The com­mis­sion quickly agreed to re­new the lease agree­ment with Pri­mary Health Care at One Door Polk, and the health care clinic is now free to con­tinue pro­vid­ing profit-free pe­di­atric care from the One Door Polk build­ing on Cedar­town’s Main Street.

The care providers re­cently ex­panded to a to­tal of 8,000 square feet in the One Door Polk build­ing, bring­ing their lease to $3,981 monthly.

Each lease lasts ap­prox­i­mately one year.

“This one is about as easy as it gets,” said City Man­ager Bill Fann. “Pri­mary Health care was out very first ten­ant at One Door Polk, and their lease ex­pired in Au­gust.”

Since the or­ga­ni­za­tion is non­profit, Pri­mary Health Care ac­cepts any and all health in­sur­ance.

Pro­vid­ing aid to chil­dren with­out health­care based on fi­nan­cial or doc­u­men­ta­tion prob­lems is a pri­mary goal for the care providers.

The com­mis­sion­ers con­sider Pri­mary Health Care such a valu­able ten­ant that Fann “for­got their lease was up, they had to re­mind me it ended in Au­gust.”

The com­mis­sion unan­i­mously ap­proved Cres­en­cio Gon­za­lez Pelico’s con­di­tional use re­quest for the for­mer Purks Build­ing lo­cated at 330 West Ave.

Pelico has plans for the build­ing’s gym to be used as a church, and the first floor to be used as an ac­tiv­ity and event area, ac- cord­ing to Fann. Pelico’s church is Igle­sia De Dios Pen­te­costes. As a Pen­te­costal church, spe­cial em­pha­sis is placed on a di­rect and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of God­pri­mar­ily through bap­tism with the Holy Spirit. Pen­te­costal­ism com­prises sev­eral hun­dred de­nom­i­na­tions, and as such, there is no cen­tral gov­ern­ing author­ity in the faith.

The build­ing was con­structed in 1942 and served as the Purk’s Mid­dle School be­fore later be­ing pur­chased by E.B. Slaugh­ter Re­al­ity in 2005.

E.B. Slaugh­ter Re­al­ity used the build­ing’s large gym, 2,400 seat au­di­to­rium, and 300 seat ban­quet room for spe­cial events de­signed to help the lo­cal and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The build­ing later fell out of own­er­ship and has been largely over­looked for sev­eral years.

The plan­ning com­mis­sion rec­om­mended the re­quest for ap­proval, but three ground rules were set for Pelico and Igle­sia De Dios Pen­te­costes.

The prop­erty must not be used for res­i­den­tial use, all health depart­ment re­quire­ments for food preparation must be met, and all state fire mar­shal re­quire­ments must be met.

“A lot of us have pleas­ant mem­o­ries of be­ing in that build­ing,” said Com­mis­sioner An­drew Carter. “It’s good to see it be­ing used again.”

Com­mis­sioner Dale Tuck agreed say­ing a church is “a won­der­ful use for the build­ing. It’s go­ing to be nice to see ac­tiv­ity go­ing on at that prop­erty again.”

An up­date from Lead Polk 2017

Dur­ing the Sept. 18 meet­ing, San­dra Sher­field and Mike Broome — two mem­bers of the 2017 Lead Polk class — gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about the cur­rent hap­pen­ings and fu­ture en­deav­ors of the class.

Lead Polk is de­signed to in­form and im­merse the vol­un­teers and man­agers of the county in all as­pects of Polk. The 18 ac­cepted class mem­bers have been in­dulging in lead­er­ship train­ing, tours of the county, classes on lo­cal gov­ern­ment, and in­ter­views with top-level busi­ness, civic, and gov­ern­ment lead­ers.

The core idea of the class is to in­form, ed­u­cate, and train those who show will­ing­ness and po­ten­tial to lead and aid the county.

Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Sil­ver Comet Trail Head is a pri­mary ob­jec­tive for the class that is “putting up com­mu­nity boards, paint­ings, and things of that na­ture,” said Broome.

“We’ll also be sell­ing shirts as part of our money mak­ing project,” said Sher­field.

“An­other goal of sell­ing the shirts is so we can po­ten­tially hold funds and leave them for fu­ture classes to elim­i­nate any cost that would make it dif­fi­cult for in­di­vid­u­als to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram,” Broome said. “We’re look­ing to the fu­ture and try­ing to help the pro­gram grow.”

Chair­man Jor­dan Hub­bard asked if the class had any­one in­ter­ested in “serv­ing the com­mu­nity, whether that be city com­mis­sion or county com­mis­sion,” to which Broome men­tioned that “there seems to be an open­ness.

“As we’ve learned more about our city gov­ern­ment, about our com­mu­nity, ed­u­ca­tion, and busi­ness, it seems like its grab­bing peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

“I think there’s ab­so­lutely some lead­er­ship that’s go­ing to fol­low.”

‘As we’ve learned more about our city gov­ern­ment, about our com­mu­nity, ed­u­ca­tion, and busi­ness, it seems like its grab­bing peo­ple’s at­ten­tion. I think there’s ab­so­lutely some lead­er­ship that’s go­ing to fol­low.’ Mike Broome 2017 Lead Polk class mem­ber

Sean Wil­liams / Stan­dard Jour­nal

Com­mis­sion­ers Dale Tuck, Matt Fos­ter and Jor­dan Hub­bard are joined by John Bir­chall and Sharif Salama at the Sept. 18 Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion meet­ing.

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