Early-week meet­ings for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties kick off ’18

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

Lo­cal boards are back in busi­ness at the be­gin­ning of this week af­ter press time with plans for a busy start to 2018 as the cities of Cedar­town and Rock­mart, the school board and Polk County all have meet­ings planned for the week.

County com­mis­sion­ers are set to gather for their first board meet­ing of 2018, with more com­ments over the Grady Road Land­fill set for the be­gin­ning of their Mon­day ses­sion af­ter press time.

Ed Burn­ley and Glenn Camp­bell are both back on the agenda to dis­cuss their is­sues with the land­fill, and del­e­ga­tions are also ex­pected to speak as Robert Sprague was on the agenda to speak about Le­fevers Road and Rick and Parker Craw­ford com­ing to speak about Grady Road recre­ational prop­erty. Com­mis­sion­ers are also ex­pected to hear from County At­tor­ney Brad McFall on a grow­ing cam­paign to get states and lo­cal­i­ties on board class ac­tion law­suits against drug com­pa­nies that pro- duce opi­ate med­i­ca­tions.

Polk County Man­ager Matt Den­ton said McFall was pre­sent­ing the is­sue to seek whether the board wanted to en­ter into the law­suit, which claims that drug com­pa­nies who make opi­oid pain med­i­ca­tions failed to no­tify the pub­lic about its risks for ad­dic­tion.

A num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try have joined in su­ing drug man­u­fac­tur­ers in re­sponse to the grow­ing opi­oid epi­demic.

Re­tire­ment is­sues, the cam­eras at the Polk County court­house, sig­nage at the con­ve­nience cen­ters and more are part of the county’s Mon­day night agenda for the meet­ing held af­ter press time.

Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion­ers also had a busy Mon­day agenda.

They have swear­ing in com­mis­sion­ers to com­plete, plus del­e­ga­tions for a va­ri­ety of is­sue, a first read­ing of an an­nex­a­tion, ap­point­ing a new so­lic­i­tor and more to cover dur­ing their meet­ing.

For those who get the pa­per on Tues­day, a trio of meet­ings are planned for tonight. The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will open the night with their meet­ing at 6 p.m. in the board meet­ing room at the cen­tral of­fice at 612 S. Col­lege St., Cedar­town. An agenda for that meet­ing was avail­able at press time. The City of Rock­mart’s first coun­cil meet­ing is also sched­uled Tues­day night for 7 p.m. at city hall on Pied­mont Av­enue. No agenda was avail­able for that meet­ing yet ei­ther at press time over the week­end.

Polk County Com­mis­sion gather for their reg­u­lar meet­ing to start 2018, with the Jan­uary ses­sion fea­tur­ing a num­ber of items to cover. Com­mis­sion­ers will se­lect a new chair and vice chair for the year, plus ap­prov­ing a chair for the Board of Elec­tions, ap­prov­ing use of court­house grounds for the Sanc­tity of Life event on Jan. 27, ap­prov­ing agree­ments for In­tertech Pro­ba­tion and aerial pho­tog­ra­phy, set­ting qual­i­fy­ing fees for com­mis­sion races this year and more.

Check back i n next week’s edi­tion for more on how those meet­ings went and more.

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