Friday, May 10, 2013
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons and the City Council proclaimed May as National Stroke Awareness Month in Douglasville during the May 6 City Council meeting.
Friday, May 10
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons and the City Council proclaimed May as National Stroke Awareness Month during the May 6 City Council meeting. The proclamation is: Whereas, Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death for both men and women and on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and Whereas, Each year 795,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke and that in Georgia there are 3775 stroke deaths each year, and Whereas, Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and citizens often do not know their risk for stroke or that strokes can and do occur at ANY age, and Whereas, The risk factors for stroke are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inactivity, obesity, atrial fibrillation, …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
In this letter to the editor, a Douglasville resident examines the City Council's potential new pay scale compared to other local municipalities.
Wednesday, February 6
To: Mayor Persons, City of Douglasville Councilmembers, Douglas County Sentinel, Douglasville Patch, Bill Osborne From: Darren Bak Re: Mayor and City Council Pay Date: February 5, 2013 I would like to provide some research and commentary in light of the recent articles in the Douglas County Sentinel and Douglasville City Council discussions surrounding the Grand Jury and its recommendation to change the way the City Council and Mayor are paid. First, let’s review a snapshot of the total compensation package for the Mayor and Councilmembers. Current Pay Structure (2012) Meeting Pay Expense Allowance Health Insurance/Benefits (3) Car – Tahoe (1) WSA Board Seat (2) Comp Package Mayor $36,621 $4,800 $22,000 $7,450 $5,400 $76,271 …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Mickey Thompson was sentenced this morning and will pay $28,483 in restitution as well as a $3,000 fine.
Douglasville's former mayor Mickey Thompson was sentenced earlier this morning in Judge David T. Emerson's courtroom. According to Andrew Agan, director of Community Relations for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, he received the following sentence: Thompson was indicted Sept. 24 on 91 counts of theft. In question are meetings that were held via teleconference and by electronic means because the ordinance states that the elected official must attend in person. A Sentinel Newspaper article points out that, "Douglasville is all alone in using a per-meetings system to calculate compensation." The newspaper reported that "a survey conducted by the Douglas County Sentinel, using open record requests, showed that cities of …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Douglasville Mayor and City Council honored Marine Lance Cpl. Scott "Boots" Harper at the Council meeting Monday night by making a presentation to his Step Mother, Angela Harper.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Douglasville Mayor and City Council honored Marine Lance Cpl. Scott "Boots" Harper at the Council meeting Monday night by making a presentation to his Step Mother, Angela Harper (video attached). Harper was an Alexander High School graduate who died during a combat mission in Afghanistan in Oct. 2011. He was operating in Helmand province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he suffered fatal injuries. A portion of Douglas Boulevard will be honorarily named for "Boots" Harper on Friday, Nov. 9 in a dedication ceremony, held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the western entrance to Arbor Place Mall and Olive Garden, with the unveiling of the sign revealing his name. The program is open to the public with free …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A report by the GBI says there have been 284 instances of Douglasville elected officials getting paid for meetings that may have not qualified for payment.
In a statement dated Oct. 8, the City of Douglasville said that since 2007 there have been 284 instances of a Douglasville elected official being paid for attending a meeting or other public event which did not appear to be consistent with the City's criteria. Of the 284 instances, 91 of these were identified by the GBI as pertaining to former Mayor Mickey Thompson. That leaves a total of 193 activities to be accounted for. All current Douglasville elected officials and all former City Council members contacted by the City Attorney’s Office have agreed to reimburse the City government for payments they had received for attending activities considered to be questionable, according to the City's statement (attached.) Councilman Samuel Davis …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The Douglasville Mayor and City Council are working with the City's legal team to figure out how to move from a pay-per-meeting method to a salary system.
After unaniously approving a salary payment system for themselves at Monday night's City Council meeting, now the Mayor and Council have to figure out how to legally go about implementing it and moving away from their current pay-by-meeting method. The April 2012 Douglas County Grand Jury report agreed that the current Douglasville Mayor and City Council should carefully scrutinize their pay system. "With the recent indictment of former Mayor Mickey Thompson, the current pay system is obviously subject to abuse," reads the report, filed with County Clerk Rhonda Payne at about noon on Friday. "Also, we highly recommend that the current pay system be abolished and replaced with a pay system that is reflective of every other city in the State…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons will host a town hall meeting tonight at Arbor Station at 6:30 p.m.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons will host a town hall meeting tonight at Arbor Station at 6:30 p.m., 9650 Parkway Circle (Arbor Station Community Room). Citizens are invited to come talk to the Mayor about concerns or happenings in the City of Douglasville. Additional upcoming town hall meetings include: For more information, call Ginny Zembrzuski at 770-920-3000.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Pavilion at Jessie Davis Park will be named in honor of James Johnson on Saturday. Johnson was a well-known African-American leader and pioneer from Douglasville's Northside.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
The Douglasville City Council voted unanimously in June to name the Pavilion at Jessie Davis Park in honor of James Johnson, a well-known African-American leader and pioneer from Douglasville's Northside. Local leaders will dedicate the pavilion on Saturday at 9 a.m. James Johnson was known to many in Douglasville as "Jamie" and to some as "Whop." The name "Jamie" was that used by family members and friends. He was called "Whop" by those who knew him as a boxer who carried a powerful punch. Johnson was a humble man who never forgot where he came from. Though he never got beyond a fourth grade education, he could draw a plan for a house and build to it suit those who were in need. His children remember living only in homes he built. James …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Revised contract for Conference Center and Parking Garage signage among items.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Agenda for special meeting of the Douglasville City Council at 7:30 p.m. Thursday includes: Agenda for legislative work session at 7:35 p.m. Thursday includes: Agenda for City Council committees, 5 p.m. Thursday.
Friday, July 20, 2012
After a taser incident that happened last August and a jailing that happened Thursday, the West Metro NAACP of Paulding and Douglas County will be calling for the resignation of City of Douglasville Magistrate Court Judge Keith Rollins tonight.
The West Metro NAACP of Paulding and Douglas County will be calling for the resignation of City of Douglasville Magistrate Court Judge Keith Rollins tonight at a 6:30 p.m. press conference, according to West Metro NAACP President Kimberly Alexander. The NAACP contends Reverend Kenneth Freeman was unfairly tased in August of 2011 and then he and his son, Curtis Freeman, were charged with disorderly conduct and sent to jail Thursday. Reverend Freeman was fined $500, sentenced to six months probation and 10 days in jail. Curtis Freeman was fined $450, sentenced to six months probation and four days in jail. In September of 2011, Freeman, of the New Beginnings Sanctuary Faith Church in Douglasville, told the Douglasville city council he wants …