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ACC Commissioners give okay to voting resolution, public art, facility renaming

It was mostly routine business at Tuesday's meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission.

A resolution calling for the ACC Manager, county attorney, and Board of Elections to continue voter education efforts in the wake of the state’s controversial voting law passed unanimously, with most Commissioners speaking in favor of the measure before the vote.

District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson stressed that in his opinion, the Board of Elections is already doing the right things. "This is a resolution that supports what our Board of Elections is already doing, and also lets them know that we will ensure that they have ample resources and funding." said Denson.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a proposal to rename the Lay Park gym in honor of Willie Hull, and the East Athens Community Center in favor of Aaron Heard.

District 9 Commissioner Ovita Thornton applauded the Commission and the members of the community who lobbied lawmakers for the name changes, telling her colleagues, "You do not know how many folks said this could not be done ... and I don't know if any other Commission would have done it." Both Hull and Heard were longtime ACC employees with deep connections to the two facilities being named for them.  

A public art project that would cost $55,000 in T-SPLOST funding was also approved unanimously and  without discussion.

Commissioners will meet again on May 11 for their regular work session.

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