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Security Concerns Result in Change in Location for Mayor and Commission Meeting

Nicole Jordan

Citing a need for more security, the Mayor and Commission meeting scheduled for 6 pm Tuesday has been moved from City Hall.

Those concerns regarding security have county leaders moving Tuesday evening’s regular session from City Hall to the Clarke County School District’s Vernon Payne Meeting Hall in the administrative offices at 595 Prince Avenue. According to a release, the location provides a security checkpoint, security features, a parking lot for attendees, a larger seating area, and a more accessible entrance.

The temporary change is being made while more security measures are being implemented at City Hall.

“City Hall is a wonderful, historic building,” said Mayor Kelly Girtz, “but it was built in 1904 with a small courtroom area that isn’t up to modern large public meeting standards and isn’t easily altered. We already face space challenges across ACCGov, so other potential locations that we own have a variety of logistical challenges that are not immediately addressable.”

The Mayor and Commission’s May 14 Budget Review Session and May 22 Agenda Setting will also move to the CCSD facility.

"I appreciate Dr. Robbie Hooker, the Board of Education, and the Clarke County School District working with us on this temporary move into their facility," said Girtz. "We truly value our partnership with the school district on this and many other ongoing projects in the community."

Additional changes include limiting public comment on both agenda items and non-agenda items to two minutes instead of three minutes.

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