CONYERS -- Rockdale residents will have an opportunity to speak with local elected officials about the upcoming Regional Transportation Referendum on the ballot July 31.
The Atlanta Regional Commission is sponsoring Wireside Chats June 4-7 and June 13-14 to give residents a chance to ask questions about the projects on the TSPLOST list and follow along using a regional map.
Rockdale's Wireside Chat will take place on June 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. Rockdale County Commission Chairman Richard Oden and Conyers Mayor Randy Mills will take calls and answer residents' questions for about an hour.
Residents should register for the chats in advance in order to receive materials they can refer to during the call. Participation in the call is free.
According to Jim Jaquish with the ARC, residents who preregister and want to participate in the call will be asked to leave a phone number where they can be reached during the call period. ARC staff members will call the residents, who can then listen in as questions are asked. Those who want to ask a question will be able to signal an ARC call screener by pushing a button on their phone, Jaquish said.
"If you are on the phone, you hear everybody's questions and the responses to everybody's questions," Jaquish said.
Residents' whose questions are not answered during the call will receive an email response or a follow-up phone call, according to Jaquish.
Oden and Mills will be at the ARC offices in Atlanta and will be able to see the incoming questions on a computer screen. This will allow them to avoid answering the same question multiple times.
The first 15 minutes of the call will focus on comments from Oden and Mills about the referendum and the projects to be included in Rockdale County.
To register to participate in the call, residents can go to www.wiresidechats.com or call 404-463-3227.
Jaquish said there will be 12 different Wireside Chats in different areas of the region during the first two weeks in June. Residents may participate in as many chats as they want.