County plans retreat; Conyers to host State of the City Address

CONYERS -- Following a holiday lull, local governments are getting back into full swing with events planned this week and next.

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will take time to plan for the future with a strategic planning retreat set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute International Conference Center, 3235 Evans Mill Road, Lithonia. The meeting is open to the public.

Topics on the agenda include:

-- Why conflicts happen and what to do about them;

-- Why strategic planning is important;

-- Why setting clearly defined goals is important;

-- Consensus and team building;

-- Channels of communication as key to organizational success or failure;

-- Roles of county commissioners as legislators -- protocol and code of behavior; and

-- Roles of county commissioners as administrators -- operations and code of behavior.

Late Friday the board announced it will hold a called meeting immediately after the retreat. The agenda for this meeting includes alcohol licenses for eight businesses, board comment and a closed session.

The city of Conyers will hold its annual Mayor's State of the City Address at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, at Cherokee Run Golf Club.

Mayor Randy Mills and City Council members will give updates on city operations. In addition, Sylvester Daughtry Jr., executive director of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, will be there to officially recognize the Conyers Police Department as CALEA-accredited. The city's Employee of the Year will also be named, and a special award recognizing Glenn Sears for his years of service as executive director of the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council will be presented. Sears retired at the end of 2012.

The meeting is open to the public. Seating is limited, so those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Pat Smith at 770-929-4226 by Jan. 14.


scottmills 2 years, 10 months ago

And please don't forget Sears was an outstanding County Commissioner as well, back in "The Good Days".


nonpartisan 2 years, 10 months ago

Why Dekalb county and not Rockdale? Spend money in our county. Wait, probably just getting ideas on how to REALLY turn us into Dekalb. Not a fiscally responsible way to start the year. By the way, in simpler terms, that's a waste of taxpayers money.


Elmo 2 years, 10 months ago

As I understand it, Rockdale was originally made up from parts of Dekalb, Newton, and Henry counties...they might just decide to divolve Rockdale back into her original counties, you know, back before it was taken over by czars, thugs, and incompetents. Then at least 2/3rds of it might be salvaged.


Frustrated 2 years, 10 months ago

my guess is either Oden or Nesbitt have a connection to the group where they are holding the meeting. Guess one of their friends that contributed to their campaign is getting paid back now. Why doesnt the Citizen investigate how much the county is spending on this? At least Conyers is using their own facility.


heresyafacts 2 years, 10 months ago

The Allen Center (also known as Camp Exposure) is owned and operated by Detroit native Lecester "Bill" Allen. The 100 Black Men groups use the place, so I'm guessing -- given Oden's ties -- that's how it was chosen. You can bet it's his way of cozying up to someone, that's how he operates. Read interesting info about Allen here: http://www.susanohanian.org/atrocity_fetch.php?id=4187


heresyafacts 2 years, 10 months ago

There is no excuse for having this meeting in Lithonia. It should be held in Rockdale.


twoambers 2 years, 10 months ago

One comment on each:

The County - Please have the meeting in Rockdale County.

The City - Don't do anything else at your address but tell us you are going to repeal the alcohol ordinance.


Frustrated 2 years, 10 months ago

Just another example of the wasteful spending by Rockdale "leaders". DOnt have enough money to give the employees a decent raise but they can spend money on things like this.


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