Stonecrest City Council holds marathon meeting, deadlocks on several items

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The Stonecrest City Council may have set a record for holding its longest council meeting yet—7 hours. The council meeting started at 6 p.m. on Monday and ended a little past 1 a.m. today.

The council deadlocked 3 to 3 on several issues, including:

Rezoning a 16.79-acre tract at 1882 Coffee Road from M (light industrial) to heavy industrial (M-2). Several questions were raised by the public as to whether the proposed site would be used for industry that might create environmental waste and pollutants after Attorney Bernard Knight said his clients did not yet know how the site would be used. Knight said his clients was seeking the rezoning namely for uniformity with other tracts they own in the industrial park.

The council also deadlocked on awarding a multi-million dollar contract to Grice Consulting for the management of the city’s SPLOST program.

Mayor Jason Lary urged the council to consider other options after explaining that Grice Consulting invoiced the city for large sums of money immediately after being brought on board in August 2017.

Lary said the city received the first invoice of $56,840, just 10 days after the City Council voted for the firm. The second invoice of $14,840 was received on Oct. 1, 2017. The mayor said Grice billed the city a total of $162,000 through November 2017, including $20,000 for handling SPLOST public meetings. He said John Funny, who is CEO of Grice Consulting, provided no details for the scope of work or evidence of deliverables.

“I want you to tell me: What did (he) do for my entire year’s salary?” Lary said referring to the $20,000 bill related to the SPLOST public meetings. “Citizens, It’s my job and council’s job to take care of your money.”

More to come on the story.

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3 comments

  • Eugene Locus

    April 17, 2018 at 8:41 am

    I’m very certain there are many taxpayers like me and my family whose voices are not spoken at meetings etc. but certainly paying attention to the actions of the council and city leaders as they manage our taxes and the further development of our city Our attention will be reflected in future elections.

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  • Faye Coffield

    April 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    The fact of the matter is someone originally approved the Gracie contract. It now appears they failed to read the fine print which authorized the payments now complained of. I guess that is why Councilwoman Adoma was stressing “transparency” and why some were opposed.

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  • Barbara Lee

    April 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks to the Mayor and City Council for the great meeting. I especially enjoyed the transparency of the finance because this is what some want to complain about, but choose not to accept the truth. Keep doing what you are doing and protect our tax dollars. Also, we appreciate your using sound judgment to protect our property values as we seek to get control of the over approval of properties within established neighborhoods that are not residential. We need stronger ordinances or regulations to avoid additions to this explosion and to limit how many can be within a certain distance of each other. Apparently, the current DeKalb County laws are not as strong as our surrounding counties.

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