Douglasville Hosts Connection Event
Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson and members of City Council hosted area legislators on a "Hometown Connection" Tour recently.
“This was an opportunity to invite legislators to Douglasville so they can see, firsthand, the direction we are taking the city,” Mayor Rochelle Robinson explained. “It is our hope that they left with more knowledge of our recent achievements, but also the opportunities and potential challenges we face moving forward.”
The tour consisted of stops at key project sites throughout the City. The first stop was a look at the Old Jail site, which will serve as the future site of the highly-anticipated amphitheater. Other stops included many of the city’s parks and recreation inventory including West Pines Golf Course and Jessie Davis Park (7775 Malone Street). These stops highlighted focal points in the city’s redesign projects of some of its parks. Primarily, improvements that will take place at Jessie Davis park including an expansion of walkability and connectivity throughout the north side of the city. The stop at Jessie Davis Park led to an extended conversation about GDOT’s State Route 92 relocation project.
“The relocation of SR 92 is a major project that affects many of the initiatives the city has undertaken over the past 24 months,” Mayor Robinson described, “we hope that by visiting the site in person, we can have assistance at the Capitol to keep the project on track."
The tour concluded with a focus on public safety. This included a visit to the city’s new radio communications tower located off Fairburn Road near Factory Shoals Middle School. The tower is a major initiative to ensure dependable emergency radio communication in that area of the city and Douglas County. Finally, a conversation with Police Chief Gary Sparks at the Douglasville Public Safety building took place detailing the department’s commitment to its outreach efforts to combat gang activity in the community.
Attendees included Representatives William Boddie and Roger Bruce, Douglas County Commission Chair Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Douglas County District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson, Douglas County District 3 Commissioner Tarenia Carthan, and Congressman David Scott’s Chief of Staff Isaac Dodoo.
The Hometown Connection program is a Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) initiative that aims to connect cities and their legislators. According to GMA, without these connections, the General Assembly will legislate without the real-life ramifications on the cities they represent.