Public Meetings for May 22 Bond Referendum
The public is invited to attend public meetings to learn more about the bond referendum on the May 22 ballot that proposes upgrading the Conyers Police Department, building a dedicated municipal court and constructing a new city hall.
The meetings will be held on the following dates in Conyers City Council Chambers (second floor of the Conyers Police Department, 1194 Scott Street):
Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
The meetings will be an open house format with renderings on display. Officials and staff will be in attendance to answer questions. Tours will also be offered of the existing facilities. Renderings will also be on the city website and on display at Conyers City Hall, 1184 Scott Street, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for those unable to attend a public meeting with staff available to answer questions. For more information, call 770-483-4411.
A $13 million bond will be on the ballot for city voters when they go to the polls on May 22. The funds will be dedicated to upgrading the Conyers Police Department and to accommodate a dedicated municipal courtroom. The bond will also include the construction of a new city hall on O’Kelly Street that will centralize and consolidate all other services and departments.
The current city hall was established in 1965 and served citizens for 23 years before expansion was required in 1988. In the 30 years since the last expansion, the city’s population has doubled, as has the number of employees, causing departments to become overcrowded with no room for growth and limited storage. The bond will allow for the expansion of public safety while meeting federal mandates for enhanced security services pertaining to a dedicated courtroom.
The May 22 election calls for voters to determine whether the city should issue a general obligation bond in the amount of $13 million for the purpose of financing city administrative and public safety facilities. A breakdown of costs and features for the $13 million investment is as follows:
- City Hall - $9 million
- Parking structure at new City Hall - $1 million
- Police Department Retrofit and Municipal Courtroom at Scott Street - $3 million. The new courtroom would meet all federal and security guidelines.
The approval of the bond would result in an addition of approximately $71 to an average annual $100,000 property bill.
For more information, contact the city manager’s office at 770-929-4226 or Conyers City Hall at 770-483-4411.