Community interest delays start-up of Avondale Estates committees

Avondale Estates is creating an education and green-space committee, but overwhelming interest for both will delay their start-up date. The upcoming commission meeting was the original target date for naming the members of each board along with replacements for two vacancies on the city’s Downtown Development Association.

But on Wednesday Mayor Pro Tem Terry Giager said there were at least 30 applicants for all positions, way more than anticipated.

“We have a long way to go to get through all these applicants,” Giager said. “We have a lot of strong, professional, very talented people applying. We can’t afford to rush through this.”

Giager added the city hasn’t even determined the size of each committee.

Mayor Jonathan Elmore hopes the education collective will establish stronger relationships with county school administrators and representatives while, among other things, the green space committee will identify an area of at least two acres as a future town square.