County to begin free COVID-19 testing
Starting June 30 and “until further notice,” the Fayette County Health Department is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday in the parking lot of the administrative complex at 140 Stonewall Ave. West in Fayetteville.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended and can be done using a form at covid19.dph.ga.gov/; participants must provide an email address to receive results. The screenings are available to any Georgia resident regardless of symptoms, although the pre-registration form asks about health issues, possible exposure to others with COVID-19, and occupation/caregiver status.
Testing appointments are available at 10-minute intervals. Details are also at www.fayettecountyga.gov.
JILL HOWARD CHURCH FOR THE AJC
Meeting set with DOT about Rock Quarry Road widening
Residents in the vicinity of Rock Quarry Road in Stockbridge and other interested citizens are invited to a meeting with Georgia Department of Transportation officials to learn about right-of-way plans and other details related to the proposed widening of that road.
According to county officials, the meeting will help familiarize property owners and other individuals that may have an interest in the properties being required for the project. Plans will be available for review and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with county staff and GDOT representatives.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 4-8 p.m. in Conference Room B of the county administration building, 140 Henry Parkway in McDonough.
MONROE ROARK FOR THE AJC
Commissioners adopt FY2021 budget
The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted at its June 16 regular meeting to adopt a $167,943,424 budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The action came after the board rescinded a May resolution approving the budget. Since the earlier meeting was a videoconference that had technical issues, commissioners felt that adequate attention was not given to public comment and citizen engagement. Nearly 53 percent of the county’s spending is for public safety, with 13 percent for general government accounts and 11 percent for judicial services, according to officials. The budget presentation highlighted the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic along with other factors.
The approved budget does not require a millage increase or use of fund balance.
MONROE ROARK FOR THE AJC
- Atlanta Parade of Homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday (closing weekend). Free. No registration is required. Presented by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA), this self-guided event will feature more than 100 new homes across metro Atlanta – from affordable entry-level houses to mansions in gated neighborhoods. Builders will enforce social distancing and other safety measures. Participants can download the free ATLHomesParade app from the Apple and Google Play stores for iPhone and Android to scroll through all 100-plus listed homes, with detailed descriptions and photos, before deciding to visit them. Participants can rank homes for a chance to win one of three prizes, with winners chosen at random following the parade. The official charity of the HBA is HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates transitional housing for metro Atlanta homeless children, women and men. 770-938-9900 or AtlantaHomeBuilders.com, ATLHomesParade.com
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