South Fulton County residents urge action on crime

- It was standing room only at a South Fulton cityhood meeting Monday night at the South Fulton County Government Service Center.

One of the big concerns was crime at gas stations which have seen a rash of robberies, kidnappings and more.

“The number one thing that is hindering us from forward progress is crime,” said Roderick Berry who addressed the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

He called on fellow South Fulton citizens to help tackle crime at their homes, businesses and at area gas stations which have been plagued by a series of carjackings, robberies and more.

A citizens’ task is following up on that by advocating better surveillance systems and on site security for the gas stations by following already established protocols set up by police.

“So, they actually go out to these gas stations and they ask them to cooperate by initiating the security assessment,” said Daphne Jordan, the head of the ‘High Crimes At South Fulton County Gas Stations Initiative’, a citizens task.

Commissioner Marvin Arrington, who represents the South Fulton County district, introduced the resolution drafted in part with the task force's help. It also addresses crime at the gas stations through liquor licenses.

“Not renewing the liquor licenses on some of these establishments and or revoking some the liquor licenses,” Arrington told the crowd in making reference to the proposed ordinance.

The commission took no action on the resolution, Chairman John Eaves said it needs to be further vetted and set up for the new city of South Fulton County as well.

“Some things may have to wait until the new city is formed, those things we can legally do now we will take the appropriate action so we certainly are open,” said Chairman Eaves.

Eaves told the crowd a transition team appointed by the governor will work with county officials and the new South Fulton mayor and council to assure an orderly transition to city hood.

And as the meeting was wrapping up state representative Roger Bruce came forward with news on that transition team.

“We'll be in touch very, very shortly with the names on the transition team and with the efforts that will go forward from here,” said representative Bruce who represents the South Fulton County area.

Other concerns raised at the city hood meeting were adequate fire and Police protection, transportation, Parks and Recreation issues and more.

South Fulton is scheduled to begin in May of 2017 after the election for the Mayor and City Council Members in March.

Members of the task force advocating improved safety at the gas station said they plan to stay in touch with all involved so their concerns don't fall off the radar.

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