The Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station (BTS) has raised its ugly head again and has found its way back on the Cobb County Commission agenda to be approved to accept household waste in our community.  As you may recall, the commission voted unanimously, with one abstention, last summer to deny the zoning and land use applications of the Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station.  The company’s attorney’s appealed the decision.  In Cobb County, all filed cases are required to go to mediation.  We were given assurances that the County would vigorously defend the decision of the Commission and that county officials would allow us to take part in or keep us aware of when the mediation occurred and what transpired.  These promises were not kept.

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"Racism in our Communities and How we can Address It"

Last night, I spent two hours listening to Cobb County Officials, Deputy Chiefs, Clergy, and various members of the community discuss racism in the community.

This informative discussion covered a range of timely topics as the group explored what is going on in our society today. Some of the topics discussed included their own personal experiences with racism, unconscious biases, and not being afraid to have uncomfortable discussions.

Takeaways from the meeting for me include:

1. Being courageous

2. Being uncomfortable before you can be comfortable

3. Engaging in cultural training

4. Supporting each other

5. The importance of furthering relationships

6. The importance of VOTING in our community

7. Be the change in the places where you live and work

8. Listening from both sides

9. Trust will allow you to move forward

10. Positive thinking yields positive results

11. Each of us should go out and make a better community for all of us

The information shared will help shape my thoughts as I move forward in my continued advocacy and leadership for the people of my community.

Thank you to the Mableton Improvement Coalition and the Austell Community Taskforce for hosting this event for our community to have this important conversation.

#Shelia4District4
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Racism in our Communities and How we can Address It 

Last night, I spent two hours listening to Cobb County Officials, Deputy Chiefs, Clergy, and various members of the community discuss racism in the community.

This informative discussion covered a range of timely topics as the group explored what is going on in our society today. Some of the topics discussed included their own personal experiences with racism, unconscious biases, and not being afraid to have uncomfortable discussions.

Takeaways from the meeting for me include:

1. Being courageous

2. Being uncomfortable before you can be comfortable

3. Engaging in cultural training

4. Supporting each other

5. The importance of furthering relationships

6. The importance of VOTING in our community

7. Be the change in the places where you live and work

8. Listening from both sides

9. Trust will allow you to move forward

10. Positive thinking yields positive results

11. Each of us should go out and make a better community for all of us

The information shared will help shape my thoughts as I move forward in my continued advocacy and leadership for the people of my community.

Thank you to the Mableton Improvement Coalition and the Austell Community Taskforce for hosting this event for our community to have this important conversation.

#Shelia4District4
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