Emergency Management Agency Director Don Ash accepted the proclamation on behalf of the county.
Preceding the proclamation, commissioners took the opportunity to express their gratitude to county employees who helped Henry County get through the Jan. 28 snow storm in metro Atlanta.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff who got us through the last week. They did a very good job…when we go through a crisis like that and it’s uneventful, then it means everyone stepped up to the plate,” said Chairman Tommy Smith. “I would like to thank all who participated in this and it has nothing to do with this board except that we hire professional people to do this and they will not let you down.”
Commissioner Reid Bowman also commended staff for a job well done.
“Public safety, DOT and 911 Services did a tremendous job making sure we weren’t in the same boat that a lot of others were in. We all received several emails thanking the county for making the right moves at the right time,” he said. “Our school board did a great job. They shut it down early and they shut it down for the right amount of time, so we didn’t have kids stuck in schools or out stuck on school buses.”
Commissioners Bo Moss, Gary Barham and Brian Preston also offered their thanks.
Preston said that during the storm he had a few calls regarding dangerous roads and the county Department of Transportation was “right on top” of those concerns.
He also said his clients throughout the U.S. asked him about the storm’s effect on Georgia.
“When there’s a big storm, literally, not just the weather but the media exposure, it’s nice to be able to say that here in our community, things were done right,” said Preston.