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Programs continue in mayor's absence
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2012 09:04 AM | 1503 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton has taken a paid leave of absence from her post, Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle Adams said the city will continue to proceed with its plans to revitalize Main Street and is looking forward to closing on the purchase of Fort Gillem as early as next month.

Deyton requested her leave of absence last week for medical reasons, according to Forest Park City Manager John Parker.

He said the mayor, who could not be reached for comment, is being treated for a hip disorder but does plan to return.

“Mayor Deyton should be back in a few weeks,” Parker said.

With Deyton’s current mayoral term set to end in December of next year, she has made no public statement as to a reelection bid.

Adams, who said she is “only holding down things until the mayor returns,” assured Forest Park residents that, despite the mayor’s absence, city officials are forging ahead on a number of issues.

Adams said Fred Bryant, executive director of the Forest Park, Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority and a retired Army colonel, is doing a “fantastic job preparing for the redevelopment of Fort Gillem and bringing jobs to Forest Park.”

The mayor pro-tem added that city employees are continuing to provide great service to residents in the mayor’s absence.

Adams said that the effort to have Forest Park “go green” won‘t be deterred.

“We are now going green and have partnered with the program, Retrofit-a-Million, to provide energy efficient light bulbs and water kits to Forest Park senior citizens and disabled residents,” she said, adding these items were delivered to residents on the city’s north side in July and to those on the south side last week.

In addition, the “going green” effort in Forest Park is continuing with its curbside recycling program.

Adams added that the city’s free Senior Expo, set for Oct. 26, is also moving forward.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, the expo, which will be held at the Forest Park Senior Center, will provide seniors with services and information from vendors concerning their overall welfare and quality of life.

Another issue which won’t be hindered by Deyton’s absence is the continued construction of the new Forest Park branch of the Clayton County Library.

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