Conyers Connections eNewsletter


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August 2010
Conyers Connections eNewsletterThe City’s online newsletter to keep you up-to-date with Conyers!I hope you enjoy this mini-version of the Conyers Connections e-newsletter. There was just too much good information to share that we couldn’t wait until the next official newsletter is scheduled to be mailed/emailed!

This newsletter will bring you up-to-date on progress being made at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, one of our tourism partners. You’ll also learn about the Conyers Police Department’s new affiliation with crimemapping.com where you can map where crimes take place throughout the city limits.

Also, if you’re looking for fun and low cost options for entertainment this fall, consider the Taste of Conyers and the 30th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival. Read more about the activities planned for both of these fall favorites in this newsletter.

Thank you for your interest in the city of Conyers. We welcome your comments and feedback on the job we’re doing. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Mayor Randy Mills

Conyers Police Map Out Crime Online

Citizens and business owners now have the opportunity to stay up-to-date on types of crimes occurring in the city of Conyers by accessing CrimeMapping.com.

The Conyers Police Department and the Conyers Geographical Information System (GIS) Department have partnered with Larimore Associates, Inc. and The Omega Group in an effort to increase transparency among the public about types of crimes and the neighborhoods in which they are taking place in Conyers. The CrimeMapping.com website allows residents and business owners to view a map of recent crime activity near an address such as a home, business or school. A citizen can select crime types by date ranges, generate reports and receive e-mail updates in the form of crime alerts.

CrimeMapping.com is part of the “comparison statistics,” or CompStat, policing model that aides in the effectiveness of police operations. It automatically retrieves information from police records management systems every 24 hours and uses GIS technology to locate each event before posting it.

“We have experienced tremendous success within our agency with the CompStat policing system as far as accurately tracking what types of crimes are taking place in various areas of the city,” said Chief of Police Gene Wilson. “CrimeMapping.com allows us to take CompStat outside the walls of the police department and our patrol cars to give citizens the opportunity firsthand to view online the kinds of crimes the CPD is faced with on a daily basis.”

Citizens are encouraged to visit www.crimemapping.com and search for crimes committed near a specific address or select ‘Conyers Police’ from the agency list. There is no cost for citizens to log on or sign up for the crime alert feature. A link to CrimeMapping.com can also be found on the Conyers Police Department’s website, www.conyerspolice.com.

“This is all about accessibility and raising awareness,” said Chief Wilson. “The more this information is available at the public’s fingertips, the more aware they’ll be of crimes taking place in neighborhoods and shopping centers and our efforts to stop them.”

· CrimeMapping · Conyers Police Department Website

Millage Rate Remains at 9.41 mills

The Conyers City Council voted at a called meeting on August 11 to maintain the millage rate set in 2009 at 9.41 mills.

By state law, the mayor and council had the option to raise the millage rate to 10.03 mills due to negative growth in the city’s tax digest. But given the poor, lingering economic conditions, city leaders opted to lessen the tax burden on citizens and businesses by maintaining the previous year’s rate.

“For the second consecutive year, the council and I felt it best not to increase city taxes,” said Mayor Randy Mills. “While other governments are further taxing their constituents due to economic shortfalls, we are fortunate this year not to have to do so.”

Season of Renewal Campaign Update

Residents may not realize it, but there’s a little slice of heaven in Conyers

Rendition of new Monastery addition

The Conyers Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) works cooperatively with local hotels and tourism attractions to market Conyers and Rockdale County’s tourism offerings to visitors and the community. One such entity with which the CVB closely works is the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. An estimated 80,000 visitors are welcomed annually to this spiritual retreat and tourism attraction in southern Rockdale County.

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit has embarked on a Season of Renewal campaign to raise funds for several enhancements to the Monastery’s property for long-range growth and sustainability of the property. The following was submitted as an update to Conyers citizens by the Monastery’s Campaign Director Michael S. Rhodes.

Since 1944, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit has been a protected sanctuary for solitude and peace in a noisy world. This Catholic monastery serves as a home and center of worship for a community of Cistercian monks, more commonly known as Trappists. Though monks dedicate themselves to lives of silent contemplation and prayer, hospitality is an important monastic tradition. The monastery attracts visitors of all faiths, whether for spiritual guidance, a retreat from the distractions of modern life, or a quiet stroll through the lovely, wooded grounds.

Over the past four years, with the assistance of outside professionals and after a sustainability study, the monks have developed a long-range vision and plan. It includes the development of a section of their land to welcome even more visitors than the estimated 80,000 who already come each year, and to extend to them hospitality and insights into the monastic life while protecting the cloistered area where the monks live and pray.

A Season of Renewal campaign has been launched to raise funds for a 17,000 square foot building project that incorporates both new and renovated historic monastery structures to create a unique new Monastic Heritage Center that integrates both learning and hospitality. It will feature a comprehensive history of monastism and the history of Holy Spirit Monastery. It will incorporate hospitality elements with better accommodations for the growing number of visitors to the monastery, offering a better place of retreat, hospitality, peace, and rest. This venture will also help secure the monastic space of silence and solitude as well as pave the way for the monastery’s long-term sustainability. The Monastic Heritage Center project broke ground three months ago in May and is scheduled to be completed in the late spring of 2011.

To date, during the initial phase of the 6.5 million dollar capital campaign, over 4 million dollars including pledges, have been raised from major benefactors and foundations. The monastery is now seeking gifts and prayers from the general public to help us get to our goal. For more information about the Season of Renewal Campaign, please contact Michael S. Rhodes, Campaign Director at (678) 964-2317.

· Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Taste and Shop Your Way Into Fall

Taste of Conyers and Olde Town Fall Festival draw near

Crowd shot of 2009 Olde Town Fall FestivalWith the arrival of fall brings the return of two fall traditions to Olde Town Conyers sure to please your palate and those on your shopping list! The Taste of Conyers will take place on Saturday, September 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Olde Town Conyers. Admission to the event is free and food tickets will be sold for $1.00 each (in increments up to $4.00) to sample “tastes” of restaurant specialties from a number of local restaurants and eateries.

The Taste of Conyers will feature approximately 18 restaurants and eateries in the streets of Olde Town as well as activities for children, entertainment, a karaoke contest, pie-eating and pie-baking contest. For more information, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.

October brings the 30th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival! Sponsored by the City of Conyers and the Conyers Main Street Program, this traditional festival takes place on Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with more than 80 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, two stages of entertainment and children’s activities.

This year’s festival is teaming up with Project Renewal to bring a lighthearted display of fall scarecrows to the Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden located in the heart of Olde Town. The “Scarecrow Gardens” will feature scarecrows created by local churches, civic groups, businesses and neighborhood associations with prizes awarded for first, second and third place winners. Project Renewal, a non-profit organization that offers domestic violence victims a safe haven during emergency situations, will benefit from the scarecrow entry fees.

For more information on the Olde Town Fall Festival, whether you’re an interested vendor, scarecrow designer or just want more information about the festival, call 770-602-2606 or visit http://visit.conyersga.com and go to the events tab for more information on the Olde Town Fall Festival.

A Closer Look at Zoning

If you live in the historic district and plan on making exterior renovations, read this first

The Conyers Department of Planning and Inspection Services is committed to maintaining the integrity of the Conyers Historic District as well as all single family homes within the city limits of Conyers. If your home is located within the Conyers Historic District and you are considering an exterior renovation or building addition, your plans must first be submitted and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission before a permit can be issued. The Historic Preservation Commission is made up of a committee of five members, all Conyers citizens, appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve staggered, three-year terms.

Home renovation plans that call for the installation of aluminum or vinyl siding on the exterior of your home if located within the historic district are prohibited. The city’s zoning ordinance states that for all single family and townhome dwelling units in the city limits that “exterior materials shall consist of brick, masonry, stone or siding consisting or wood or hardboard” and that “no more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the exterior walls may be finished with aluminum or vinyl, covered or painted, but in no case exceeding the reflectivity of gloss white paint.”

If you have questions about whether your home is located within Conyers’ historic district or you are making plans for exterior home improvements and want to make sure they meet zoning ordinance requirements, contact the Department of Planning and inspection Services at 770-929-4280 or visit www.conyersga.com to see all city ordinances.

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