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City Notebook: Police to open Irwin Bridge office

IN BRIEF: The Conyers Police Department will open a satellite office using the building at 1258 Irwin Bridge Road that formerly housed a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office precinct office. According to CPD Chief Gene Wilson, the office will house the department's Internal Affairs and Special Operations units and a newly created Community Outreach unit. Programs run by the Community Outreach Unit, such as the department's Citizen's Academy, Senior Citizens Academy, as well as the city's Youth Against Violence group, which is currently being assembled, will be held there. The building is owned by the Housing Authority and will be leased to the city of Conyers for no cost. City Manager Tony Lucas said Sheriff Jeff Wigington was concentrating efforts on the renewed RCSO southside precinct.

- At the Wednesday night City Council meeting, the Council approved a moratorium for up to six months on rezoning applications in Residential Multi-Famly and Townhouse Residential districts as staff work on changes to the laws to, among other goals, inhibit the number of apartments allowed in the city.

The first of two required public hearings on a proposed redistricting map for city council districts was held Wednesday with one public comment. Lewis Belcher asked if city residents voted in both county and city elections.

- Garland C. Moore was sworn in as an Associate Judge for the Municipal Court to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Herbert Heitman on May 16. Moore previously served as Associate Judge in the Rockdale County Magistrate Court for a total of 7.5 years and as a municipal Associate Judge. The Chief Municipal Judge is Terry Massey.