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Visiting the seat of power
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(Left to right), City Manager Tony Lucas, Mayor Randy Mills and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.
Lucas, Mills and David Spann, director in the city manager’s office, went to Washington on June 18 to meet with Rep. Johnson and Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss about two local appropriation projects. One was a $750,000 request for redevelopment of Olde Town Conyers, with a $500,000 requirement in matching funds from the city. The second project was $320,000 in police technology upgrades, particularly for the 911 center, with a match of $220,000 from city funds.  Chambliss had proposed both requests through senate appropriations and Isakson had proposed the Olde Town redevelopment request, said Lucas. The Conyers officials asked Johnson for his support when the appropriations came to the House side. “We feel confident,” said Lucas, “but you never know. It is D.C. politics.”