Anthony Ford: Stockbridge moving forward past Eagles Landing fight

Anthony Ford, Stockbridge mayor, gave his State of the City address at Monday’s City Council meeting, and expressed optimism for the city’s future. (Staff Photo: Joe Adgie)

STOCKBRIDGE — This time last year, the future of the city of Stockbridge appeared uncertain, as the possibility of new city being formed appeared to threaten its future.

In 2019, however, the Eagles Landing cityhood movement appears to be a thing of the past, and the city of Stockbridge is moving forward.

At Monday evening’s Stockbridge City Council meeting, Mayor Anthony Ford touched on what he considered an “extremely historical year” for the city in his State of the City address.

“Without faith and hard work, we wouldn’t have made it through successfully,” Ford said.

Ford cited the work of Stockbridge’s officials, as well as the citizens who supported the city, that he said were the “real heroes” that worked to keep the city whole.

“These are the same citizens that did all the heavy lifting and the hard work, knocking on doors, holding signs and passing out literature of factual information,” Ford said. “They were the ‘foot soldiers’ on a mission.”

Ford also discussed the financial stability of the city, which he said is in excellent shape.

“Citizens still have no city property taxes, with a little over $10 million in the operating budget and $15 million in reserves,” Ford said. “We are an extremely financially stable municipal government. Our auditors, Mauldin and Jenkins, have stated for several years now that we are in excellent financial shape for any city our size.”

Ford also touched on a number of other topics, such as the Jodeco South project, which he said “is now picking up momentum” after being stalled due to the Eagles Landing movement.

In addition, the city’s different events, such as the Tasty Tuesday food truck event, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Bridgefest and a number of other events were highlighted by the mayor.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.