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Sam Baker, Henry County’s Transportation Planning director, will act as a non-voting member of the newly-formed Transportation Advisory Committee, providing guidance to the appointed members.

McDONOUGH – The Henry County Board of Commissioners has approved the creation a Transportation Advisory Group to assist the board and staff in defining transportation challenges and potential solutions. The group is charged with ensuring the county and the cities remain focused on long-range transportation planning and identifying available sources to assist in funding current and future transportation needs. The action came at the August 4 regular Commission meeting.

The Transportation Advisory Group (TAG), which was approved at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting, will be comprised of 10 members, with each commission district and the commission chair each having an appointee.

The cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge will each have one appointee as well, and Sam Baker, Henry County Transportation Planning director, will act as a non-voting staff member to assist with the functions of TAG.

Qualifications require that appointed members have demonstrable experience or education in one or more of the following areas: transportation planning, community development or economic development.

“I want to compliment the Board of Commissioners for coming up with this idea,” said Baker, who presented the resolution and who will assist the group.

District IV Commissioner Vivian Thomas, who initiated the idea of establishing an advisory group, said it was important to have commissioners appoint members to the group and thanked Baker for his efforts so far in transportation planning.

“I have been at the forefront of this transportation issue by making sure we have a director here and in making sure transportation was kept on the front burner,” said Thomas. “I do believe that commissioners should appoint someone to this board. Each commissioner knows their district, they know the people who are actively involved and want to make changes and the people who can be ambassadors to bring other people to participate.”

Other commissioners agreed.

“We know our communities very well, and we know who is interested in being on different types of committees,” said District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes.

Baker said he expects to have the Transportation Advisory Group in place by the end of next month.

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