CONYERS — Conyers took the next step toward a new city hall with a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning at 901 O’Kelly St.

City voters approved a $13 million bond referendum for the new city hall last year. Construction is expected to begin in August and could be completed in early fall 2020.

City Manager Tony Lucas began the ceremony by introducing several former city officials who were present, including former mayor Randy Mills, former council members Bill Rogers and Chris Bowen and former city manager Tommy Morgan. Also present was Janice Sweeney, the daughter of Lois Sweeney, whose house sits on the property where the new city hall will be built.

Lucas thanked his staff for all the work they did in preparing for the bond referendum last year, and then working with the architects, builders and bond counsel.

Mayor Vince Evans thanked everyone involved in the project, including his predecessor Randy Mills and the citizens of Conyers.

“My first thank you goes to (former) mayor Randy Mills and his council, and City Manager Tony Lucas and his staff, who four years ago said ‘Enough is enough, we’ve got to quit talking about building a new city hall and just do it,’” Evans said. “They pulled the trigger.

“A big thank you to our citizens, for without your vote — and it was an almost 2 to 1 vote — we would not be here today. We appreciate the confidence you have shown in the city.”

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.