CONYERS — The Conyers Code Enforcement Department is the recipient of a $2,500 community grant from Walmart and Conyers Walmart Store #2475, managed by General Manager Craig Soroko. The grant money was used to purchase a drone so that Code Enforcement personnel can more easily inspect land disturbance sites.

“A drone will assist our inspectors in gaining access to terrain that may otherwise be impassable due to weather or challenges with topography and will really help in conducting mandatory code inspections on land disturbance sites,” said Director of Planning and Inspections Marvin Flanigan.

As a local issuing authority, the city of Conyers is required to conduct inspections on land disturbance sites to ensure Federal Water Quality Act standards for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.

Code Enforcement personnel applied for and were awarded a certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the drone after completing training with the Conyers Police Department and Gresco, manufacturer of the drone purchased.

“We’re fortunate to take advantage of this technology to better perform inspections and provide more comprehensive assessments,” said Flanigan.

“We are appreciative to Walmart for this grant assistance.”

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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