Mayor Evans seeking reelection
by Clay Neely
After serving on the Moreland Town Council for two years — elected in 2009 — current Moreland Mayor Josh Evans is seeking reelection in the Nov. 5 municipal elections.
Early voting begins on Monday.
As mayor of Moreland, Evans believes keeping the identity of Moreland in the face of expansion is a key issue for the town.
“We are in a situation where we can improve our town and create a plan for the future,” said Evans.
Evans believes his greatest accomplishment to date was the acquisition of the $300,000 from Georgia Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant.
He would like to see sidewalks around Moreland Mill, which houses the town offices, and town square. He also would like sidewalks from the Moreland Elementary School to the park and perhaps to the museum, to help supplement students’ learning.
Evans said the main reason for seeking reelection is to see the $300,000 GDOT Grant to its completion.
“The grant is still in the preliminary stages,” said Evans. “I’d like to be able to finish these projects.”
Evans brings up the involvement of the Blueprints for Successful Communities, a sustainable community design program of the Georgia Conservancy.
Part of the The Blueprints Plan is to help towns look at assets and return with recommendations based on citizen input and workshops with students at Georgia Tech.
The Blueprints team and Moreland leaders explored opportunities to apply the process to the small town in Coweta and identify assets to build on as well as opportunities for improvement.
The three main goals of the plan for Moreland are to revitalize the Town Square, giving visitors a reason to stop, create access to community assets throughout the town by providing safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists, and to create a master street plan with walkable blocks allowing for growth.
Evans also believes that the growth of personal education among the city leaders is a key to enhancing the growth of the town. As mayor, he regularly attends training seminars to further develop his own skill set as a community leader and ultimately wishes that other elected representatives would do the same, he said.
“Training is in the budget,” said Evans. “Everyone who is elected should use it.”
For more than five years as mayor, he feels the need to make connections on both a local and state level is one of the most important things he can do to ensure that Moreland is recognized and receives the help it deserves. “The more people you meet, the more you understand who you can call upon,” said Evans.
Leading by example is an essential piece of Evans’ method of operation.
“I feel that, as a leader, it’s my responsibility to show up for public events and let the community know that I care,” Evans said. “It’s good networking and good government.”