Box 7, Folder 17, Document 41

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July 19, 1 967 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404


R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS, ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison


To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
From: Dan Sweat sas

Subject: Eliza Paschall

Attached is correspondence between Mrs. Eliza Paschall of
the Community Relations Commission and Duane Beck of the
Community Council.

I hesitate to register a complaint about Mrs. Paschall's action
as recognized in the attached correspondence for fear that I
might be getting the reputation of being anti Community Relations
Commission or that I have some adverse personal feelings

. against Mrs. Paschall, but here again is an example which
raises a basic issue concerning the role of the Community
Relations Commission and its relationship to the established
local government authority which I feel must be resolved for

the good of everyone in the City of Atlanta.

As you know, this office has been involved since its creation
in assisting in the development of recreation programs and
facilities for the City of Atlanta. This summer's program is
the most comprehensive ever carried out in the City of Atlanta
and is a result of very close cooperation and coordination by

- the City through the Atlanta Youth Council with various public
and private agencies.

Mayor Allen
Page Two
July 19, 1967

I mentioned to you a few days ago that we were now ina
position to be able to develop a year-round program with
emphasis on summer recreation and that many groups have
pledged their cooperation. We have taken steps in that
direction, *

Now, I find that Mrs. Paschall has entered this area without
any communication with this office and is attempting to assume
the responsibilities of the Atlanta Youth Council and Parks

and Recreation Department in this area.

I think Mr. Beck's answer to Mrs. Paschall indicates that the
Community Council is aware of the role of the Mayor's Office,
the City Recreation Department, the Community Chest, EOA,
and the schools, as well as the Atlanta Youth Council, which
is the agency we have agreed would spearhead development of
youth and juvenile delinquency programs,

The main point I would like to make is that the Community
Relations Commission, which has an office in City Hall,
should find out what the City is doing before initiating action
- which tends to cause confusion, overlapping and duplication.

I wish that an explicit definition of the role of the Community
Relations Commission could be drawn which would let all of
us know exactly what the responsibilities of that organization
are. I think this is a must if we are to expect harmonious
relationships between the Commission, the City Government,
and other public and private groups.

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cc: Mr. Earl Landers

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