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Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at jnide@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government!
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In This Issue

  • Atlanta Police Department Summer Plan
  • Atlanta's Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD)
  • Update from Sidney Marcus Park
  • Art on the BeltLine
  • Public Pools in Atlanta
  • Atlanta City Council Approves FY 2022 Budget

Atlanta Police Department 2021 Summer Plan

The Atlanta Police Department will engage in several initiatives to combat the anticipated rise in violent crime during the summer months, beginning Friday, June 4th through Saturday, August 28th. In addition to crime fighting efforts, separate initiatives to positively engage our community and our youth will be implemented.

Violent Crime Reduction

  • APD’s Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Units will collaborate with ATF to provide proactive enforcement and investigatory focus on reducing crimes involving firearms
  • Restructure the Gun Assault, Robbery and Homicide Units and provide personnel coverage until 2:00am daily
  • New Aggravated Assault Unit will model investigative practices of the Homicide Unit, providing for increased efficiency to solve violent crimes and increase arrests for Aggravated Assault offenses
  • The License and Permits Unit will be supplemented with additional employees to increase enforcement details at businesses across the city
  • Conduct extra job compliance checks of APD officers working at late-night establishments each weekend to ensure officers adhere to APD’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • Evaluate security measures employed by late-night establishments such as cameras, metal detectors, and the number of officers/security personnel present
  • The Code Enforcement Section will respond to all homicide/shooting locations and conduct inspections
  • Utilize overtime in the Video Integration Center to monitor problem areas until 0400 each weekend
  • Conduct weekly traffic enforcement details with a focus on seizing illegal firearms in areas with increased auto thefts and larcenies from vehicle
  • Partner with state law enforcement agencies, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to disrupt gang violence in the City of Atlanta
  • Implement the ShotSpotter pilot program on July 5, 2021
  • Deploy Command Staff and administrative personnel to the field to enhance police presence
  • Operate day commanders and night commanders on nights and weekends which experience higher call volumes and increased traffic

Community Policing

  • Expand video production with Public Affairs and COPS to create neighborhood specific webinars aimed at crime prevention and educating residents on crime
  • Increase the number of pop-up community recruiting events in the wrapped Background and Recruiting Vehicle
  • E911 will increase social media posts throughout the summer, advising the public on the appropriate times to call 911, and promote the use of Text to 911 and the use of 311
  • Encourage citizens to create and participate in summer neighborhood watch programs

Youth Engagement

  • Partner with the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and Fulton County Police Department to provide mentorship and entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Each zone will use dedicated officers to provide seven-day per week youth engagement activities and referrals to the Youth Entrepreneurship Program
  • Officers will contact parents/guardians of the youth to provide information about the Youth Entrepreneurship Program and additional resources available to them
  • HOPE Team Officers will go out to problematic neighborhoods and recruit youth to participate in the Summer Teen Program
  • Partner with Fulton County Juvenile and Probation to allow kids transitioning out of oversight to attend PAL
  • Video Integration Unit will monitor the shopping centers where juveniles tend to congregate

Goals

  • Enhanced safety and security at night clubs and businesses employing extra job officers
  • A 50% reduction in firearm-related assaults at night clubs and businesses employing extra job officers
  • Increase the number of cases presented for Operation Phoenix by 5% compared to the previous three months
  • Increase the number of spot checks at establishments licensed to sell alcohol by 5% compared to the previous three months

Atlanta's Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD)


Did you know that District 6 has a new resource to address concerns related to mental health, substance use and extreme poverty in our communities?

The City of Atlanta is partnering with the PAD Initiative to accept community referrals through the 311 non-emergency city services line for quality-of-life concerns related to unmet mental health needs, substance use, or extreme poverty. Typically, community members have been advised to call 911 for these types of concerns, but this new resource offers an alternative approach. When a community member makes a referral to 311, a PAD response team travels to the area to offer immediate assistance to the referred individual, and longer-term support for those who may need it If you need assistance addressing a concern in your community, simply dial 311 anytime Monday-Friday between 7am-7pm.

While you can always make an anonymous referral, it can be very helpful to the PAD team to have your contact information in case they need to reach out to you for additional information. If contact information is provided, PAD will follow up with you within 48 hours of the referral to let you know the actions taken.

PAD also provides an immediate alternative to arrest for individuals detained by the Atlanta Police Department, MARTA, or Georgia Tech police for law violations related to mental health, substance use, and extreme poverty. If the individual consents, the officer calls the PAD Harm Reduction team instead of making an arrest, and PAD comes to the scene to begin working with the individual to address immediate basic needs and establish connections with social services and other community supports.

PAD services will be fully citywide by June 21st, and the PAD team wants to hear from you! The success of this new resource depends on strong connections with community members. Please take this short survey by June 30th (all responses are anonymous). Your input will help shape PAD’s services and future engagement with our District! www.tinyurl.com/PADNeighborhoodSurvey To learn more about PAD’s work, visit them at www.atlantapad.org or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @PADatlanta.

Update from Friends of Sidney Marcus Park

 
Sharing an Update from John Pappas:

Hello Friends of Sidney Marcus Park,
 
Things have been very quiet for Friends of Sidney Marcus Park. After a terrific Volunteer Cleanup Day, we are somewhat in a holding pattern on the renovation at the park. We are still planning on breaking ground in June, but frankly, I think it will be July. 
 
The permitting process for the city has been slow ... like everything else. The building permits are through the Urban Design Council, through the park design group and now we are waiting on approval from the arborist.
 
Along the way, we did get some positive feedback from the Department of Park Design and there were some minor modifications to the plans. The city thought the oval on the lower level of the park was too formal for the park and requested that it be made to be a more natural design. Take a look at the attached revised plans to get a sense of where the plans are now.
 
These revised plans continue to support the spirit of our Vision Plan and we actually like the revised plans better. We hope you will continue to support these minor changes.
 
On another front, we are planning our next Food Drive at the park; expect an announcement on that soon. It will be in July.
 
Thanks everyone, let us know your thoughts on the revised plans.
 
John Pappas
Friends of Sidney Marcus Park

Art on the BeltLine

 

ATLANTA – Returning for a second year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine presents BeltLine Live Stream, a series of performance works and talks by artists in the 2020-2021 exhibition. Most events will take place throughout the month of June on virtual platforms out of respect for evolving COVID-19 guidance. Details can be found on the BeltLine Live Stream webpage on art.beltline.org.

 

Featured BeltLine Live Stream artists include:

 

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary, outdoor public art exhibition in the south. The exhibition runs summer to summer and showcases the work of artists and art professionals, including murals, performances, sculptures, the residency program, and special projects. The public art residency program – the first of its kind in the City of Atlanta – debuted in 2019 with three positions designed to offer real-world exposure to the realm of public art and infrastructure: Artists-in-Residence, Curator-in-Residence, and Scholar-in-Residence.

 

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) runs the exhibition and associated arts and culture activities, which has brought visual and performing art to the Atlanta BeltLine’s parks and trails since 2010.

 

Stay abreast of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine announcements and events at art.beltline.org, or follow us on social media:

Facebook: ArtontheAtlantaBeltLine
Twitter: @atlantabeltline
Instagram: @AtlantaBeltLine and @AtlantaBeltLineArt

Public Pools in Atlanta


Recently we reported that the Piedmont Park pool was officially open, but now all pools in Atlanta are open and free for residents this summer! Please find their locations below:
 

Adams Park, 1581 Lagoon Ln., SW

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Mon. - Sat.

 

Anderson Park, 100 Anderson Ave.

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Tue. - Sat.

 

Candler Park, 1500 McClendon Ave., NE

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

Grant Park, 625 Park Ave.

12:30 - 8:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

John A. White Park, 1101 Cascade Cir., SW

12:30 - 8:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

Maddox Park, 1142 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., NW

12:30 - 8:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

Pittman Park, 950 Garibaldi St., SW

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

Powell at Mozley Park, 1690 M.L.K. Jr., Dr., NW

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Wed - Sun.

 

Rev. James Orange Park, 1305 Oakland Ln., SW

12:30 - 8:00 p.m., Open Daily

 

Rosa L. Burney Park, 477 Windsor St.

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Tue. - Sat.

 

South Bend Park, 2000 Lakewood Ave., SE 1

2:30pm - 7:00 p.m., Tue. - Sat.

 

Thomasville Park, 1750 Thomasville Dr., SE

12:30 - 7:00 p.m., Wed - Sun.

 

City of Atlanta COVID-19 Reopening protocols can be found here.

Atlanta City Council Approves FY 2022 Budget


Taken from Atlanta City Council's Medium Page:
 

The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins July 1 (Legislative Reference №21-O-0250). The general fund budget totals approximately $710 million. The Council also approved the millage rate for the fiscal year (Legislative Reference №21-O-0243) and legislation adopting the personnel paper (Legislative Reference №21-O-0289).

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes:

• No increase in the City’s millage rate
Increased funding through Operation Shield Camera to maintain and purchase public safety cameras and license plate readers
• Additional funding to help support operations of the Office of the Inspector General
• An increased budget for the Department of Transportation to install speed humps

Finance and Executive Committee Chair Jennifer Ide commended her City Council colleagues and the mayor following Monday’s vote.

“This year’s budget meets the goal that we have each year of adopting a budget that’s balanced, fiscally sound, and makes investments in our community. We worked together again remotely this year to tackle the complex budget issues that we’re facing, particularly as we navigate our recovery efforts from the pandemic. This year’s process was once again very collaborative and I commend the Council, our Research and Policy team, and the mayor and her staff for working together to address the needs of our city,” Ide said.

Other items approved Monday include:

• A communication from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointing Rodney Bryant to serve as chief of the Atlanta Police Department (Legislative Reference №21-C-0064).

• An ordinance requesting the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Atlanta Police Department complete a joint study to determine funding for the number of retired police officers that would be required through the Recapture Program to patrol Atlanta parks (Legislative Reference №21-O-0322).

• A resolution to establish a City of Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Committee consisting of representatives from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County to develop a framework to assist the Fulton County sheriff with severe overcrowding at the Fulton County Jail (Legislative Reference №21-R-3212).

• A resolution to declare the Atlanta spa mass shooting on March 16, 2021 as a disaster in accordance with United States Internal Revenue Code Section 139, designate the Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Atlanta Chapter as a financial vehicle for victims of disaster relief, and authorize the mayor or her designee to enter into any agreements necessary to effectuate this designation. This item was immediately adopted.

• An ordinance waiving portions of the City’s Procurement and Real Estate Code and authorizing the City to amend certain concession agreements at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a period not to exceed 18 months as a result of the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (Legislative Reference №21-O-0310).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor or her designee to apply for and accept a Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the amount of $175,000 for the purpose of assisting the City’s efforts to achieve racial justice through police reform (Legislative Reference №21-R-3552).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor or her designee to execute a special procurement agreement on behalf of the City of Atlanta with Georgia State University for a study to determine the feasibility of creating a workforce career trade program, including the potential for the issuance of City of Atlanta workforce development bonds sustained through an employee opt-in payroll deduction for a term of six month, in an amount not to exceed $58,000. This item was immediately adopted.

Items were introduced to be considered in committee next week including:

• An ordinance authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to amend the Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund Budget by transferring funds from the General Fund to the Capital Finance Fund in an amount not to exceed $1 million on behalf of the Atlanta Department of Transportation to fund street light installation and improvements.

• An ordinance to transfer appropriations to various accounts to provide for up to $3.5 million for the purpose of contributing to the efforts of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities to provide individual shelter options with supported services for persons experiencing homelessness, to transfer appropriations to various accounts to provide for up to $500,000 in funds to provide funding for the Vaccination Equity campaign, and to ratify Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s Executive Order 2021–56.

• An ordinance to ratify Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ executive order and lift the moratorium on the acceptance of applications for permits or sub-permits for or relating to outdoor events governed by chapter 142 of the City’s Code of Ordinances at which the attendance is anticipated to be up to 19,999 persons. The ordinance states that the mayor’s Office of Special Events and the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation may resume accepting new applications for permits or sub-permits for or relating to such outdoor events, to provide that all such events may only occur in accordance with certain prescribed COVID-19 mitigation requirements, to provide that the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for permits or sub-permits for outdoor events at which the attendance is anticipated to be 20,000 or more persons originally ratified by ordinance 20-o-1296, shall remain in place, and that the moratorium on the acceptance of new applications by the Atlanta Police Department for special events governed by Chapter 10, Article II, Division 3 of the City’s code of ordinances, originally ratified by 20-O-1296, shall remain in place.

• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinance to eliminate the limit on the total number of bus shelters in the right-of-way.

• An ordinance to amend Chapter 150 of the City’s Code of Ordinance to create a new section entitled “Penalty for Parking Violations During Stadium or World Congress Center Events” to impose an increased penalty for illegal parking in the adjoining residential and commercial areas during large scale special events.

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