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In this issue:  District 6 Public Safety Concerns, LOCATION CHANGE:  Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Public Meeting #2, Upgraded Payment Portal from Watershed Management, Atlanta City Council Annual Performance Report and more...
Rise Up Atlanta FalconsWelcome to the February 2017 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 (404) 330-6049 or awan@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.

In This Issue

District 6 Public Safety Concerns

I appreciate all of the emails I have received about the recent crime incidents taking place in the district. I very much share your concerns about this activity in our neighborhoods and want to assure you that I am working closely with the Atlanta Police Department leadership to address them. We have the full attention of Chief Shields, Deputy Chief Glazier (Field Operations), and Majors Peek (Zone 6) and Shaw (Zone 2), along with their commitment to deploy additional uniformed and plain clothes officers to our area as a result.

This concern is one of the primary reasons why I personally attend as many neighborhood and NPU meetings as I can. By listening to the conversations between you and the APD representatives, I can then determine how best to incorporate your concerns into actionable items. Two examples of actions resulting from this partnership are (1) the funding I am providing for security cameras in the district and (2) my co-sponsorship of the police compensation measures we took last year to support officer recruitment and retention.

So that we can continue this discussion, Morningside Lenox Park Association (MLPA) has generously agreed to open their already scheduled February 6 meeting on public safety for a joint session with Virginia-Highland Civic Association. I have requested and confirmed the attendance of both Chief Shields and Deputy Chief Glazier at this meeting, as well as other APD leadership, so that you can hear directly from them – and they from you! – about their strategies to fight crime in our community.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please forward them to neighborhoodwatch@mlpa.org so they can be passed along to the Zone Commander in advance of the meeting. Please continue to email/call me with your concerns and suggestions, as you all are helpful “eyes and ears” for the city in our neighborhood.

LOCATION CHANGE:  Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Public Meeting #2

The second public meeting for the Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Public project is scheduled for:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Big Bethel AME Church
220 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Important Note: Please disregard any previous communications about this meeting being held at Ebenezer Baptist Church as that location is no longer available and the meeting has been moved to the location noted above.
The Monroe Dr / Boulevard corridor, which is actually split into two separate projects (Piedmont Cir to 10th St and 10th St to Woodward Ave, near I-20), represents two of the 16 Complete Street projects under the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Program. Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.

The first Community Engagement Meeting was held on August 23, 2016 at Henry W. Grady High School. A copy of the presentation materials can be found here.
Community Engagement Meeting #1 – August 23, 2016
For information on the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Program, please visit the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond website.

Upgraded Payment Portal from Watershed Management

City of Atlanta Water and Sewer customers should have received an email from the Department of Watershed Management regarding its new payment portal. Emails were sent to notify customers regarding an upcoming improvement to its online payment portal.

At this time, customers will not need to take action, however, the new system is scheduled to be available in early February. Once the system is available, login instructions will be sent to current online customers. Once you gain access to the new system, customers are encouraged to re-enroll in AutoPay.

The new payment portal will offer:
  • Double encrypted secure online payment
  • Paperless billing
  • Mobile optimized features
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system in English and Spanish
  • Advanced user friendly customer tool for phone payments
  • Friendly bill notification email reminders
Customers with questions should please call the City of Atlanta Customer Service line at (404) 546-0311 or visit atl311.com.

Atlanta City Council Annual Performance Report

The Atlanta City Council Annual Performance Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 can be found by clicking the image below. This 26-page report contains useful information including:

  • Welcome Letter
  • About Atlanta
  • How Your City Council Works
  • Standing Committee Reports

Atlanta Fire Rescue Winter Fire Safety Expo

Atlanta Fire Rescue will be hosting a Winter Fire Safety Expo on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall Old Council Chambers 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

If you are a senior citizen living in a single-family residence, you can learn how to safeguard your home from winter fire hazards and discover the resources available to help you through the cold.

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