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February 2015 Newsletter for Atlanta City Council District 6.
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In this issue
2015 Infrastructure Bond Hearings Continue
Google Fiber Coming to Atlanta
Park Pride Awards Grant in District 6
Municipal Court Amnesty Program
Morningside Mile To Benefit Fire Station No. 19
Spotlight on City of Atlanta Government:  APD

Hon. Alex Wan
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Atlanta City Hall
68 Mitchell St SW 14th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3584
awan@atlantaga.gov
(404) 330-6049 Office
(404) 658-6073 Fax

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Reminder - City Council Offices Move To City Hall Tower
For the next several months Atlanta City Council offices are being renovated as part of a comprehensive update of City Hall to address technology and building safety issues. Our temporary office is located at 68 Mitchell St SW (Atlanta City Hall Tower) on the 14th Floor.

City Hall Tower can be accessed from 68 Mitchell St SW as well as from the entrance at 55 Trinity Ave SW.

Atlanta City Council offices are being housed on two floors as follows:

14th Floor of City Hall Tower
  • District 2 (Kwanza Hall)
  • District 6 (Alex Wan)
  • District 10 (C.T. Martin)
  • District Post 1 at Large (Michael Julian Bond)
4th Floor of City Hall Tower
  • City Council President (Ceasar Mitchell)
  • all other Districts
  • City Council staff
     
Welcome to the February 2015 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.


Alex
 

2015 Infrastructure Bond Hearings Continue
The third and final round of Public Information Hearings for the Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond continues as follows: 

Public Information Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be held 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

February 5, 2015
Georgia Hill Facility
250 Georgia Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

February 12, 2015
Ben Hill Recreation Center
2405 Fairburn Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

February 17, 2015
Piedmont Hospital - Shepard Center
Callaway Auditorium - 7th Floor
2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

February 19, 2015
Drew Charter School 
301 East Lake Boulevard, SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

February 24, 2015
John C. Birdine Recreation Center
215 Lakewood Way, SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

February 26, 2015
Atlanta City Hall 
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Residents of the City of Atlanta will be asked to vote on an infrastructure bond referendum on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Additional information about the Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond can be found on the City's website here.
 
Park Pride Awards Grant in District 6
We are excited to share with you that Park Pride has awarded $21K to Winn Park in Ansley Park to build a patio for community gatherings. This is a matching grant program. The Friends of the Park group are responsible for raising the match, which means the total value of improvements to the park is over $42K.

Funding for the award comes from the Home Depot Foundation, which provided $150,000 in support of Park Pride's Community Building Grants, which are available to community groups located in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. Nine grants were awarded this cycle, ranging in size from $7K to $25K. The Ansley Park Beautification Foundation was awarded the grant for the Winn Park improvements.

Park Pride logoFounded in 1989, Park Pride is the only organization that works with communities all over Atlanta and DeKalb to improve their parks. The nonprofit engages communities through volunteer projects, community gardens, community-led park redesigns and by receiving grants for their parks. The organization also hosts the Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, which will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015. Learn more about Park Pride at www.parkpride.org.
 
Google Fiber Is Coming to Atlanta
Google Fiber is ultra-high speed broadband internet access that will be available to residential customers in the City of Atlanta and nine metropolitan Atlanta area cities.

“Google Fiber is the infrastructure for the next generation of innovation in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “High-speed internet access is essential to participate in the 21st century economy. In addition to supporting our thriving tech and startup communities, Google Fiber will bring greater economic opportunities to every quadrant of the City, so that the next great business idea is just as likely to come from Southwest Atlanta as it is from any other neighborhood.”

Today’s average American broadband speed is 11.5 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber will bring Atlanta residents access to “gigabit” internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second.

“We are here because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and its leaders,” said Kevin Lo, director of business operations for Google Fiber. “The next chapter of the Internet will be written at gigabit speeds. These new networks will lay the foundation for a wave of innovation and economic growth. Atlanta is the perfect city to show us what’s possible, and we can’t wait to see what Atlanta will do with Fiber.”

The City of Atlanta will work closely with Google on the next steps to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds throughout the city. The next stage of work includes designing and planning a new fiber-optic network down to a very detailed level. This process will take several months. After it is complete, Google Fiber and the City of Atlanta will begin constructing the network.

As part of today’s announcement, Google Fiber will also come to nine metropolitan-Atlanta area cities: Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs, and Smyrna.

For more information, visit the Google Fiber press site.
 

Municipal Court Amnesty Program
For a limited time only the Municipal Court of Atlanta is offering warrant amnesty as a goodwill gesture to individuals who face arrest and other penalties due to a past failure to appear (FTA) at court. The one-time program will offer individuals who face arrest, and other penalties due to delinquent traffic, city ordinance, or misdemeanor violations, the opportunity to clear past violations without additional court penalties. Under the program outstanding warrants issued before November 18, 2014 will be cancelled and the contempt fee will be waived, thereby allowing individuals to resolve their outstanding court case.

The eight week amnesty period is from February 2, 2015 through March 27, 2015.
 
For additional details on the program, please visit the Atlanta Municipal Court website by clicking here.
 

Morningside Mile To Benefit Fire Station No. 19
Morningside Mile logoThis year's Morningside Mile will benefit historic Fire Station No. 19 in Virginia-Highland, the oldest continuously operating fire station in the City of Atlanta. The one mile point to point run is being held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Noon. The first 500 registrants will receive a technical t-shirt (others get cotton). Register now on active.com to show your support. A block party follows the race.

Yeah BurgerAdditionally, Yeah Burger is hosting a community dine out for Fire Station No. 19 on February 17, 2015.  A portion of the day's sales will go to the preservation of the station. Additional details here.

Clarification about Fire Station No. 19 replacement plans:
Fire Station No. 19 is one of three fire stations slated for replacement in 2016. This list is generated as solely a proposal to lifecycle all stations based on such variables as age, building code, etc. However, the capital necessary for a new facility has not been budgeted, nor are there yet any viable sources, thus dramatically lessening the likelihood that this will actually happen. As a result, preliminary meetings between Atlanta Fire & Rescue and concerned residents have taken place, and plans are underway to renovate the fire station.
 
Spotlight on City of Atlanta Government:  APD 
Atlanta Police Dept logoThe Atlanta Police Department is the largest department in the City of Atlanta both in terms of budget and personnel with an authorized strength of over 2,000 sworn officers and is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia.











Mission Statement
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to create a safer Atlanta by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our citizens and building trust in partnership with our community.

Organizational Structure
The delivery of professional police services in Atlanta is coordinated through the three divisions and one bureau of the Atlanta Police Department. Routine services include uniform patrol operations, criminal investigations, technical and administrative support services, and the regulation of vehicles for hire. Emergency police response is available around the clock and is facilitated by strategically located police precincts throughout the City and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Citizen Advisory Councils and Neighborhood Planning Units representing 139 separate neighborhoods promote citizen input for Departmental decisions while mini-precincts, foot patrols and bicycle patrols encourage personalized policing and frequent citizen-officer interaction.

A wealth of information about the Atlanta Police Department can be found on their website including:
 
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