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In this issue:  Statement on the Loss of Alexia Hyneman, Sidewalk Prioritization Policy, 'A CHaRMing Evening' next Thursday, March 10, Atlanta Celebrates 30 Years as Tree City USA and more...
Welcome to the March 2016 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

Statement on the Loss of Alexia Hyneman

On behalf of the Atlanta City Council, let me first extend my deepest condolences to the family of Alexia Hyneman, as well as to the extended Grady High School family for the tragic loss suffered a few weeks ago. 

As I have stated in subsequent meetings with parent groups at both Inman Middle School and Grady, I remain committed to honoring Miss Hynema’s life by continuing to improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles at both 10th Street and Monroe and all along the Monroe Drive corridor. The Reed administration has also committed to working with the community on needed improvements and other safety enhancements in this area.

One significant advantage we have in this instance is that there is substantial funding in place already for implementation. I was able to have set aside $2.5 million in the Renew Atlanta (infrastructure) bond that Atlanta voters approved last March for Monroe Drive from Piedmont to Ponce, and Councilmember Kwanza Hall secured another $2 million for Monroe/Boulevard from Ponce down past Freedom Parkway for a “Complete Streets” implementation for the corridor, which contemplates enhancements for sidewalks, bike facilities, and vehicular traffic coordinated for safety of all users.

I am hopeful this means we will soon see the realization of the Monroe Drive “road diet” concept that has already been adopted three times by the city – Connect Atlanta Plan, Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 6 Master Plan, and Virginia-Highland Master Plan. This project would take Monroe Drive from four lanes (two in each direction) down to three lanes (one in each direction and one dedicated turn lane), with additional bike lanes and street scape improvements. At this point, the city still must undergo a formal evaluation process as part of the implementation decision, which the administration has promised to accelerate. This will obviously include ample opportunity for public input, and I will call on everyone to participate fully once we receive that schedule from the administration.

I hope that we as a community will direct our grief over this loss into this important work. I also ask that we collectively coordinate our efforts – including consolidating meetings among the many stakeholders to the extent possible – in order to give the Department of Public Works the time and space to focus on this project. I will continue to share with you any information I receive from them, particularly the public input component(s), as it becomes available.

In the meantime, I continue to welcome suggestions for short-term solutions (e.g., increased traffic enforcement, driver/cyclist awareness programs, etc.) as together we work towards permanently making the Monroe Drive corridor safer for all who use it.

Sidewalk Prioritization Policy

The City of Atlanta is committed to becoming a more “walkable” community as part of an overall strategy for advancing a balanced transportation system that accommodates all users including motorists, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians. It is vital for sidewalks to be in a state of good repair to provide safe accessibility.

Sample Sidewalk Construction ProjectThe Department of Public Works determines areas in need of attention based upon a Sidewalk Repair Prioritization Policy which is outlined in its Sidewalk Maintenance & Repair Program. The goal of this policy is to address a significant sidewalk repair backlog in order to improve safety for pedestrians, encourage walkability and enhance the quality of life in our city.

I want to personally thank Virginia-Highland resident, Peggy Berg for her work...

A CHaRMing Evening - March 10, 2016

Please join me and the Board of Directors of LiveThrive Atlanta for 'A CHaRMing Evening' on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Piedmont Park's historic Greystone Building. Event tickets are $50 which include two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music by Yacht Rock Revue! Act now and save during our FLASH SALE! You won't want to miss this fun-filled evening!

FLASH SALE!
Event Tickets:  $50 only $35 (use promo code "charm")
One Raffle Ticket + One Event Ticket:  $150 only $125
Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Monday, March 7, 2016 only!
Purchase Tickets / Enter Raffle
Global Imports of Atlanta, a strong supporter of Live Thrive Atlanta's Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM), has donated a 2016 BMW i3. The vehicle will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit the CHaRM facility. Raffle tickets are $100. Only 1,000 tickets are available. You do not have to be present to win!

[Editor's Note:  If you did not win the $1.5B Powerball in January (odds 1:292,000,000), you have a much better shot at winning this 2016 BMW i3 (1:1,000).] 
This BMW i3 could be yours!
Proceeds will benefit Atlanta's new Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM). In the 93 days it was open in 2015, over 11,000 visitors have visited the CHaRM facility and have kept over 245 tons of hazardous materials out of metro Atlanta's water system and landfills. CHaRM is located at 1110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315.

Atlanta BeltLine Advisory Board Presentations – Tuesday, March 22nd

Atlanta BeltLine logoPlease join us to learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine citizen advisory boards, their responsibilities,and update on the work they completed in 2015, and how you can participate!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Georgia Hill Public Library
Community Room – 2nd Floor
250 Georgia Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

 

This meeting will include presentations from:

  • Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC)
  • Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB)
For more information, please email engage@atlbeltline.org or visit www.beltline.org/events.

Atlanta Celebrates 30 Years as Tree City USA!

Atlanta, long known as the City of Trees, marks its 30th anniversary as Tree City USA. To qualify for the program, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, each Tree City USA must have:  a Tree Board and Department; a tree ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.  

Atlanta’s appreciation and protection of its tree canopy have resulted in an overall quantity of tree cover that is among the highest of any city in the US. In addition, the quality of Atlanta’s urban forest is among the highest of any urban area in the nation, especially in our many residential neighborhoods and along stream corridors. Our greenspaces, parks, and yards contain a rich variety of native trees and groves of trees that enhance our quality of life by purifying the air and water, preventing erosion, moderating temperature, reducing heating and cooling costs, and providing critical habitat for wildlife.

Tree City USA posterThe Tree Conservation Commission printed a commemorative poster in recognition of the Tree City USA anniversary and in celebration of Atlanta’s unique urban forest. The poster features a photograph from District 6’s beautiful Herbert Taylor Park and Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve, one of Atlanta’s neighborhood treasures. To request a copy of the poster contact Kathy Evans kaevans@atlantaga.gov. To learn more about tree care in the Piedmont region, please see www.atlantatreecommission.com.  

Register Vacant Property:  It's the Law!

Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Section is urging vacant property owners to register those properties with the City.

Under Article VI of the Housing Code, The City of Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Section of the Atlanta Police Department requires that all vacant properties be registered. Owners have 60 days from the date in which the property becomes vacant to register the property, 90 days to register a transferred vacant property. Registration is $100.00 per vacant real property.  

It is the responsibility of the property or agent to maintain the lawn and make sure the structure is secure. Failure to register vacant properties can result in fines. Code Enforcement strives to help protect the health, safety and well-being of the citizens by preventing blight, protecting property values and avoiding the creation and maintenance of nuisance properties.  

The City’s Code Enforcement Section offers three convenient ways to register:

  • Online Registration – create an Accela Citizen Access (ACA) account here.
  • Mail-in Registration – download forms at the City of Atlanta vacant property website 
  • In-person Registration – visit the Office of Code Enforcement, 818 Pollar Blvd, 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30315

For more information, please visit the City of Atlanta vacant property website or call 404-546-3800.

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