March 2015 Newsletter for Atlanta City Council District 6.
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Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond - VOTE MARCH 17!
Early Voting Now Open
Spring Citizen Police Academy
Love Your Block Application Available
Morningside Mile To Benefit Fire Station No. 19
Spotlight on City of Atlanta Government: Atlanta Fire Rescue

Hon. Alex Wan
Atlanta City Hall
68 Mitchell St SW 14th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3584
(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 March 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 if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.


Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond -- Special Referendum, March 17
Residents of the City of Atlanta will be asked to vote on an infrastructure bond referendum on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Registered voters will be asked to vote on two separate proposed bonds:
  • Public Streets, Traffic Control Infrastructure, Pedestrian Upgrades, Bridges and Related Public Improvements ($187.945M)
  • Public Facilities and Related Public Improvements ($64.055M)
Click the image below to review Frequently Asked Questions, including how a bond referendum works, how projects were selected, and how this debt obligation will be paid (no impact on taxes).

Renew Atlanta 2015

Additional information about the Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond can be found on the City's website here.
Early Voting Now Open
The Early Voting Location dates and hours of operation for the March 17, 2015, Special Referendum Election have been finalized and are attached here.

The most convenient location for registered voters residing in District 6 is:
Ponce de Leon Library
980 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

February 28 - March, 13, 2015
8:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

(including Saturdays & Sundays)

Spring Citizens Police Academy
The Atlanta Police Department is looking for outstanding citizens to join the 2015 Spring Citizens Academy on Wednesday, April 29. The Citizens Police Academy provides a unique opportunity to learn how the police department operates and provides participants with an opportunity to give feedback that can only enhance police and community relations.

The Citizens Police Academy participants will learn about departmental procedures as well as hear about the many units that comprise the Atlanta Police Department, including 911, Internal Affairs, and the Training Academy. Citizens will participate in a zone ride-along and watch a K-9 demonstration. Participation requires a commitment of three hours, one night a week for an eight week period. 

“The Citizens Police Academy was a great experience and I would encourage anyone who wants to learn about their local law enforcement to sign up.  I had a greater understanding of what officers go through on a daily basis, especially in the ride-along and the active shooter simulator,” said Atlanta resident Katie Kosciolek. “I definitely have a greater appreciation for the Atlanta Police Department.” 

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy located at 180 Southside Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354. Additionally, potential candidates should meet several requirements including residing in the metropolitan Atlanta area, be at least 21 years-old, and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions within one year of application. A standard background check will be completed. Interested citizens can request an application by emailing The deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.

Love Your Block Application Available
Since 2011, The City of Atlanta, The Neighborhood Fund, and Hands On Atlanta have partnered to present Love Your Block (LYB), a program to support citizens and neighborhood groups who want to plan and organize efforts to beautify their communities. This year, Love Your Block will be offered as a grant of the Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Love Your Block provides mini-grants up to $1,000 to resident groups not just in the City of Atlanta, but also throughout the 23 county metro Atlanta area served by The Community Foundation. For more information on the guidelines for this mini-grant, and the opportunity to apply for the Neighborhood Fund’s Community Building grant (for up to $10,000 in funds) please click here. There are two application deadlines in 2015:  March 13th and October 15th. The application is attached here.

For additional information, please contact Alicia Clay of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. 

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 to show your support. A block party follows the race.

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. I am continuing to facilitate dialog between Atlanta Fire leadership and concerned community residents, and am confident that we can preserve this treasured neighborhood asset.
Spotlight:  Atlanta Fire Rescue 
Atlanta Fire & Rescue logoAtlanta Fire Rescue is a modern, all-hazards fire department. It has four divisions of labor, including the Offices of the Support Services,Technical Services, Field Operations and Airport Operations. 

The Department staffs 35 fire stations, including five stations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It has more than 1,000 employees, sworn and civilians, serving an area of 132 square miles within the city limits of Atlanta and is the second largest department with the City of Atlanta government.

Mission Statement
Atlanta Fire Rescue provides prompt quality services to our stakeholders that promote safety and security, enhance sustainability, and enrich the quality of life through professional development and dedication to service.

District 6 has two fire stations:
  • Fire Station No. 19 (1063 North Highland Ave NE)
  • Fire Station No. 29 (2167 Monroe Dr NE)
Additional information about Atlanta Fire Rescue can be found on the City of Atlanta's website, including:
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