April 2015 Newsletter for Atlanta City Council District 6.
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In this issue
Atlanta Voters Approve 2015 Infrastructure Bond Referendum
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
CHaRM Grand Opening April 18
Spotlight on City of Atlanta Government: DPW - Solid Waste Services

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 April 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.


Atlanta Voters Approve 2015 Infrastructure Bond Referendum
Voters in the City of Atlanta Special Election held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 approved the Renew Atlanta 2015 Infrastructure Bond as follows:

Question 1 (transportation projects)
  • YES:  18,405 (88.24%)
  • NO:    2,453 (11.76%)
Question 2 (facilities)
  • YES:  17,879 (85.55%)
  • NO:    3,021 (14.45%)
Council will be voting on the final project list by the end of April as part of the action authorizing for the Finance Department to market the bonds to investors. The aim is to have the bonds sold by the summer so that the bonds can be placed – and projects started – at that time.

Council has also created two oversight mechanisms for the bond issuance. First, we created an oversight committee with forthcoming appointments from such industry expertise as transportation engineering, construction management and value engineering to ensure that the project list is being completed as effectively and efficiently as possible. Second, we have mandated semiannual financial audits by an outside auditor to track the funding and contracts component. Both efforts will be in place for the five-year project execution period.

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational:  April 22-26
Olmsted Plein Air InvitationalSpring time in Atlanta is glorious and this spring will introduce the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, a  4-day rain or shine event featuring thirty of the world’s greatest collectible artists producing beautiful paintings for public purchase. 

Plein air painting, or painting in the open air, is a familiar concept today but was revolutionary when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios to capture the effects of sunlight in the late 1800s. 

All six segments of Atlanta’s renovated Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. award-winning Olmsted Linear Park will become an outdoor studio. The Park has never before been documented in this way.

All events in the Park are open to the public. Complementary tours, lectures and demonstrations will be on-going throughout the event. School children are invited to attend. Design and university students will be able to study the works being created outdoors. Click here for a video showcasing the event.
CHaRM Grand Opening: Saturday, April 18
CHaRMThe City of Atlanta in conjunction with the nonprofit organization LiveThrive Atlanta will be opening a Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, or CHaRM for short. A Grand Opening is slated for Saturday, April 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To most effectively accommodate the large number of attendees expected at the event, participants are being asked to pre-register their attendance at the following link. 

CHaRM is located in the Chosewood neighborhood, just south of Grant Park at 1110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315. Click the map below for directions.

map and directions to CHaRM

 The center currently will be accepting the following materials:
  • household hazardous materials (chemicals, etc.)
  • paint (latex and oil-based)
  • tires
  • electronics (fees apply for TVs and CRTs)
  • batteries
  • light bulbs (incl. fluorescent tubes)
  • Styrofoam (no packaging 'peanuts')
  • empty plastic bags/packaging film
  • mattresses
  • carpeting
  • metals and aluminum
  • plastics (#1 - #7)
  • paper/cardboard
  • textiles/shoes
  • fats/oils/grease
After the Grand Opening special event on Saturday, April 18, 2015, CHaRM will be open three days a week according to the following schedule:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Visit the CHaRM page on the LiveThrive Atlanta website for additional information.

Spotlight:  Department of Public Works (DPW) - Solid Waste Services 
Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Public Works is to deliver industry leading Public Works services that maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure through strong community partnerships, transparent policies, and sustainable procedures utilizing a highly effective and dedicated workforce leading to increased public safety, health, and wellness for the citizens of Atlanta.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has two major offices:
  • Office of Solid Waste Services
  • Office of Transportation Services
This month, we highlight the Office of Sanitation Services. The Office of Solid Waste Services is responsible for the collection and disposal of solid waste within the City of Atlanta. Additionally, the office provides vacant lot clean-up; maintenance of various rights-of-way specified in the Atlanta City Code and dead animal removal and disposal. The office also oversees landfill operations; the City’s recycling program; enforcing codes related to lawn maintenance and the disposal of yard trimmings; and assists in citywide emergency operations.

Every year during the budget process, I pay particular attention the performance metrics of the sanitation department to assess whether additional resources should be deployed to ensure proper service levels to our taxpayers. It is imperative that these numbers accurately reflect service delivery. Therefore, I encourage everyone to report any missed service to 311 immediately when you experience a problem so that this can be tracked (the performance metrics are generated from 311).
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