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In this issue:  0.4% TSPLOST Sales Tax Referendum to Appear on November Ballot, Monroe Dr / Boulevard Community Engagement Meeting, Downtown Connector and I-75 Resurfacing and more...
Welcome to the August 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

0.4% TSPLOST Sales Tax Referendum on November Ballot

On Monday, July 18,2016, City Council authorized a referendum for a 0.4% Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) for voters to decide on the November 8, 2016, ballot. This sales tax will be used for non-transit, transportation infrastructure projects. A draft listing of the proposed TSPLOST projects can be found here.

District 6 projects include:

  • North Highland "Complete Street" from Lenox Road to Central Park Place
  • Cheshire Bridge sidewalk/streetscape from Chantilly Drive to Windemere Road
  • Citywide traffic signal synchronization
  • Atlanta BeltLine right-of-way acquisition

You will recall that Council previously also authorized a separate referendum for a 0.5% sales tax to support MARTA. Both will appear on the November ballot for voters in the City of Atlanta.


MARTA 0.5%
0.5% MARTA sales tax



0.4% TSPLOST non-transit transportation sales tax
 

Editor's Note:  At its current 8.0% sales tax rate, Atlanta ranks 27th (in a four way tie) out of 50 according to the Tax Foundation's Top 50 U.S. cities Sales Tax Rates.
  • an increase to 8.9% (adopting both MARTA and TSPLOST) would rank Atlanta 9th
  • an increase to 8.5% (adopting MARTA only) would rank Atlanta 13th
  • an increase to 8.4% (adopting TSPLOST only) would rank Atlanta 14th
Please note that similar refereda will appear on ballots for residents of unincorporated Fulton County outside of the Atlanta city limits. They are mutually exclusive, meaning the referenda only apply to the respective jurisdictions and do not "stack" on top of each other.

Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Community Engagement Meeting, Tuesday, August 23rd

Monroe Boulevard corridor mapPlease join me, Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Councilmember Natalyn Archibong and other City of Atlanta officials on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Grady High School for a Community Engagement Meeting regarding the Monroe Dr / Boulevard corridor stretching between Piedmont Circle and Woodward Avenue.

Based on previous community planning studies, the corridor will be transformed into a complete street that is safe and efficient for all users and modes of transportation. Residents are encouraged to attend to provide their input.

Monroe Dr / Boulevard Complete Street Project
Community Engagement Meeting

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Henry W. Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Dr NE

(meeting will be held in the cafeteria on 8th St)


The meeting is accessible by MARTA bus routes 36 and 109 and parking is available in the Grady High School parking lot on 8th Street. For more information about the project, please contact the City of Atlanta at 404-330-6165 or visit www.renewatlantabond.com.
 


Renew Atlanta logoRenew Atlanta is an infrastructure improvement program for the City of Atlanta. The $250 million program is the most significant investment in Atlanta’s above-ground infrastructure in more than a decade and is a first step toward resolving an infrastructure repair backlog of more than $900 million.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) Refresher


Now that public schools are starting back, I thought it would be helpful to remind everyone about the proper driving protocol when approaching the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) that have been and are being installed in high pedestrian areas to allow protected pedestrian crossings. You will recall that we have three such signals in District 6:
  1. Monroe Drive near Piedmont Road at the entrance to the northern part of Piedmont Park
  2. Briarcliff Road at Briarcliff Place (near Ponce de Leon) at Springdale Park Elementary School
  3. 10th Street between Taft Street and Argonne Avenue
The light sequence for motorists is as follows:
Other existing PHB locations: 
  • North Avenue near the Georgia Tech Stadium
  • Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway west of Hamilton E. Holmes Boulevard
  • Donald Lee Hollowell near South Elizabeth Place
Safety for everyone is a priority. The City of Atlanta in association with the Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to creating and maintaining safe and easy access for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the public right-of-way.

Downtown Connector and I-75 Resurfacing Projects


Two major resurfacing projects in Fulton and Clayton counties are underway along I-75. Resurfacing of approximately 6 miles on I-75/I-85 (Downtown Connector) northbound and southbound from just south of University Avenue to the Brookwood Interchange in Fulton County began on Monday, July 25, 2016. In Clayton County, resurfacing of approximately 4.4 miles on I-75 northbound and southbound from just north of SR 54/Jonesboro Road to the I-285 interchange will began on Monday, July 18, 2016. To limit delays and inconvenience to motorists, lane closures will be limited to nights and weekends. See details below.

These are high volume routes. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed while traveling through work zones, pay attention and watch for workers. 

Resurfacing Projects Map
Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) Resurfacing Construction for Week 3:
  • Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m., – Tuesday, August 9 at 5 a.m.:  I-75/I-85 NB exit ramp to Spring Street, W Peachtree St (Exit # 249D)
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 9 p.m. – Wednesday, August 10 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 NB entrance ramp from MLK Jr Blvd
  • Wednesday, August 10 at 9 p.m. – Thursday, August 11 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 NB entrance ramp from Spring Street NW, Williams Street
  • Thursday, August 11 at 9 p.m. – Friday, August 12 at 5 a.m.: I-75/I-85 NB entrance ramp from Spring Street NW, Williams Street
I-75 Resurfacing Construction for Week 3:
  • Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m. – Tuesday, August 9 at 5 a.m.: Two southbound lanes and shoulder will close at I-285 (exit #238)
  • Tuesday August 9 at 9 p.m. - Wednesday, August 10 at 5 a.m.: Two southbound lanes and shoulder will close between the I-285 interchange (exit #238) and SR 331/Forest Parkway (exit # 237)
  • Wednesday, August 10 at 9 p.m. – Thursday, August 11 at 5 a.m.: Two southbound lanes and shoulder will close between the I-285 interchange (exit #238) and SR 331/Forest Parkway (exit # 237)
  • Thursday, August 11 at 9 p.m. - Friday, August 12 at 5 a.m.:  Two southbound lanes and shoulder will close between SR 331/ Forest Parkway (exit # 237) and US 41/SR 3/ Tara Boulevard (exit # 235)

Atlanta Police Department Issues 2015 Annual Report

The Atlanta Police Department has issued its 2015 Annual Report.

"As the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, I am proud to present the Atlanta Police Department’s 2015 Annual Report. My number one priority since entering office in 2010 has been public safety. The investments and tough choices my administration has made over the past six years have resulted in a safer, more prosperous city. Crime decreased by three percent in 2015, and overall crime rates have fallen by 24 percent since the start of my first term."
  -- Mayor Kasim Reed 

2015 APD Annual Report

"As you review the 2015 Annual Report, I’m certain you will see that we’re tackling crime, impacting lives, and keeping Atlanta safe."
  -- Chief George Turner
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