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In this issue:  Solid Waste Services and Public Safety Updates
Welcome to the July 2021 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 jnide@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.
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In This Issue

Solid Waste Services Update

Across District 6 and around Atlanta there have been citizens who have not received yard waste collection for nearly two months. This was despite the attempt by Solid Waste Services to revert back to weekly collections for yard waste and recycling around that same time after the 90-day period of alternating collections. SWS has recognized that the shift back to weekly collections has failed and is reverting, once again, to biweekly collections on a rotating schedule. Recycling should still continue to be collected on a weekly basis; this change should be for yard trimmings only. For a full quote from SWS, please see below:

 

Office of Solid Waste Services

Public Works is aware that some residents are experiencing delayed service collections. Public Works, like many service providers, is experiencing a staffing shortage. The department is working diligently to collect all missed collections, actively recruit new staff, and work toward long-term solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Solid Waste crews are working evenings and weekends and will continue to do so to meet the demands of our customers.

             Service Area 5

  • As of Friday, July 16, Service Area 5 (NW and parts of NE Atlanta) may be experiencing delayed recycling collections. Crews will continue to work evenings and weekends to service the area.

 

Biweekly Yard Trimming Collections

  • Beginning Monday, July 26, residential yard trimmings will be collected every other week.
  • Residents are encouraged to visit www.atlantaga.gov/solidwaste or contact ATL311 for their collection day and, or questions.  
  • Residents also have the option of dropping off yard trimmings at the Hartsfield Yard Debris Processing Facility, 2175 James Jackson Pkwy.
  • There are no changes to the weekly residential garbage & recycling collections schedule.

Public Safety Townhall Update

Residents in District 6, but particularly those in Morningside and Lindridge/Martin Manor are well aware of the public safety turmoil as of late. When things seemed their most dire, an officer-involved-shooting interrupted a planned townhall for our office and APD to address the rightful concerns of residents.

The new date for the meeting has been set for July 28 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom and can be accessed with this link. If you submitted a question before the original registration deadline (June 22nd) then APD should already have record of your questions, but if you submitted one after that deadline then there's no guarantee they will have your inquiry. If that is the case for you, please hold on to your question until it opens up to live questions at the end of the meeting.

Fire Station No. 19 

Fire Station No. 19 has been helping residents of Virginia-Highland since the 1924. In fact, it is the oldest operating fire station in the City of Atlanta.

After a very committed effort by many from the Virginia-Highland community, the efforts to renovate the station and improve the living quarters while restoring the design elements closer to the original arched trunk bay door and bungalow design are officially green lit.


I was able to pass the legislation on July 5 to make this official. The project faced some budget issues but I have worked with Renew Atlanta to ensure that the project is fully funded and moving forward. The project will begin mid-September and last for approximately eight months.

Congratulations and thank you to all who have worked with incredible determination to make this a reality.

Friends of Sunken Garden Park


Friends of Sunken Garden Park have been hard at work making the park a vibrant staple in the Morningside/Lenox Park community. They have an array of events planned this summer from work days to outdoor movie screenings that you should check out! All this information is available at their latest email update.

Essentials Food Drive


Hello Friends of Sidney Marcus Park,
 
While we sit in a holding pattern waiting on building permits to renovate the park, FSMP is not sitting still. We have some exciting activities tentatively planned for this fall at the park, and we are holding our next food drive on:
 
Friday, July 30 from 9 to 11 am           
and
Saturday, July 31 from 9 to 11 am
 
We have found a vital "pipeline" from our neighborhood to Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry through our park. Let's keep it flowing! We will have a drop off station on Cumberland Road and will make sure it gets to the pantry. Over our first 3 food drives, we have delivered  4,500 pounds of food and supplies!
 
As always, shelf-stable food and personal hygiene products are the focus of this drive. Individual servings, easy open cans/packages and protein packed foods are preferred.
 
See you at the park!
 
Friends of Sidney Marcus Park

City Pools Temporarily Closed

Please see the press release from the Mayor's Office stating that City pools are temporarily closed due to operational assessment:

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