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In this issue:  Red Cross Month, Herbert Taylor Park cleanup, and more...
Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

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In This Issue

Yard Trimmings and Recycling Reminder

Unfortunately, the City has continued to have issues meeting the regularly scheduled collection for yard waste and recycling. Solid Waste Services experienced a delay in services due to employees out due to COVID-19 and has had to temporarily change the collection for yard waste and recycling to every-other-week. We understand this is an inconvenience compared to the regular schedule, but we hope that the consistency will allow residents to have a reliable schedule rather than guessing if their bins and bags will be collected.

If you have materials that need to be collected before your collection week arrives there are options for you. Yard trimmings can be dropped off at 2175 James Jackson Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 on Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Please remember that if you have more than 20 bags that need to be collected you will need to schedule a bulk collection from 311.

You can deliver recycling materials to CHaRM, the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.  If you are a "super recycler" and are finding the every other week pick up to be a significant impediment, send me an email at jnide@atlantaga.gov, and we may be able to assist with other options.


We appreciate your patience as Solid Waste Services works to get back to its regular collection schedule. To stay informed with updates you can subscribe to Notify ATL or visit the Solid Waste Services webpage. Thank you for your patience as they work to get back to full operational capacity.

Herbert Taylor Park Cleanup

Spring is popping up all over the park and our efforts to clear out invasive species are starting to bear fruit--or at least flowers, ferns, and native plants!  As pictured above, ephemeral species like Sweet Betsy Trillium, Pale Yellow Trillium, and wildflowers like Little Brown Jug are peeking out of the leaf litter.  

Mark your calendars for the next workday, Saturday, March 13 9:00 AM-Noon.  Friends of Herbert Taylor Park plan to continue removing invasive plants like English ivy and Chinese privet so that native plants that contribute so much to the ecology of our forest can thrive.

These workdays are a wonderful chance to get outdoors with the entire family and make a huge contribution to our neighborhood forests. We ask that everyone practice CDC protocol, even if you have been lucky enough to get your vaccine. We want to ensure everyone's safety so wear a mask and practice social distancing.

If you cannot help out in person this month, please mark your calendars now for the second Saturday of the month, or contribute funds at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E195170&id=5 and scroll down to Herbert Taylor Park and Daniel Johnson Park to make your donation.  However you are able to support our work is greatly appreciated!

COVID Vaccine Update

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp today announced the state will expand its vaccine eligibility on March 15, 2021, to include adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions.

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are already eligible for vaccination. This expansion now includes disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury), a disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb, or a disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis.

The medical conditions referenced are:

Asthma (moderate to severe)
Cancer
Cerebrovascular disease
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Cystic Fibrosis
Diabetes
Hypertension or high blood pressure Heart conditions
Immunocompromised Liver disease Neurologic conditions Overweight and obesity Pregnancy
Pulmonary fibrosis
Sickle Cell Disease Thalassemia (blood disorder)

To find a vaccine location near you or to schedule an appointment, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

For individuals aged 16 and 17 who are in an eligible population for vaccination, Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available to you.

Please visit the Fulton County Board of Health or the Dekalb County Board of Health  websites to learn more about vaccination information including registration, volunteer opportunities, locations, and to have your questions answered.

Red Cross Month


March is Red Cross Month and this year is even more special! Red Cross had its 140th Anniversary after starting operation in 1881. The Georgia region serves over 10 million people through a network of 8 chapters including the Greater Atlanta area which serves some 5 million of those occupants.

We had the privilege to meet with Terri Badour, Executive Director of the Greater Atlanta chapter, to present Red Cross with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Atlanta. Her leadership helps to serve 12 metro counties through disaster preparedness and response, safety trainings, and emergency communications support for military and international families.

We have seen first hand the generosity and immediate impact that our local chapter of Red Cross can have. When a fire engulfed an apartment complex this past summer, they sprang into action to assist more than 100 families with the aftermath of the blaze. Thanks to their efforts a bad day didn't turn worse and families were given food and shelter.

It's easy to take for granted the work that Red Cross does after a tragedy, but their relief efforts take preparation. While visiting with Terri we learned that they're struggling with the demand for blood. With the prevalence of COVID, in-person blood drives have faltered leaving the state's blood supply low. If you're able, please consider donating blood to alleviate their stock. Additionally, they always need volunteers and of course donations. You can find more information about how to get involved on their website.

Upcoming Legislation


There are several long-term legislative initiatives that are moving toward completion. 

On Monday, March 15, City Council will be debating the regulation of short-term rentals such as AirBnB. The current draft of the legislation can be found here. Council will also be considering the creation of the Beltline Special Services District (SSD) on Monday. The current draft of the legislation that would create this new tax zone to help fund the legislation can be found here, here, and here

The agenda for the full council meeting will be posted here on Friday, March 12.

Full Council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month, except when Council is on recess. To leave public comment for full council meetings, you can call (877) 579-6743 the Sunday before the meeting from 4-7 p.m. The conference ID is 8315991256.

Council is still working through the Tree Protection Ordinance and the future of the Atlanta jail. I will provide an update on timing for those in next month's newsletter.  


 
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