In this issue: I-85 Collapse Update, Atlanta Dogwood Festival This Weekend, Annual City of Atlanta Resident Satisfaction Survey, City of Atlanta Warrant Amnesty Program, 'A CHaRMing Evening' - Thursday, April 27, 2017 and more...
Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

Due to the significance of the I-85 bridge collapse that took place last Thursday, I plan to send out a separate email dedicated to the bridge situation later this week. In the meantime, I wanted to get this other information out to you. I appreciate everyone’s understanding of the frequency of messaging to you in this extraordinary circumstance.

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.

In This Issue

I-85 Collapse Update

As the impact from from the lane closures resulting from the I-85 bridge collapse develops daily, we encourage everyone to refer to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) emergency website at for real time updates.  As I mentioned in the opening message, I will be sending out a separate, dedicated email on the topic later this week. In the meantime, here is map of the GDOT’s detour routes around the site.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 7 – 9, 2017

Atlanta Dogwood FestivalThe 81st Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is this weekend, April 7 - 9 in Piedmont Park. Nearly 100,000 visitors are expected to attend. Set up for the festival may impact both 10th Street (vehicular and bike lanes) and Charles Allen Drive this week. 

Additionally, there will be rolling lane closures the morning of Saturday, April 8th at 8am to accommodate runners in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K.

Residents are urged to plan their travel accordingly and pursue alternative forms of transportation.  

Annual City of Atlanta Resident Satisfaction Survey

Each year, the City of Atlanta conducts a survey to learn what residents think about their city government and the services it provides, and you are invited to participate this year! The purpose of this survey is to gather valuable feedback from the perspective of Atlanta’s most important asset - its residents. Your response to this survey is critical because it will be used to understand your satisfaction with city services and help us determine how best to prioritize future improvements. 

The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. It is vital that your response be received before the Wednesday, April 12th deadline.

Click this link to begin the survey:

Take the Survey link
Please do not forward this survey invitation. For security purposes, this survey link has been assigned to you specifically.

[Editor's Note: The survey link is designed such that it will only work once per computer. It can also be taken from a smartphone.]

The City of Atlanta has chosen Infosurv, an independent research firm based in Metro Atlanta, to administer this survey online. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will any data linking individual citizens to their responses be given to the City. Your response to the survey will remain COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.

City of Atlanta Municipal Court Warrant Amnesty Program

City of Atlanta Municipal CourtThe City of Atlanta Municipal Court has announced a warrant amnesty program. The one-time program will offer amnesty to individuals who face arrest and other penalties due to delinquent traffic tickets, city ordinance, or misdemeanor violations. Under the program, contempt fees for failure-to-appear will be waived and warrants cancelled when eligible individuals resolve outstanding cases. The warrant amnesty program begins on April 3, 2017 and ends on May 12, 2017.

"Our goal is to ensure that we have licensed and lawful drivers. We want to work with the public to reach these goals in innovative and amenable ways,” said Ryan Shepard, Municipal Court Administrator. “This program creates a tremendous opportunity for people to voluntarily resolve outstanding cases in a fair and efficient manner.”

Amnesty applies to infractions currently in Failure to Appear (FTA) status. On weekdays the court will begin signups at 7:00 a.m. for same day service. Sessions will be held at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The court will also hold two special sessions during non-traditional hours:

  • Saturday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Early arrival is strongly advised in all instances.

For more information about the Municipal Court, please visit or call 404.954.7914.

A CHaRMing Evening, Thursday, April 27, 2017

Please join me, Councilmember Carla Smith and the Board of Directors of LiveThrive Atlanta for A CHaRMing Evening on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Venkman's. Our emcee for the evening is Lois Reitzes of WABE. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and awesome entertainment by Yacht Rock Revue.

The evening will include the announcement of the lucky winner of a 2017 BMW i3 sponsored by Global Imports BMW! For more information or to purchase event and raffle tickets, please visit

Event & Raffle Tickets
Proceeds will benefit Atlanta's Center for Hard to Recycle Material (CHaRM). CHaRM is your one stop shop for recycling items that cannot be placed in your blue recycling cart such as household hazardous waste, paint, electronics, styrofoam, etc. CHaRM is located at 1110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315.

Druid Hills Tour of Homes, April 21 – 23, 2017

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & GardensThe annual Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens will be Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23. One of the longest running tours of homes in Atlanta, the tour celebrates its 49th year with six homes and one garden. Tickets can still be purchased at any of the homes featured on the tour. Tickets are valid all weekend. For a complete list of homes on the tour, please click here. You won't want to miss this popular event in District 6!

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, April 2 – 9, 2017

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.

Olmsted Plein Air InvitationalThe Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States and will include expanded areas throughout metro Atlanta for the Artists to paint. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Atlanta History Center, Shops Buckhead Atlanta  and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance. The competing artists, invited by a preeminent selection jury, will paint at several Atlanta landmarks, culminating in Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. Painters will compete for on of the largest purses in the country and the the prestige of winning The Olmsted trophy.

The Artists' competition paintings will be on display and available for purchase (pre-public sale) at the Artists Awards Soirée and competition gallery on Saturday evening,  April 8 and to the public all day, Sunday, April 9.

Additional information about this one-of-a-kind event can be found here.

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