|Welcome to the August 2014 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 email@example.com if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.
Proposed Sidewalk Legislation
City Council is currently considering legislation to repeal the section of our city ordinance that now places the responsibility of maintaining and repairing the sidewalk on the owner of the property that abuts that section of sidewalk. The original clause was enacted during the Franklin administration as a cost-cutting measure. The proposed ordinance can be found here.
I support in principle that sidewalks are a city asset and, therefore, should be maintained by the municipality. Our current arrangement creates significant disparities in sidewalk conditions even on the same street, not to mention safety hazards and financial liabilities for the city. That said, I have questions as to how the city would fund this obligation - estimated at more than $150 million - once this legislation were to pass. I remain hopeful that as we continue our deliberations we will be able to resolve this critical piece so that we can transition this program in a financially thoughtful manner.
I welcome your thoughts on this issue, particularly if you have knowledge of other municipalities that have created successfully funding models for similar initiatives.
Code Enforcement Summit - Saturday August 16th
The City of Atlanta will hold a Code Enforcement Summit on Saturday, August 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Avenue.
You must register for this event by calling 404.330.6044 or by registering online here.
The summit will explain the procedure involved in restoring distressed properties and the importance of community involvement in reporting these issues. Questions and concerns about existing code or zoning violations will also be addressed.
Agencies and departments that will be in attendance:
- Housing/Commercial Code Enforcement
- Building/Zoning Code Enforcement
- Public Works S.W.E.E.T. Team Enforcement
- Fire Inspectors
- Solicitor's Office
- Municipal Courts
- Scrap Tire Center
- Code Enforcement Commission
New Pay Online Service for Fulton County
City of Atlanta residents living in Fulton County can now pay their Solid Waste and Property Tax bills online. For more information, go to the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's website and click the View/Pay buttons in the upper right.
The new pay online service is provided by InvoiceCloud.
- Receive and pay your bills online
- Faster and easier than writing checks
- Pay your bill from wherever you have internet access
- Confirm your payment was received
- Get email reminders when a payment is due
- All major credit cards accepted (2.9% fee applies)
- No online fee with eCheck payments (please have your bank routing# and account# available when enrolling)
- You have the option to go paperless by eliminating your paper statement
Note: City of Atlanta residents in DeKalb County already have an online payment option.
Solid Waste Collection Reminder for Labor Day
Labor Day is on Monday, September 1st. As a result, all curbside collections by the Dept. of Solid Waste Services will be delayed by one day. Residents that normally have pickup on Monday will have pickup on Tuesday, September 2nd.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Lindridge / Martin Manor
Lindridge / Martin Manor is a small neighborhood in the far Northeast corner of the City of Atlanta. It resides in NPU-F and has the following boundaries:
- North and West: I-85
- South: Southern Railroad
- East: Atlanta City Limit
Map of Lindridge / Martin Manor
The neighborhood got part of its name ("Martin Manor") when B.A. Martin, an Army Air Corps veteran of WWI began the development of the south side of Lindbergh Rd in the late 1940s. At the same time that B.A. was developing the south side of Lindbergh, William Hallman was building similar homes on the north side of Lindbergh Rd in the area known as Lindridge. These developments were all in Fulton County and not part of the City of Atlanta until the 1960s. A fascinating and more detailed history of the neighborhood can be found here
The Lindridge / Martin Manor Neighborhood Association (LMMNA)
is a volunteer-based non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance the livability of the community. LMMNA's application for an historic designation was recently approved unanimously by the Review Board of the Georgia Historic Preservation Division of the State's Department of Natural Resources. The next step in the process is a review of the application at the Federal level, which could take up to 18 months.
The neighborhood association has also recently been granted approval to proceed with its plans to develop its second greenspace located at 2381 Armand Dr.
Stay tuned for details about the annual National Night Out tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 5 from 2-5pm. This neighborhood-wide event is a police/safety awareness event. Additional information about all the activities in the neighborhood can be found on the Lindridge / Martin Manor Neighborhood Association website