For 2022, Council President Shipman has appointed me to three standing city council committees – City Utilities, Finance/Executive, and Transportation (areas of purview described further below). I have the added honor of serving as the chair of Finance/Executive.
CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE
Meets twice monthly on weeks without a Full Council Meeting on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
The City Utilities Committee is responsible for the Departments of Watershed Management and Public Works (liquid waste and solid waste). This committee continues to make major policy decisions on wastewater and drinking water as a result of the Consent Decree and First Amended Consent Decree entered into 1998 and 1999, respectively, and storm water runoff. The committee also handles routine legislation such as abandoning and renaming of streets, water bill adjustments, sewer construction and connections, rights-of-way acquisitions, tie-back support systems, encroachment agreements, railroad crossing agreements, franchise agreements, street resurfacing and paving, sidewalk/curb construction and repair and other departmental needs.
Meets twice monthly on weeks without a Full Council Meeting on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
The Transportation Committee recommends on matters pertaining to transportation, generally, including the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). One of its main functions is overseeing the Department of Aviation which operates Hartsfield -Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport. The Transportation Committee also has purview over the Department of Transportation, whose task it is to perform traffic studies, install traffic signage and traffic calming devices throughout the city, etc.
FINANCE/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (Chair)
Meets twice monthly on weeks without a Full Council Meeting on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM
The Finance/Executive Committee recommends on matters pertaining to the budget and to transfers of appropriations; the administration of taxing ordinances and to public revenue; tax officials and collectors; the Department of Finance; the executive branch of government, specifically components in the Department of Administrative Services relating to purchasing functions of the city; the Department of Personnel and Human Resources; operation of the Office of the Mayor; Office of Contract Compliance and Intergovernmental, International and Diplomatic Affairs.