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In this issue:  Welcome back Alex and Lance, COVID update, and more...
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2022!
 
Last Monday, I - along with the 61st Mayor of Atlanta, Andre Dickens, Council President Doug Shipman, and fourteen other members of Atlanta City Council - was sworn into to office at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. I am truly honored and excited to be representing you and Council District 6 again.

 


This is the first of our office’s monthly newsletters though which we will keep you informed of the work of the Atlanta City Council as well as updated on city issues that may impact you as a District 6 stakeholder. In this issue, I want to make sure that you have the basic information you need to be in contact with me and my office.
 
As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or awan@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

My Committee Assignments

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.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
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.

Lance Back


I’m delighted to share with you that Lance Orchid, with whom many of you worked during the past four years, will be staying on the District 6 Team as my Chief of Staff. Lance is excited to have the opportunity to continue working with District 6. If you had an issue that you were addressing with Councilmember Ide, please know that Lance can continue to help you with all open items.  

Inquiries


Moving forward, please send all inquiries directly to my email address at awan@atlantaga.gov. My staff will sort out the requests and issues to make sure that the correct person on my team is able to address your inquiry. We are hoping to be return soon to the physical office at City Hall, at which time we will be able to expand accessibility via the office phone and voicemail. That number is (404) 330-6049.

Atlanta in COVID "Red Zone"

As the Omicron variant of COVID continues to swell, the City of Atlanta has taken steps to help curb the spread of the virus by moving back into the "red zone." Most recently, this meant canceling the Peach Drop for New Year's Eve. The decision also carries the weight of a reinstated indoor mask mandate. Cases surged even before the holidays and are expected to rise in their wake. Please continue to wash your hands, mask up, and get vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID! If you think you have been exposed to the virus, you can get tested in Dekalb or Fulton County!

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