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In this issue:  Atlanta's New Mass Notification System, Final PARKatlanta Public Input Meeting, Upcoming Zoning Code Meetings, Curbside Glass Recycling, and more...
Happy New YearWelcome to the January 2016 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City.

Just as an FYI, Council President Ceasar Mitchell announced our new committee assignments at our December meeting. For 2016 I am serving on the following committees: 
  • Finance Executive Committee – Chair
  • City Utilities Committee
  • Zoning Committee (change from 2015)
I look forward to working closely as a member of these committees on issues and concerns on behalf of our District. Please let me hear from you if there are specific initiatives and/or legislative items I can champion for our neighborhoods as part of the work of these committees.

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.

Wishing each of you a very Happy New Year!

In This Issue

Atlanta Launches New Mass Notification System

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Office of Emergency Preparedness have announced the launch of a new mass notification system for the City of Atlanta called Notify ATL. Sign up now at www.atlantaga.gov/notifyatl to receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news. Users of the system can register to receive notification via email (personal and/or business email), text message, or other phone number.

Subscribers can choose which notifications they'd like to receive. This currently includes:
  • Red - Emergency:  crime alerts
  • Yellow - Caution:  major utility disruptions, public health alerts, severe traffic events
  • Green - Informational:  community events, major city events
  • Automated Weather Alerts

Final PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting

The Atlanta City Council's Transportation Committee will hold the third and final Town Hall Meeting regarding the city's on-street parking management operation:
 

Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative
101 Jackson St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

 
The city is currently contracting with PARKatlanta, a private vendor, for on-street parking enforcement services including metered, residential/permit and special event parking, and for booting and towing of illegally parked vehicles.

The Reed Administration is considering issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for companies that want the city’s business when Park Atlanta’s contract expires in 2016.

The city could also take over the on-street parking management operation or portions thereof.

On Wednesday, December 2, Atlanta City Councilmembers heard from residents and other stakeholders concerning personal experiences with the current vendor, the impact the city’s parking regulations have on businesses, and received suggestions on improvements to the city’s on-street parking policies. 

Several hundred comments were received online. A summary report with areas of concern will be submitted to the administration for consideration in negotiating a future on-street parking management contract with a private vendor and in reviewing current city on-street vehicle parking, booting and towing policies.
 
Citizens are encouraged to submit their questions and concerns in advance using various electronic modes:

  1. via email to atlantacouncil@atlantaga.gov
  2. via Twitter to @ATLCouncil and use the hashtag: #parkatlanta2016
  3. via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/atlantacitycouncil
  4. by calling the Atlanta City Council Office of Communications at 404-330-6823 or 404-330-6775; please leave your name

Zoning Code Public Information Meetings

The Atlanta City Council’s Zoning Committee in conjunction with the City’s Department of Planning and Community Development will host two public information meetings to share the initial findings of a consultant team and receive public input about the City’s current Zoning regulations as Atlanta embarks on rewriting its Zoning Code.
 
The Zoning Code divides the city into districts in order to regulate the physical development of the land within the city and limit the uses to which a property may be put. The regulations include the height, overall size, and placement of buildings on a lot, the density at which buildings may be constructed, signage and the number of parking spaces that must accompany each new building, among other regulations.

First public information meeting:

Monday, January 11, 2016
7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Easley Conference Center Pavillion***
1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW
Atlanta, GA 30310


Second public information meeting:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Passion City Church
515 Garson Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

 
The Ordinance Rewrite Assessment is a project conducted by the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD). This work is being led by the Consultant Team of TSW, Canvas Planning Group and The Zoeckler Firm.
 
"After months of conducting interviews with constituent groups and individuals, the Consultant Team wants to hear from the public about specific concerns as well as broad views regarding the City's Zoning Code. I hope that many citizens will take advantage of this unique opportunity to give input in shaping our City's future," said City Councilmember Mary Norwood, Chair of the Zoning Committee. "It is important to note that these meetings are truly intended to gather information and critical 'real life experiences' from individuals who have been involved with or are interested in Atlanta's development and evolution."
 
***The Easley Conference Center at Atlanta Metropolitan State College is located in the Edwin Thompson Student Center, Building 800. It is the first building on your right once you enter the campus at the dual Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College entrance. It can be identified by a large white overhang in the center of the building, which is the entrance to the foyer. The entrance leads to the Easley Conference Center. Please park in the RED Parking Lot when possible.

Curbside Glass Recycling

Glass Recycling

In response to local recycling companies increasingly rejecting glass materials for recycling I am encouraging city residents to take their glass items to The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), a city-supported recycling facility located at 1110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315. CHaRM will accept glass bottles and jars and is open:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CHaRM is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems.

CHaRM’s benefits to the community include an easily accessible and convenient location. It accepts a wide range of items -- much more than available in the city's curbside recycling program. The facility was created through legislation drafted by myself and Councilmember Carla Smith.
 
“It’s important that we do our part to free our landfills of non-biodegradable waste,” Smith said. “A growing number of recyclers in metro Atlanta are refusing to recycle glass to cut costs and opting to take the material to local landfills and that’s greatly disappointing.”
 
Councilmember Smith said while recycling properly does cost money, Live Thrive Atlanta which runs CHaRM, a non-profit, does welcome donations to continue its environmental mission. 

Strategic Materials, located in southwest Atlanta is our processor of glass and is happy to support CHaRM,” said Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe, CHaRM’s Executive Director. “We are already bringing additional containers to the center to receive Atlanta's glass recyclables." According to their website Strategic Materials processes glass into clean, manufacturable product. 
 
Smith, the host of Atlanta’s annual EcoDepot recycling event, and Ratcliffe are responding to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Metro Atlanta recyclers reject glass, ship it to landfills.” Recyclers have cited increased costs for sorting mixed recyclables and have opted for a less environmentally friendly route. “Rather than go to the trouble of separating glass from other materials, recycling companies have decided it’s less expensive to ship glass-filled debris to area landfills,” the report said. While other “recycling companies treat glass like garbage, because it can slash more valuable recyclables like cardboard and paper. Shards can also damage recycling machinery or pose an injury risk to workers,” according to the story.

For additional information, please visit www.livethrive.org/charm

A CHaRMing Evening - Save The Date

The Board of Directors of LiveThrive and I would like to invite you to attend "A CHaRMing Evening" on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Piedmont Park's historic Greystone Building. Live music provided by Yacht Rock Review. Event tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

This 2016 BMW i3 could be yours!
A 2016 BMW i3 will be raffled off at the event. Raffle tickets are $100 and can be purchased in advance or purchased that evening. You won't want to miss this fun-filled meeting supporting Atlanta's Center for Hard to Recycle Material.

City Council Offices Renovations Complete

The renovation of the Atlanta City Council offices is now complete and we are back in our original space on the 2nd Floor (Suite 2900) of the City Hall Annex building accessible from 55 Trinity Ave SW.  The renovations were part of a comprehensive update of City Hall to address technology and building safety issues. Stop by and see our new space!

Solid Waste Services for MLK, Jr. Day Holiday Schedule

City offices are closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Office of Solid Waste Services will provide collection services postponed by one day after the holiday for the remainder of the week as follows: 

  • M collections will occur on Tu
  • Tu collections will occur on  W
  • W collections will occur on Th
  • Th collections will occur on F
Please call 311 or visit www.atl311.com for questions about Public Works Services.
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