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In this issue:  Holiday Safety Reminders, PARKatlanta Town Hall Meetings, World AIDS Day and more...
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In this issue
Hon. Alex Wan
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Atlanta City Hall
68 Mitchell St SW 14th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3584
awan@atlantaga.gov
(404) 330-6049 Office
(404) 658-6073 Fax

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Welcome to the December 2015 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 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 Holiday this year!


Alex
 
Holiday Safety Reminders
With the holidays approaching, here are a few safety tips to remember:

mailbox image1.  Check mail daily and make sure all packages left at the doorstep are retrieved immediately, or arrange to pick up packages if possible if you will be gone during times when they are likely to be delivered. 
For those not home during the day, consider having your packages delivered to your office. 

Work with your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles or people who may be in the area to steal mail and packages.

2.  Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Better yet, never leave valuables in your vehicle at all!



3.  When shopping, don’t get overloaded with too many packages. Keep at least one hand free so you can easily access your car keys to enter your vehicle without delay.

4.  Stay alert in public spaces.  Know where your purse, packages, wallet, cell phone and other valuables are at all times and never leave valuables unattended. Talking or texting on your phone or digging in your purse for your keys while walking is a distraction and makes you an easy target.

5.  Do not leave empty boxes curbside that might identify newly purchased valuable merchandise in your home, e.g. flat-screen TV boxes, etc.

As always, report all suspicious activity to law enforcement and/or your local Neighborhood Watch.
 

 
PARKatlanta Town Hall Meetings
The Transportation Committee of the Atlanta City Council will hold a series of Town Hall Meetings regarding the Parking Management Contract that is currently held by PARKatlanta. These meetings are part of Council's evaluation of whether our policy position will be to 1) renew/extend the current contract; 2) cancel the contract and rebid; 3) cancel the contract and bring parking enforcement back in house; or 4) some combination of these options.

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Objectives:
  • To inform and educate the public on the history of the parking contract and its expiration date
  • To illustrate the City Council’s interest in supporting the desires of its constituents
  • To gain as much feedback from the target audience so the City Council can make an informed decision that includes the community’s perspective
Citizens are encouraged to submit their questions and concerns thoroughout the entire process (until one week after the third and final public meeting).  Please submit your input:
  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
Town Hall Meeting Remaining Schedule:
 
PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting #2
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Inman Middle School
774 Virginia Ave NE
 
PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting #3
Date, Time & Location - TBD
 
World AIDS Day
World AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st day of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. 

On a local level, Fulton County unveiled a strategy to end AIDS in the county. Officials say that the strategy calls for a greater emphasis on testing and prevention of HIV. John Eaves, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, said during a briefing at the County Government Center, “HIV and AIDS represent a public health crisis for our county that can only be combatted through coordinated response from both government and the community. We have made progress to ending AIDS in Fulton County but also remain fully aware that so much more still needs to be done.” The first phase of the strategy is titled “Our Time is Now: The Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County”.

Additionally, the Georgia Equality's Youth AIDS/HIV Policy Advisor Program presented its policy agenda to elected officials, community leaders, and the public , in honor of World AIDS Day 2015. The group had worked for months on this project and is very pleased with the results. Click here to review their policy recommendations.

World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to talk about HIV and it is important to keep the momentum going all year round.
 
Renovations of City Council Offices 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!
 
Keep Pipes FOG-Free This Holiday Season
The holiday season is here, and the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM) reminds residents to dispose of food waste properly. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can create blockages in household plumbing, which often leads to spills in yards and homes. During this time of year, grease in pipes is a common cause of overflows in the sewer system.
 
“Properly disposing of fats, oils and grease can help residents avoid expensive plumber visits,” said DWM Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina. “Keeping FOG out of our sewers will help us maintain the integrity of our system and protect local waterways.”
 
Cooking oils and meat fats are the most common forms of FOG. However, other products such as mayonnaise, peanut butter, chocolate, ice cream and salad dressing are also considered FOG. When poured down drains, FOG solidifies in pipes and restricts the flow of wastewater.
 
Watershed Management recommends pouring cooled liquid FOG in a sealable, disposable container and placing it in the trash. Residents should also scrape solid FOG and food particles into the trash. Lastly, clean dishes with a paper towel before hand-washing them or placing them in the dishwasher, and then discard the paper towel in the trash.
 
To reduce the harmful effects of FOG pollution year-round, incorporate disposal tips into everyday cooking habits. See our one minute video for more information on how to properly dispose of FOG.

FOG Fighter YouTube video








 

The Department of Watershed Management wishes everyone a happy, safe and clog-free holiday season.
 
Solid Waste Services 2015-2016 Holiday Schedule
The Office of Solid Waste Services will provide collection services as follows for the upcoming holiday season:
 
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015
Regularly scheduled collections do not occur on Fridays. There are no changes to services this week.
 
New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2016
Regularly scheduled collections do not occur on Fridays. There are no changes to services this week.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016
City offices are closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday. Collections will be postponed by one day after the holiday for the remainder of the week as follows: 
  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday
  • Tuesday collections will occur on  Wednesday
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday
  • Thursday collections will occur on Friday
Please call 311 or visit www.atl311.com for questions about Public Works Services.
 

Spotlight:  Department of Law
The Department of Law is headed up by City Attorney, Cathy Hampton.

The City Attorney is the chief legal advisor for the City of Atlanta and is the director of the Department of Law. As chief legal advisor for the City of Atlanta, the City Attorney is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Mayor and to the Atlanta City Council. The Department of Law is vested with exclusive authority and jurisdiction in all matters of law relating to the executive branch of the city government and every department, bureau, office, institution, commission, committee, board and other agency thereof. The Department of Law litigates all civil matters on behalf of the City of Atlanta; provides for the defense of city officers and employees in certain situations involving civil litigation arising out of the performance of official duties of the officer or employee; provides written legal opinions on questions of law connected with the interest of the City of Atlanta to the Mayor, any department head, and president or member of the Atlanta City Council; attends all meetings of the Atlanta City Council and meetings of the committees of the council as requested; supervises, administers and performs all claims work under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-1, et seq., and performs any other services as are consistent with the usual and customary duties of municipal corporation counsel.

The Department of Law does not provide legal advice to members of the public. The Department of Law is limited to providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Mayor, City Council members, City officials and departments in all civil matters regarding the City of Atlanta, Georgia.

Mission
We are a team of legal professionals committed to providing excellent legal services to the City of Atlanta. This work will be accomplished through
  • an environment that is supportive and empowering;
  • a team that is proactive and integrated into the day-to-day activities of the City;
  • a staff that consistently provides top quality customer service and exhibits the highest degree of professionalism and ethical behavior; and
  • a department with an exemplary reputation that is supported by all of the staff.
One of the most frequently asked questions is when to file a claim with the City of Atlanta:  

When an individual or entity is injured or has sustained damage and it is believed that the City of Atlanta is responsible, Georgia Law mandates that a claim must be made in writing to the governing authority within six months of the event giving rise to the claim. This writing must include the date, location, parties involved, and a brief explanation of the event. In the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta City Council is the governing authority. Once a claim is filed with the Atlanta City Council, it is forwarded to the Department of Law, Claims Divisions and assigned to an Investigator who will decide based on the evidence, if the City is legally liable. If the investigation determines that the City or its employee(s) were responsible, then the Investigator will begin settlement negotiations to resolve the claim. If a settlement is reached, then the claim must be approved by the Atlanta City Council and the Mayor prior to release of the check. If the claim is denied because the investigation determined that the City was not responsible for the damages, or the parties cannot agree upon the amount of damages, the injured party may then file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction for resolution by the court system.

Claim Form Explanation
Claim Form

Additional information about the Department of Law can be found on their website.
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