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May 2015 Newsletter for Atlanta City Council District 6.
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In this issue
City of Atlanta FY2016 Budget Hearings
Druid Hills Tour of Homes
Atlanta Jazz Festival / Neighborhood Jazz Series
District 6 Month at CHaRM
May with Mary:  An Atlanta Park Tour
Spotlight on City of Atlanta Government:  Transportation

Hon. Alex Wan
Contact
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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Reminder - City Council Offices Move To City Hall Tower
For the next several months Atlanta City Council offices are being renovated as part of a comprehensive update of City Hall to address technology and building safety issues. Our temporary office is located at 68 Mitchell St SW (Atlanta City Hall Tower) on the 14th Floor.

City Hall Tower can be accessed from 68 Mitchell St SW as well as from the entrance at 55 Trinity Ave SW.

Atlanta City Council offices are being housed on two floors as follows:

14th Floor of City Hall Tower
  • District 2 (Kwanza Hall)
  • District 6 (Alex Wan)
  • District 10 (C.T. Martin)
  • District Post 1 at Large (Michael Julian Bond)
4th Floor of City Hall Tower
  • City Council President (Ceasar Mitchell)
  • all other Districts
  • City Council staff
     
Welcome to the May 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.


Alex
 

City of Atlanta FY 2016 Budget Hearings
The Reed Administration has just released its proposed City of Atlanta budget for FY 2016, which begins July 1, 2015. As presented, the General Fund budget would increase modestly from $567 million in FY 2015 to $590 million in the coming year. Of particular note, there is no proposed increase in property taxes (in fact, there would be a slight rollback in the City's millage rate).

City Council begins its deliberations on the proposed budget on May 5, 2015.  We welcome your input during this process. For the full hearing schedule, please click here. The Public Hearings on the budget are:
  • Public Hearing and Interactive Virtual Town Hall Meeting - Monday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Public Hearings for Tax Millage Rate - Tuesday, May 19 (Council Chambers), from 1:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 28, from 11:00 a.m. - Noon (location TBD)
Atlanta residents, business leaders and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions about the City of Atlanta's proposed FY 2016 general fund budget during the May 18th combined Public Hearing and Interactive Virtual Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will be streamed live on the City of Atlanta's website (click on the ATL City Channel 26 icon). The FY2016 Proposed Budget is also available on the City's website here.
 

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens
Druid Hill Tour of Homes and GardensThe annual Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens is this weekend, May 1-3. Tickets can still be purchased at any of the homes featured on the tour. Tickets are valid all weekend. For a complete list of homes on the tour, please click here. You won't want to miss this popular event in District 6!
 
Atlanta Jazz Festival & Neighborhood Jazz Series
Atlanta Jazz FestivalPlease join me as I host a free Neighborhood Jazz Concert in John Howell Park on Sunday, May 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Live performance by RJK All-Star Band, The Reach Complex, and The Mar-Tans.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival will be held in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 - 24. For additional details including the full line-up of performers, please click here.
 
District 6 Month at CHaRM
CHaRMAtlanta's new Center for Hard to Recycle Material, or CHaRM for short is now open! CHaRM is operated by the nonprofit organization LiveThrive Atlanta in conjunction with the City of Atlanta. In May, representatives from CHaRM will be attending neighborhood association meetings as well as NPU meetings in District 6 to educate these organizations and answer any questions. Promotional magnets will be available mid month for distribution. If you'd like to promote CHaRM, please contact Peggy Whitlow Ratcliffe, Executive Director of LiveThrive Atlanta at pwhitlow@livethrive.org.

Great news! CHaRM has already collected enough paint (filtered and re-mixed) and is being made available for District 6 neighborhood clean-up events. Please contact Peggy for details. 

Yacht Rock RevueAdditionally, Yacht Rock Revue  is performing a Purple Rain Tribute at Legacy Fountain in Piedmont Park on May 16th. Resident rocker (and Board President of LiveThrive Atlanta), Nick Niespodziani, along with District 6 is pleased to support your recycling efforts by offering the following:
  • FREE paper shredding, Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m; a shredding truck will be located in the Park Tavern parking lot.  Participants in shredding will be offered a $3 off coupon code to the concert
  • Cell phone recycling -- bring in an old cell phone to be recycled and receive a free Yacht Rock Revue koozie
  • Plastic bag recycling -- bring us your plastic bags, including dry cleaning bags and receive a free Yacht Rock Revue koozie 
At the concert, please visit the CHaRM table and receive a free magnet. They'll be happy to answer an questions you may have about this great new resource in Atlanta!
 
CHaRM is located in the Chosewood neighborhood, just south of Grant Park at 1110 Hill St SE Atlanta, GA 30315 and is open three days a week according to the following schedule:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The center currently is accepting the following materials:
  • household hazardous materials (chemicals, etc.)
  • paint (latex and oil-based)
  • tires
  • electronics (fees apply for TVs and CRTs)
  • batteries
  • light bulbs (including fluorescent tubes)
  • Styrofoam (no packaging 'peanuts')
  • empty plastic bags/dry cleaning bags/packaging film
  • mattresses
  • carpeting
  • toilets and other ceramics
  • metals and aluminum
  • plastics (#1 - #7)
  • paper/cardboard
  • textiles/shoes
  • fats/oils/grease
Visit the CHaRM page on the LiveThrive Atlanta website for additional information.
 
May with Mary:  An Atlanta Park Tour
Join Councilmember Mary Norwood (Post 2-At-Large) as she visits twelve City of Atlanta parks, one in each Council District, in the month of May! She'll be in District 6 on Sunday, May 10th, so stop by and say hello!
 
John Howell Park
Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
797 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

John Howell Park

There will be activities and entertainment for children and refreshments for all. For the full schedule of parks visited, please click here.
 

Spotlight:  Department of Public Works (DPW) - Transportation 
Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Public Works is to deliver industry leading Public Works services that maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure through strong community partnerships, transparent policies, and sustainable procedures utilizing a highly effective and dedicated workforce leading to increased public safety, health, and wellness for the citizens of Atlanta.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has two major offices:
  • Office of Solid Waste Services
  • Office of Transportation Services
This month, we highlight the Office of Transportation. The Office of Transportation is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the City's street network. This office includes traffic engineering, street operations, traffic signals, street lights, street signs, street maintenance, on-street parking management, and capital/infrastructure improvement projects.

To report traffic problems such as malfunctioning traffic lights or potholes please call the Customer Service Center Monday - Friday, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm at (404) 330-6333. After hours, please call (404) 227-3520. You may also contact the Customer Service Center via email at publicworks@atlantaga.gov.

Additional information can be found on the City's website for the Office of Transportation.
 
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