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In this issue:  Cheshire Bridge, Redistricting, Police Chief Search, All ATL Cup, MLPA Pickle Ball Tournament, Midtown Survey, Mental Health
Welcome to the September 2022 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.
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In This Issue

Cheshire Bridge

On Friday, September 9, I joined the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ADOT) Interim Commissioner Marsha Anderson Bomar at the construction site of the Cheshire Bridge replacement project. The work is progressing quickly, and the contractor is on track to have one lane open in each direction by the October 31 milestone. The remaining two lanes will follow quickly as the foundations/piers will already be in place, and I was told that we are now beyond the phase where weather, namely rain, could create any significant delays. 

The new bridge will include bike lanes, and additional funding is included in the infrastructure bond approved by voters earlier this year to repave the entire stretch of Cheshire Bridge Road. I hope to have more details on the timing of that project when ADOT presents their implementation plan for the bond projects to Transportation Committee later this month. 

Redistricting

One of the impacts of the 2020 Census is that the City of Atlanta must redraw its council districts to rebalance population shifts over the previous decade as revealed by the census counts. In our case, growth patterns in the city resulted in Council District 6 having the second highest population in the city (District 2 having the highest) and Council Districts 10 and 12 having the lowest. 

Over the last several months, Council has been deliberating numerous maps that would bring all district population counts closer to a target average across all twelve districts - adding residents to those districts that lost population and reducing districts that gained – while also considering such additional parameters as contiguity of numbered districts, demographics, communities of interest, etc.  

A final map representing the consensus we have reached through that process was introduced at our Tuesday, September 6, meeting and is shown below: 

The Committee on Council will continue deliberations and receive public input, with an anticipated timeline of adoption by the end of October. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me and my colleagues during this period. 

Mayor Dickens Requests Input Regarding Police Chief Search

As a national search is underway for a permanent Chief to lead the Atlanta Police Department, Mayor Andre Dickens is requesting community input on policing through a public survey, which can be found here.

“Effective 21st century policing requires a diverse group of community voices involved in the search for a permanent Police Chief,” said Mayor Dickens. “Building public trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve is a collaborative process, and our Administration wants to ensure that all Atlantans have a seat at the table so we can hear their priorities for policing in Atlanta.”

Participants in the survey remain anonymous and will be asked for their input on qualifications important to them in the next Chief, APD services they view as highest priorities and more.  

Earlier this year, Mayor Dickens implemented his One Safe City plan—a balanced, whole of government approach which engages partners, communities and residents. The plan addresses the root causes of crime as well as targets gangs, drugs, illegal guns and repeat offenders. You can learn more about the One Safe City plan here.

MARTA Sponsors Soccer Tournament and Community Day in District 6


Head to Lindbergh Center Station on September 24 to watch the All ATL Cup and enjoy a family friendly community day. In addition to some great soccer, meet Atlanta United players, jump in the bouncy house, have fun with face painting, and check out the food trucks. 

Pickle Ball Tournament in Morningside Lenox Park

As you may know, pickle ball has quickly become the passion of many in District 6 and across the city. If you are among the enthusiasts, consider supporting Morningside Lenox Park Association by joining their inaugural pickle ball tournament on Saturday, October 1. Information and registration can be found here.   

Midtown Community Survey




As the Midtown Alliance continues to direct the future of Midtown, they would like to hear your opinion on what should define the heart of our city. Midtown Alliance wants to know your perceptions on a range of topics, from transportation to public safety and park spaces. The results will help define priorities, identify emerging opportunities and evolve  programs to make your Midtown experience even better. They haven’t done this since 2019, so it will be interesting to see what has changed!

One can take the survey here. Participation before September 21 will give a chance to win a cool Midtown graphic t-shirt. Please know your answers will be kept confidential. 
 

Fulton County Crisis Coalition Seeks To Improve Mental Health In Atlanta

The Fulton County Crisis Coalition is building infrastructure to better address the mental health needs of residents in Atlanta and Fulton County, especially as those needs relate to potential crisis situations. One can learn more about their efforts by attending an event or visiting their website. Please consider supporting their efforts by taking their survey by September 30 or sharing it with your network.

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