In this issue:  Parks Master Plan, Yard Waste, and more...
Welcome to the June 2020 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. This newsletter contains updates on parks and solid waste pickup.  A separate newsletter will be sent with an update on the City budget and other issues. 

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or 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

  • Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Yard Waste & Garbage Reminders
  • Sunken Garden Park Update
  • COVID Update

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Starting tomorrow, Parks and Recreation will be hosting virtual listening sessions as they move forward with their Master Plan. To learn more and voice your input, please tune in to the appropriate quadrant of the City as seen below. To pre-register or learn more information, please visit their website.

Yard Waste & Garbage Updates

We have heard from many of you who have had issues with garbage and yard waste collections being skipped during the pandemic. Our office has recently inquired into current practices to identify what is going on and how residents can minimize issues with their collections.  It appears that there have been both poorly communicated policy changes as well as some errors in collections, so we wanted to clarify the current practices (which were put in place in order to help prevent the spread of COVID).

Collection Procedures Under Stay At Home Protocols:

  • Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste should all still be being picked up weekly on your regular day.   
  • Call 311 (and if necessary contact if your collection is missed.
  • Bulk pickup is still happening and can still be scheduled via 311.
What's Different:
  • All garbage should be bagged to reduce the chance of any transmission of germs and must be placed in your green "Herbie" bin.
  • Bags placed separately on the curb will not be collected.  
  • Only bagged yard trimmings (under 20 bags) will be picked up on your regular day.  No branches, sticks, etc. will be collected with regular yard waste.  (I know this may not seem to make much sense, but that is the policy per Department of Public Works.).
  • For any yard items that are not bagged, you must schedule a pickup through 311.  If you are planning to do yard work that will necessitate a bulk pickup, call ahead as bulk pick up dates go quickly. 
  • If your garbage has items that may be contaminated with the COVID virus, please call 311 to schedule special pickup. 
For more information, you can visit the Department of Solid Waste Covid-19 Updates page.

Sunken Garden Park Update

An Update from Friends of Sunken Garden and Lenox-Wildwood Parks:

Have you seen the construction and progress in Sunken Garden?  There's now a beautiful, new retaining wall on both sides of the main stairwell. It matches the original stonework seamlessly and will aesthetically help with erosion control.

The next phase of this project is to add drainage lines that will alleviate the flooding and muddy conditions. These park improvements are the result of a Park Pride Community Building Grant (supported by The Home Depot Foundation) that was awarded to our Friends of the Park group in December. We are so grateful to have received $10,000 in matching funds from Park Pride, and we extend special thanks to the Morningside Lenox Park Association and City Councilmember Jennifer Ide for their contributions. We also truly appreciate Patrick Hand, of Integrated Land Design, for his vision, plans and implementation of these capital improvement projects. And of course, thanks to the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department as well! 

COVID-19 Update

Georgia saw its largest increase in cases over this past weekend even as the state continues to relax measures and businesses open back up.  As summer continues and the weather improves, please continue to make safe judgment calls and minimize risk as best you can. Social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand-washing are still the most effective methods in viral transmission per CDC guidelines. About a month ago, NPR issued a helpful guide to summer activities and the risks they entail. Here's a helpful excerpt:

The more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.

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