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In this issue:  Voting information for the June 9 election, Solid Waste Services, and more...
Welcome to the May 2020 edition of the Atlanta City Council District 6 eNewsletter. Below you will find some helpful information about issues in our District and City, particularly as it relates to City of Atlanta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always, I encourage your feedback and comments. Please contact me at (404) 330-6049 or jnide@atlantaga.gov if I can be of assistance. I appreciate the opportunity to be your voice in our city government.
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June 9th Election Information

Early voting has started for the June 9th election, which includes federal, state, and local elections. Due to the COVID pandemic, some precinct locations have changed for safety precautions. Below are the updated voting locations for early voting and election day opportunities. 

The Secretary of State sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. This is not your ballot! You should have received a ballot back in the mail that you need to fill out and sent in. The actual ballot looks like this: 



If you did not request an absentee ballot, you should likely plan to vote in person.  While state law allows you to request an absentee ballot up until Friday, June 5, absentee ballots must be received back by Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m., so your ballot may not be issued and/or received in time.  

If you requested a ballot, but you have not received it, you can check its status on the My Voter Page at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. where you can also track the status of whether your absentee ballot has been received, find your precinct, and view a sample ballot. The number for Fulton County Voter Registration is 404-612-3816 or Elections.VoterRegistration@fultoncountyga.gov and DeKalb's contact information is 404.298.4020 or AbsenteeBallot@DekalbCountyGA.gov. The City of Atlanta Municipal Clerk is also available to assist with any questions or concerns and can be reached at Atlanta Elections Helpline 404.330.6500 or email Municipalclerk@Atlantaga.gov.

Please review the election day information for precincts below as some locations have been updated due to COVID-19 response in order to provide safer voting options. There are graphics below for early voting opportunities in Fulton and DeKalb Counties below as well.

Election Day Precinct Locations Fulton County

06F - Butler Street Baptist Church - 315 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30308

06G - Grady High School - 929 Charles Allen Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

06L1/2 - Peachtree Christian Church - 1580 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309

06B & 06J - Inman Middle School - 774 Virginia Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306

06D & 06E - Morningside Baptist Church Gym - 1700 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30324


06I - Peachtree Hills Recreation Center - 308 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30305

06N & 06Q - Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church - 2715 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30305

06R - First Presbyterian Church - 1328 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

 

Election Day Precinct Locations DeKalb County

06F - Butler Street Baptist Church - 315 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30308

06G - Grady High School - 929 Charles Allen Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

Atlanta Budget Process Underway

The CIty of Atlanta is required by June 30, 2020, to pass its budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which runs from July 1, 2020 - June 20, 2021.  A copy of the proposed FY2021 budget can be found here.

Departmental budget hearings are underway and can be viewed on Channel 26, as well as the City Council website and social media sites (@atlcouncil on Facebook and Twitter).  You can also call in to the Public Toll-Free Access line at 877-499-2930 with Conference ID 3995242 or 4237466.  Dates for the remaining budget meetings and hearings are below:

May 28 at 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

  •  10:00 am – Unions (AFSCME)
  • 10:30 am – Unions (PACE)
  • 11:30 am – Unions (IAFF)
  • 12:30 pm – Unions (IBPO)

June 2, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

  • 10:00 am – Department of Human Resources
  • 11:00 am – Executive Offices
  • 1:00 pm – Department of Procurement
  • 2:00 pm – City Council
  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. -- Remote Public Hearing for Tax Millage Rate Millage Rate-Per Published Notice (Office of Revenue)
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. --Remote Budget Public Hearing (Interactive Community Budget Session) 

June 3, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

  • 10:00 am – Department of Parks and Recreation
  • 11:00 am – Department of Law
  • 12:00 pm – Municipal Court
  • 1:00 pm – Office of the Public Defender
  • 1:30 pm – Office of the Solicitor

June 4, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

  • 10:00 am – Department of City Planning
  • 11:00 am – Department of Finance
  • 1:00 pm – Department of Enterprise Assets Management
  • 2:00 pm – Department of Customer Service/ATL311
June 5, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
  • 10:00 am – Department of Aviation
  • 11:00 am – Department of Public Works (Solid Waste & Fleet Services)
  • 12:00 pm – Personnel Paper Discussion

June 10, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.-- Second Public Hearing for Tax Millage Rate

Atlanta Enters Phase 2 of Re-opening

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today that Atlanta is ready to begin phase 2 of re-opening the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full review of what that entails, you can see her press brief here or read the AJC article about it here. In summary, these are the recommendations for residents of Atlanta:

Individuals:

  • Stay home except for essential trips
  • Wear face coverings in public
  • Practice frequent hand washing
  • Continue social distancing
  • Limit small, private gatherings to no more than 10 people, with social distancing

Businesses/Non-Profits:

  • Continue to-go and curbside pickups from restaurants and retail establishments
  • Continue practicing teleworking
  • Maintain frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas

City Government:

  • Non-essential City facilities remain closed
  • Continue moratorium on special event applications
  • Continue communication with local and State authorities to monitor public health metrics

Solid Waste Services COVID Guidelines

Solid Waste Services made changes to their collection routines in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. The major change is that they are no longer collecting items outside of the regular bins. Items that can not fit inside the bins need to have a bulk collection scheduled in order to be picked up. Further, in observance of Memorial Day, collections will be postponed for a day and resume the following day with Friday collections getting picked up on Saturday, May 30.

Virginia-Highland's QuaRUNtine Virtual 5K


On June 13 and 14, Virginia-Highland Civic Association is helping sponsor a virtual 5K. Rather than gathering all together at the start and finish line, the virtual 5K encourages participants to complete the run on their own time and share social media posts to link up virtually. This unique idea to get people moving benefits two amazing organizations that service District 6, Intown Collaborative Ministries and Giving Kitchen. Please see the flyer or visit the Facebook page for more information or sign up!

Permitting Process During Pandemic

Atlanta City Hall is closed to the public and employees. Therefore, all staff are working remotely.

Construction in Atlanta continues, so we are working on new ways to serve the hundreds of residents and businesses we support every day since so much of our work was facilitated by person to person interaction – either at City Hall or at specific job site locations.

On Permitting and Inspections
Since this crisis began we have shifted our permitting online. Please be mindful that we have leapfrogged the normal electronic submittal launch architecture, so we could get something going quickly. Therefore, there will likely be a few bumps in the road as our staff and applicants learn the new system. Continued patience is appreciated. We expect to have Version 2.0 of electronic submittals operational soon.

Regarding inspections, for the first time in Atlanta we have a 3rd Party inspection program. We never needed it before, but we needed it now since our City inspectors are mostly working from home at this time. We also created Atlanta’s first video inspection program. Both new programs will serve us post-pandemic.

Check out our update on our Arborist postings here.
 
To see how we have been doing since this crisis started you can see a rundown on our permitting and inspections here and to visit the home page here.

Advisory Council for the Reopening of Atlanta - Final Report

About four weeks ago, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms created this council to help inform a reopening plan for the city in order to balance health and economic concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The council was comprised of business leaders, elected officials, government employees, health care professionals, representatives of the arts and entertainment, and faith leaders. There has been a lot of information to balance between the federal, state, and local responses but this report does a fantastic job of tying all of the elements together. There is an abundance of information in the 119 pages, but it is well worth the read. In it, topics from a timeline of the past and future are available, inter-governmental workings with legal analysis, public polling information, and much much more. You can find the report here.

Peachtree Creek Greenway BINGO


Looking for a fun activity outdoors? Discover the Peachtree Creek Greenway during a game of BINGO to find hidden objects and places. The link on each square takes you to a photo and some interesting additional information. 

This game has been designed to be fun for both adults and kids as they stroll along the path discovering previously unnoticed elements! 

1) Download a BINGO interactive card here. 

2) Download a Photo BINGO card here.

3) Take a selfie at one of the 25 BINGO locations on the Greenway and post it on their Facebook page!

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