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Atlanta City Council Legislative Highlights for Monday, October 15, 2018

Post Date:10/16/2018 10:48 AM

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October 15, 2018

Atlanta City Council Legislative Highlights for Monday, October 15, 2018

ATLANTA – During its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved legislation calling for salary increases for officers within the Atlanta Police Department (APD) under a proposal submitted by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Administration. The administration is setting aside $10M to fund the salary adjustments. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1629)

The City Council also unanimously approved:

  • The appointment of John Selden to serve as the aviation general manager of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Legislative Reference No.18-C-5141). Selden served as the deputy general manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, which ranks fifth in the United States for the number of annual passengers and generates more than $1.3B in annual revenues.
  • The appointment of Gary Brantley to serve as the chief information officer for the City of Atlanta (Legislative Reference No. 18-C-5142). Brantley served as the chief information officer of DeKalb County Schools in Georgia. Under his direction, the technology division supported 115,000 users, 70,000 personal computing devices, 200 miles of fiber, and 147 buildings across the county.
  • An ordinance by Council member Andrea Boone to amend the Fiscal Year 2018 budget by adding to anticipation and appropriations $1.2M to be used for the acquisition of Motorola police radios for the Atlanta Police Department (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1626).
  •  An amended ordinance by the City Utilities Committee authorizing the City to impose a moratorium on the acceptance for review and consideration of any new Department of Public Works permit applications for activity or construction work in the public right-of-way located within the (designated) impact zone effective Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 thru Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in preparation for Super Bowl LIII (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1612). The city of Atlanta will host more than 1 million visitors during Super Bowl LIII. Game-related preparation and activities are expected to produce increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic, especially in the areas around Mercedes-Benz Stadium and downtown business districts, leading to unprecedented congestion.
  • An ordinance by Council member Natalyn Archibong authorizing the mayor or her designee to rename East Lake Boulevard, S.E. to “Eva Davis Way” (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1515). Mrs. Davis organized the Eastlake Meadows Resident Association in 1971. She served as president of the Eastlake Meadows Resident Association for more than 30 years; as an Atlanta Housing Authority Board Commissioner for more than 17 years; and as a city of Atlanta License Review Board member for more than five years. Mrs. Davis’ work during the Civil Rights Movement included assisting Reverend Joseph Boone hold voter registration drives throughout communities in Atlanta and beyond. She worked alongside many candidates including former President Jimmy Carter, Congressman John Lewis, former Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young, and so many more. Honors for Mrs. Davis includes a city of Atlanta proclamation recognizing her service to the community, a room with her namesake at Drew Charter High School, and a room inside the YMCA which also bestows her name. Mrs. Davis died June 5, 2012 at the age of 76.

Red Light the Gulch 00001In other news, city council members continued Monday to hear from residents and stakeholders concerning CIM Group’s $5B proposal to develop the Gulch, a 40-acre underutilized tract of land in downtown Atlanta. During two-hours of public comment, speakers on all sides of the issue expressed their opinions on the development, including incentive financing of the project, affordable housing guarantees and what some say is a project long overdue in south downtown Atlanta.

Early Monday, the administration announced that it will present an amended Gulch proposal to City Council that will eliminate the planned 10-year extension of the Westside Tax Allocation District (TAD). The TAD was created in the 1990s and allows local government to freeze property tax collections at current levels for a period of time and use future expected increases in property values over many years to fund infrastructure and other improvements in the district. CIM Group’s development will benefit from TAD financing of infrastructure improvements. Without the extension, the Westside TAD will expire in 2038.

The Atlanta City Council opened Monday’s meeting with a moment of silence for the recovery of District 3 Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. He has been hospitalized at a local hospital since Oct. 2.

Moore and Penny

Council President Felicia Moore also honored Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, a nationally respected leader, author, former jurist, attorney, public theologian, and ordained pastor with 25 years of dedication to the public and private sectors, including service in all three branches of government.

Moore said Judge Reynolds has exuded excellence in the pursuit of justice behind the benches of Atlanta’s courts for nearly a decade, establishing herself as a history maker and international public figure dedicated to the fundamental principles of due process, equality, civic engagement and advocacy.

Judge Reynolds is the founding chair of the judicial section of the Gate City Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Bar Association. And as a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, she is the only jurist in history to serve on the Atlanta Chapter NAACP Executive Committee.

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta: it acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts:

Council President: Felicia A. Moore

 

District 1: Carla Smith

District 6: Jennifer N. Ide

District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet

District 2: Amir Farokhi

District 7: Howard Shook

District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd

District 3: Ivory Lee Young

District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit

Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond

District 4: Cleta Winslow

District 9: Dustin Hillis

Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland

District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong

District 10: Andrea L. Boone

Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.

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