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MEDIA ADVISORY: Atlanta City Council to Hold Special-Called Meeting Wednesday to Consider the Gulch Project and the Water and Wastewater System Revenue Refunding Bonds WHAT: Special-Called meeting of the Atlanta City Council WHEN: 12 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 WHERE: Council Chamber, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W. The Atlanta City Council will hold a special-called meeting at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Council Chamber. The council will consider several legislative items related to the Atlanta Gulch Project and the issuance of Water and Wastewater Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds. Attached Pictures: Memo from Felicia A. Moore - Atlanta City Council President to members of the Atlanta City Council (1) A proposed rendering for the Gulch Project (2)
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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 Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby 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. In 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 Council member Ivory Lee Young, Jr. He has been hospitalized at a local hospital since Oct. 2. Felicia A. Moore - Atlanta City Council President 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 Approves $10 Million in Funding for Police Salary Increases ATLANTA—The Atlanta City Council approved legislation calling for salary increases for Atlanta police officers under a proposal submitted by the Bottoms Administration. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1629) By a vote of 13-0, the chief financial officer is authorized to amend the Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund budget in an amount not to exceed $2.47M and redirect efficiency savings related to personnel vacancies within the Atlanta Police Department’s (APD) General Fund and Aviation Revenue Fund in the amount not to exceed $7.53M for a total of $10M to fund the salary adjustments. “I am deeply moved emotionally, having worked for years to bring our officer’s salaries up to a standard that will allow them to make being a member of the Atlanta Police Department a career not just a short time opportunity,” said City Council member Michael Julian Bond, the sponsor of the legislation authorizing the transfer of funds. “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and diligence; working with the administration, the officers and other members of council. Members of the council recognize that Atlanta police officers not only deserve adequate compensation, but this is cementing what we have always said about them. They are one of the finest police agencies in the country. The officers are trained in one of the best police academies in the world and they should be compensated appropriately. The people of Atlanta have demanded it and the council and mayor have responded.” Public Safety Committee Chair Dustin Hillis said today’s vote to approve the initial contingent of $10M in raises for our APD officers is an historic and impactful one. “I could not be more thankful and proud of the hard work of my colleagues and Mayor Bottoms and her administration in ensuring that this top priority was executed,” Hillis said. “The initial raise will rightly address our ranks that need help the most – our police officers and senior police officers.” “This monumental raise, along with the subsequent raises, will put our police department in a much more competitive position when it comes to retaining experienced officers and attracting new, qualified recruits to fill our 300-plus current vacancies. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the leadership of Chief (Erika) Shields and her team, especially the many officers who kept their heart and skills in our City and ‘stuck it out’ until this was addressed. I also thank the Atlanta Police Foundation for their dedication to continually improving our police department and improving public safety, as the Mercer study they funded was key in these efforts,” said Hillis. The increase — 30 percent over the next three years — will make officer wages much more competitive with other agencies in the region and in similarly sized urban cities nationwide. The ordinance was co-sponsored by Hillis and Council members Howard Shook, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young, Jr., Cleta Winslow, Andrea Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M. Sheperd, Amir R. Farohki, Dustin Hillis, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, J.P. Matzigkeit, Andre Dickens, Jennifer N. Ide and Matt Westmoreland. The pay adjustments come after a study by Mercer, a global consulting firm that specializes in compensation review, found that APD’s pay plan ranges, by position, are consistently at the lower end of the peer group for most police ranks. Additionally, they are generally narrower than those of the peer agencies. • Pay ranges for recruits through lieutenant ranks are 20% or more below the market ranges; • Pay for higher ranks (Captain and above) is slightly more aligned to peer pay than lower ranks (Captain and below) but still lag the market; • Number of years in-rank for APD Officers to advance to the maximum of the pay range is greater than most peers, despite the APD Officer pay plan maximum being the lowest in the sample; • Number of years in-rank for APD senior police officers, investigators, sergeants, and lieutenants to advance to the maximum of their respective pay plan are less than most peers but pay maximums for these APD ranks are still the lowest in the sample of other peer agencies. The study compared the pay maximums to agencies such as Georgia State Patrol and departments in Nashville, Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, San Diego, Baltimore, Tampa, Seattle and Boston.