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Atlanta City Council Approves Legislation Accepting Funding to Continue Construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project

Post Date:09/03/2019 3:54 PM
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Atlanta, GA 30303

Michael Ulmer, Communications Specialist
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September 3, 2019 

Atlanta City Council Approves Legislation Accepting Funding to Continue Construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project 

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Tuesday to accept grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation in an amount not to exceed $2.67 million to continue construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1487). The project spans approximately 7.2 miles from Northside Drive to Fulton Industrial Boulevard and aims to make the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor more pedestrian and bike friendly with improved access to the Beltline and MARTA bus service.

Other items approved by the Council include:

• An ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental agreement with Invest Atlanta to continue the work of the Westside Blight Remediation Project in the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1456). The legislation also authorizes the City’s chief financial officer to establish a trust fund account for the purpose of receiving funds from the Westside TAD to be used for blight remediation activities undertaken by the city within the boundaries of the Westside TAD.
• A resolution requesting that Atlanta Public Schools and any private or religious schools within the municipal limits of the city of Atlanta consider initiating with the Georgia Department of Transportation the process of establishing automated traffic enforcement safety devices in school zones within the Atlanta city limits (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-4335). The legislation also requests that Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Atlanta initiate discussions related to the administration and enforcement of the automated traffic enforcement safety devices.
• An ordinance authorizing the chief financial officer to amend the Fiscal Year 2020 general fund budget by transferring $3 million to fund the zoning ordinance rewrite and update (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1451).
• A resolution authorizing the city of Atlanta, on behalf of the Task Force to Reimagine the Use of the Atlanta City Detention Center, to accept donations from individuals, entities, and organizations, of cash, goods, or services, in a total amount not to exceed $25,000 during Fiscal Year 2020 (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-4339).
• A resolution to apply for and accept a grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund for the purpose of increasing financial literacy for residents by establishing a Financial Empowerment Center in an amount not to exceed $150,000 in year one and $100,000 in year two and authorizing the mayor, on behalf of the city of Atlanta, to enter into any required agreements to participate in and implement a grant program related to the project (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-4485).
• A resolution authorizing the ATLCounts 2020 census campaign to accept donations less than $10,000 for the purpose of hosting events and general operations to ensure a complete count of city of Atlanta's population in 2020 (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-4338).
• An ordinance to formalize and codify certain requirements of a 2017 agreement with DeKalb County regarding the annexation of Emory University’s main campus, the Centers for Disease Control, and numerous adjoining properties (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1480).

Council members Cleta Winslow and Amir Farokhi introduced similar pieces of legislation adding a total of $4,000 to the reward being offered to find the suspect from the Aug. 20 shooting at Atlanta University Center. The papers for Winslow’s donation of $3,000 and Farokhi’s donation of $1,000 will be heard before the Finance and Executive Committee, which will meet Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

Council member Antonio Brown introduced a resolution urging the Georgia General Assembly to enact legislation to support the legalization, decriminalization and regulation of cannabis and cannabis-related products. The legislation was referred to the Finance and Executive Committee.

Brown also introduced a resolution to establish a District 3 Blight-Free Advisory Board to complete an evaluation of vacant and abandoned blighted properties in the district through a pilot program and recommend options for abatement to the Council. That legislation was referred to the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee, which will meet Sept. 10 at 3 p.m.

Members of the Council also presented proclamations in honor of Katherine B. Brown and in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.

About 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 representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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