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December 15, 2009: Volunteer Needed for APAB

Graham Jackson has severed for many years as the Alternate for NPU-T on the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board. It's time for him to finally get a break-and for us to step up to the plate and embrace this great opportunity.

Nia Knowles, NPU-T Chair, is seeking an Alternate to work with me on APAB. This is a good opportunity for one interested in learning more about the City of ATL, working with City Council, Zoning, Ordinances and how our communities operate. Over the past 6mths, Nia has had the pleasure of meeting and learning from the top NPU's and how they ensure their community vision is being met. The duties of this role are not strenuous. Volunteers should:

If you are interested, please send Nia an email (nia@nputatlanta.org) to discuss further. Need to have something into APAB by the 31th of December.

December 9, 2009: Officer Swearing-In

At the December 2009 Neighborhood Planning Unit T meeting the 2010 Executive Committee Officers were sworn in by Post-1-At-Large City Councilmember (who is also City Counil President-elect), Ceasar Mitchell. In the fourth photograph are from left to right: Councilmember Ceasar Mitchell, Chaplain Bill Cannon, Parliamentarian Vonda Henry, Recording Secretary Gretchen Scholfied, Sergeant-at-Arms John Pavlin, Vice Chair Mark Malaguerra, Chair Nia Knowles, Secretary Scott Smith, and Treasurer Patrick Berry.

Please click on a photograph to enlarge:


December 1, 2009: Public Safety Tip #1

Now is a good time to get plugged into your Neighborhood Associations, Neighborhood Watch Networks or CREATE a Neighborhood Watch Network. The holiday season usually brings more crime within our Atlanta communities since we are often traveling and obtaining new items.

Visit our website's Contact Us page for Neighborhood Association contact information, websites and usergroups for the latest information pertaining to what your community is already doing to deter and report crime.

Tip #1
It is advised by Council Member Cleta Winslow that we develop a "Calling Tree". You should have the full name, address and number of your neighbors. Remember to be compassionate and mindful of our neighbors; share information. And, report any suspicious actively we see around our neighbors house.

If you would like to speak with someone further regarding NPU-T Public Safety, please contact Graham Jackson at graham@nputatlanta.org.


November 25, 2009: Senior Thanksgiving Dinner

NPU-T has celebrated and contributed to the recognition of our seniors within the John O'Chiles homes for many years. The senior center has been renovated and re-opened as the Atrium-Veranda. Neighbors within the NPU-T area donated food items to provide over 200 seniors with a meal during the holidays. The Spelman College Nursery children stopped by to sing to the seniors.

  • Senior Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Senior Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Senior Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Senior Thanksgiving Dinner

November 16, 2009: West End Livable Center Improvement Project

Project Description

Since September of 2008 the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) and the Deparment of Public Works have been developing art projects for the Quality of Life Bond 3 Program. The projects' are now developing in conjunction with construction projects for the Cascade Benjamin E. Mays streetscapes projects and the West End Livable Center Improvement projects. Funding is made available pursuant to City of Atlanta ordinance 08-0-1884, which set aside 1.5% of eligible construction project budgets for public art. The Office of Cultural Affairs, Camille Russell Love-Director, administers the Public Art Program.

Review Committee and Stakeholder Representatives

For each of the two sites, stakeholder committees are working with the Office of Cultural Affairs to develop site-specific artworks that integrate into the scheduled public works projects. The Stakeholder committees consist of members assembled to direct the artist selection process. The Committees have helped to conceive the themes, locations, and other specifics of the projects and have made recommendations concerning the following: the number of artists' to commission and appropriate spaces for artwork. The committees are comprised of voting and non-voting members.

Art projects presently under consideration

West End Semi-Finalist ($250K Commission) for Site Specific Integrated Art

  1. Catherine Widgery (MA) – Propose a series of tree forms as a metaphor for the rooted and growing community. Each tree structure will stand in small open areas possibly with seating. The trunks of the trees and the branches will be made of phrases from MLK, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Joseph Lowery amongst others fabricated from stainless steel. The ground around the forms will be made of stainless steel leaves embedded into the sidewalks.
  2. Steve Wietzman (MD) – Propose a comprehensive design for the area that integrates with the existing surroundings. The design provides preliminary concepts for Intersections, Entry Markers, Banners, Sidewalk Treatments and Bus Stops.

Questions

The Office of Cultural Affairs will receive questions concerning this program Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m. E-mail correspondence should be sent to the program manager Eddie Granderson at EGranderson@atlantaga.gov. For a full discription and updates, please vist our website at http://www.ocaatlanta.com/public-art

West End Livable Center Improvement Project

The West End Livable Center Improvement Project seeks to improve pedestrian access and safety issues, as well as upgrade and enhance existing streetscape elements as follows:

Description: Ralph D Abernathy Boulevard Pedestrian and Intersection Improvement from Lowery Boulevard to Lee Street

Description: Ashby Street (Lowery Boulevard) Pedestrian Improvements from Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard to I- 20

Public Art Stakeholders
Phase 1 Citywide
Bernard Vanderlande – PAAC Representative
Jennifer Ball – Central Atlanta Progress
Annette Cone Skelton – Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Patricia Kerlin - Architect / Consultant
Oscar Harris – Artist/Architect – PAAC Representative
Gregory Holder – Department of Public Works (DPW)
Eddie Granderson – Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)

Phase II Community
Scott Smith – NPU-T Secretary / President Westview neighborhood association
Myrna Anderson-Fuller – Director, Hammonds House Gallery and Resource Center
Kevin Sipp – Artist / Curator Hammonds House Gallery
Edith Ladipo – West End activist / DPW
Ceclia Corbin Hunter – Business Owner
Danielle Carney _ West End LCI representative
Gregory Holder – Department of Public Works (DPW)
Allen Johnson – Department of Public Works (DPW)
Eddie Granderson – Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)
Bernard Vanderlande – PAAC Representative

Project Schedule
Construction Start: Fall 2010

Download flyer


November 12, 2009: City of Atlanta Technology Upgrade

COMING SOON: Technology Upgrade to existing permitting and enforcement system.

The City of Atlanta will conduct information sessions the week of November 16-20, 2009 in the Atrium of City Hall, to introduce Accela Automation, a web based workflow management system to streamline business processes across multiple departments. The new software will integrate online permitting, compliant and enforcement activities with improved information tracking and delivery of services. The sessions will provide an opportunity to pre-register, train, and solicit feedback from citizens and the development community prior to November 30, 2009 release.

For More Information Contact: Mary Ross-Vaughn (404) 330-6960


November 11, 2009: 2010 NPU-T Officers

During the October NPU-T meeting nominations were taken for the 2010 slate of officers. At the November meeting the community voted on the slate. The following officers will serve Neighborhood Planning Unit T in 2010:

Chair - Nia Knowles
Vice Chair - Mark Malaguerra
Secretary - Scott Smith
Recording Secretary - Gretchen Scholfield
Treasurer - Patrick Berry
Parliamentarian - Vonda Henry
Sergeant-at-Arms - John Pavlin
Chaplain - Bill Cannon


November 4, 2009: Commercial Revitalization Deduction

Do You Know of Any 2009 Commercial Developments in Your Neighborhood? If So, They May Be Eligible for the Commercial Revitalization Deduction!

Do you know of any commercial or mixed-use developments that were placed in service this year? If so, these projects may be eligible for the Renewal Community's Commercial Revitalization Deduction (CRD). This Federal tax deduction allows developers or investors to either take HALF of their expenses building or substantially rehabilitating an eligible building off of their 2009 taxes (with the remaining balance depreciating on the building's normal schedule) OR pro-rate their expenses over a ten-year period.

So, if a building cost $1 million to build or rehabilitate, the developer or investor can take a $500,000 tax deduction from his or her 2009 taxes OR enjoy a $100,000 tax deduction for the next ten years!

If you know of someone who can benefit from this program, please have them contact Lisa L. Hawkins at 404-865-8465 or via e-mail at lhawkins@atlantaga.gov immediately, as time is running out! No project is too big or small!


October 14, 2009: Online Crime Statistics

The City of Atlanta has begun posting its crime statistics on its website (look for the red/blue box in the bottom right corner). The crime statistics will be posted weekly and show the prior week's crime numbers, which will be compared to the same weekly periods in 2007 and 2008. The website also shows the citywide crime figures and breaks them down in each of the city's six police zones.


September 8, 2009: Free Braves Tickets for Meeting Attendees

Tuesday, September 15th is BeltLine Night at the Braves Game versus the Mets at Turner Field. Thanks to the generosity of Turner Broadcasting, NPU-T will have tickets to give out. Each meeting attendee will obtain a free ticket and NPU-T will additionally give many to NPU-T neighborhood associations to distribute within their communities.


June 23, 2009: Mid-term Executive Committee Changes

Due to residency changes of current executive members, NPU-T held mid-term elections during the June meeting. Nia Knowles was elected Chair and Mark Malaguerra was elected Vice Chair. Nia will hold the position as Interim Recording Secretary and Mark Malaguaerra will hold the position of Interim Community Planner until these positions can be filled by someone else. Graham Jackson will replace Aston Thompson as the Interim Zoning and Land Use Chair.


June 4, 2009: Atlanta Police Special Enforcement Section Tip Line

As promised, in order to speed up the process of receiving and responding to complaints on illegal activity, we have developed an email address that you all can utilize and share to forward information on illegal activity involving narcotics, prostitution, gambling, illegal businesses and gang information.

The Special Enforcement Section email address is: SpecialEnforcementSectiontips@AtlantaGa.Gov

For those that does not wish to utilize this resource can continue to utilize the Narcotics Tip line and CRIME STOPPERS. The new numbers for the Narcotics Tip Line effective June 8, 2009 for the new location is:

NARCOTICS TIP LINE 404-546-2650

Crime Stoppers 404-546-8477

Thank you for your continue support and cooperation.

- SPO J. Moses
Crime Analyst Zone 1
404-799-2488


June 1, 2009: Fulton County DA Anti-Burglary Program

NEW ANTI-BURGLARY PROGRAM: Barcoding System Tracks Electronics, Deters Thieves

Atlanta- In the wake of skyrocketing residential and commercial burglary rates in the Metro Area, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. has launched a new program designed to proactively tackle the problem. The initiative, spearheaded by the DA's Office of Community Prosecution, allows Fulton County residents and business owners to register their electronic equipment with the DA's office-particularly high-end plasma televisions and computers which have become primary targets for criminals.

Participants can download an "Electronic Registration" form located on the DA's website at www.fultonda.org and register up to four electronic items including make, model and serial numbers for each. The information will be entered into a computerized database maintained by the DA's office and in return, specialized bar-coded stickers will be mailed to registrants to affix to their equipment. Owners will also receive a window decal which reads "The Electronic Equipment Herein is registered with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office."


May 29, 2009: "Don't Buy Crime" Initiative

NPU-T support's Zone 1's "Don't Buy Crime" initiative.

Say "NO" to Stolen Goods - If the price is too good to be true, it's possibly stolen goods. Don't be a partner to crime!

This Atlanta Police Zone One Initiative tackles the cycle of crime initiated by people who buy stolen goods, whether knowingly or by turning their back on the truth.

Stolen goods markets motivate thieves because most thieves steal to sell goods for cash. When you buy stolen goods you help keep these markets thriving. The proceeds from crimes such as burglaries, shop-lifting, theft from vehicles, and robberies fund additional crimes, most frequently drug trade. "Don't Buy Crime" is about breaking the cycle, in other words, directly tackling the markets where these goods are sold and the crimes associated with these markets.

Download the "Don't Buy Crime" flyer.


May 28, 2009: Georgia DOT Traffic Shift for 14th Street

The Georgia Department of Transportation will shift traffic on 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta this weekend. This shift is the next phase in the ongoing work to rebuild 14th Street in preparation for opening the new bridge in December.

Fourteenth Street traffic will remain a single westbound lane between Crescent Avenue and Williams Street. Motorists traveling north on Williams or West Peachtree streets will still not be able to turn right onto 14th Street. All traffic control will remain in place until this reconstruction work is completed, most likely by end of summer.

The shift is expected to go into effect Saturday morning, but may be delayed until Sunday due to weather.

The 14th Street traffic shift and lane closure is part of an ongoing project to replace the 14th Street Bridge over the Downtown Connector to relieve congestion at the 14th Street interchange. The improved bridge will feature two new exit ramps from the interstate: southbound to 10th Street and northbound to 17th Street. The estimated cost of the project is $88.5 million.

Traffic delays throughout Downtown, especially in Midtown are to be expected. Motorists should allow additional travel time and/or choose alternate routes during this construction projects. For information on commuting alternatives contact the Clean Air campaign at www.cleanaircampaign.com.

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (www.dot.ga.gov).


May 24, 2009: NPU-T at LEADS Conference

NPU-T Chairman Kwabena Nkromo paired up with Spelman's Dr. Jennifer China to speak about community organizing at the Women of Color conference on May 14th:


April 21, 2009: West Peachtree Street Closures

14th Street Improvement Project

WEST PEACHTREE STREET CLOSURES BETWEEN 10TH AND PEACHTREE STREETS THIS WEEKEND

WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday, April 24 until 5 a.m., Monday April 27, weather permitting.
WHERE: West Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta between 10th and Peachtree streets.
· Between 10th and 12th streets West Peachtree Street will be reduced to two lanes (recommended for local traffic only).
· Between 12 and 17th streets West Peachtree Street will be closed to all traffic.
· Between 17th and Peachtree streets West Peachtree Street will be reduced to two lanes.
Please Note: West Peachtree Street will be blocked to all cross traffic within the work area.
WHAT: Crews will be milling and resurfacing West Peachtree Street through the weekend. This work is related to the 14th Street Bridge Improvement Project.

Detour signage will be in place throughout the work area. Police officers will be stationed at key intersections to direct traffic flow.

Motorists traveling north on West Peachtree Street will be detoured:
- right onto 10th Street
- left onto Peachtree Street
- left onto 17th Street
- right back onto West Peachtree Street

A more detailed traffic plan is available upon request.

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (www.dot.ga.gov).


April 10, 2009: Executive Committee Retreat Photos

Photographs and notes of the 2009 Officers at the February retreat hosted by Spelman College can now be viewed on the 2009 Retreat page.


March 31, 2009: Electronic Waste & Tire Recycling Day

The City of Atlanta will host one of the largest single-day electronic waste collections in the southeast on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Turner Field’s Orange Lot.

Residents are encouraged to bring their analog television sets, outdated computers and other household electronics to be recycled. This year the City will also accept lead batteries, including automotive batteries, with the help of the event’s newest national partner Advance Auto Parts. Tires will be collected on site as well.

This is the seventh year the City of Atlanta has sponsored e-waste recycling. In 2008, more than 1,000 items including computers, stereos, televisions* and other electronics were recycled.

"Under the leadership of Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta is more committed to preserving the environment than ever before," said City Councilmember Carla Smith. "By properly recycling these electronic items, we are having the least impact on our planet."

In addition to Advance Auto Parts, Smith said, the City is honored to welcome WABE 90.1 FM as new local sponsor. WABE delivers NPR news, classical music, and arts and culture programming to more than 400,000 listeners weekly.

"WABE 90.1 FM is pleased to partner with the City of Atlanta and its Electronic Waste Recycling Day," said John Weatherford, Public Broadcasting Atlanta General Manager. "Participating in this worthwhile cause is our way of supporting e-waste recycling. We also encourage the recycling of analog television sets with the approach of our digital conversion on June 12."

Today, electronics account for up to five percent of landfill volume and contributes up to 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills because every year newer and better products are being sold to consumers.

The goal of Electronic Waste Recycling Day is to promote the recovery, reuse, and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment and to encourage the design, manufacture, and purchase of environmentally responsible electronic equipment.

The E-Waste Recycling Day is sponsored by Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith; Keep Atlanta Beautiful; Turner Field; Advanced Disposal; Atlanta Recycling Solutions, LLC.; WABE Radio 90.1 FM; Advance Auto Parts; the city of Atlanta Department of Public Works, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Craft Creation & Design, LLC.

The following items will be accepted at the city of Atlanta’s E-Waste Recycling Day:

The following items will not be accepted: consoles, projection televisions, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers or humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, household trash and NON-electronic equipment.

For more information, please call Councilmember Smith's office at (404) 330-6039.


March 16, 2009: Help CVC Receive a $10,000 Grant from Greenworks Green Heroes

Great news! Creating Vibrant Communities Inc (CVC) is one of 10 finalists for the Greenworks Green Heroes grant program that that supports eco-friendly community projects around the country. As you know, CVC Urban Farms is a partner with the NPU-T Community Food Project's goal of developing a local food economy for our neighborhoods.

Greenworks is going to award $10,000.00 grants to 5 of the 10 finalists. In order for CVC Urban Farms to win, they need neighbors and friends to help by logging onto www.greenworkscleaners.com/greenhero and vote for CVC. Simply follow the link, register, click to go to page 2 of the project list and look for the heading "Creating Vibrant Communities, I..." at the top. Then click to vote for CVC! Greenworks will issue a press release this coming week to announce the finalists.

Once registered, you can vote for CVC every day until the deadline. Please consider supporting one of key community partners. For more information, contact CVC's Executive Director Robert Thompson at 404.399.3790 or rlthomp2002@yahoo.com.


March 13, 2009: Brown Middle School Students Plant Trees Along BeltLine

AJC Article:

1,000 trees, shrubs to be planted along Beltline

Atlanta middle school students will plant 1,000 trees and shrubs Thursday as part of an arboretum encircling the future Beltline.

Trees Atlanta and the Atlanta Audubon Society are working with Brown Middle School to plant fig and black walnut trees, blueberry bushes and other bird-friendly trees and shrubs at the West End school. The project was largely funded by a $42,400 grant from TogetherGreen, a National Audubon Society program sponsored by Toyota.

Trees Atlanta spokeswoman Cheryl Kortemeier said the middle school is along the first piece of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, a one-mile path next to the abandoned train tracks. It is accessible from the school and Gordon White Park. Kortemeier said the arboretum’s theme for the West Connection is ethnobotany, or how trees and plants are used as medicine.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the public can help mulch and water the trees and plant any remaining trees at the school. To join in, e-mail robby@treesatlanta.org or call 404-681-4901.


February 3, 2009: 14th Street Bridge Project Update

Georgia DOT Traffic Shift and Lane Closures for 14th Street; New 10th Street Ramp to Open in Spring

The Georgia Department of Transportation will reduce 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta to one westbound lane of traffic starting February 14th and will not reopen for about six months.

This lane closure marks the next phase of the 14th Street Reconstruction Project to be completed in spring 2010.

Additionally, the new southbound ramp from I-75/I-85 to 10th Street is expected to open in spring.

Fourteenth Street traffic will shift to a single westbound lane between Crescent Avenue and Williams Street. Motorists traveling south on Williams or West Peachtree streets will not be able to turn right onto 14th Street.

To alleviate expected congestion related to the traffic shift and lane closures, a temporary alternate route for cars, light trucks and motorcycles will be available between Williams and Spring streets. The Williams Street access is just past the 14th Street intersection and the Spring Street access is next to Whole World Improv Theatre (see map).

The 14th Street traffic shift and lane closure is part of an ongoing project to replace the 14th Street Bridge over the Downtown Connector to relieve congestion at the 14th Street interchange. The improved bridge will feature two new exit ramps from the interstate: southbound to 10th Street and northbound to 17th Street. The estimated cost of the project is $88.5 million.

The 14th Street Bridge, which was closed to traffic in April 2008, is expected to reopen by the end of the year, with the new ramp from northbound I-75/I-85 to open soon after.

Traffic delays throughout Downtown, especially in Midtown are to be expected. Motorists should allow additional travel time and/or choose alternate routes during this construction projects. For information on commuting alternatives contact the Clean Air campaign at www.cleanaircampaign.com.

Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information visit the Georgia DOT website.

Download 14th Street Traffic Shift FAQ.


February 2, 2009: CVC Urban Farm Featured in Sevananda Newsletter

We are extending a hearty congratulations to Creating Vibrant Communities Inc (CVC), our "home grown" non-profit within NPU-T founded by former West End neighbor Mike Mumper. CVC was selected as the featured organization for Sevananda Natural Foods Market's "Be the Change" program. "Be the Change" is a Sevananda program that helps to nurture 12 local non-profits each year, with non-profit training, exposure to the store's member and shopper base, and donations from shoppers. Most of you may familiar with CVC through its work publishing the neighborhood paper Our West End Newsletter, but the organization has expanded its Asset Based Community Development work to include an Urban Agriculture Program.

CVC Urban Farms is a strong partner for the NPU-T Community Food Project, with our stated goal of creating a sustainable local food system for our neighborhoods. If you shop at Sevananda or have friends who do, consider supporting our neighborhood based non-profit by making a donation at the cash register and show our community pride.

Read the Sevananda Natural Foods Market "Be The Change" article.


January 31, 2009: Kudzu Removal

NPU-T neighbors work on removing kudzu the natual way.

Please click on a thumbnail to enlarge.


January 28, 2009: Urgent BeltLine Update

Dear TADAC:

I am writing to inform you of recent actions taken by GDOT and AMTRAK which threaten the future of the BeltLine and the City of Atlanta.

The BeltLine has achieved significant progress in the last three years, and its transit vision has been embraced by the city and the region as a forward-thinking transit plan for Georgia. It has garnered the support of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Transportation Planning Board, MARTA, and many others, and is included in the regional transit vision, Concept Plan 3, which GDOT has approved.

As you know, the City of Atlanta (through Atlanta Development Authority and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.) recently acquired the real estate underlying a roughly 4.5 mile long segment of a rail corridor that was formerly a part of the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) system. The line segment remains subject to a freight easement owned by Norfolk Southern.

As part of the normal BeltLine transit planning, at the City's request, Norfolk Southern sought the abandonment of the Northeast BeltLine Rail Corridor from the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB). This abandonment was slated to take effect on January 22.

Without forewarning and after the federal comment period ended, GDOT and Amtrak intervened to halt the abandonment process. They have taken actions that now threaten BeltLine implementation and momentum. In addition to trying to halt the abandonment process, AMTRAK filed its intent to condemn the corridor so it can be used for another purpose, potentially high-speed intercity rail.

Both Norfolk Southern and ADA/ABI are urging the STB to deny and dismiss Amtrak's and GDOT's petitions for 3 primary reasons:

  1. Amtrak does not need this corridor to operate its intercity passenger service because other options available for Amtrak that are more compatible with local and regional land use and transportation planning objectives. The Regional Transportation Plan and Concept 3 Plan can accommodate both the BeltLine and intercity transit, while GDOT and AMTRAK would now have us choose heavy rail to the detriment of the BeltLine.
  2. Both Amtrak and GDOT lack funding and any specific plans to support their actions.
  3. Implementation of the BeltLine is already well underway. The City, The BeltLine Partnership and other public and private partners have already made significant investments towards realizing the BeltLine vision—and the Northeast rail corridor is vital to our plans, and our ability to compete for federal funds.

We will follow up with you shortly about ways you can support the BeltLine, but wanted you to be aware of these concerns in the meantime. Mayor Franklin has written a letter to Congressman John Lewis alerting him to this matter and asking for his assistance.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Beth M. McMillan
Director of Community Engagement
Atlanta Beltline, Inc.
86 Pryor Street, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-588-5463


January 16, 2009: City of Atlanta Reduces Hours of Operation

Due to City of Atlanta budget crisis the following city services now have changed work hours:

Department of Public Works

Due to Fiscal Year 2009 mid year budget adjustments, the Department of Public Works has implemented a 4-day work schedule, effective December 11, 2008.

Primary operating hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm with a few exceptions.

Recycling and yard trimmings will be changed from weekly to every other week.

For more information please visit the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works website.

Department of Procurement

The Department of Procurement will implement an abbreviated work schedule as well as reductions to staff, supply and training costs.

The Department of Procurement will implement a 4-day work schedule. Effective December 11, 2008, primary operating hours will be Monday - Thursday, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm with few exceptions.

For more information please visit the City of Atlanta Department of Procurement website.

Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will operate and deliver services under new hours.

Please view the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs PDF for additional information.

Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources will implement an abbreviated work schedule as well as reductions to staff, supply and training costs.

The Department of Human Resources will implement a 4-day work schedule. Effective December 11, 2008, primary operating hours will be Monday - Thursday, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm with few exceptions.

For more information please visit the City of Atlanta Department of Human Resources website.

Department of Planning and Community Development

The Department of Planning and Community Development will implement a 4-day work schedule. Effective December 11, 2008, primary operating hours will be Monday - Thursday, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm with few exceptions.

For more information please visit the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development website.

The Department of Fire-Rescue

The Department of Fire-Rescue will implement an abbreviated work schedule as well as reductions to staff, supply and training costs.

The Department of Fire-Rescue will implement a 4-day work schedule. Effective December 11, 2008, primary operating hours will be Monday - Thursday, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm with few exceptions.

For more information please visit the City of Atlanta Department of Fire-Rescue website.


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