Council to consider legislation authorizing premium pay for frontline employees

District 11 Council member Marci Collier Overstreet

The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting to authorize the City’s chief financial officer and Department of Human Resources commissioner to utilize American Rescue Plan Act recovery funds for premium pay applicable to certain frontline City employees through June 30, 2022 (Legislative Reference №21-O-0709).

Premium pay is intended to provide additional payments to lower-income eligible workers that perform essential work duties. Eligible forms of work are those that address an identifiable public health harm or negative economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and involve regular interactions or handling of items that were also handled by others and are associated with heightened risks because of the nature of the work.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• An ordinance to formally establish Atlanta’s first fully-staffed Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Legislative Reference №21-O-0702). The office’s purview will include such areas as youth and community engagement, LGBTQ+ affairs, public health, sustainability and resilience, and immigrant affairs.

• An ordinance to establish the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction (Legislative Reference №21-O-0697). The office would develop plans to decrease violence in Atlanta, manage certain grants, and coordinate strategic plans and program with impacted communities and community-based organizations.

• A resolution to establish the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the purpose of continued community engagement and input in the development of the new public safety training facility slated to be built on Key Road (Legislative Reference №21-R-3869).

• A resolution to appoint members to serve on the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee (21-R-4056).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor or her designee to execute a special procurement agreement for an electronic applicant file management system with Guardian Alliance Technologies Inc. on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department for a term of one year with three one-year renewal options in an amount not to exceed $122,400 (Legislative Reference №21-R-3929). The system will allow the department to automate its hiring process.

• An ordinance to adopt the 2022–2026 Capital Improvements Element to include capital improvements that the City of Atlanta intends to fund in whole or in part with development impact fees in compliance with the requirements of the Georgia Development Impact Fee Act (Legislative Reference №21-O-0672).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor or her designee to issue a task order number with JOC Construction LLC for the Atlanta Children’s Eternal Flame Project on behalf of the Department of Enterprise Asset Management for the Office of the Mayor in an amount not to exceed approximately $293,572 (Legislative Reference №21-R-4054).

The Committee on Council will be held in committee of the whole during the full Council meeting Oct. 4.

The Oct. 4 meeting will take place remotely at 1 p.m. in response to the telework protocol activated for City Hall. The meeting will be simulcast on the Council’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, and Channel 26.

Media and the public can tune into the remote meeting by dialing (404) 902–5066 and entering the conference code 151945.

Pursuant to 20-R-4119, remarks from the public for all remote meetings are accepted between the hours of 4–7 p.m. on the day before the scheduled meeting.

Residents can participate in the public comment portion of the meeting by calling (404) 330–6001 and leaving a voicemail, including their name and contact information. Public comments for the Committee on Council may be left by calling (404) 330–6069.

Information from the Atlanta City Council