Council to consider Center for Diversion and Services legislation

The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting to waive any conflicting provisions in the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances to support the efforts of the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and other stakeholders in assisting the City of Atlanta’s chief procurement officer with related procurements associated with the creation, establishment and operation of the Center for Diversion and Services. (Legislative Reference №22-O-1101). The Council will also consider legislation to amend the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in the amount of $2.95 million to fund the one-time capital costs necessary to build the Center for Diversion and Services within the Atlanta City Detention Center (Legislative Reference №22-O-1102).

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• A resolution requesting the mayor or his designee establish the City of Atlanta’s “Pilot Workforce Program” for the retention and advancement of the City’s workforce through job training programs (Legislative Reference №22-R-3140).

• A resolution to establish a historical commission study group to make recommendations on amending the City’s charter to create a permanent historical commission that will support and expand the Urban Design Commission’s administration of Atlanta’s historic preservation program (Legislative Reference №22-R-3139).

• An ordinance to amend the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances to revise the duties of the Urban Design Commission as it relates to the commission’s review of demolitions that have been ordered by the City’s In-Rem Review Board, a board that conducts public hearings on properties determined to pose a risk to the health, safety or welfare of Atlanta residents (Legislative Reference №22-O-1097).

• A resolution urging the Atlanta Police Department to consider implementing a policy to allow patrol vehicles to have a steady stream of blue lights during nighttime patrols to enhance police presence and deter criminal activity (Legislative Reference №22-R-3143).

• A resolution to authorize the City of Atlanta to accept the donation of a statue of Ambassador Andrew Young and the installation and the maintenance thereof for a period of up to 20 years from the National Monuments Foundation for placement in the Rodney Cook Sr. Park and to authorize the mayor or his designee to enter into any necessary agreements in connection with the Ambassador Young donation (Legislative Reference №22-R-3145).

The Committee Chairs briefings will be held remotely on Mondays — the week of full Council meetings — at 9:30 a.m. The briefings will be simulcast on the Council’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook and Twitter pages. The public may receive toll-free access to listen by dialing (470) 705–2654 and entering Conference ID: 45968267#.

The Committee on Council will hold its remote meeting at 11 a.m. ahead of Monday’s full Council meeting. Public comment for the committee will be accepted between the hours of 4–7 p.m. the day before the scheduled meeting by dialing (404) 330–6069. Media and the public can access the live meeting using the conference bridge by dialing (404) 902–5066 and entering ID number 151945.

The Feb. 21 Council meeting will be held remotely at 1 p.m. in response to City Hall’s telework protocol. The meeting will be simulcast on the Council’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, and Channel 26. Closed captioning will be available on the Council’s Facebook page. Media and the public can access the live meeting using the conference bridge by dialing (404) 902–5066 and entering ID number 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 full Council meeting by calling (404) 330–6001 and leaving a voicemail.

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