Council to vote on establishing Community Park Fund

Atlanta City Council
3 min readOct 15, 2021
Post 2 At-Large Council member Matt Westmoreland

The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting to establish a Community Park Fund with an initial allocation of $2 million to support greenspace improvements and other upgrades in underserved neighborhoods (Legislative Reference №21-O-0776). The initial funding will be combined with matching contributions from philanthropic organizations to support greenspace enhancements in Community Development Impact Areas where at least 51 percent of the population earns 80 percent or below of the area median income.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• A resolution requesting the Department of Human Resources commissioner and chief financial officer conduct a feasibility study regarding increasing the minimum wage to a “housing wage” to ensure City of Atlanta employees wishing to live in Atlanta can afford to do so (Legislative Reference №21-R-4064).

• A resolution urging the mayor or her designee to authorize a feasibility study regarding the establishment of an “Office of Nighttime Economy” (Legislative Reference №21-R-4063). The office would advise the mayor and Council on policies and recommendations to address public safety and economic challenges specific to overnight activities in the city.

• A resolution requesting the City attorney and the commissioners of the Atlanta Department of Transportation and Department of City Planning provide a report to Council regarding the abandonment and conveyance of all alleys in Atlanta (Legislative Reference №21-R-3932).

• A resolution urging the Geogia General Assembly to amend the Georgia Code to allow the City to enact legislation requiring owners to ensure the safe storage of firearms when outside of the individual’s immediate control (Legislative Reference №21-R-4060).

• An ordinance authorizing the issuance of $4 million for general obligation bonds for renovations to various fire stations and police precincts (Legislative Reference №21-O-0751).

• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances to incorporate Georgia Code Section 25–5–14 “Firefighter’s Mediation Act” to allow City of Atlanta firefighters to negotiate terms of employment, including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies through a collective bargaining process (Legislative Reference №21-O-0661).

• An ordinance to ratify the mayor’s executive order authorizing the transfer of up to $3.5 million from the City’s uncommitted fund balance to Partners for Home to house people experiencing homelessness (Legislative Reference №21-O-0766).

The Committee on Council will be held in committee of the whole during the full Council meeting Oct. 18.

The Oct. 18 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 access the live meetings 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 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.