Council votes to support fire truck fleet replacement plan

District 9 Council member Dustin Hillis

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Tuesday to express support for the City of Atlanta’s plan to acquire three new tractor-drawn aerial fire truck apparatus and three new 1,500 GPM pumpers in Fiscal Year 2022 and an additional two new tractor-drawn aerial fire truck apparatus and three new 1,500 GPM pumpers in Fiscal Year 2023 for the use and benefit of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (Legislative Reference №21-R-3662).

Other items approved Tuesday include:

• A resolution authorizing the acceptance of the donation of 10 2021 Ford Explorers, valued at approximately $579,929, from the Atlanta Police Foundation to augment the Atlanta Police Department’s presence throughout the city (Legislative Reference №21-R-3654).

• A resolution authorizing the acceptance of the donation of a 2020 Ford Transit Van valued at $38,250, from the Atlanta Police Foundation on behalf of the Atlanta Police Department to be used as an additional police vehicle for the Police Athletic League (“PAL”)/COPS/At-Promise Centers (Legislative Reference №21-R-3655).

• A resolution authorizing the execution of a lighting equipment study agreement between the City of Atlanta and Georgia Power regarding the number, location, and quality of outdoor lighting poles, lights, and related assets on behalf of the Atlanta Department of Transportation and authorizing the chief financial officer to remit payment to Georgia Power in an amount not to exceed $750,000 (Legislative Reference №21-R-3661).

• A resolution to expand the boundaries of the Westside/Howell Mill Community Improvement District (CID) to include additional parcels located on the border in Council District 9 (Legislative Reference №21-R-3618).

• An ordinance to amend an agreement with Partners for Home to add an amount not to exceed approximately $4.3 million to contribute to the funding efforts of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities to provide individual shelter options with supportive services for those experiencing homelessness because of the COVID-19 pandemic (Legislative Reference №21-O-0424).

• An ordinance to amend the 2015 Municipal Facilities Bond by transferring $300,000 from the District 11 Renew Atlanta Bond to make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve (Legislative Reference №21-O-0430).

• A resolution authorizing the submission of a Fiscal Year 2021 U.S. Department of Transportation Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (“RAISE”) grant in an amount not to exceed $1 million for planning of the Stitch, a proposal to cap part of the Downtown Connector with new greenspace (Legislative Reference №21-R-3621).

• A communication appointing Balram Bheodari to serve as the aviation general manager for the City of Atlanta (Legislative Reference №21-C-0080).

• A resolution authorizing an encroachment agreement with Grady Memorial Hospital to install steam and condensate pipes under the right of way at 50 Coca Cola Place SE to create a continuous feed from the Grady Steam Plant to the steam room in the hospital’s basement (Legislative Reference №21-R-3620).

• An ordinance to amend 20-O-1656 related to the regulation and taxation of short-term rentals to change the effective date of the ordinance to provide additional time for implementation and enforcement of the provisions (Legislative Reference №21-O-0426).

• A resolution to appoint Council member Michael Julian Bond to serve as a member of Atlanta- Fulton County Committee to help develop a framework to assist the Fulton County Sheriff with severe overcrowding at the Fulton County Jail. This item was immediately adopted.

Items were introduced to be considered in committee next week including:

• A resolution urging the Georgia General Assembly to amend state law to add all-terrain vehicles (“ATVs”) to the list of vehicles requiring registration and licensing.

• An ordinance authorizing a donation in an amount not to exceed $25,000 from the District 12 carry forward account to the Atlanta Police Foundation to purchase security cameras for use in the district.

• An ordinance authorizing a donation in an amount not to exceed $6,500 from the District 12 carry forward account to the Atlanta Police Foundation to purchase security cameras for the Pittman Park Project.

• An ordinance to amend Part III (Code of Ordinances-Land Development Code), Appendix B (Electrical Code Amendments), Chapter I (Administration), to create a new Section 101.10 to require the installation of infrastructure for exterior security cameras in certain buildings throughout the city.

• An ordinance authorizing a donation in an amount not to exceed $20,000 to the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation in support of anti-eviction efforts from the Post 2 At-Large Carry Forward Account.

Information from the Atlanta City Council