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In June 2012, an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the City of Atlanta’s costly payouts to pedestrians injured after falling on broken sidewalks or other damaged infrastructure. The city’s sidewalk regulations — which make property owners financially responsible for paying for repairs to abutting sidewalks–are a big part of the problem. “We have not taken the step toward being the big bad city and forcing payment,” Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza told the reporter.
Complaints about broken sidewalks continued to increase. In response, Public Works tried to enforce the ordinance. In early February, it mailed letters to 93 households notifying property owners of broken sidewalks, estimating repair costs, and asking for a response within 15 days.
The letters angered Councilmember Carla Smith, who represents a neighborhood where 26 households received letters. At the February Sidewalk Task Force meeting, she accused Public Works of a conspiracy against her people and called for a moratorium.
Yet for years Smith has opposed amending the ordinance. “If we were to change the legislation,” she told the East Atlanta Patch in February, “that would mean immediately, the city would have to go out and fix the sidewalks. There’s no easy solution.”
PEDS believes it’s past time for Atlanta’s officials to make tough decisions. It’s also past time to fix the sidewalks. Atlanta’s pedestrians deserve better than a pretend program.
PEDS CEO Sally Flocks chairs one of the Sidewalk Task Force’s subcommittees. At the February Sidewalk Task Force meeting, her presentation identified numerous barriers to using the existing sidewalk ordinance to fund sidewalk maintenance. It also recommended solutions.These include:
Developing a proactive inventory of sidewalk conditions
Creating weighted formulas that enable the City to prioritize repairs
Using a two-pronged approach of repair and replacement
Providing dedicated funding for sidewalk repairs
Applying consistent funding methods.
Please ask your City Council representatives to amend the sidewalk ordinance. Sidewalks are public assets, just like the streets. The City should dedicate tax dollars to repair both.
PEDS is eager to organize walking tours in each of the City Council districts. To do so, we need help planning routes and spreading the word. Please contact us if you’re willing to volunteer.
ADNA wants to let you know about a green volunteer opportunity in our neighborhood. Centennial Place Elementary recently received a grant from Fruit Tree Planting Foundation of 20 fruit orchard trees. They have a plan to plant the trees on the school property located at 531 Luckie Street (across from Coke’s HQ); and are therefore looking for volunteers to help dig holes and plant the trees on Sunday, December 9th from 2-4pm. If anyone is around and are interested in helping, please stop by the school. Feel free to tell your friends and neighbors too. Attached is a flyer and shovels will be supplied by the Atlanta Food Bank but feel free to bring your own if you have.
While it may seem like the Marietta Street Streetscape project is complete, a few items remain to be done. In order to achieve 100% completion, you will see a good bit of work during the next two weeks that I wanted to make you aware of. Please share this notice with your teams, colleagues and neighbors who need to know.
Beginning Monday, November 12th
· Pavement patch and repair – notably near Broad Street
· Pavement striping – throughout the corridor including some lines to demarcate loading zones and future curbside parking on the northside of the street
· Modular newspaper rack installation
Beginning Monday, November 19th
· Pressure Washing – All of the sidewalks along the corridor will be pressure washed as the final step in the project. This could require ‘rolling’ closures of small areas of the sidewalk. Also, while all due care will be taken to avoid it, there is a possibility of minimal water intrusion into buildings at unsealed locations. The pressure washing contractor will provide advance notice to front desk and security staff as they begin work in an area.
Fulton County citizens can learn more about Emergency and Transitional Housing services during a Wednesday, August 29, 2012, workshop. The information session is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Human Services Office of Housing and Community Development. The session will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Branch Library located at 400 Formwalt Street in Atlanta, GA 30312.
The Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing provides services for homeless and at-risk women, youth, men and families.
Service sites include:
Fulton County collaborates with the City of Atlanta, City of Refuge Incorporated, Community Concerns Incorporated, United Way, HEAL, Incorporated and Feed My Lambs Incorporated to provide Emergency and Transitional Housing services. Assistance provided to clients includes; case management, employment preparation and job assistance, medical services and childcare services.
For more information about Emergency and Transitional Housing or volunteer opportunities, call Leonard Westmoreland at 404-613-0412.
On Thursday, August 23, at 10:30 a.m., District 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall will join the GA Department of Transportation as we re-open Castleberry Hill’s Mitchell Street Bridge. The bridge, which was re-built through federal stimulus funding, is one of Downtown Atlanta’s key east-west connections.
On Friday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m., Kwanza will host the dedication of the new John Lewis mural at Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr Drive. Congressman John Lewis will be on hand to greet well-wishers.