NPU-V & Mechanicsville Neighborhood | Updates & Announcements from State Representative Stacey Evans

Hello Mechanicsville Community Leaders,

On behalf of State Representative Stacey Evans, please review the legislative updates related to your neighborhood and announcements to share with the community.  Please continue to keep me updated if there are specific concerns that we can address to ensure all residents’ voices are heard and represented.

Below, are transportation updates from Rep. Evans regarding street safety in the community as it relates to neighborhood streets.  Also attached is a flyer for a Town Hall meeting being held this Wednesday evening at 7:30PM with Representative Evans and State Senator Sonya Halpern.  Please be sure to share this with your neighborhood.  Thanks so much!

A.  Transportation Updates:

Rep. Evans held a meeting on Friday, January 22 regarding the Department of Transportation which addressed several concerns as requested for Mechanicsville:

(1) There is a discussion underway about installing a ROUNDABOUT at Metropolitan Pkwy & RDA (PI 0016390).  Help me to understand more about the plan and the progress/expected timeline/etc. 

  • Yes, this is underway and is in scoping /concept approval stage
  • Project is not yet funded
  • Part of scoping is environmental study stage, that is happening now
  • Scoping also includes utility and right of way acquisition
  • Probably a 3–4-year schedule after scoping stage is complete

(2) SPEED BUMPS are needed Ralph David Abernathy (varied cross street info) 

  • Can’t put speed bumps on state routes because they are made for transport and the speeds are not conducive to speed bumps being effective
  • Working on other ways to reduce speed – potentially lane reductions; GDOT has this road on its upcoming long-term study list

(3) A LEFT TURN SIGNAL is needed when turning onto Ralph David Abernathy from Cascade Avenue 

  • If a left turn signal is put in this location, it creates a conflict because of other lanes and signals at that intersection
  • GDOT is working with City (required to because Cascade Avenue is a city road) to work toward creating a dedicated left turn lane, which would then allow the use of a left turn signal

(4) I-20 ON/OFF RAMP at Windsor Street – is there anything that can be done to make the area safer for pedestrians and bikers? 

  • There are areas for improvement here and they appreciate us pointing out the problems
  • They will begin a study on this area
  • They are pulling pedestrian crash data
  • Will work on ADA compliance issues and other engineering to make better for bikes and pedestrians
  • Will also work on adding more street signs
  • Allow the department approximately 30-60 days to conduct a study and then will work on recommended improvements

B.  Town Hall details:

WEDNESDAY, Feb 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtc–uqj4sGtXWCBW8FCe4V0FNxx2aLDo9

Once registered, login credentials will be sent via confirmation email.

Sasha Williams
Director of Constituent Services

CALL TO ACTION: Demand 30-day extension of public comment period

The new draft NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) for the City of Atlanta combined sewer system was posted for public comment on December 31, 2020. The 30-day comment period expires February 1, 2021. This permit, once approved by Georgia EPD, will regulate how Atlanta’s combined sewer system will be managed for the next five years. This permit contains a number of major changes from the previous 2015 NPDES permit that highlight existing water quality issues and will have huge implications for water quality in Intrenchment Creek and the South River. 

Please send a comment to GA EPD and demand at least a 30-day extension of the public comment period. Below are a few points for your consideration.  No need for a long comment, simply highlight one issue and put it in your own words.

Send comments to EPDcomments@dnr.ga.gov., NPDES Permit No. GA0037168.

1) Constructing valid and defensible comments (which is required if there is any expectation that EPD will act upon those comments) requires access to and review of information such as sampling plans and data related to implementation of the 2015 NPDES permit. Securing these data requires time consuming open records requests in addition to lengthy analysis.  The public requires as much consideration as was given the City of Atlanta in the development of their draft permit.

2) The December 31, 2020 timing for the release of the draft comment could not have been more insensitive to the potential negative impacts of other competing and equally important demands on the time and attention of individuals who otherwise would have likely participated in this important public comment opportunity.

3) The current 2015 permit expired on September 1, 2020 and has been administratively extended since that date. Atlanta’s 2005 NPDES permit was administratively extended from 2010 to 2015, five years. There is no defensible reason why the public comment period cannot be extended for at least an additional 30-days.

NPUV Meeting on 20-O-1656

Hello All,
I am sending this email to follow up with you on the Short term rental Ordinance. I have scheduled a meeting for NPU-V residents to better understanding of this ordinance.  The virtually meeting has been set for February 16, 2021@6pm. 
Councilmember Dickens will attend to discuss. The meeting link will be sent out later. Attached is the fact sheet and Frequently asked question by the community and the Public Notice explain how this 20-O-1656 ordinance Public hearing which is going to be held on March 1, 2021 @1pm.
If you which to speak at the Public hearing you have to call in the day before the public hearing. If you have any question please email Stephanie Flowers, Chair NPU-V.
Public Hearing
The public may access the public hearing by the following Conference Bridge: Toll Free Access:
(877) 579-6743, Conference ID: 8315991256. Citizens and other interested parties are invited to
provide comments at (404) 330-6068. Public comment will be accepted between the hours of 4:00
pm and 7:00 pm on the day before the scheduled meeting and messages should not exceed three
Attachments:

ActivateATL – Public Meetings | Department of Parks and Recreation

Hello Columbus,

I hope you are doing well! I’m excited to share that the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation has kicked off its second round of public engagement for ActivateATL, its 10-year comprehensive master planning effort. Click here to visit project website!

Thousands of Atlantans took part in our Summer 2020 Public Meetings. If you recall, those public meetings were focused on learning about communities’ needs for Atlanta’s parks and recreation system and identifying room for growth and improvement.

Over the last few months, the ActivateATL project team has analyzed the feedback collected from public meetings, surveys, social media, focus groups, app, and more, and identified strategies to both address challenges and guide the Department’s growth moving forward.

In February 2021, we will host our final series of Virtual Public Meetings, and you’re invited to share feedback on the draft vision and recommended strategies.

I’ve attached to this email an updated flier for ActivateATL, which includes upcoming public meeting dates. We are also staying connected with the community via our monthly e-newsletter, and our new app, HappiFeet – Atlanta Parks. 

We would appreciate if you could share this information within your networks – we want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard!

All important links are below!

Attend a Virtual Public Meeting
Join us for one (or all) of our upcoming Virtual Public Meetings via Zoom, Facebook, or project website.

Sign Up for the ActivateATL E-Newsletter
Stay updated with all things ActivateATL – sign up for our monthly e-newsletter!

HappiFeet – Atlanta Parks App
Download this app to send feedback, photos, videos, maintenance requests, or any questions directly to DPR.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information. Thank you so much for your continued support to help ActivateATL! Wishing you all the best!

Best,

Sabina

Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council meets again in less than 1 week!

The Intrenchment Creek Community Stewardship Council will be hosting our next bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 am. It will be a virtual meeting, and you can join via Zoom using the following information:

Meeting Details
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3577790612
Meeting ID: 357 779 0612

+13126266799,,3577790612#

And you can find the Facebook event here (please share with your networks!):
https://www.facebook.com/events/399887881091151

If you would like to learn more, please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our website.

AECF Event Sponsorship Opportunity

Greetings Everyone

Please see our 2021 Event sponsorship application. This application is both for Events and responses to COIVD. As a reminder the maximum amount that can be requested is $400 and the primary beneficiaries of the event must be NPU-V residents. Please feel free to share with your contacts. Alsoe , please remember the forms should be submitted a least two weeks before an event to ensure funds are available in time. If you know events that are scheduled, please go ahead and apply since there is limited funding.

Thanks and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Ade Oguntoye

Attachment: 2021 Emergency Event Sponsorship Request

Virtual Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting on Monday (2/1)!

Just a reminder that the Mechanicsville Civic Association will be meeting on Monday, February 1 at 6:30pm. The meeting is normally held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, but will be held virtually due to COVID-19. You can find more information about the meeting here and below: https://www.facebook.com/events/726324231604616/

Please use the following information to join our next meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83349480144

Meeting ID: 833 4948 0144
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,83349480144#

As always, meeting dates are subject to change pending holidays and important events affecting meeting space availability.

We hope to see you there!

Virtual Mechanicsville Civic Association Meeting on Monday (1/4)!

Happy New Year!

Just a reminder that the Mechanicsville Civic Association will be meeting on Monday, January 4 at 6:30pm. The meeting is normally held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Room 207, but will be held virtually due to COVID-19. You can find more information about the meeting here and below: https://www.facebook.com/events/2896413507308367/

Please use the following information to join our next meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83349480144

Meeting ID: 833 4948 0144
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,83349480144#

As always, meeting dates are subject to change pending holidays and important events affecting meeting space availability.

We hope to see you there!

395 and 409 Whitehall Community meeting- Jan 7th

Dear NPU M and V and Castleberry, Downtown and Mechanicsville neighborhoods and CAP,

The Department of City Planning (DCP) in conjunction with Invest Atlanta is working with Eagle Environmental Development and Construction on a Brownfield Revolving Loan to remediate 395 and 409 Whitehall Street SW. The parcels are in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood in NPU M and in proximity of the Downtown neighborhood as well as NPU V and the Mechanicsville neighborhood.

DCP staff will be hosting  a virtual community meeting about this project on January 7, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Attached is the meeting notice, please share with your group.  There is more information about this project at Whitehall Street Brownfield | Atlanta, GA.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me at 404-450-6442 and jlavandier@atlantaga.gov

Thanks! Have a great 2021!

Jessica Lavandier