City Council Needs to Hear from You!

Thanks to Patrick and Steffi Berry/concerned residents of Westview for developing the below message and site. Let’s be heard Atlanta!!! Read on and DO something:

“Last Thursday, March 26th 2009, the Zoning Review Board voted to approve the Supportive Housing Ordinance (Z-08-48). The ordinance basically grants supportive housing operators the ability to operate without a special use permit, and therefore abolishing the vote by the NPU required to open a facility. This ordinance will grant the operators the ability to still operate with special uses – such as higher occupancy rates.

The NPUs have not been engaged in the process, and at the hearing not one resident or homeowner spoke in favor of the ordinance. The proponents were all developers and people who stand to gain financially by easing up the rules.

The ordinance will grant all the power to the Mayor’s office through a certification process. The certification requirements they were presenting at the hearing were less than a page long. It will without a doubt be exploited.

Please take a moment and fill out the form on http://www.npuvoice .org/to contact your council member. They need to hear from you on this matter!

Also, please note that everybody is in favor of having some type of supportive housing. This isn’t a battle against the homeless. It is a battle to make sure the NPUs and you continue to have a voice.”

We have a voice…and it’s being heard!

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/08/18/fire_station_7.html

Atlanta council defies mayor, votes to reopen Fire Station 7

By ERIC STIRGUS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Monday, August 18, 2008

    RELATED: • PDF: Mayor Shirley Franklin’s position

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to shift $1.1 million in the budget to reopen what was the city’s oldest fire station, despite Mayor Shirley Franklin’s vow to veto the legislation.

Some council members said they may have to pursue legal means to determine whether they or the mayor have the authority to decide the future of Fire Station 7.

“The only place this ends up getting resolved is in [Fulton County] Superior Court,” said Councilman H. Lamar Willis, an attorney. “The question then becomes are we prepared to spend citizen funds to fight that battle?”

Faced with a $14.6 million budget gap, Franklin last month ordered the closing of the station near West End Mall and the Atlanta University Center. The mayor ultimately cut the budget by $21.6 million, citing concerns from finance officials that the city’s sales tax revenue will fall below expectations.

Council members have argued Fire Station 7 should be reopened because they fear slower response times to fires and medical emergencies. The station, which opened in 1910, had the sixth-highest call volume of the city’s 32 fire stations.

The mayor and fire department officials have said the concerns are unwarranted because there are four other fire stations within three miles of the station. Fire officials also noted Fire Station 7 was the costliest station house to operate.

“In today’s world it is simply not possible to justify the expenditure of funds that have no impact on the delivery of city services,” Franklin said in a letter sent to the council last week.

The station’s closing sparked widespread community outrage. More than two dozen Atlantans spoke Monday in favor of reopening the station.

“You must keep Fire Station 7 open,” said Juanita Gardner, who said she’s lived in the city for 48 years.

Council members debated the issue for about 90 minutes Monday. They approved a plan to take a portion of money from nearly every city agency to come up with the $1.1 million to reopen the station and staff it. Council members did not specify how the cuts should be made. Councilwoman Felicia Moore said her colleagues should specify how to make the cuts.

Anne Fauver was the lone council member who voted against reopening the station, saying she wasn’t sure the numbers used to determine the funding plan are accurate. Fauver said she is also worried how the changes will affect city operations.