NPU‐M Public Safety 2011 News

Meeting Location 2010 Next Meeting March 3, 2011 (6:30 – 8:00 PM)

Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility
515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
404‐523‐3353/ 404‐224‐1340, fax

The new COPS unit has been deployed and is now working in Zone 5. The Unit is headed by Lt. Brent Schierbaum, who has worked in Zone 5 in our burglary unit. You will want to call the COPS unit for proactive issues such as the list below.

  • Visit your community ‐ monitor your issues or situations and draw out a plan.
  • Maintain programs ‐ developed in your community.
  • Security checks ‐ do a review of your home or building and offer recommendations.
  • Vacant and over grown lots – they will work along with code enforcement.
  • Quality of life issues – call 911 for crimes in process.
  • Graffiti – these issues is still under discussion. Who are the Graffiti Task Force and what is their mission.
  • Street lights issues at night – walk with you to determine your safety issue. Does it make your neighborhood unsafe?

Action required from your neighborhood Leaders:

  • Put together a list of issues for the COPS unit.
  • These issues should focus on the problems that are most urgent.
  • Send to Public Safety Chair so that may be passed on to Lt. Brent Schierbaum and his team.

Reporting back to NPUM Public Safety Committee:

  • We will send the issues to the COPS unit and they will work them similar to how APS is working our issues today.
  • A COPs team member will report back to the Public Safety Committee on their progress.

The COPS unit is not designed to replace your calls to 911.  Some of our Zone 5 COPS officers:

  • Officer Johnson ‐ almjohnson@atlantaga.gov
  • Officer Charles – abcharles@atlantaga.gov
  • Officer Hilton – dhilton@atlantaga.gov
  • Sgt. Pulliam – moulliam@atlantaga.gov

MARTA Police Update.  There has been an increase in:

  • Staffing at the 5 Points MARTA station.
  • Snatch and grab of electronic equipment, i.e. phones, iPad, eReaders.
  • Part 1 crimes on the MARTA trains.
  • Visibility of MARTA Police on trains and in the stations.
  • In vehicle larceny at Underground parking.

Atlanta Police Update:

  • Central Atlanta Progress is building a kiosk at Barbara Asher Square Downtown (Broad Street.)
  • The Kiosk will be manned by APD and MARTA Police 24/7.
  • Crime in Zone 5 is being impacted by CVS at Barbara Asher Square. The Pubic Safety Committee will reach out to them to start a dialogue.
  • Harlem Nights at 201 Courtland St is operating currently on a temporary license until March.
  • New owner at 82 Peachtree. Neighborhood leaders and police at opening a dialogue.
  • 75% of crimes in Zone 5 are from Larceny from Autos. We have to keep up and pass the word about the clean car campaign.
  • Zone 5 has more directed patrols than other Zone. Zone 5 has an average of 2500 per month compared to about 600 for other Zones.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON BEAT REDESIGN PLAN

The Atlanta Police Department announced today a series of community meetings intended to inform city residents on changes to its six geographical patrol zones.  The APD embarked on a study a year ago, examining its police beats with the goal of ensuring that its resources and response times to calls for service were maximized.  The resulting plan retains the department’s six zones, though some geographical boundaries have shifted. Department leadership believes the plan will increase police visibility by boosting the number of beats throughout the city and balancing out workloads in each zone, allowing for improved response times.

Chief George Turner, along with commanders for each zone, will join other department leadership in presenting the plan – along with expected benefits – in a series of public forums beginning Feb. 24th and continuing through March.

“It’s important for us to communicate our intentions to the public,” Chief Turner said. “I’m hoping that citizens will gain a greater understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish and see the benefits that will result in a safer city for all of us.”

Meeting dates/times/locations:

  • Thursday, March 3 – Zone 3 John Burdine Center 215 Lakewood Way 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 9 – Zone 2 The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church 3417 Roswell Road 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 23 – Zone 1 C.A. Scott Recreation Center at Mozley Park 1565 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW 6:45 PM
  • Monday, March 28 – Zone 4 Adamsville Recreation Center 3201 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S.W. 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 30 – Zone 5 Atlanta Civic Center Piedmont Room 395 Piedmont Ave. 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 31 – Zone 6 East Atlanta Public Library 400 Flat Shoals Ave. SE 7:00 PM

To view copies of the zone maps, a Power Point about the plan and other documents, please visit BeatRedistrict To determine which Atlanta police zone one resides in, please visit www.atlantapd.org and click on the “Find My Zone” tab located at the top of the page.

Historic Fourth Ward Park Now Open

The newest addition of greenspace in NPU-M is now open! Historic Fourth Ward Park is a part of the BeltLine project, and Phase I of the park’s creation is complete. There will be a full Grand Opening when Phase II is completely, but for now, take a walk through one of NPU-M’s newest assets!

This Creative Loafing article has some great info: http://fb.me/Ryx9Vmgk

Traffic Calming Legislation

In our January 24th NPU meeting, Enrique Bascuñana from the planner’s office made us aware of an ordinance that pertains to the installation and removal of traffic calming devices in the public right of way. Please review it and submit any comments.

The message from Enrique with the attachments linked below:

“10-O-0467 A SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO AMEND CHAPTER 138 (ENTITLED “STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES”), ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION 138-84 AND 13885 SO AS TO AMEND THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR THE INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Please contact Nursef Kedir in the Department of Public Works for questions or comments regarding this legislation.  His contact information is listed below.

Nursef Kedir
City of Atlanta
Office of Transportation/Department of Public Works
68 Mitchell Street, S.W.
4900 City Hall South
Atlanta, GA 30303-3531
Phone:    (404) 330-6501
E-mail:  nkedir@atlantaga.gov

Attachments:

Traffic Caliming Code Section Amendment Highlights

The Proposed Traffic Calming Code Section with Amendments

Current Traffic Calming Code Section

Farmers’ Market Ordinance

In our January 24th NPU meeting, Enrique Bascuñana from the planner’s office made us aware of an ordinance that pertains to Farmers’ Markets in the city. Please review it and submit any comments.

The message from Enrique with the attachments linked below:

“The Farmers’ Market legislation is a text amendment to the zoning ordinance.  This legislation has been placed on the January NPU meeting agenda for information purposes only– a vote is not required by the NPU this evening.  The legislation will be placed back on the meeting agenda again in February – for a formal vote to be taken and any final recommendations to be submitted to the City.   The NPU will have up until the February meeting to review the legislation and submit any questions or comments to the Office of Planning or Office of Sustainability.  A revised ordinance, made in response to the NPU comments, will be distributed in March and will then be presented to the Zoning Review Board (ZRB) at a ZRB public hearing in April.

Attached are copies of the proposed Farmers’ Market legislation and fact sheet that are being distributed to the NPUs this month.

Please submit in writing questions or comments that you may have regarding the content of the legislation for clarification of the proposed regulations or consideration of any revisions to be made.”

Attachments:

Z-10-030 Farmers market zoning ordinance text amdt_121710 – REVISED

Z-10-030 Farmers Market Fact sheet

Community information for Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit – M