It is not uncommon for civil servants to serve more than two decades. Former councilors Cleta Winslow and Joyce Sheperd respectively sought their seventh and fifth terms last year, but both failed to win re-election. On the current board, Councilor Howard Shook is in his sixth term, Councilor Michael Julian Bond is in his fourth.
However, we hear that the legislation could hit the legal question of whether the council has the ability to impose term limits on itself or whether that is something the state should approve.
In case you missed it, the Department of Watershed Management wants to help single-family residences with delinquent account balances. City’s Flexible Levels, Affordable Options and Terms (FLOAT) Initiative Program can help residents resolve their water service issues, whether due to billing errors or metering issues.
The program offers account adjustments, six- to 24-month interest-free payment plans, and one-time grants and credits. Assistance is available for single-family residences with a minimum account balance of $300.
Residents can visit atlantawatershed.org/float/ to schedule an appointment, but walk-in visits are also accepted. To participate, residents can go to the following locations:
Councilor Mary Norwood raises eyebrows after posting an online opinion column that echoes talking points from the Buckhead town movement.
In the column, Norwood criticized the city government and said it was neglecting Buckhead. His arguments mostly focused on traffic issues, pointing to a city study that showed his district had the second-highest percentage of roads in “fair” or “poor” condition. She said Buckhead is “not getting what we need and deserve”, a sentiment that has been cheered by supporters of the controversial – and currently dormant – movement in the city.
It elicited a lengthy response from Mayor Andre Dickens’ office. In a letter to Norwood, one of Dickens’ top aides said many of his points “lacked context or specificity.” (You can read the full letter at AJC.com.) Norwood has largely avoided publicly criticizing the Dickens administration, but this back-and-forth will certainly change their dynamic.
The Atlanta Rappers were recently recognized for their impact on City Hall. Last Friday, Politico described how entertainment moguls like TI, Ludacris and Killer Mike influence city politics. The article notes, however, that some critics liken their involvement to the old dynamic of the wealthy meddling in city affairs to serve their own needs.