Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

From the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management:

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information.

Click here to view water conservation tips.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place. It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at  https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation .

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances, and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management. Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 21 - 27

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 21 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Community Chat: APS Superintendent Search - 6:00pm, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Oakland City Community Organization - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at https://www.occoatl.org/ 
  • Thursday, October 24 - TAG Academy Meet the Principal - 8:30am, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Thursday, October 24 - Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization - 7pm, Fire Station 14 (1203 Lee St.). Covers south of Beecher to north of Avon, from Cascade Heights to Westmont.  For more information, contact cascadeaveneighborhood@gmail.com
  • Saturday, October 26 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday October 26 - Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Community Cleanup - 9am, Peggie Quick Pocket Park (Intersection of Sandtown Rd SW and Venetian Dr SW). Please join us as we spruce up our neighborhood park in preparation for the 2nd Annual Venetian Hills Candy Stop! We’ll just be doing some light cleaning to make sure everything looks good for Halloween! We look forward to seeing you! https://www.facebook.com/events/482875082439131/
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 23 - Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft. McPherson LRA Office (1794 Walker Ave). http://fortmaclra.com/community/
  • Friday, October 25 - Census Bureau Job Fair & Community Hiring Expo - 10am, Elizabeth Baptist Church (4245 Cascade Rd). The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for help in getting Fulton counted. To do that, they are hosting a Census job fair in conjunction with WorkSource Fulton. The positions have flexible hours (ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week). You can work from home in positions that range from $14 - $24 an hour. Your Federal Benefits (SSI, SSN, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) will not be impacted by Census payments. The US Census Bureau is a Second Chance Employer. Veterans are also encouraged to apply. For more details visit www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020
  • Saturday, October 26 - Opening - "No Chaser" - 7pm, South Fulton Arts Center (4645 Butner Rd, College Park). NO CHASER is a nod to the classic 1967 Thelonious Monk album "‪Straight No Chaser”. Artist Darrien West was inspired by the upbeat pulse of this masterful jazz album and uses bold color and intricate patterning to convey his messages in striking visual form. http://www.fultonarts.org/index.php/art-centers/south-fulton-arts-center/calendar-south-fulton-arts-center?view=event&id=1508
  • Sunday, October 27 - Live Music - Edwin Williams Experience - 4pm, Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center (945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd)
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fort Mac LRA Board Moves to Secure New Master Developer

Press release from the Fort Mac LRA:

"The Fort McPherson LRA Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to part ways with current master developer, Steven Macauley of Macauley Investments.  The board will continue to negotiate an amicable separation that is mutually beneficial.

City Council Member Joyce Sheperd from District 12 represents residents that live near Fort McPherson. Sheperd says, 'This is a great opportunity for us to move forward as a community.  The decision made today puts us in a great position to finally move to the implementation phase of this project which we have not been able to do in the last year and a half with our current agreement.'  Sheperd also says,  'In terms of all the amazing things happening on the south side of the city, we are in a great position to entertain other developers to help us create the same kind of positive energy that we have seen with the Beltline and the development at Tyler Perry Studios. And our residents will be the big winners when it’s all said and done.'

Board Chairmen Cassius Butts also added,  'Each and every decision that is made is made with the community interest at the forefront, and making sure this community gets everything they deserve is the top priority.' Butts also says,  'It’s important for the community to realize that we are not starting from ground zero but we have a back up plan to help us move forward in an expedited fashion.'

The next board meeting will take place on November 21, 2019 at 1 PM.

CONTACT AND PRESS INQUIRIES:
Mark Hayes President & CEO 
MarkHayesConsulting.com
Cell: 678-829-4632
INFO@MARKHAYESCONSULTING.COM"

Pancake Brunch Fundraiser - Thursday, October 17

From our Zone 4 Community Prosecutor, Shari Jones:
Someone in the neighborhood needs a heart! 
Mr. Terry Collier is the President of the Martin Luther King, Jr Drive Merchant's Association, a Community Advocate, Race Director, Marathoner, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. In February of 2018, Terry suffered a heart attach in and November of 2018 he was enrolled in the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) as a candidate for a heart transplant. The GTF matches dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to cover the cost of this $20,000-$32,900 operation.  Your generous donation and support will make an impact for generations to come, adding to his legacy as a servant! 
Give from your heart, so we can save his! 
When: Thursday, October 17, 11am-1pm
Where: Fulton County DA's office - 2472 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Cost: $20.00 
To Donate, or for more information, please contact Shari Jones, 404-449-6737, Shari.Jones@FultonCountyGA.gov

NPU-S General Meeting This Thursday, Oct 17, 7-9pm

This Thursday the 17th will be our NPU General Meeting for October 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be a two presentations, special use permit for a proposed coffee club, a review of a liquor license application, and an ordinance on "small discount variety shops" (AKA dollar stores).

And, of course, there will be reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

See you there!

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaOctober2019

Fort Mac LRA Board of Directors Meeting - October 17, 1pm, Fort Mac LRA Office

Public Meeting Notice

Fort Mac LRA Board Of Directors Meeting:

The Board of Directors of the Fort Mac LRA will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday October 17, 2019.

Location: 
Fort Mac LRA Office
1794 Walker Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Agenda: TBD


For more information please contact:
Mark Hayes
678-829-4632
Info@MarkHayesconsulting.com

Beltline Southwest Study Group Wrap-Up Discussion - October 17, 8am, Cultured South Fermentation Co.

From Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.:

"Join ABI for a Wrap-Up Discussion on Atlanta BeltLine Master Planning inSouthwest Atlanta
The Atlanta BeltLine has been working over the past couple of months with community members in West End, Adair Park, Oakland City, Pittsburgh, Cascade Avenue, Mechanicsville, Westview, and Bush Mountain to share ideas about growth and development in Southwest Atlanta.

As a local business or property owner in these communities, please join us as we host a wrap-up discussion about the collective vision of three commercial corridors around the southwest portion of the Atlanta BeltLine - Lee Street, White Street, and Ralph David Abernathy. We will share the proposed recommendations to support a vision for future growth, development, and mobility developed over the past few months during our community outreach and previous meeting with you. We want to hear from you how consistent these recommendations are with the type and scale of development that you envision for the community.

Your feedback will help drive the Master Planning process and finalize policy recommendations to be presented to the Atlanta City Council.


Thursday, October 17
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Cultured South Fermentation Co.
1038 White Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Coffee and light breakfast will be provided

We want to hear from our local business and property owners!"

RSVP by emailing hhusseycoker@atlbeltline.org.

For more information, see the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan Update site.

Filming road closure, Avon and Oakland, Oct 17-22



From CBS Studios:
Dear Neighbors, 
CBS Studio Network will be filming on Avon Ave SW on October 17 – 18 and October 22. We will be prepping starting Monday, October 14 – 16 and October 21st and wrapping out on October 23 – 24. 
We've requested the following from the City of Atlanta:
Filming:
  •  East Parking Lane of Oakland Dr SW b/t Oakland Ter SW & Wilmington Ave SW on 10/15 7a-7p, 10/16 7a-1159p, 10/17-10/18 12a-1159p, 10/19-10/20 7a-7p, 10/21 7a-1159p, 10/22 12a-930p, 10/23-10/24 7a-7p
  • North Lane of Avon Ave SW b/t Princess Ave SW & Oakland Dr SW on 10/15 7a-7p, 10/16 7a-1159p, 10/17-10/18 12a-1159p, 10/19-10/20 7a-7p, 10/21 7a-1159p, 10/22 12a-930p, 10/23-10/24 7a-7p
CBS Studio Network is very sensitive to the impact that filming can have on a community. Off-duty City of Atlanta PD officers will be on site during this time to ensure the successful flow of traffic through the area. It is with these issues in mind that we approach the logistical needs of the production so we can effectively work to minimize any inconveniences to those in the neighborhood. 
On behalf of CBS and MacGyver Cast and Crew, thank you for your patience and cooperation; it is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions you can reach us at the production office 404-662-4017.

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 14 - 20

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 14 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Monday, October 14 - UGC - Indigenous People's Day Cinema - 7:15pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW). "Empty Metal", an award winning politically radical film by Adam Khalil (Ojibway) and Bayley Sweitzer. Opening the film will be a 17 min documentary by native filmmaker Sky Hopinka about Standing Rock called "Dislocation Blues". The event will start with a brief land recognition ceremony and will conclude with a conversation organized by atlanta based Chicanx activists. Unicorn Gardens Cinema is an Outdoor Film Series at The Bakery Atlanta featuring mostly local, always independent filmmakers. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2268509976745354/
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Special Election Runoff - 7am - 7pm, your polling place (see: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov). Special Election Runoff for Atlanta Board of Education District 2 and Fulton County Commission District 6.
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • Thursday, October 17 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Friday, October 18 - Opening Reception, "The IN-Between" - 6pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW). Through photography, performance, and sculpture "The IN-Between" pulls the audience through a journey of self  with the artist. As a base for conversation, the installation will serve as a provocative platform to discuss the intersection of rape, queer culture, gender and the overlap and underlap that isn’t being discussed in our communities. Free to the Public. The IN-Between is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography Annual Festival : https://festivalguide2019.acpinfo.org/listing/the-in-between/
  • Saturday, October 19 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 19 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am. Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact VenetianHillsPresident@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Community Street Festival - noon, Providence Missionary Baptist (2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW). Food, vendors, entertainment, live performances, games, jumpers, petting zoo, and much more!
External Events:
  • Monday, October 14 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Tuesday, October 15 - C3 Advantage (Cops, Community and Conversation) Session - 7pm, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (824 Memorial Dr SE). Quarterly community conversations for neighbors to engage in positive conversations with APD Leadership Institute members about safety, insights, and hot topics.
  • Wednesday, October 16 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Fulton County HIV Church Summit - 8am, Shirley A. Massey Conference Center (830 Westview Dr SW). The HIV Church Summit will bring together church leaders and members from throughout Georgia and other areas of the South to discuss how this vital faith community can be a part of ending the HIV epidemic.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Atlanta Planning Advisory Board General Meeting - 10am, Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Ave).
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Murphy Crossing Rezoning - October 9, 6:30pm, Metropolitan Branch Library

Sent from the office of Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, in an email with the subject line "IMPORTANT BELTLINE MEETING":

Murphy Crossing Rezoning
Wednesday, October 9th
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Atlanta Fulton Public Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310

Questions: 404.330.6053


NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 7 - 13

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • All week - Early Voting: Special Election Runoff. Runoff elections for Board of Education District 2 and Fulton County Commission District 6. See the Municipal Clerk's website for times and locations.
  • Monday, October 7 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, October 8 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact DionneMoore2015@gmail.com for more information.
  • Thursday, October 10 - District 11 Quality of Life Town Hall, 6:30pm, Cascade United Methodist Church (3144 Cascade Rd SW). Please join Councilmember Marci Overstreet on October 10, 2019, as she hosts the Council District 11 Town Hall. Your participation is vital as residents want the opportunity to engage with top officials about the quality of life in our communities.
  • Saturday, October 12 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 12 - WAWA Service Saturdays - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) Free, registration required. Provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 12 - Bush Mountain Community Organization Meeting - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW). For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday, October 13 - NPU-S Executive Committee Meeting - 4:45 pm, Metropolitan Library, conference room C (1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). Reviews and updates the upcoming public meeting agenda, sets NPU policy. All are welcome to attend. There is a Google Hangout (join by phone at 628.400.8610, PIN: 455 206 767#) for those who cannot make it in person. For more information, contact chair@npu-s.org.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 9 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee & White Community Room (1033 White St SW). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fulton County HIV Church Summit - October 19, 8am, Shirley A. Massey Conference Center

From the Fulton County Board of Health:

The HIV Church Summit will bring together church leaders, community leaders and stakeholders from throughout Georgia and other areas of the South to discuss how this vital faith community can be a part of ending the HIV epidemic.

Through addressing issues of stigma and social justice, it will further give resources to building dynamic health ministries that are responsive to the needs of the community. There will also be a special youth track specifically for teenagers.

When? Saturday, 19th October 2019, 8:00am - 2:30pm
Where? Shirley A. Massey Conference Center, 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Parking: Parking is available on campus in the Morehouse Parking Deck. Parking fees range between $3.00 -$5.00 for the day. Parking fees will not be validated at the event. We also recommend using MARTA or a rideshare service for transportation to/from the event as an additional option.

If you would like to attend please register at https://www.events4.us/HIV-Church-Summit.  Should you have any questions, please contact monique.eppinger@fultoncountyga.gov.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Author Discussion & Book Signing - October 2, 6pm, Metropolitan Library

Let’s Talk: Candid Cancer Conversations

Join author and four-time survivor of breast cancer, Sherry B. Williams, for a candid conversation about myths and truths about cancer treatments and life after. Also, why are so many African-American women, despite breakthroughs in treatment, diagnosed in the late stages?

For all those touched by a cancer diagnosis: current patients, survivors, care-givers, family and friends. Sherry's little book, When Cancer Calls is short, faith-based, lighthearted and filled with hope. More information on Sherry at www.whencancercalls.info

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA