City Of South Fulton Newsletter

 In Economic Development, Quality Of Life

 

 

DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 EDITION

Your inside look at news in the City of South Fulton ...

 

 

Message from the City Manager

Mayor & City Council

COSF Fully Transitions Municipal Services and Introduces More Transparency Tools

Looking Back at COSF's Accomplishments

Bishop Road Update

Sanitation Services Reminder

COSF Job Fair Announcement

City News

City Departments at Work

Apply for Freeport Exemption

Council Meetings & Upcoming Events

Georgia Power Reliability Improvements in District 1

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Stay Connected

Important Contact Numbers & Quick Links

 

 

Message from the City Manager

 

Happy New Year South Fulton, 

 

I am excited about the direction in which the City is headed in 2019! 2018 was a monumental year for the City of South Fulton.

 

Despite many doubts, the City successfully met all requirements related to incorporation. While transitioning services is a key milestone, the true test for us as City is how we improve service delivery and expand our offerings moving forward. I am encouraged by the continued dedication of our Council and staff, who are equally committed to ensuring world class service delivery and best in class customer service. We will accomplish these service levels by continuing to be transparent in our work, which is focused on responding to the needs of our citizens to make the City of South Fulton the best City in the region, and the place “Where You Want To Be.” 

 

Inside this issue of the South Fulton Monthly, you will find a list of departmental accomplishments., full of quick snapshots of the work being done across the City. Additionally, the City is participating or sponsoring several key events for which we welcome your involvement, including a Career Expo in conjunction with Georgia Power and our partners on the Fulton Industrial District. I continue to be grateful for your continued support of our great city. I encourage you to remain engaged and invite you to take a closer look at our newsletter. #OnwardSouthFulton

In Service,

Odie Donald II

 

 

 

MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

 

 

Mayor William "Bill" Edwards

Email

 

Councilwoman

Catherine Rowell

District 1

Councilwoman

Carmalitha Gumbs

District 2

Councilwoman

Helen

Willis

District 3

Councilwoman

Naeema

Gilyard

District 4

Councilwoman

Rosie

Jackson

District 5

 

Councilman

Khalid 

Kamau

District 6

Mayor Pro Tem

Mark

Baker

District 7

 

Click the map below to access a larger version of the city-wide map!

 

 

 

COSF FULLY TRANSITIONS MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND INTRODUCES MORE TRANSPARENCY TOOLS

 

The City of South Fulton has successfully transitioned all municipal services required by state statute. This milestone means the City is “Moving Forward,” and is equipped to provide world classes services to its almost 100,000 residents. 

 

Residents are now able to receive a variety of services with the most recent being Public Works which successfully transitioned to the City of South Fulton on Monday, November 19, 2018. All services that have transitioned since the City’s inception in 2017 are as follows:

 

·     Business Licenses - Transitioned July 3, 2017

·     Community Development - Transitioned July 3, 2017

·     Fire Rescue - Transitioned February 26, 2018

·     Parks & Recreation - Transitioned May 28, 2018

·     Permits - Transitioned July 3, 2017

·     Planning & Zoning - Transitioned July 3, 2017

·     Police - Transitioned March 26, 2018

·     Transportation - Transitioned November 19, 2018

 

InnerComm, a reputable vendor that has worked with local, federal and state agencies across the country, has been contracted by the City to help develop its Strategic Plan. InnerComm will work with the City to achieve its strategic goals through both a process and relational leadership approach. 

 

The City is also making strides in connecting ESRI to citywide systems for full data integration. ESRI, a mapping and spatial analytics software, allows the City to visualize data trends based on geographic information system (GIS). The system also identifies problems, monitors change, manages & responds to events, and forecasts, and sets priorities.

 

 

LOOKING BACK AT COSF'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

 

The City of South Fulton provides a variety of direct, consumer-oriented services. The City is proud to share a few successes that each department has achieved in 2018.

 

Police Department

·     Reorganized department to focus on intelligence driven policing model to specifically target crime areas 

·     Experienced a 2% reduction in overall crime to include all Part 1 Crimes reported to the South Fulton Police Department

 

Human Resources 

·     Adoption of the City’s HR Policies and Procedures 

·     Hired 418 employees

 

Parks & Recreation 

·     Successfully transitioned the Parks & Recreation Department to the City of South Fulton to include every full and part time employee, 10 facilities, all operations, programs, and 17 parks spread over 693 acres

·     Successfully implemented CivicRec, a cloud based online recreation management tool that allows the recreation team to manage operations more efficiently and allows residents to register for programs, reserve facilities, or browse for information

 

Destination South Fulton 

·     Creation of Destination South Fulton, the Economic Development Arm of the City of South Fulton

·     Passage of 100% Freeport Tax Exemption on All Four Inventory Classes

·     Tax Allocation District

·     Development Authority

 

Fire Rescue 

·     Purchased three new fire apparatus; one Ladder Truck and two Fire Engines. The equipment will help to reduce down time caused by repairs as well as house more emergency medical equipment

·     Successfully attained Grady EMS as the new EMS Provider for the City. Grady EMS has reduced the average response time to the City of South Fulton to 11 minutes in comparison to the previous average response time of 25 minutes

 

Communications & External Affairs 

·     Launched and organized the look of the City’s new website, which has accumulated 70,882 website views since August 2018 

·     Managed the Fulton Industrial Education Campaign – Resulting in the citizens of the City of South Fulton voting "yes" for all (7) seven items on the November 2018 ballot that affected the City

 

Public Works 

·     Successful transitioned Public Works services to the City of South Fulton 

·     Manages Sanitation Services

 

Information Technology 

·     Information Technology implemented employee and public wireless in all of our facilities and assisted in supporting the release of our new 311 solution  

 

Finance 

·     Unanimous adoption of the 2019 Budget

·     Paid off the $12M Tax Anticipation Note (TAN), making the City debt free 

 

Community Development & Regulatory Affairs 

·     Achieved the 2018 State Recognition of being a “Qualified Local Government”

·     Established TELL line for residents to report code violations and other issues 

 

The City of South Fulton staff takes pride in serving residents and businesses in a timely and courteous manner. We will continue to strive to provide exceptional services and increase communications and in 2019.

 

 

BISHOP ROAD UPDATE

 

Since September 2018, residents, businesses and community members have been directly impacted by a fire at Bullock Construction and Development (Bullock Construction) located at 7635 Bishop Road. The City of South Fulton’s Fire Department and Code Enforcement Division immediately responded to the fire and have been proactive in addressing the issue. The City of South Fulton has worked diligently to keep residents and community members updated on the status of the fire.

 

On, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Mr. Bullock appeared in Municipal Court to re-address bond. The City Solicitor presented to the court an order and judgement from Fulton County Superior Court based on the filing in the Bullock/Bishop Road matter. 

 

The Judge re-entered the signature bond of $500,000 allowing Mr. Bullock out of jail to comply with the order issued by Superior Court. The conditions presented in the order include:

 

·     Immediately cease receiving, bringing, authorizing, or allowing any solid waste to be deposited at the property

 

·     Taking all appropriate measures necessary to safely extinguish all burning material at the property

 

·     Submitting a plan of action/corrective action plan (CAP) within 15 days to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for review and approval.

 

Upon receipt of the CAP, EPD will have up to 15 days to review it and either concur with it or return it for revisions.

 

Take a look below at an update from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) regarding the Bishop Road fire. The fact sheet discusses the health effects of breathing smoke from the fire and have been working you can protect your health.

 

Click Here to view the larger version of the below fact sheet.

 

 

 

 

SANITATION SERVICES

 

 

City of South Fulton Waste Collection Program Reminder

 

The City of South Fulton would like to remind all residents and businesses to obtain sanitation services to meet the requirements under the new Waste Collection program under Title 6, Health & Sanitation, of the City Code.

 

COMPLIANCE

 

A grace period for residents to comply and obtain sanitation services has been set until February 1, 2019.

 

Any person violating any provision of the Sanitation Ordinance may, upon conviction be punished per the ordinance (eg., fine, community service).

 

Contact the Public Works department by calling the 24 hour line: (470) 552-4311.

 

Click Here to view the Sanitation Service Information Session Presentation

 

This list of Sanitation Service Vendors can also be accessed on the City's website at www.cityofsouthfultonga.gov.

 

 

COSF JOB FAIR ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

The City encourages all City of South Fulton residents to attend its free job fair on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Aviation Community Cultural Center located on 3900 Aviation Circle, NW, Atlanta, GA 30336 from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

 

Whether you are a seasoned executive-level professional, just beginning your career, or anywhere in between, our job fair will serve as a great opportunity to connect with your future employer. Participants in the job fair will have the ability to meet employers and apply for jobs on-site. Employers participating in the job fair are located throughout the Fulton Industrial Boulevard (FIB) corridor.

 

This career fair will allow participants to learn about the businesses that are hiring with the FIB corridor and what their hiring needs are. By attending this event, participants will be able to meet directly with hiring managers and possibly even be hired on the spot.

 

EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT?

Email Christoper Pike at Chris.Pike@cityofsouthfultonga.gov or call 470-809-7700 to inquire about setting up a booth for your company.

 

 

CITY NEWS

 

Mayor William "Bill" Edwards and District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell Hosts Loch Lomond Community Town Hall

 

 

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, City of South Fulton Mayor William "Bill" Edwards and District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell hosted a District 1 Townhall to welcome Loch Lomond community members into the City of South Fulton.

 

The Townhall featured a presentation by City Manager Odie Donald II and a panel of City department directors, followed by a questions and answers session.

 

In 2016 Loch Lomond, a community of about 700 residents located between I-285 and Camp Creek Parkway, was annexed into the City of Atlanta. On October 26, 2018, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that it was improperly annexed into Atlanta, making the community part of the City of South Fulton. 

 

The City is happy to welcome the Loch Lomond community and looks forward to serving their municipal government needs.

 

Click Here to view the Loch Lomond Townhall Presentation

 

 

City of South Fulton City Manager Odie Donald II Selected Treasurer of Young Government Leaders

 

 

City Manager Odie Donald II was elected as Treasurer of the Young Government Leaders (YGL) Atlanta Chapter 2019 Executive Leadership Board.

 

YGL is a 10,000+ member, non-profit organization committed to providing the authentic voice for the generation of aspiring government leaders. The Atlanta Chapter of YGL operates under the auspices of the national YGL and is dedicated “to educate, inspire, and transform future government leaders in the Atlanta area.” YGL-Atlanta’s Executive Leadership Board serves over 1,000 public servants on a federal, state, and local level by providing a community of leadership through professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events, seminars, fellowships, and scholarships.

 

As the elected Treasurer, Mr. Donald II’s term began January 1, 2019. He was elected at the end of November 2018. His responsibilities include but are not limited to: keeping an accurate account of all funds spent by YGL Atlanta, maintaining records for each transaction and copies of receipts for spending, preparing and adhering to an approved budget in conjunction with the President & Vice President, managing the collection or disbursement of funds as well as working closely with any fundraising activities.

 

 

 

District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs Hosts 2nd Annual Bring Out the Dolls Toy Drive

 

 

District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs C0-hosted the 2nd Annual Bring Out the Dolls Christmas Toy Drive on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at St. James Live.

 

The red carpet event featured live music, a doll making station, good food and more. Guests donated dolls to gain entry into the drive which benefited Help a Child America, an after school math and science tutoring program for at-risk children in Georgia.

 

This year hundreds of children received dolls to help make their Christmas happy and merry. "Community has always been my passion. I am so excited that the community came together to donate dolls for this worthy cause, " said Councilwoman Carlmalitha Gumbs.

 

The drive was co-hosted by Tracy L. Rolle, founder of Alternative Intervention Methods & Education LLC (AIME).

 

 

District 3 Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities’ Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee

 

 

Councilwoman Helen Willis was appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee. She has also been elected to serve as the Committee’s Vice Chair.

 

The PSCP committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy position on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana.

 

As a committee member, Councilwoman Willis will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

 

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Roxanne Thalman, Councilmember, Arlington, Texas: Vice Chair Michael Lester, Councilmember, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Vice Chair Helen Willis, Councilmember, South Fulton, Georgia.

 

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees

 

 

 

CITY DEPARTMENTS AT WORK

 

 

 

Police Precincts

 

City of South Fulton Police Department Headquarters

5539 Old National Highway

College Park, GA 30349

 

 

Hours of Operation:

24 Hours

 

All services provided, including but not limited to:

 

-Copy of Police Reports

-Open Records Requests

-File Police Reports

-Apply for Law Enforcement

Related Permits

City of South Fulton Police Department

Cedar Grove Mini-Precinct

6015 Lynmark Way Fairburn, GA 30213

 

Hours of Operation:

9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

 

Services Provided:

 

 

-File Police Reports

-Retrieve General Police

Department Services

Information

-Make Complaints

City of South Fulton Police Department

Cascade Mini-Precinct

4121 Cascade Road SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

 

 

Hours of Operation:

9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

 

Services Provided:

 

 

-File Police Reports

-Retrieve General Police

Department Services

Information

-Make Complaints

 

 

 

Fire Rescue Christmas FIB Toy Giveaway

 

Firefighters with the City of South Fulton Fire and Rescue Department visited the Fulton Industrial Boulevard (FIB) on Friday, December 21, 2018 to give toys to children living in extended stay hotels on the FIB Corridor.

 

The department has been hosting its annual FIB toy give-away for ten years (10) in conjunction with support from community members and and business partners. More than 70 families a year are assisted from the Fire Department’s effort to help less fortunate children in the area have a very Merry Christmas. 

 

Mayor William "Bill" Edwards, District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell and State Representative Roger Bruce participated in the giveaway.

 

 

 

 

 

Apply for Freeport Exemption by April 2019!

 

 

What is Level 1 Freeport Exemption?

 

Level 1 Freeport Exemption allows the governing authority of any county or municipality to elect, with the approval of the voters, to exempt the following types of tangible personal property:

 

·     Inventory of goods in the process of being manufactured or produced including raw materials and partly finished goods;

·     Inventory of finished goods manufactured or produced within this State held by the manufacturer or producer for a period not to exceed 12 months;

·     Inventory of finished goods on January 1 that are stored in a warehouse, dock, or wharf which are destined for shipment outside this State for a period not to exceed 12 months;

·     Stock in trade of a fulfillment center which on January 1 are stored in the fulfillment center.

 

The City of South Fulton offers 100 percent exemption of all four inventory tax classes and exemption may be applied starting in 2019!

 

Where do I submit my Freeport exemption Application?

 

Application for Freeport exemption should be made with the Board of Tax Assessor's within the same time period that returns are due in the county. Applications filed after that time can receive a partial exemption for that year up to June 1.

 

When is the deadline?

 

The last day for filing the Freeport Inventory Exemption Form to receive full exemption is April 1, 2019.  

 

If business owners file after April 1st, a reduced exemption amount may be applicable as follows:

 

·     if filed April 2 April 30 (66.67% of the full exemption),

·     if filed May 1 May 31 (58.33%),

·     if filed on June 1 (50%). 

 

Failure to file by June 1 shall constitute a waiver of the entire exemption for the year.

 

Click Here to access the Freeport Exemption Application.

 

 

 

The following employment opportunities are open with the City of South Fulton:

 

 

Administration

Community Development Services

 

 

 

COUNCIL MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS

 

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON CITY COUNCIL

 

January City Council Meetings

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.

 

Location: Fulton County South Service Center

5600 Stonewall Tell Road

College Park, GA 30349

 

Click Here to view the meeting calendar.

 

FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS

 

January Fulton County Board of Commissioners Meetings

Regular Meeting: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.

Recess Meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 10: 00 A.M.

 

Location: Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall

141 Pryor Street SW

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

Click Here to view the meeting calendar.

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Work session @ 6:00 P.M.

Regular meeting @ 6:30 P.M.

 

Location: Fulton County South Service Center

5600 Stonewall Tell Road

College Park, GA 30349

 

COMMUNITY ZONING INFORMATION MEETING

 

Thursday, January 3, 2019 @ 6:00 P.M.

 

Location: City of South Fulton City Hall

5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd, S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30336

 

Please check the City's website at www.CityofSouthFultonGa.gov for meeting updates

 

 

UPCOMING CITY EVENTS

 

·     Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Cascade Business Merchants Association 5 Minute Strong Presentation with Keynote Mayor William "Bill" Edwards at 10:00 P.M. at Cascade United Methodist Church (3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30311)

 

·     Monday, January 14, 2019: Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs District 2 Townhall at 6:30 P.M. at the Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Road, Atlanta, GA 30349)

 

·     Monday, January 21, 2019: Hand on Atlanta Day at 10:00 A.M. at Randolph Elementary School (5320 Campbellton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30331)

 

·     Monday, January 21, 2019: Cascade Business Merchants Association Community Cleanup - A Day on Not Off at 10:00 A.M. at the Cascade Driving Range (3520 Cascade Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30331)

 

·     Friday, January 25, 2019: City of South Fulton Job Fair from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. at the Aviation Community Cultural Center (3900 Aviation Circle, NW, Atlanta, GA 30336)

 

·     Saturday, January 26, 2019: Mayoral Address State of the City and Council Forum Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. at Westlake High School (2400 Union Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30331)

 

·     Monday, January 28, 2019: Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell District 1 Townhall Meeting at 6:00 P.M. at Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Road, Atlanta, GA 30331)

 

·     February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2019: District 1 Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell Hosts Lunch & Learn Career Speaker Series between 11:50 a.m.- 2:00 P.M. at Westlake High School (2400 Union Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30331)

 

·     March 25, 2019: Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell District 1 Townhall Meeting at 6:00 P.M. at Decision Point Ministries (5450 Campbellton Road, Atlanta, GA 30331)

 

 

GEORGIA POWER RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN DISTRICT 1

 

As part of Georgia Power's commitment to providing reliable and affordable electricity, the company is making new investments in infrastructure serving the Southwest Atlanta area in Fulton County. The project consists of a variety of improvements on four individual electrical circuits that serve more than 13,000 customers in communities including Cascade and Ben Hill.

 

Reliability improvements include:

 

·     Installation of new Georgia Power equipment such as overhead automated protective devices, targeted underground conversions and the utilization of new “self-healing” technologies to improve customers’ overall experience with Georgia Power.

·     Construction enhancements.

·     Expanded vegetation management and tree-trimming rights are being obtained in certain areas where they could have a positive impact and reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.

 

Click Here for more information.

 

 

 

CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

 

Click Here for more information about testing and ways you can promote cervical cancer awareness.

 

 

STAY CONNECTED

 

 

 

IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS & QUICK LINKS

 

City Hall

5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd, S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30336

(470) 809-7700

City Website

 

(470) 809-7300

(470) 809-7575

(470) 809-PARK (7275)

 

(470) 809-TELL (8355)

(470) 809-7700

 

(470) 552-4311 (24 hour line)

 

 

See an issue that needs to be fixed? Use COSF 311, our SeeClickFix application.

Click Here to report a problem. The City is also excited to announce that SeeClickFix features for Public Works will be added to the City's website next Friday!

 

 

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