FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Council Communications Director
August 19, 2014
More than 300 residents and stakeholders participate in the City of Atlanta’s
Code Enforcement Summit
ATLANTA – More than 300 residents and stakeholders attended the City of Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Summit on Saturday, August 16 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
The meeting was organized by Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore and co-sponsored by City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and City Councilmembers Mary Norwood, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Natalyn Archibong, C.T. Martin, Kwanza Hall, Joyce Sheperd, Andre Dickens and Cleta Winslow.
The purpose of summit was to explain the procedures involved in restoring distressed properties and the importance of community involvement in reporting these issues. Questions and concerns about existing code violations were also addressed.
Agencies and departments in attendance included the Office of Code Compliance, the city Solicitor’s Office, the Municipal Courts, the Department of Public Works’ S.W.E.E.T. Team, Atlanta Fire Rescue, and representatives from the city’s newly established Code Enforcement Commission.
“We wanted to bring those in charge of code enforcement out to speak with residents so they can understand the challenges our department faces when dealing with code violators, and we wanted city personnel to understand the challenges our communities go through when those violations aren’t corrected,” Councilmember Moore said. “We are pleased at the attendance which demonstrates that code enforcement is a major concern among our constituents.”
The summit focused on a variety of code enforcement issues from open, dilapidated, and vacant structures to illegally dumped tires, rooming houses, and more.
In an effort to address violations throughout the city, the Code Enforcement Division of the Atlanta Police Department has developed a priority list of blighted properties that are to be demolished or cleaned and closed based on public safety concerns and the physical condition of the structures.
The Atlanta City Council amended the 2015 Budget to include additional funds for the remediation of blighted properties throughout Atlanta by appropriating $4,695,000 for blight remediation in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to assist in eliminating the problem of which $2,095,000 is specifically dedicated to the demolition of properties.
The Office of Code Compliance has also provided a list of 19 extremely high priority blighted properties that have existing demolition orders that need to be taken care of immediately.
“This city council is committed to restoring the quality of life of all our communities and through meetings such as the recent summit, we will develop an effective plan of action that will give the city the most strategic and effective use of our resources,” said Moore. “To achieve this goal, citizen participation is essential.”