Fulton County News...
Commissioner Arrington Hears Citizen Concerns In
District Dialogues
Residents of Fulton County District 5 have another opportunity to engage with District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington Jr. county staff and community partners. During the final District Dialogues of this quarter, constituents will receive important information about initiatives and county services. 
Among the topics to be addressed are Fulton County Registrations & Elections, the Fulton County Library System, low in come senior services, and youth enrichment programs in Fulton County.

The event will be on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at Southeast Neighborhood Senior Center located at 1650 New Town Cir SE in Atlanta from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It Takes a Village District 5
Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington Jr. will help the Fulton County community kick off the 2018-2019 school year with his fourth annual “It Takes a Village” back-to-school event. School supplies will be provided to approximately 1,000 students in attendance on a first-come-first-served basis. Sponsors will award 10 $500 book scholarships to this year’s essay winners to help them further their studies in college.  This year’s event is scheduled for two locations over a two week period.

The first of these will be at Villages at Carver YMCA located at 1600 Pryor Road SW in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, from 4 - 6 p.m. The second will be at Wolf Creek Library located at 3100 Enon Rd SW in Atlanta from 4 - 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. To RSVP, click on the links. Click here for the event at Villages at Carver and Click here for the event at Wolf Creek Library
Fact or Fiction? Dispelling Suicide Myths
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office and Emory University are studying beliefs about suicide in our community. Chief Medical Examiner Jan Gorniak and Associate Medical Examiner Rachel Geller hope to eliminate some misconceptions about suicide during the "Fact or Fiction? Dispelling Suicide Myths" event. The event, hosted by the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Mount Pisgah UMC located at 2850 Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek from 9 - 11 a.m.  

Residents are also encouraged to participate in a survey about the perceptions of suicide. Answers from the survey will be compared to 10 years of data collected at the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. The data will be shared with physicians, social workers, county officials, and the public. Click here to take the survey.
Library Renovations Update
Additional Temporary Closures Start Tuesday
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, Roswell, Dogwood and West End Libraries will be closed temporarily for renovations. The Fulton County Library System continues to make progress on the library building program and has begun Phase II of the plan, which includes the renovation of 22 library branches including the Central Library.

Central Library Renovations Update
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $44.2 million contract for renovations to the Fulton County Library System’s Central Library.
The approved design/build contract was awarded to Winter Johnson Group, a joint venture, and includes all services from design development through all phases of construction and post construction for the renovations of Fulton County’s iconic brutalist-style library designed by architect Marcel Breuer.

The scope of work includes the goal of achieving LEED Gold Certification. Three Phase I libraries have achieved LEED Gold Certification while seven Phase I libraries achieved LEED Silver Certification.

Hapeville Library

Fulton County Commissioners approved a plan to rebuild the Hapeville Library rather than renovate. This change will further the programming goals at the library system and those served by the Hapeville Branch. 
WorkSource Fulton at Adamsville to Host Direct Hiring Event
WorkSource Fulton will host a direct hiring and recruitment event for five employers Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Adamsville Regional Health Center.  Recruitment managers from Amazon, FedEx, Jibe Staffing, Atlanta Beverage and SD & C Construction Management will be onsite at the regional health center located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Several employers plan to interview on the spot. Applicants should arrive dressed for success with appropriate documents and/or licensing related to the employment they desire. For more information, call 404-613-6381.
Job Openings with Fulton County Government
There are new job openings this week with Fulton County Government. Full-time and hourly jobs are available. Departments that are hiring include Information Technology, Fulton County Sheriff's Office, and Fulton County Police. Application deadlines vary. Click Here for the latest job openings.
Zoo Atlanta Family Days
Zoo Atlanta will host City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, 2018. On these two dates, guests who can demonstrate residence in the City of Atlanta or Fulton County or employment in City of Atlanta Government or Fulton County Government will receive free admission. Free admission is valid for two adults and up to four children per party. Residents are encouraged to take MARTA. Click here for route information.
Clear The Animal Shelter
On Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 the Fulton County Animal Shelter will have a "Clear the Shelter" event. All dogs over 25 pounds and all cats qualify for fee-waived adoptions to attract hundreds of potential adopters. Each adopted animal will receive a free spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.
Fulton County Animal Services is located at 860 Marietta Blvd NW in Atlanta. The event will be from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Excitement Grows Around GeoAg Workshops
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners recently voted to pilot Geological Agriculture (GeoAg) workshops in District 5 of Fulton County as a means of educating residents on this new method of growing plants. Geological Agriculture is the study of growing plants in rocks indoors and outdoors without soils and fertilizers. 

The Fulton County GeoAg workshops, which occur on Mondays through of September 2018, have been well attended. Participating centers include the Oak Hill Child, Family and Adolescent Center, H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility and the Wolf Creek Library. Attendees are excited to learn this new method of gardening that grows vibrant and delicious vegetables using river rock.

To sign up for a remaining class, click on a registration link below.
Wolf Creek Library - https://geoagwolfcreek.eventbrite.com/  
FGTV's Highlighted Story: Free Notary Training
If you have ever wanted to be a notary public, here is your chance to be trained for free. Here’s the FGTV story https://youtu.be/NGR_wHTejko?t=6m2s
Homeless Initiative
Hundreds received much needed toiletries, a hot meal, resources, and counseling at the 2018 Homeless Initiative. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the F.C.S.O. Chaplaincy Program collected donations and distributed the items to those in need in front of the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.
Restorative Justice Expungement Summit
The Restorative Justice Expungement Summit for Jobs and Education helped residents have their criminal record restricted if they met certain requirements. The event was organized by the office of the Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage. Click on the video to learn more.
Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Begins Partnership with Chattahoochee Nature Center
Developmental disabilities participants visited the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in the first of what will be ongoing visits to the nature center. The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Chattahoochee Nature Center want to introduce adults with developmental disabilities to the wonders of nature and the programs offered by the nature and wildlife center. Clients and staff from all three training centers will travel to the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell to enjoy personal contact with plants, animals and the nature center.
Accepting Nominations for Fulton County Citizens’
Commission on the Environment
The Fulton County Citizens’ Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is seeking nominations of outstanding individuals, organizations and projects in Fulton County that exemplify or advocate for environmentally-sound practices. Nominations submitted by the Aug. 31, 2018, deadline will be considered for the FCCCE’s 15th Annual Environmental Awards’ Program . Winners will be recognized at the Oct. 17, 2018, meeting of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The FCCCE is a citizen environmental advisory group appointed by the Board of Commissioners to investigate environmental concerns, make recommendations on environmental policies, and increase public awareness, understanding and involvement concerning environmental issues. Interested organizations or persons can submit nominations online at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCCCEAward18
Click on the image above to see a video about one previous FCCCE Environmental Award Winner.
Final Week to Apply For Fulton County Citizens' University
Applications for Fulton County's Citizens’ University will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 . The 10 weeks of interactive training teaches participants how county government operates, the services provided by the county and how tax dollars are spent. The registration fee is $40. Classes are held at various county facilities including the Government Center starting on Sept. 6, 2018, at 6 p.m. 
Fulton County Government | 404-612-4000 |  www.fultoncountyga.gov