October 2018 EDITION
Your inside look at news in the City of South Fulton ...
Message from the City Manager
Mayor & City Council
Election 2018
Sanitation Services
City News
Your City at Work
Council Meetings & Upcoming Events
Closure Notices
Message from the City Manager

Greetings South Fulton,

October has seen quite a few happenings in the City including adopting our new Sanitation model and hosting several community events surrounding the November 2018 Election. The City of South Fulton continues to remain focused on key issues that affect our quality of life leveraging Mayor and Council’s five key priorities (1. Improve Parks and Recreation 2. Improve Public Safety 3. Economic Development 4. Updating Comprehensive & Land Use Plans 5. Create Branding & Messaging).
 
I remain encouraged by accelerated efforts to ensure our residents receive world class customer service and access to resources that support a safe, inclusive, innovative, and economically vibrant city. Please accept this offering as a monthly look into our progress towards supporting these five priority areas.   #OnwardSouthFulton


Please Click Here to view the City Manager's Report

In Service,
Odie Donald II

 
MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
Mayor William "Bill" Edwards
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ELECTION 2018

Election Day is November 6, 2018 and Your Vote Matters!

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SANITATION SERVICES
The City of South Fulton Enters into Contract to Provide
Public Works and Sanitation Services to Residents
The City of South Fulton City Council approved a contract with CH2M Hill, Inc. to provide Public Works Services to City of South Fulton residents.  The Resolution does not increase or decrease the FY 19 Budget that was approved on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.  

The firm will perform functions to include road and highway maintenance and traffic operations. 

Sanitation Services will also be administered under the Public Works Department.  In its October 9, 2018 meeting, the City of South Fulton City Council approved the ordinance that allows residents to select the vendor of their choice for sanitation and recycling services.

On October 23, 2018, the Council amended the ordinance to adjust the insurance limits for sanitation providers from $ 2.5 million to $1 million.  This decision allows smaller haulers to compete to provide sanitation services to the Citizens of South Fulton.

“I am excited to see our City moving forward in a positive direction to continue our efforts in providing quality services to South Fulton residents.  Road and highway
maintenance along with sanitation pick-up and recycling are essential services for the sustainability of any city and the economic vitality of its businesses,” said City Manager Odie Donald II.

The following vendors have been selected to provide sanitation services in the City:
Fulton Sanitation And Recycling, LLC  
PO Box 572  
Union City, GA 30291  
Principal: Garland Spence
Phone: 678-254-8833
Website: N/A  
Community Waste Disposal Inc
PO Box 1232 
Dallas, GA 30132
Phone: 770-382-0736
Contact Person: Tim Hornbuckle
Lathan Home Sanitation
5225 Welcome All Road
South Fulton, GA 30349
Contact: Barbara Latham
Phone: 770-554-0455
Waste Management
3001 South Pioneer Drive
Smyrna, GA 30082
Contact: Alan Owens
Phone: 404-898-9247
Advanced Disposal
5225 Welcome All Rd
South Fulton, GA 30349
Contact: Steve Edwards
Phone: (404) 366-3001
Reliable Sanitation
4780 Highway 5
Douglasville, GA 30135
Contact: Mike Bradford
Phone: 770-749-8802
Republic Services
3045 Hollowell Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Contact: Monica Moseley
Phone: 404-693-9230
Waste Industries
6925 Roosevelt Highway
Fairburn, GA 30123
Contact: Jason Zepp
Phone: 770-577-3545
This list can also be accessed on the City's website at www.cityofsouthfultonga.gov .
CITY NEWS
Mayor William "Bill" Edwards to Host S.T.O.P.S Press Conference and Public Safety Town Hall

On Thursday, November 15, 2018 Mayor William Bill Edwards in conjunction with neighboring public safety organizations, will host S.T.O.P.S (Standing Together On Public Safety), a press conference that will address the City’s public safety plan for the Old National Corridor.

The Press conference will be held at New Life Presbyterian Church on 6600 Old National Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30349 at 10:00 A.M.

Public Safety is a priority for the City of South Fulton and due to recent events, the City has targeted Old National Highway as one of its focal points for increased public safety planning. The City invites all community members, businesses and press organizations, as their attendance and partnership is vital to this public safety campaign.

“It’s time for us to be very serious about crime,” stated Mayor William Bill Edwards. “Crime is not just an issue for our public safety departments, it is an issue for us all. Now is the time to join each other and say no more! Together we are S.T.O.P.S - Standing Together On Public Safety.”

Following the press conference, Mayor Edwards will also host a Town Hall Public Safety Meeting at Friendship Community Church on 4141 Old Fairburn Road, College Park, GA 30349 at 6:30 P.M. The event will serve as the first in a series of town halls focused on public safety and community engagement.

RSVP for the S.T.O.P.S press conference should be emailed to Mayor Edwards’ Executive Assistant, Ms. Deloris Baskin at Deloris.Baskin@cityofsouthfultonga.gov. Click Here to view the flyer.
Mayor's 5th Community Walk : District 4
 Mayor William "Bill" Edwards hosted the 5th Mayor’s Community Walk in District 4 on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The walk encompassed the Cedar Grove Plaza on Lynmark Way and included all City Departments that interact with residents and businesses on a daily basis.

The Mayor's Community Walk, also coined as the Traveling Town Hall, is a monthly activity focused on increasing access to City services, improved community relations, and proactively addressing community issues.

The purpose of the walk is to introduce the community to administrative leaders and identify key issues and concerns of the community. The City publishes a report that summarizes the problems, their status and what departments are responsible for resolution. After-which, the report is sent to each department or agency for follow up.

Other walk participants include community organizations, merchant organizations, administrative personnel and residential stakeholders including Home Owner Associations.

Click Here to view the Initial Report from the 5th Mayor's Community Walk

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City of South Fulton Mayor Pro Tem Mark Baker Supports Local Job Fair

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Baker supported Atlanta's LA PINK's job fair, held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Walter Young Family YMCA.

Job Candidates who needed assistance were given clothing to present themselves professionally to prospective employer UPS.

Also in attendance was BB&T Bank, which provided new hires with bank accounts to utilize direct deposit.
City of South Fulton District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs Hosts Anonymous Gun Buyback Event
On Saturday, October 27, 2018 District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs, in partnership with the City of South Fulton Police Department and the South Fulton Lodge #598 hosted an Anonymous Gun Buyback.
 
The Gun Buyback event was coordinated to purchase privately-owned firearms in order to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians and provide a process that allows them to sell their privately-owned firearms to the government agency without risk of prosecution.
 
“In recognition of National Crime Prevention Month, we have planned a series of events to raise awareness of critical issues and offer support and solutions for residents,” stated Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs. “The Gun Buyback, an initiative that has been successful in neighboring municipalities, is just one measure to incentivize residents to actively participate in making our communities safer. We hope that the event will not only encourage people to turn in illegal weapons, but also come to the table with other creative ideas on how we can combat crime.”
 
Approximately 48 guns were retrieved during the event and attendees received $100.00 gift cards for eligible handguns, rifles and shotguns. Guns had to be operable and unloaded.

Click Here to view the Fox 5 News story.
City of South Fulton District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis Hosts Fall Festival
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, District 3 Councilwoman Helen Willis, in partnership with Mayor William "Bill" Edwards, City of South Fulton Parks & Recreation and Atlanta Coca-Cola, hosted the 2nd Annual Welcome All Park Family Fun Fall Festival.

The festival was filled with exciting events and activities for the entire family to enjoy including local food trucks, face painting, video game trucks, interactive game tables, costume contests, interactive inflatables, and more.

"The 2nd Annual Welcome All Fall Festival was a success and is becoming more popular each year," stated Councilwoman Willis. "The event drew over 300 residents this year and included local senior and youth dance groups for entertainment, Coke refreshments, wellness vendors, and public safety outreach participation from the South Fulton Police, South Fulton Fire, Fulton County Marshal Division."

Attendees were also able to view Hotel Transylvania on the big screen with free popcorn as a snack.

"It was great to bring government, residents, and South Fulton employees together for wholesome fun in our community. Park and Recreation Community events are what make us South Fulton Strong, said Councilwoman Willis."
Councilwoman Rosie Jackson Receives Recognition from National Women’s Organization
The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) selected Councilwoman Rosie Jackson as a 2018 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.
 
The award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities.
 
“I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this award. I will continue to advocate for my residents and not the politics."
 
Councilwoman Jackson will be presented with the award at the Women of Excellence reception at the Newseum on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 during NFWL’s 80 th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The reception will bring together elected women conference attendees from across the country to recognize the accomplishments of Women of Excellence Award Winners.
 
Winners of the prestigious award were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states, before being chosen by a distinguished panel of NFWL members. Only 2 women are awarded yearly per state.
City of South Fulton District 6 Councilman khalid Hosted Annual South Fulton Electoral College
For the second year City of South Fulton District 6 Councilman khalid hosted the South Fulton Electoral College event at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Kingdom of God Ministries

The Political Education and Candidate Forum, coordinated by Councilman khalid, explained to citizens how local government works and encourages increased voter participation.

The event included candidate forums planned for Governor and several other state offices, as well as classes to educate South Fulton residents about items on the November ballot.

“Residents had the opportunity to learn more about government and political issues, which enables them to be more informed voters. Attendees were also able to leave the event and head over to Welcome All Park, an early voting site that is located within a close proximity to Kingdom of God Ministries,” khalid said.  
YOUR CITY AT WORK
Code Enforcement Chronicles

The City of South Fulton Code Enforcement Division prides itself on maintaining property value by enforcing strict codes that promote and preserve the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of our great City.

The increased focus on blight has resulted in bringing many unsightly properties into compliance. As the first department to transition over from Fulton County, the Division had goals that were immediately accomplished.

The Department initiated the zero-tolerance stance on vacant and blighted properties and has worked diligently district by district to ensure that those properties are in compliance. Below are two properties that are a result of their hard work:
5235 Welcome All Road-DISTRICT 3
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AFTER
5650 Fulton Industrial Blvd-DISTRICT 1
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City of South Fulton Police Department Enforces Public Safety
Thwarted Bank Robbery 

On Monday, October 29, 2018 at approximately 1:25 p.m., a black male entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 5060 Old Bill Cook Road, College Park, GA 30349.  The offender slid a note under the tellers' window demanding money, prompting the bank tellers to activate bank security measures.

Corporal Ebony Robinson was notified and safely detained the perpetrator without further incident. The offender was charged and transported to a local jail.  Corporal Robinson is one of the City of South Fulton's active and engaged police officers.  When asked about the arrest Corporal Robinson said “I was doing my job”.   A very modest statement but a job well done.  Corporal Robinson is committed to serve the City of South Fulton and its residents.

Armed Robbery Spree Duo Apprehended

On Monday, October 29, 2018 through Tuesday October 30, 2018 a string of robberies occurred on Old National Highway at CVS, Dollar General, IHOP and Family Dollar.

Monday night, a robbery duo began their spree of criminal activity by attempting to rob the CVS at Old National Hwy and Bethsaida Road. They left this location and proceeded to the Dollar General, located on 3565 Jonesboro Road, where they committed an armed robbery, taking money and merchandise.

On Tuesday morning, the same duo, robbed the IHOP, located on 2510 Flat Shoals then proceeded to the Family Dollar, located on 5539 Old National Highway. The suspects escaped with money and merchandise.

The City of South Fulton's Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Special Operations Division (Crime Suppression Unit & Gang Unit) along with with assistance from the Special Services Officers proceeded to Old National and surrounding areas and immediately set up surveillance to aid in the apprehension of the suspects.

On Tuesday, October 30th, the suspects were located on Jonesboro Road headed towards Clayton County. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspects were apprehended. 
Units arrested and charged Duako Kujo and Sammetrius Brooks with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.

"Our Repeat Offenders Unit has been working very hard to track these individuals that constantly victimize our neighborhoods," stated Police Chief Keith Meadows. "This is another example of great police work and we look forward to continued enforcement of public safety."
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

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 Prevention Month Recap

During the month of October, the City of South Fulton Fire Rescue Department has been working hard to promote the 2018 National Fire Prevention Month theme "Look.Listen.Learn."

The Department's goal not only during the month of October, but throughout the year, has been to educate citizens of South Fulton about fire safety. The Department hosted and participated in multiple events throughout the City and engaged community members. Overall, the City's Fire Department participated in five presentations for daycares, five elementary school presentations, one career day, and two fall festivals.

Firefighter Jones Receives Award

Firefighter Javante Jones was nominated for the 300 Club of Atlanta Award by his Captain, Captain Nikolas Cooper and was inducted into the prestigious club in October 2018. Mr. Jones was nominated for the award after his heroic actions in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Mr. Jones attended the August 26th Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, FL, where a tragic shooting occurred. Instead of searching for his family member after the shooting occurred, Mr. Jones rendered aid to a victim of the shooting. Mr. Jones displayed true bravery and dedication to the public in the face of adversity. The City is proud to have Firefighter Jones and other firefighters like him on the COSF team. Congratulations Firefighter Jones!
Book Donations at Welcome All Park

The City of South Fulton Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank Ms. Brenda Coleman for her donation of over 100 books to the Welcome All Park Recreation Center.

Ms. Coleman, Executive Director of Atlanta Cares, donated the books as a part of the organization's "Build a Library Project." The project is focused on improving the literacy skills of middle and high school boys and girls who live or attend school in the area near the recreation center. Their goal is to develop a library of books with characters who look like the students to inspire them to develop a joy for reading and to improve their reading comprehension skills.

"Our after-school participants are excited about the collections of books that we received," stated Parks and Recreation Director Tony Phillips. "Atlanta Cares' generous donations will encourage the kids to change the reading habits for the better and are vital to the success of all our recreation programs, and the children we serve."

Ms. Coleman and Atlanta Cares also provided bookshelves to house the books within the center.
COUNCIL MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS
CITY OF SOUTH FULTON CITY COUNCIL

November City Council Meetings
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 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

November Fulton County Board of Commissioners Meetings
Regular Meeting: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 10:00 A.M.
Recess Meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 10: 00 A.M.

Location: Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall
141 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia

Click Here to view the meeting calendar.


TENTATIVE COMMUNITY ZONING INFORMATION MEETING

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:  City of South Fulton, City Hall
5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30336


SPECIAL CALLED PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Work session at 6:00 p.m.
Regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Fulton County South Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road
College Park, GA 30349


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


CITY EVENTS

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018: S.T.O.P.S (Standing Together On Public Safety) Press Conference at 10:00 A.M. at New Life Presbyterian Church (6600 Old National Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30349.) Click Here to view the flyer.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018: Public Safety Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 P.M. at Friendship Community Church (4141 Old Fairburn Road, College Park, GA 30349). Click Here to view the flyer.

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018: District 1 One Block at a Time Cleanup and CBMA Tree Decorating at Gazebo at 10:00 A.M. at Cascade Driving Range (3520 Cascade Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331). Click Here to view the flyer.
CLOSURE NOTICES:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018
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