A special thanks to Mayor Kasim Reed, his administration staff, Council members Yolanda Adrean and Mary Norwood, members of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC), local reporters and the numerous concerned citizens for making the sewage issues in Memorial Park and the Peachtree Creek basin a top priority.
As a brief recap, the following meetings took place last week specifically dealing with this issue:
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016: 2+ hour site visit to Memorial Park by Mayor Reed, his administrative staff, representatives from the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) and the Department of Parks and Recreation to view and discuss the sewage issues with AMPC and concerned citizens.
- Wednesday, March 9, 2016: 3+ hour work session with the City Utilities Committee (CUC) consisting of presentations by the DWM and concerned citizens.
- Monday, March 14, 2016: The CUC's unanimous approval of a resolution requiring the DWM to provide a comprehensive report within 90 days on all sewage discharges in the last year and the impact they have had on neighboring parks, communities and creeks.
- On Monday, March 21, 2016, the full City Council will vote on adopting the resolution approved at the March 14 CUC meeting.
- An independent engineer will be hired to review plans presented by the DWM.
- A follow-up meeting with the Mayor’s office and his leadership team including AMPC will take place in the coming days to continue working on a plan to address the problems and provide long term solutions to the sewage issues.
As Memorial Park neighbor and concerned citizen, Jason Holland, described last week’s events, “It’s the beginning of the beginning”. Citizens must continue to work with each other and the City of Atlanta so that long lasting solutions can be implemented. As Council member Yolanda Adrean stated in the AJC yesterday, “We have funding, and we have a council that is read to go to work.” Let's get started!