This Agreement will allow Dashboard to hold public meeting gatherings and incorporate a call for artists for Phase I of the Pedestrian Bridge.
On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Hapeville Main Street Board voted unanimously to support the installation by Charmaine Minniefield. Main Street Board has agreed to pay for art and labor. The mural will be on the City Hall wall facing the art alley.
Lauren Pallotta Stumberg entered into an agreement with Fulton County Arts Council to complete a public art project. Main Street Board has agreed to match her grant of $2500 for her to complete the project.
The City of Hapeville Planning & Zoning Department applied for and was awarded two Technical Assistance Grants from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Community Development Group. The program works with local jurisdictions to plan and implement programs and projects that improve the quality of life for their residents. Projects are prioritized based on their ability to address one or more of the following important regional values:
The City requested technical assistance for a parking inventory and an affordable housing study. Summaries are listed below.
Parking Inventory and Recommendations
The City of Hapeville is experiencing significant commercial development, including tourism related uses such as hotels and restaurants and downtown redevelopment. With this development comes pressure for accommodating parking needs of employees, customers and visitors. The City requires a better understanding of the current parking inventory and trends in new development/parking requirements.
The City is requesting technical assistance to address from a policy and programmatic standpoint the parking requirements and necessary parking availability for future development.
Affordable Housing Study
With new development including ongoing single-family renovations in the City’s pipeline, older multi-family and single family residential stock is at-risk, potentially displacing residents. The City is requesting assistance to evaluate the existing housing and future trends. This is envisioned as the first step in assessing the degree to which affordability is a concern and what steps may be undertaken to address long-term affordability for all its citizens – at every age and every income level.
The required local match (20%) are $3,200 (Parking Inventory and Recommendations) and $2,800 (Affordable Housing Study). The ARC contributions (80%) are $12,800 and $11,200, respectively.
The Memorandum of Agreement and Scope of Work are attached.
The cycling race route will include the following streets:
The MOM Foundation, Inc. ("Mirror of Mothers") is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Their mission is to enhance and enlighten the lives of elderly mothers in various Atlanta communities. They were inspired to this mission because so many elderly mothers are lonely and ignored by their children, and don't have many interactions with others in their age group and similar circumstances. Through donations from volunteers and donors, they are able to fund outings and activities to bring a smile to their faces and joy to their hearts.
They are interested in using the Jess Y Teens Park for the purpose of holding their first annual Mothers' Walk-a-Thon. The theme for the walk is "Keep Momma Moving." They will invite walkers to register on their website (www.momfoundationinc.org). The Jess Y Teens Park is an ideal location because the park has beautiful shade trees; the walking trail is not too challenging for those mothers who are able to walk; restrooms are readily available; there are ample seating benches; and a nice gazebo is onsite to set up refreshments.
They are interested in using the Park on August 4th (alternate dates: August 25, 2018 or September 8, 2018). They will have medical assistance on staff. They will also have a Waiver and Release of Liability signed by each participant. All activities will take place within the inside boundaries of the Park.
In April, we began discussions to explore other options to manage City health insurance costs. The City changed its agency agreement and staff recommends we select a self funding model that gives the city the opportunity to fix and hold down costs, while providing broader options for physicians. Strongside Solutions is presenting to Mayor and Council its eBenefix program which caps the City’s exposure and allows healthcare savings to remain with the city.
Your packets contain an overview of the program. Wendell Strickland, company founder, is here to answer questions about the offering.
The kitchen inside the Hoyt Smith Center is out of date and currently not up to code per Fulton County standards. The renovation will bring the food preparation area for the Conference Center up to code. This project will be funded through hotel/motel TPD collections not utilized in FY 2018
Additionally, the Academy Theatre will provide curtains, theatrical lighting, a sound system, permanent seating, carpet, movie projection equipment, furniture, fixtures, and construction of the stage at an estimated total cost to the Academy of approximately $367,000.Since the February meeting, the City of Hapeville has successfully changed its hotel/motel tax designation with the State of Georgia, affording greater flexibility in Tourism Product Development related expenditures. The project funding will come from fiscal 2019 TPD funds and previously collected / hotel motel tax funds. The City has been in discussions with DCA regarding the project and expenditures.
In 2001, letters of support, petitions, and a resolution were all submitted to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and several District 5 elected officials to garner approval for the erection of a noise barrier along I-85 in Hapeville. In 2002, Federal Legislation (HR 2299) was signed, which provided needed funding; however, the construction of the Type II noise barrier was never completed. The proposed location of the noise barrier included the east and west side of Interstate Route 85, extending from Virginia Avenue to Metropolitan Parkway in Fulton County, Georgia. The noise pollution continues to adversely affect the quality of life of residents along the I-85 section of Hapeville.
Noise barriers are significantly effective tools for noise pollution abatement. Research has shown that noise barriers can help mitigate noise pollution by 5-10 decibels. Councilman Adams recommends that Mayor and Council follow up with GDOT and all applicable elected officials to aid in the approval, implementation, and the retrieval of Congressional funds earmarked for the construction of the Type II noise barriers identified in HR 2299; independent of a capital improvement project.
At this time, the Mayor opens the floor to comments from the audience. Comments should relate to a specific agenda item, not listed on the agenda for a Public Hearing, or to a concern within the jurisdiction of the City. Mayor and Council meetings serve the purpose of conducting city business and are not a forum for the unlimited expression of opinion. The Mayor reserves the right to limit comments to matters germane to city business and may refer speakers to the City Manager or other staff for resolution.