September 2, 2019

Hot Corner Mural dedicated, is a downtown park next?

On August 21, the Athens community met in a small non-descript parking lot to dedicate what lies before it, a wonderful work of art and piece of history; the Hot Corner Mural. As Broderick Flannigan, local artist who worked alongside Elio Mercardo to create this piece, stated, “To have this accompanying mural to add to the legacy of Hot Corner …

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August 23, 2019

Athens Mayor & Commission pass Resolution supporting Immigrant, Undocumented, & Latinx communities

Resolution supporting immigrant, undocumented, & Latinx communities

On Tuesday, August 20 the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission unanimously passed a Resolution in Support of Athens Immigrant, Undocumented, and Latinx Communities brought forward by Commissioner Denson. [view the Resolution in English & Espanol at the bottom] In a powerful moment, Mayor Girtz took turns with community organizer Beto Mendoza, reading the resolution in both English and Spanish. Afterwards, …

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August 18, 2019

Public Transit – District 5 Townhall – August 2019

District 5 Townhall on Public Transit at Normal Bar on August 27 at 6pm

Come out to Normal Bar (1365 Prince Avenue) on August 27 from 6-7:30pm to hear from Commissioner Tim Denson and Athens Transit staff. We will talk about recent changes to our transit system, including fare-free rides for seniors and those with disabilities, what the future may hold, and how to ride the bus! One of our new hybrid buses will …

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August 5, 2019

Finalized SPLOST 2020 List

2020 SPLOST Project Descriptions

The Mayor and Commission passed the finalized SPLOST on July 18 and the Final Project Statements are now available. It is important to note that every one of these projects will come back before the Commission (and the to-be-created SPLOST 2020 Oversight Committee) before being implemented. Now that the Commission has finalized the list, it is up to the voters …

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August 4, 2019

A Safer Hawthorne Avenue, a More Accessible Bishop Park!

Hawthorne Ave/ Bishop Park pedestrian access map

At the July 2 meeting, Commissioner Tim Denson pushed through a Commission Defined Option (aka CDO) to create a connected sidewalk along the western side of Hawthorne Avenue and creating accessible pedestrian entrances to Bishop Park on both the north and south ends of the park (these are goals stated in the adopted Bishop Park Master Plan). This is being …

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July 28, 2019

Solid Waste Collection – July 31 – District 5 Townhall

Are you a District 5 resident who is having trouble getting your trash/recycling hauler to pick up your trash? Do you have questions about how ACC Solid Waste service works and what the future holds? The July District 5 Townhall will focus on Solid Waste Collection! Please join District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson and ACC Solid Waste Director Suki Janssen …

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June 4, 2019

Inmate Labor Reform

Here in Georgia, it is the norm for communities to take advantage of inmate labor to have tasks and work done at a great value. Just because it is norm does not mean it should be accepted. At times such as these, we must stand and push for us all to be better. It is time that Athens-Clarke ends its …

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May 22, 2019

Athens-Clarke County Commits to 100 Percent Clean & Renewable Energy

Last night the Athens-Clarke County Commission unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to move 100% of ACC’s energy use to clean & renewable energy by 2035! The resolution makes these 5 commitments: 1: The Unified  Government of Athens‐Clarke  County will obtain 100% of its  energy needs from clean and renewable energy sources produced on‐or‐for Unified Government properties by  2035, and …

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May 20, 2019

Commission to Vote on Local Cash Bail Reform

Criminal Justice Reform has been one of the most talked about issues over the last few months in Athens and nationally. Commissioner Denson and many other advocates have been calling for an end to cash bail. Cash bail is a practice that allows those arrested with wealth to pay their bail and be released from jail quickly while those without …

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May 5, 2019

Budget Season is here!

Mayor Kelly Girtz has released his recommended FY20 Budget for Athens-Clarke County. Mayor Girtz has already added many great new initiatives including a few that Commissioner Denson has been advocating for such as fare-free transit for seniors and reforming ACC’s inmate labor program to reduce recidivism. But what’s next? May – The Commission will review and amend the budget in …

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