January 30, 2020

Public input open on Georgia Rail Plan

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is preparing an update to the State Rail Plan, which was last adopted in 2015. The Plan articulates Georgia’s vision, goals, and needs for freight and passenger rail service in Georgia. GDOT is asking for public input on the goals and focuses of the updated Rail Plan…including where city-to-city passenger rail should be potentially expanded …

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January 9, 2020

Request to create Low-Income Homestead Exemption passed by Athens-Clarke Mayor & Commission!

On January 7, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission unanimously passed a resolution formally requesting the creation of a homestead exemption for Athens homeowners with a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Commissioner Tim Denson worked with Mayor Kelly Girtz, Rep. Spencer Frye, and ACC staff to draft the resolution (which you can read at …

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November 5, 2019

ACCPD implements new policy in response to officer-involved shootings

On the evening of October 26, Athens-Clarke County Police officers were responding to “a noise complaint call between two neighbors” states the ACCPD press release. “Officers were informed that one neighbor had threatened to shoot the other neighbor. A short time later, while searching in the area, officers located the other neighbor. When the officers attempted to question him, the …

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September 18, 2019

Animal Control – District 5 Townhall – September 2019

Sept 2019 District 5 Townhall

Commissioner Tim Denson is hosting the next District 5 Townhall on the ACC Animal Control Department at the ACC Library (room A) on Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30-8pm. We will be talking about the past, present, and future of the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control Department. Staff will be present to discuss plans, hear concerns, and answer questions. You can find …

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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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