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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April 10, 2019

A New Justice Center Must House a New Justice System

Over the last few years, and certainly through last year’s campaign seasons, the need to reform our criminal justice system has been discussed openly. An obvious majority of residents in Clarke County support reforms such as marijuana decriminalization, the creation of a police oversight commission, moving away from cash bail and other systematic policies that prey upon black Athenians and …

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December 17, 2018

Take the ACC District 5 Resident Survey!

Tim Denson, your new County Commissioner for District 5, wants the people of District 5 to be actively engaged with their local government, so he needs to hear about your priorities, needs, and the best ways to engage with you! Please fill out this short 6-minute voluntary survey and help us get closer to an Athens that works for everyone! …

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August 2, 2018

Bishop Park Master Plan Up for Vote

Bishop Park Master Plan

The Athens-Clarke County Commission will vote on the revised Bishop Park Master Plan at the August 7 Voting Session. Review the full Bishop Park Master Plan yourself here. Review a short presentation on the Plan which was given at the Mayor & Commission work session. The Agenda item, which includes a timeline of the process along with options for the Commission, …

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June 26, 2018

Whitehead Rd Transit Service & Route Changes Start July 1!

transit service is being expanded in District 5

Beginning the week of July 1, District 5 residents will have transit service further along Jefferson Road and the entirety of Whitehead Road while making Routes 5 and 7 more direct and getting rid of the circular routes previously in place! Tim and area residents have been pushing for months to expand bus service to residents living in the Whitehead, …

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May 24, 2018

We won!

I love you Athens, Georgia. Words can’t express how I feel, but I’ll try. Thank you for electing me to be the Athens-Clarke County Commission for District 5. As I stood outside in the rain yesterday waving to people outside of the voting precincts, I was moved as I saw hundreds of people whose doors I had knocked on, who …

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May 4, 2018

Tallassee Road Bridge Replacement Concepts

As part of the 2018 TSPLOST project list, the Tallassee Road Bridge will be replaced and built in a way suitable for automobile, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic. The project will likely begin in the fall of 2019 and be completed 18 months later, around 2020/2021.   A public ACC meeting was held on May 2, 3 possible concepts were offered: …

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April 30, 2018

We are Close to Expanding Transit in District 5!

The proposed new Route 7 that will service Whitehead Road and further down Jefferson Rd.

We are happy to report that Athens Transit is now suggesting Route 7 to extend and give service to Jefferson Road and Whitehead Road! Over the last few months, Tim Denson has organized District 5 residents in the Whitehead Road/Homewood Hills areas to give public input to Athens Transit about the need for transit service to return to the area. …

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