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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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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