The main street running east and west through Chastain Park in Buckhead has a new name.

At its May 6 meeting at City Hall downtown, the Atlanta City Council voted to rename West Wieuca Road NW from Powers Ferry Road NW to Lake Forrest Drive NW to Chastain Park Avenue NW (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1148).

The ordinance’s goal is to reduce safety concerns resulting from confusion between locating an address on West Wieuca Road NW and West Wieuca Road NE.

The council also passed:

♦ An ordinance clarifying there’s no crime related to merely being physically present in an area where illegal drugs are known to be frequently sold or possessed (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1208). The proposed ordinance stems from similar legislation passed in 2007 that repealed a provision in the city’s code of ordinances making it illegal to be present in a known drug area. The ordinance for consideration clarifies another provision with nearly identical language in order to create consistency and remove the possibility of a wrongful conviction for a non-crime.

♦ Two resolutions appointing two new members to the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust: Derek M. Alphran (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3447) and Mary Anne Gaunt (Legislative Reference No. 19-C-0049).

♦ An ordinance adjusting the signup period for public comments by allowing members of the public to sign up to speak during meetings up until the beginning of the public comment section of the agenda and allowing the municipal clerk to accept signup for public comments 105 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the full council meeting (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1207)

♦ An ordinance limiting the number of proclamations at full council meetings to five, with each proclamation presentation running no longer than 15 minutes, and allowing exemptions for proclamations for events which take place five days preceding a full council meeting. (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1155)

♦ An ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Fulton County to conduct the District 2 Atlanta Board of Education seat special election Sept. 17, and if necessary, to conduct a special runoff election to be held Oct. 15 (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1144). Byron Amos vacated the post in January to run in a March 19 special election for the District 3 council seat, which had been vacant since incumbent Ivory Lee Young Jr. died of cancer in November. Amos lost to Antonio Brown in an April 16 special runoff election.

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