The Atlanta City Council will consider several legislative items at its meeting Monday, including raises for police officers.
Expected to pass at the meeting is a substitute ordinance (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1629) authorizing the chief financial officer to amend the fiscal 2019 general fund budget in an amount not to exceed $2.47 million and redirect efficiency savings related to personnel vacancies within the Atlanta Police Department’s general fund and aviation revenue fund in the amount not to exceed $7.53 million for a total of $10 million.
The funding would be used to address police compensation in accordance with the proposal developed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
The ordinance is sponsored by Council Members Michael Julian Bond, Howard Shook, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young Jr., Cleta Winslow, Andrea Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M. Sheperd, Amir R. Farohki, Dustin Hillis, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, J.P. Matzigkeit, Andre Dickens, Jennifer N. Ide and Matt Westmoreland.
The council will also consider:
o The appointment of John Selden to serve as the aviation general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Legislative Reference No. 18-C-5141). Selden served as the deputy general manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, which ranks fifth in the United States for the number of annual passengers and generates more than $1.3 billion in annual revenues.
o The appointment of Gary Brantley to serve as the chief information officer for the city of Atlanta (Legislative Reference No. 18-C-5142). Brantley served as the chief information officer of DeKalb County Schools in Georgia. Under his direction, the technology division supported 115,000 users, 70,000 personal computing devices, 200 miles of fiber and 147 buildings across the county.
o An ordinance by Boone to amend the fiscal 2018 budget by adding to anticipation and appropriations $1.2 million to be used for the acquisition of Motorola police radios for the police.
o An amended ordinance by the city utilities committee authorizing Atlanta to impose a moratorium on the acceptance for review and consideration of any new department of public works permit applications for activity or construction work in the public right-of-way located within the (designated) impact zone effective Dec. 24 through Feb. 8 in preparation for Super Bowl LIII. The city will receive more than one million visitors during the week of the event. Game-related preparation and activities are expected to produce increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic, especially in the areas around Mercedes-Benz Stadium and downtown business districts, leading to unprecedented congestion.