The Atlanta City Council approved legislation during Tuesday’s remote meeting authorizing the City of Atlanta’s Department of Grants and Community Development to apply for and accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce in the amount of $836,000 to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Grants and Community Development will partner with Invest Atlanta to implement the grant to help support small businesses.
The funds are part of the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Supplemental EDA Award for Revolving Loan Funds to help communities across the country respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Council also approved legislation urging Georgia’s General Assembly to review and revise its statutes to ban the use of no-knock warrants.
The Council also immediately adopted a resolution urging the United States Senate to appropriate funds to sustain the U.S. Postal Service and to ensure the Postal Service continues to function as a universal public service.
Other items approved on Tuesday include:
- An ordinance to adopt the Atlanta Public School millage rate and change the Special Tax District (Library) Levy rate.
- A resolution requesting the Office of Innovation Delivery and Performance work with the Atlanta Department of Transportation to prepare a multi-year payment plan to holistically and responsibly pay down the City’s sidewalk repair backlog and fund new construction.
- A resolution authorizing the mayor to submit the City of Atlanta’s Citizens Participation Plan 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinances so as to authorize the delivery of alcoholic beverages by the package beyond the boundaries of licensed premises in accordance with state law.
- A resolution to accept and adopt the “One Atlanta: Economic Mobility, Recovery and Resilience Plan” submitted by Invest Atlanta. The plan aims to provide a strategic foundation with clear objectives for using economic and workforce development resources to address inequality.