"The Five Year Technology Plan was adopted by the Council earlier this fiscal year. As previously discussed with City staff and Council, the City technology contract partner (Liberty Technology) has completed a plan to replace the current leased wifi system with a new city owned wifi infrastructure. The plan includes all infrastructure, internet service, installation and support for the current $1500 per month budget amount. This system will not be City-wide, however, Liberty Technology would like to provide a brief update to the Council on the status of this key initiative and show what areas could be covered for this amount before proceeding."
"Dear Mayor Hallman, Distinguished Members of the Hapeville City Council, City Manager:
At the March 1, 2017, Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, I proposed, and the Board passed unanimously, the attached amendment to the Fulton County Code that significantly strengthens the County’s ability to reduce loitering by individuals when their purpose is procuring others to engage in sex acts for hire. As a leader, I wanted to bring this matter to your attention, because I believe this resolution can serve as a model ordinance that can be replicated throughout the state of Georgia, and across the Metro Atlanta area and other jurisdictions. This is an important issue where leadership is required in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
The primary driver for sex trafficking is demand – the buyers. You reduce the demand, you help eliminate this cancer. This ordinance is about reducing demand by increasing the consequences for buyers and addressing the power imbalance that exists between those seeking to purchase sexual services and those being exploited to perform the acts. For much too long the "customers" of this reprehensible business have been able to avoid being charged with a crime as they cruise areas for purposes of paying strangers for sex acts or arrange for sex acts online. My code amendment gives law enforcement officers greater latitude to investigate loitering suspects who engage in various suspicious behaviors as well as strengthens their ability to engage in sting operations.
I believe this ordinance is the first of its kind in the state and which we feel can be a key tool in driving down demand. The language of the Amendment is modeled after Fulton County’s Loitering for Drugs Ordinance. It was developed based on feedback from the Fulton County Police Department, Fulton County’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation Prevention Coalition, and in cooperation with youthSpark, one of the Coalition’s 501 (c) 3 partners. Additionally, Kristen Widner, who has been heavily involved in drafting many of the updated state laws in this area, played a pivotal role in the drafting of this ordinance.
My colleagues and I in Fulton County have taken a significant step towards transforming the manner in which this ugly issue is addressed. Human trafficking is obviously not an issue for just unincorporated Fulton County. To be successful, we must be aggressive in shaping and advocating for policies that actually work – across governmental boundaries. We would appreciate your consideration in adopting a similar ordinance in Hapeville, as we believe that if all local governments enact and enforce similar ordinances, we can all work together to “END IT!”
I would be delighted to explore this critical issue with any of you further. Please feel free to contact me if you desire any additional information or if I may be of further assistance.
Commissioner, District 2Fulton County Board of Commissioners"
At the January 10, 2017 council meeting, Mayor and Council adopted two ordinances concerning surfacing of driveways in Hapeville—one ordinance removing the provisions from the zoning code (repeal ordinance) and one ordinance reinstating those provisions to their own chapter, Chapter 58 of the City Code (chapter 58 ordinance).
At the February 7, 2017 council meeting, the council wished to make technical changes/updates to the chapter 58 ordinance (second chapter 58 ordinance), which included codification of the list of exempt driveways.
Thereafter, at the March 7, 2017 council meeting, the Council wished to further revise the second chapter 58 ordinance. Specifically, the Council desired the best options to replace specific property exemptions (grandfathering) within the Ordinance. The staff and City Attorney advised that the best approach would be to establish a gradual compliance schedule as well as a specific process for seeking a hardship exemption from certain regulations.
Attached to this agenda item is the revised second chapter 58 ordinance.
Due to the substantial changes in the ordinance over several readings, this will be the first reading of this ordinance. Staff recommends approval as we believe further delays places the City at risk of development proposals that do not meet the new guidelines and standards. The new rule change is needed to firmly establish that gravel is not an acceptable finished surface for driveways, off-street parking and loading facilities in the City going forward.
Should you have any questions, please contact the City Manager's Office.
At this time, the Mayor opens the floor to comments from the audience. Comments should relate to a specific agenda item, not listed on the agenda for a Public Hearing, or to a concern within the jurisdiction of the City. Mayor and Council meetings serve the purpose of conducting city business and are not a forum for the unlimited expression of opinion. The Mayor reserves the right to limit comments to matters germane to city business and may refer speakers to the City Manager or other staff for resolution.