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City Rakes in More Than $2 Million on Speed Camera Tickets, Buys SWAT Tank
The City of South Fulton's School Zone Speed Cameras have raked in $1.3 million in six months. Original projections estimated the program would collect around $300,000 for the entire year.
Last month, City Council voted 5-to-2 to spend $360,000 of the $1.3 million collected in tickets to purchase armored S.W.A.T. vehicle known as a Bearcat (pictured above). Old National Councilman khalid objected, citing concerns over growing police budgets and activities. "We are not Ferguson," he said. "We cannot police our way to prosperity."
The balance of Speed Camera funds left after the purchase of the armored vehicle is $1 million — and growing (tickets are still be issued day and night at $150 or more). Councilman khalid is calling for the remaining funds to be spent on pedestrian safety projects such as crosswalks and speed bumps. "If the goal of the speed cameras was to improve pedestrian safety — the money generated from all these tickets should be spent on pedestrian safety."
Next City Council Meeting
South Fulton City Council (l to r): Catherine Rowell (District 1, Cascade) ● Carmalitha Gumbs (District 2, Cliftondale) ● Helen Z. Willis (District 3, Welcome All) ● Mayor William "Bill" Edwards ● Naeema Gilyard (District 4, Cedar Grove) ● Corey Reeves (District 5, Flat Shoals) ● Councilman khalid (District 6, Old National) ● Mark Baker (District 7, Hwy 138)
Wednesday, April 27 • 4PM
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
2ND & 4TH TUESDAYS at 4PM
Work Sessions usually occur the 2nd Tuesday of each month (see 2021 schedule above). Work Sessions will not run longer than two hours, from 4PM to 6PM. City Council does not vote in Work Sessions, but uses them to discuss complex issues in deep detail.
Zoning Hearings now follow City Council's 2nd Tuesday Work Sessions (they were previously held before 4th Tuesday's Regular Meetings). They usually begin at 6PM. Zoning Hearing is where City Council hears requests from developers to rezone land for buildings or apply for liquor licenses or other Special Use permits.
In 2019, Councilman khalid worked with the Planning & Zoning Department (CDRA) to author the Moratorium Against Like Uses, which halted permits businesses already over-represented in our communities (beauty shops, dollar stores, tires shops, etc.) to come before City Council for a vote. Though Councilman khalid's desire was to make these restrictions permanent, they incorporated into our new Zoning Code as Special Use Permits, meaning that these business can still apply for and receive permits — but only by a vote of a majority of City Council.
The general public is allowed to weigh in on each and every individual Zoning. Click the link below to learn about pending Zoning requests and contact Councilman khalid with your questions or comments.
Regular Meetings is where South Fulton's City Council votes on new laws and policies. These meetings are usually held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4PM. As is the case with many traditional government bodies, the current Mayor often places the most contentious topics at the end of the agenda. Regular meetings currently have no set end-time. Historically, Council Meetings of this nature last about 6-8 hours. They begin with Proclamations, and Public Comment.
Public Comment is the only point in Council Meetings where citizens can ask questions or make comments directly to City Council about any topics on the meeting agenda.
Emergency and Special Called Meetings may be called by the Mayor alone, or a supermajority of 5 City Council Members at any time as long as 48 hours notice is provided.
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