Snapshot Six – September 2019

Snapshot Six – September 2019


Hi, my name is Aron Hall. I’m a Special Projects Planner for the
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and you’re watching Snapshot Six. In this video, we’ll be looking at the
Unified Government’s efforts in the past month and the Planning Department efforts to
add more neighborhoods to the Neighborhood Notification Initiative. The Planning Department added the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association to the Neighborhood Notification Initiative system – commonly known as NNI. The Mayor and Commission adopted
the NNI in May 2005 to improve communication between
neighborhoods and developers about proposed construction projects in
or next to a neighborhood’s boundaries. Residents can receive notifications in
more than 60 NNI categories by neighborhood, overlay area, or Commission district. For more information on the NNI, a list of registered neighborhoods, and instructions on registering to receive NNI notifications by
email or text, visit accgov.com/nni. Sixteeen organizations took part in the
Green School kickoff event on August 30 at the State Botanical Garden, along
with 37 teachers from 19 schools. The Green School program assists schools with environmental education and improvement efforts that focus on conservation, preservation, and beautification of our environment. The program partners are the ACC Extension Office and ACCGov’s Stormwater Management Program, Public Utilities Department, and
Solid Waste Department. At the kickoff, the Water Conservation Office let teachers know about the various resources the office provides such as tours, water related lessons, and teacher trainings. Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful distributed over 1,500 vegetable starts and 356 seed packets to 24 schools in partnership with the UGArden and
the ACC Extension Office. For more information about the Green Schools program, visit accgov.com/greenschools. On August 14, the ACCGov Solid Waste
Recycling Division collected Styrofoam and film plastic through the efforts of
UGA Housing and Sustainability at UGA Housing’s Hunker Down recycling event. With the help of the Solid Waste Collections Division, the Recycling Division moved 72 large bags of Styrofoam and 29 bags of film plastic to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials – or CHaRM. A total of 101 bags of the number one and number three contaminants were diverted away from the ACC Landfill and the Recovered Materials Processing Facility
where those items couldn’t entangle and damage the equipment. The Styrofoam will be recycled to create new foam materials such as columns or other architectural features. The film plastic will be recycled for use as a resin or composite lumber for decking and benches. The Leisure Services Department began
its partnership this fall with Gaines Elementary School to provide
after-school programming. The program’s after school enrollment has exceeded the goal set by the school. Administrative staff and department staff from
Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, East Athens Educational Dance Center, Memorial Park, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and Trail Creek Park have provided a variety of
enrichment activities to the students this fall. The new SPLOST-funded Athens-Clarke County Extension building on Cleveland Road officially opened with
a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 9. The building is part of a larger project that combines SPLOST 2011 projects #3 and #10 to include the construction of the new
Fire Station #2 on the same site. The projects share a parking lot and site, which allowed construction to occur simultaneously and for the projects to share some features
such as stormwater retention. The new Extension Office replaces the West Broad Street location that has permanently closed. The North Oconee River Greenway
East Campus Connector Bridge opened for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle use with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on September 5. The new bridge connects the Greenway to
the University of Georgia East Campus area locations, including the Lamar Dodd School of Art,
Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Performing Arts Center, and the
Georgia Museum of Art. This project was a partnership between the
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, the University of Georgia, and the
Georgia Department of Transportation. The $3.1 million project budget came from
SPLOST 2011 project #9 and GDOT Transportation Enhancement Funds. The ceremony was highlighted by the UGA brass ensemble performing an original composition called “Murmurs and Prestige, ” written by Cameron Gwynn, a senior music composition and theory major at UGA, to honor the connection between ACCGov and UGA. For more information on the Greenway Trail System, visit accgov.com/greenway. Thank you for watching Snapshot Six.
We’ll see you next month.

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