Watch this video to hear Councilwoman Naeema Gilyard discuss environmental justice.
When I moved to unincorporated South Fulton, now the City of South Fulton and District 4, there were no landfills and warehouses. Unfortunately, they exist now. I want to make sure that the beauty and tranquility that those of us enjoy in District 4 remains and is enhanced in such a way that it protects people and the natural environment.
Resolution 2018-032 Environmental Justice was written to protect people and the natural environment from releases into the environment that poses a potential harmful effect to both.
Resolution 2019-008 Environmental Committee was written to encourage citizen participation in environmental education programs, planning, project approval and regulation for enforcement processes to empower the public with information and encourage community activism on environmental issues.
With community input, during the zoning revision process, environmental justice laws will be reviewed and revised where necessary. An environmental justice program will not be established during the 2020 budget because our budget is too stretched for it unless additional unknown revenue is generated.
Here’s some basic Information about Our City:
The mission of the City of South Fulton is to provide exceptional customer service that sustains a safe, inclusive, innovative & economically vibrant city.
The City of South Fulton will use smart and balanced growth solutions, where the environment is protected, history is preserved and diverse people of all ages enjoy a high quality of life. We are a city that adopts trend-setting policies, creates a variety of jobs and ensures a transparent government with love and respect for all people.
Original Guiding Principles/Core Values
1) The city will encourage industrial districts that do not infringe on suburban, rural and agricultural areas.
2) The city believes in good stewardship through open and fair government that fosters user-friendly citizen engagement and continuous improvement of services.
3) The city will develop diverse recreation programs that enhance the health and well-being for promotion of a better quality of life for our residents.
4) The city supports our residents aging in place.
5) The city engages in data driven decision making to ensure short and long-term success.
6) The city will pursue smart solutions to improve and implement creative, innovative, cost effective solutions and employ cutting age technology in everything we do.
7) The city believes in youth engagement and development.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The council is the community’s legislative and policy-making body. They vote and create departments, authorize positions, approve the budget and determine the tax rate, etc. The council also focuses on the community’s goals; major projects including community growth, land use development, capital improvement and strategic planning. To be effective, the Council must respond to the needs of constituents.
Legislative Specialist work for the council.
They respond to constituent requests for information or action; represent councilmembers at neighborhood meetings; coordinate and monitor the implementation of projects initiated by council members; must be politically astute and sensitive to requests from council members or constituents; research laws and professional literature; and must be able to work a flexible schedule to attend council meetings.
The Mayor’s role is to preside at Council meetings, to act as head of the city for ceremonial purposes.
Also, the Mayor does not vote but has veto power, does not make policy decisions but has influence on policy making and makes policy recommendations to council. It is very important that the Mayor and Council work together to develop policy.
The City Manager is the head of the administrative branch.
They supervise department heads, hires and removes department heads, executes laws, etc. Council depends on the City Manager to provide pertinent, complete and timely information and advice.