Environmental Justice is: No community should experience environmental stressors that affects their health and quality of life more than any other community. Listen to the videos.
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, wildlife, and the natural environment.
CITY OF SOUTH FULTON CHARTER
SECTION 1.12. Municipal powers.
(9) Environmental protection.
To protect and preserve the natural environment, and vital areas of the city, the region, and the state through the preservation and improvement of air quality, the restoration and maintenance of water resources, the control of erosion and sedimentation, the management of storm water an establishment of a storm-water utility, the management of solid and hazardous waste, and other necessary actions for the protection of the 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.
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-edge technology in everything we do.
7) The city believes in youth engagement and development.
COUNCIL/MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT - WEAK MAYOR FORM
In this form of government, the city council makes laws and policy decisions for the city manager and staff. The elected governing body includes the mayor and members of council. The governing body hires a manager to run the city after appointed by the Mayor and voted on by council. The mayor votes when a city council member is not present for a council meeting, presides over council meetings and performs ceremonial duties as outlined in the city charter.
The council-manager form of government was created to fight corruption and unethical behavior by fostering professionalism, transparency, responsiveness and accountability. To the greatest extent possible, council-manager cities separate the political nature of law and policy making with the apolitical nature of implementation.
This form of government is in cities large and small, local governments in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, etc.
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 an influence on policy-making and makes policy recommendations to council. It is important that the mayor and council work together to develop policy.
The city manager is the head of the administrative branch.
The position supervises 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.
Legislative Specialist work for the council.
They respond to constituent requests for information or action; represent council members 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.
STRONG MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT
The strong-mayor form of government is governed by a mayor who serves as a city’s chief executive and a city council is the legislative body. Election of council varies. In some cities they may be elected at large.
The mayor receives administrative authority and significant independence. He or she can appoints and dismisses staff, including department heads without consulting the city council or receiving public approval. Usually, the mayor's chief of staff wields a great deal of power, overseeing department heads and helping prepare the city budget. Cities a strong mayor usually don’t have a city manager. Mayor’s Chief of Staff may function as a City Manager—most large cities have this version. Advocates of this system say interest groups can accomplish their goals by influencing the Mayor rather than convincing a majority of council members.
Other versions of this model give a major total veto power and full voting power.
HBS921, 965, 986, 1019, 1028 AND 1048 were written by state reps. If passed, and signed, they will change our city's charter from a weak to a strong mayor form of government.