Mayor; Councilmen sworn in

May proclaimed Motorcycle Safety Awareness month

Mayor Travis Ransom and Councilman at Large Chad Clements and Councilman Chris Collins of District 1 will serve another term after being sworn in during the May 7 meeting of Atlanta City Council. The Oath of Office was administered by City Attorney James Verschoyle
 In conjunction with the swearing in, the council then selected Dean McDuff as Mayor Protem in the event the current Mayor is incapacitated.
Atlanta resident Cecil McGraw brought forth an issue he has with Howe Street being closed to traffic between Brown and Wood streets during the public forum portion of the meeting.
 “I own an acre by this street and I can’t sell it. I’d Love to develop it, I’d love to even get into it but here are huge concrete pylons that block it.” McGraw said.
 City Manager David Cockrell brought up that the street was closed to the public by the council several years ago due to accidents and that any action regarding the property would have to be taken by the council. 
The council then passed a proclamation declaring May of 2018 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Chairman of the Texas Confederation of Clubs for Region 9, Wolverine Snaps, spoke on behalf of the motorcyclists in attendance of the meeting about motorcycle safety awareness.
“We are seeing more and more accidents with motorcycles and a lot of it seems to be caused by texting and driving and talking and driving without using the speaker phone.” Said Wolverine Snaps.
“It’s just getting worse and worse, and this is before the riding season has started.” She added.
The proclamation is to promote the safety and awareness of riders in order to prevent accidents.
The Council then passed a measure Authorizing the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation to Partner with Atlanta Hospital Authority Board to construct improvements at Christus St. Michael Atlanta Hospital’s Community Healthcore Mental Health Facility. This Authorized the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation to Approve Necessary Agreements and/or Resolution in the Matter in the Amount of Approximately $250,000.
 “They are consolidating and closing down Kilgore and Marshall, and this will mean more jobs here by virtue of the other places closing,” said City Manager David Cockrell.
 The council then passed a measure granting an Additional 20-year a 0.282 acres Ground Lease in Favor of Raines Auto Center in the Annual Amount of $200.00 and authorized the City Attorney to prepare the Ground Lease. This measure also authorizes the Mayor or City Manager to Execute the Ground Lease as well as authorizes the City Attorney to File the Ground Lease with the Cass County Clerk’s Office.

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