The Atlanta City Council approved pay increases for 247 sergeants in the Atlanta Police Department, which Mayor Kasim Reed said he will sign the legislation. The increase comes just days after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city on a pension dispute with police and fire personnel. Reed had refused to give any pay raises while litigation was ongoing.  “I am pleased to be able to reward our sergeants in the Atlanta Police Department with a pay increase,” Reed said in a statement to the media. “Comprehensive pension reform has been the foundation for the City of Atlanta’s financial strength and stability. I look forward to working with APD and the City’s public safety agencies on additional pay increases for sworn officers in the new year.”

A plan for the new park in Peoplestown designed to help prevent flooding in the neighborhood.

The city has given the last two Peoplestown homeowners standing in the way of a storm water project until Dec. 31 to decide if they want to sell their homes or face seizure of the property via eminent domain. Earlier this month,  Mayor Kasim Reed met with Tanya Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Darden to discuss their concerns and attempt to reach a mutually agreeable solution. Following that meeting, new appraisals were conducted on each home and the homeowners have been offered the fair market value of their home, plus an additional 20 percent over the appraised value and moving expenses. The city has already torn down a number of homes in Peoplestown for the project designed to prevent constant flooding on Connally and Ormond avenues. Once completed, the project will include a sustainable garden, gazebos for community gatherings, several detention ponds, and bio retention areas to treat stormwater.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is seeking feedback on The Atlanta Region’s Plan, a 25-year blueprint that details the programs and investments needed to ensure the region’s success. The plan is available for review online at Comments are being accepted through Jan. 15. The ARC board is expected to adopt The Atlanta Region’s Plan in early 2016, after public feedback is incorporated.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.