News - Belt Line Meetings

Are you fed-up with traffic in Atlanta? Frustrated that you have to drive everywhere - even to MARTA? If so, show your support for the Belt Line, a proposed 22-mile loop of light rail or trolley service that would link dozens of intown neighborhoods. There will be three sets of community workshops in the coming month to educate the public about the Belt Line, and public comments will be forwarded to Atlanta City Council, the Fulton County Commission and the Atlanta Board of Education before the agencies vote later this year on funding the project.

Inman Middle School, 774 Virginia Ave., Sat., June 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; recap session Tues., June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Global Learning Center at Tech Square, 84 5th St., Sat., June 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; recap session Wed., June 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Oakland City Recreation Center, 1305 Oakland Drive, Sat., June 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; recap session Tues., July 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.atlantada.com or www.beltline.org, or call 404-870-5339.

Atlanta City Council Meeting Atlanta City Council discusses regular business, city planning, and metro issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6030. First Monday of every month, 1 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

Atlanta Downtown Neighbors Join this neighborhood association to discuss local issues pertinent to downtown Atlanta. Each month's meeting features a different speaker, and this month's meeting will include a briefing from CARE USA about the tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia. www.atlantadna.org. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com. Second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. CNN, 1 CNN Center. 404-827-2300.

Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss issues of concern to city residents. Possible topics include land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality parks and open spaces. www.atlantaga.gov. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6899.

DeKalb County Board of Commissioners The county's regular meetings are broadcast live on Channel 23 and replayed throughout the week. Minutes available at www.co.dekalb.ga.us. Second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.

Druid Hills Civic Association The DHCA's monthly meetings are open to the public and begin with a half hour of social time before business commences. Locations subject to change. www.druidhills.org. 404-523-DHCA. Third Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.

East Atlanta Community Association Help shape the future of East Atlanta Village. Attend the East Atlanta Community Association meeting to learn more. www.eaca.net. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave.

Fulton County Commissioners The commission meets twice monthly. Come to the meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases or the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. www.co.fulton.ga.us. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. 404-730-8200.

Fulton Public Hearing A public hearing will be held to discuss Fulton's tentative new millage rates. The Fulton County Commission is expected to approve the new rates. www.myfultoncountyga.us. Wed., June 15, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St.

Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. www.trainweb.org/garp. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 404-373-7530.

Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization The residents of Kirkwood are invited to attend this monthy meeting to discuss local issues. Second Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Turner Chapel AME Church, 545 Hyde Drive.

Lake Claire Neighbors Unite Lake Claire Neighbors organize cleanups, provide a community voice to city reps, and raise funds for neighborhood refurbishments. www.lakeclaire.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Frazer Center, at the north end of Ridgewood Road.

Neighborhood Planning Units NPUs are citizen-run councils which advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business or agency operating within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.

One Neighbors of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. www.oneedgewood.homestead.com. 404-522-0556. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School Cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave. 404-330-4179.

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