Report from UHNA BCN rep Beau Grant
Buckhead Coalition of Neighborhoods.
Sept 8 2022 6:45PM
A Company called IKE will be putting up kiosks around the city, sharing ad revenue with the City. Their sales rep gave a brief explanation of the relationship between IKE and the City. The City get's a cut of the kiosk ad revenue. The company offices are in Ohio, NYC and Hollywood.
My questions went unanswered, along with any other Zoom Chat questions by others. Question.. Where are these manufactured? What surveillance capabilities do they possess? Where does the data reside once captured? What OS is running? How many times have they been hacked? Obvious prank hacks could be taking over Kiosks and displaying salacious content, paradies of public figures, fake news articles to incite, capturing your face to use on other kiosks, broadcasting conversations near kiosks.. There's lots of fun "possibilities".
Security discussion was the usual thing we hear about at our own meetings. Take your stuff out of your car, report incidents to 911, pretty basic advice.
Doug Shipman, the new City Council President presented;
911 Transfers to other jurisdictions not reliably working. The City is upgrading the system to remedy.
Operation Shield citycam network includes private cameras, 8,000 sites to date.
The APD need more Police Cars, especially for take home, which would provide better visibility, better staff retention, and be better for the cars.
Wright Street Fulton Jail is overcrowded. City will lease jail space to Fulton County and implement within a few weeks.
APD morale is improving about quality of leadership but still not good enough since it was previously so terrible.
Original Story is here: https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/fulton-commissioners-to-consider-lease-with-atlanta-on-jail-space/OQH5NSX7CBBPXLIB6QVZBBD3EY/
Approval of the lease:
A Zoom caller over the phone (couldnt grab a name) reported that many city Creeks are apparently very hazardous, advised not to let kids or dogs in the city creeks, especially Tanyard, Peachtree, Proctor. City has not yet responded to citizen FIOA requests or followed up.
The BCN made no meaningful response to these issues beyond placating comments.
Someone in the room asked:
Q: Graffiti. On the rise, is there a working group?
A: No. No plans for one either.
Garbage Property Tax:
A Lawsuit is now in play over a millage rate increase for next two years. Condos, apartments were paying for services they weren't receiving. Many homes will pay more property taxes.
Reports of Street Paving not getting done. Blamed on supply chain problems. Someone asked "How do we take back our own areas from the City?"
for questions about BCN please reach out to UHNA Vice President.
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