Council President Mitchell supports a variety of initiatives that seek to improve the qualify of life for all Atlantans, including:
- Adopting a resolution expressing the City Council's support for the establishment of a National Housing Trust Fund, which would serve as a source of revenue for the production of new housing and the preservation and/or rehabilitation of existing housing that is affordable for low income individuals.
- Adopting a resolution recognizing 29 years of contributions made to the City of Atlanta by the Community Development Block Grant Program and supporting its continuation of service
- Adopting a resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for and accept a $2,500,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Programs. The purpose of the grant is to conduct a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program in association with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, The Department of Human Resources, Atlanta Public Schools, Southeast Energy Assistance, and other nonprofits.
Seniors and Disabled Citizens
Atlanta's senior and disabled citizens often need special attention and Council President Mitchell is dedicated to helping them whenever possible. He has supported several legislative actions on their behalf, including:
- Approved an ordinance authorizing the City of Atlanta to waive 30 percent of its water and sewer rates for taxpayers age 65 and over whose annual household income does not exceed $25,000 annually.
- Adopted a resolution declaring a need for a Comprehensive Healthcare Center in Southwest Atlanta, thus supporting the efforts of the citizens of Southwest Atlanta to re-open Southwest Hospital and Medical Center.
- Adopted a resolution to include in the City of Atlanta 2004 Legislative Package for the Georgia General Assembly a request for an exemption of Atlanta citizens age 62 and over from paying school taxes.
- Approved an ordinance authorizing the establishment and implementation of a "Mattie's Call," an emergency alert initiative for senior citizens who are reported missing within 24-hour period within the City of Atlanta.
Council President Mitchell has been forthcoming in providing opportunities for city employees and citizens of Atlanta to take better care of themselves. In addition to hosting a heart health event for city workers and health education sessions in the community, he has also:
- Adopted a resolution declaring September as Prostate Cancer Awareness month in the City of Atlanta
- Adopted a resolution declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness month in the City of Atlanta
From the expansion of green space to helping neighbors mobilize to keep their communities clean and green, Council President Mitchell continues to support a number of initiatives that improve Atlanta environment. Recent legislation includes:
- Adopted a resolution to establish a City of Atlanta Parks Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
- Approved an ordinance transferring appropriations in the amount of $619,241.04 from and to various accounts for acquiring land for Greenspace Projects.
- Adopted a resolution mandating a dollar for dollar rollback of any revenues generated and received from a voter approved 1% sales tax.
- Adopted a resolution to request all consent decree value-engineering documents from the Department of Watershed Management be reviewed to determine the potential or significant savings for the City of Atlanta.
- Adopted a resolution implementing the Care and Conserve Trust Fund and that includes establishing and authorizing a mechanism for accepting donations into the Care and Conserve Trust Fund.
- Adopted a resolution stating the City of Atlanta is support of clean indoor air. It also commends those establishments that have voluntarily adopted a smoke-free environment.
- Approved an ordinance that requires recycling options are provided on all properties used for a gathering of two thousand people or more.
Council President Mitchell joined fellow councilmembers to support the City of Atlanta's partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation to provide employment opportunities for homeless individuals. The individuals are hired specifically to maintain state highways and Interstates -20, -75 and -85 within the City limits.
Keeping Atlantans safe is at the forefront of Council President Mitchell's commitment to public service. The public safety initiatives that he has supported include:
- Approving an ordinance that provides additional grounds for the denial, revocation, suspension or refusal to renew any alcoholic beverage license to a business when its owner, representatives or employees are aware of the sale of illegal drugs on the licensed premises.
- Adopting a resolution that encourages the use of surveillance cameras for known crack house locations and illegal dumping sites.
- Supporting a resolution that authorizes the creation of the City Court of Atlanta Planning and Advisory Committee.
Additionally, Councilman Mitchell supported legislation to adopt a Community Policing Training and Preparedness (CopTAP) Program in 2007. CopTAP requires that all new graduates from the Atlanta Police Academy be assigned to foot patrol duty for six months in the two police zones with the highest incidence of crime, until each of the Police Department's six zones have officers on foot patrols. The foot patrols will continue throughout the neighborhoods as new graduates are assigned to additional neighborhoods as needed