2024 Local Ordinances

Ordinances / Resolutions of Note

  1. Fund the Athens Homeless Coalition / Salvation Army
  2. Raise the Stormwater Fee
  3. Approve Leisure Services Master Plan
  4. Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Fund the Athens Homeless Coalition / Salvation Army

The ACC Commission approved $5 million in American Rescue Plan funding for the Athens Homeless Coalition and other agencies to improve their capacity to provide services for people experiencing homelessness in Athens. The disbursement included $550,000 for the Athens Salvation Army Center, circumventing the normal request-for-proposals process.

For more information, check out APN’s article here.

Voting yes to fund the Athens Homeless Coalition: Davenport, Taylor, Wright, Fisher, Thornton, Hamby
Voting no: Link, Houle, Myers
Absent: none
Recusal: Culpepper

Proposal made by: Fisher

Passed on January 2, 2024

Raise the Stormwater Fee

As recommended by the ACC Stormwater Advisory Committee, the commission raised the stormwater fee from $3.50 to $4.73 a month for the average homeowner. The vote also locked in fee increases of 3.75% a year for five years and 2% a year for three additional years.

The revenue is used to pay for stormwater utility operations. It does not cover capital needs for the utility to replace failing culverts and pipes underneath roads all over Athens. The fee hadn’t been raised since 2005.

Voting yes to raise the stormwater fee: Davenport, Link, Taylor, Wright, Fisher, Houle, Culpepper, Myers, Hamby
Voting no: Thornton
Absent: none

Proposal made by: Myers

Passed on January 2, 2024

Approve Leisure Services Master Plan

The commission also selected a consultant to create a new comprehensive plan for ACC Leisure Services in a 6-5 vote. The commission was evenly split, with Thornton, Hamby, Wright, Fisher and Culpepper voting no. Mayor Kelly Girtz broke the tie in favor of approving Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, LLC to create the plan.

Commissioners who opposed the master plan did so primarily because of the $400,000 cost.

Voting yes to approve the master plan: Davenport, Link, Taylor, Houle, Myers, Girtz
Voting no: Wright, Fisher, Culpepper, Thornton, Hamby
Absent: none

Proposal made by: Myers

Passed on January 2, 2024

Regulate Short-Term Rentals

The commission passed strong regulation that requires short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods to be operated by someone who lives there most of the time. However, this legislation was immediately sent to the commission’s Government Operations Committee where it is sure to be weakened so that it has a better chance of standing up in court.

Read APN’s article on this topic here.

Voting yes to regulate short-term rentals: Davenport, Link, Taylor, Fisher, Houle, Culpepper, Myers, Thornton, Hamby
Voting no: none
Recusal: Wright
Absent: none

Proposal made by: Myers

Passed on February 6, 2024