Melissa Link, District 3 Commissioner (2014-present)
Represents Boulevard, Cobbham, Downtown, Rocksprings and Newton Bridge Road areas.
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Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (2011-2014)
Board of Directors, Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Advertorial Editor, Athens Banner-Herald (2000-02)
Writer, Calendar Editor, Flagpole magazine (1997-2000)
Boulevard Neighborhood Association (steering committee, Preservation/Environment chair)
Donations: Donated to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary of 2016.
Official member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.
Inferred Party: Democrat
Downtown Design Guidelines: During Nancy Denson’s tenure as mayor from 2010-2018, the Athens skyline saw significant change, especially downtown. Commissioner Link urged the adoption of design guidelines to help shape the look and feel of Athens new buildings. She was unsuccessful during that period, and still holds it as a legislative priority.
Affordable Housing: As a citizen advocate and after election as commissioner, Link has been active in fighting against large development projects and also for historical preservation. She has pushed strongly for an inclusionary zoning policy over the years to require that each new development have some below-market units.
Environmental Advocacy: Commissioner Link has been a consistent advocate for renewable energy, such as the solar array at the Cedar Creek Water Treatment plant, and for banning plastic bags and styrofoam.
Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: YES
FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
Expanding ACCPD Vehicle Program: YES
Adopting the 100% Athens Resolution: YES
Ending cash bail for local ordinance violations: YES
Delaying Bike Lanes on Hancock Ave: NO
Removing Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: YES
Approving Final SPLOST 2020 List: NO
(More information about 2019 votes)
Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
Redesign Chase Street Corridor: NO
Update County Anti-Discrimination Policy: YES
Reject Concept Maps for Athens in Motion: NO
Adopt the Athens in Motion plan: YES
Protected Bike Lanes for Barnett Shoals: YES
Delay the Designation SPLOST Projects: YES
(More information about 2018 votes)
Consultant Selection for Bike / Ped Master Plan: YES
TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
Re-zoning Mitchell Street: NO
(More information about 2017 votes)
Allow Sale of Growlers in Brewpubs: YES
Fare-Free Bus Rides for K-12 Students: YES
Downtown Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Civil Rights Committee: abstain
(More information about 2016 votes)
Remove Wetland Buffers: NO
Award Jail Phone Contract to Securus Tech: NO
Allow Food Trucks: YES
Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
(More information about 2015 votes)