Kasim Reed

The AJC reports that former Mayor Kasim Reed handed out more than $500,000 in bonuses and gifts – using taxpayers’ money – just before he left office in December. Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore called the bonuses “illegal” and said city ordinance prohibited the mayor from increasing salaries or giving other remuneration without approval from the city council. A statement issued by Reed said, “Rewarding employees for service and performance is not new and has been common practice in the City of Atlanta. These bonuses were appropriate and Mayor Reed believes that the individuals who received the bonuses were worthy of them based upon their contributions to the City of Atlanta’s unprecedented growth and fiscal stability.”

Tech magazine ZDNet reports that the City of Atlanta is projected to spend $2.6 million on recovery efforts stemming from a ransomware attack, which crippled a sizable part of the city’s online services. Hackers demanded $55,000 in Bitcoin, but the city never paid the ransom.

MARTA will receive a $3.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.  The transit authority will use the funding to upgrade and replace 40-foot diesel-fueled buses with 60-foot Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses used on high capacity ridership bus routes in central and south DeKalb County.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.