Many things doing on the Atlanta mayoral front today:
Councilwoman Mary Norwood has called a 4 p.m. press conference at the Summerville home of Mattie Jackson, destroyed in 2008 by a fire that authorities determined was a matter of arson. Don’t know what the topic will be. A look at AJC archives indicates the response time by firefighters was four minutes.
The Atlanta water department has taken umbrage at a Norwood TV ad, in which the mayoral candidate says the city purchased 150,000 water meter lids that don’t fit. Commissioner Robert Hunter, who oversees the Department of Watershed Management, today declared the charge “absolutely untrue.”
Okay, maybe “absolutely” was the wrong word. This from the a press release:
DWM is replacing and upgrading approximately 150,000 meters. However, the number of meters reported with lids which do not fit properly represents significantly less than 1% of the meters.
Presently there are 994 open work orders to replace meter lids, not 150,000 as Ms. Norwood claims. The AMR program is an innovative program which streamlines and automates the meter reading process, eliminates the need for manual reading, and provides a more efficient and accurate bill for the customer.
This morning, we told you that former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young has made the plunge into social media. He’s a quick learner. A few hours later, his office passed on this video endorsement of Norwood rival Kasim Reed, which is to be posted shortly on his page.
Young lent his voice to a radio ad early in the campaign. The note from Young’s office:
This video and a second one that will follow in a few days are the work of Ambassador Young himself and have not been shown to or approved by the Reed campaign itself. Obviously, he feels strongly about the election.
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