City of Atlanta
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17-O-1218

AN ORDINANCE BY CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE TO AMEND CHAPTER 75, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DESIGN STANDARDS, OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROMOTE CONSISTENT APPLICATION OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDING PRACTICES AND INCORPORATE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES INTO CITY FINANCED PROJECTS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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WHEREAS, Chapter 75, Sustainable Development Design Standards, of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances sets out the requirements and procedures for the design and maintenance of City-owned buildings; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta (“the City”) has adopted a Climate Action Plan, pursuant to Resolution No. 15-R-4042, which provides a comprehensive plan for climate change mitigation through reducing the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030, along with pledging to reduce energy use in commercial and residential buildings 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030, using a 2009 baseline; and

 

WHEREAS, buildings account for 37% of all the US emissions and about 60% of the City’s energy consumption; and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City to revise Chapter 75, Sustainable Development Design Standards, of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances to strengthen the City’s commitment to sustainable building by requiring, amongst other things, new City buildings and City renovations to receive a minimum of a LEED™ Silver certification rather than be built to LEED™ Silver standards, and City owned facilities to obtain LEEDTM Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance, or the most recent equivalent, at the time of compliance with the retrocommissioning requirements found in Part 8, Chapter 2, Article J of the City’s Land Development Code, Part III of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances.

 

NOW, THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS:

 

SECTION 1. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article I, Section 75-1 (Policy) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

             

Sec. 75-1 Policy

 

(a)              The City of Atlanta shall integrate green and/or sustainable building principles and practices into the design, construction, and operations of all City facilities, and City­funded projects to the fullest extent possible and at minimum to the extent described in Section 75-19. Furthermore, the City shall provide leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector development. This policy is expected to yield long-term cost savings to the City's taxpayers due to substantial improvements in life-cycle performance and reduced life-cycle costs.

 

(b)              In addition, the City shall evaluate all land purchases for future development on the basis of reducing environmental impacts that include but are not limited to transit, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, urban and brownfields redevelopment, solar access, on-site stormwater mitigation capacity, and vegetation and habitat restoration, and renewable energy opportunities.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

Sec. 75-1 Policy

 

(a)               The City of Atlanta shall integrate green and/or sustainable building principles and practices into the design, construction, and operations of all City facilities, and City­funded projects to the fullest extent possible and at minimum to the extent described in Section 75-19. Furthermore, the City shall provide leadership and guidance to encourage the application of green building practices in private sector development. This policy is expected to yield long-term cost savings to the City's taxpayers due to substantial improvements in life-cycle performance and reduced life-cycle costs.


(b)               In addition, the City shall evaluate all land purchases for future development on the basis of reducing environmental impacts that include but are not limited to transit, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, urban and brownfields redevelopment, solar access, on-site stormwater mitigation capacity, and vegetation and habitat restoration, and renewable energy opportunities.

 

 

SECTION 2. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-18 (Definitions) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

             

Sec. 75-18 Definitions

 

Sustainable Building: Sustainable building means the integration of building materials and methods that promote environmental quality, economic vitality, and social benefit through the design, construction and operation of the built environment. Sustainable building merges sound, environmentally responsible practices into one discipline that looks at the environmental, economic and social effects of a building or built project as a whole. Sustainable design encompasses the following broad topics: efficient management of energy and water resources, management of material resources and waste, protection of environmental quality, protection of health and indoor environmental quality, reinforcement of natural systems, and integrating the design approach.

 

Life Cycle Cost Analysis: An inclusive approach to costing a program, facility, or group of facilities that encompasses planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance over the useful life of the facilities and finally any decommissioning or disassembly costs. Life Cycle Cost Analysis looks at the net present value of design options as investments. The goal is to achieve the highest, most cost-effective environmental performance possible over the life of the project.

 

LEED™ Rating System: LEED™ stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is based on existing, proven technology and evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective. LEED™ is a self-certifying system designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and multi­ family residential buildings. It contains prerequisites and credits in five categories: Sustainable Site Planning, Improving Energy Efficiency, Conserving Materials and Resources, Embracing Indoor Environmental Quality, and Safeguarding Water. There are four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

 

Renovation as defined by Georgia Code 20-2-260 refers to construction projects which consist of the installation or replacement of major building components such as lighting, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, roofing, electrical, electronic, or flooring systems; millwork; cabinet work and fixed equipment; energy retrofit packages; or room-size modifications within an existing facility, but excluding routine maintenance and repair items or operations.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

Sec. 75-18 Definitions

 

Sustainable Building: Sustainable building means the integration of building materials and methods that promote environmental quality, economic vitality, and social benefit through the integrated design, construction and operation of the built environment. Sustainable building merges sound, environmentally responsible practices into one discipline that looks at the environmental, economic and social effects of a building or built project as a whole. Sustainable design encompasses the following broad topics: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, stormwater infiltration and the building energy management. efficient management of energy and water resources, management of material resources and waste, protection of environmental quality, protection of health and indoor environmental quality, reinforcement of natural systems, and integrating the design approach.

 

Life Cycle Cost Analysis: An inclusive approach to costing a program, facility, or group of facilities that encompasses planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance over the useful life of the facilities and finally any decommissioning or disassembly costs. Life Cycle Cost Analysis looks at the net present value of design options as investments. The goal is to achieve the highest, most cost-effective environmental performance possible over the life of the project.

 

LEED™ Rating System: LEED™ stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is based on existing, proven technology and evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective. LEED™ is a self third-party certifying system designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and multi­ family residential buildings. It contains prerequisites and credits in five categories: Sustainable Site Planning, Improving Energy Efficiency, Conserving Materials and Resources, Embracing Indoor Environmental Quality, and Safeguarding Water. There are four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

 

Renovation: Any repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or improvement of a property, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the property before the improvement or repair is started. as defined by Georgia Code 20-2-260 refers to construction projects which consist of the installation or replacement of major building components such as lighting, heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, roofing, electrical, electronic, or flooring systems; millwork; cabinet work and fixed equipment; energy retrofit packages; or room-size modifications within an existing facility, but excluding routine maintenance and repair items or operations.

 

 

SECTION 3. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-19 (Policy and Goals) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

             

Sec. 75-19 Policy and Goals

 

(a)              It is the policy of the City of Atlanta to finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, maintain, and decommission its facilities and buildings to be sustainable. This applies to new construction and renovations in which the total project square footage includes 5,000 gross square feet of occupied space or the total project cost exceeds two million dollars.

 

(b)              The LEED™ rating system and Reference Guide shall be used as a guidance for design and a measuring tool to determine what constitutes sustainable building by national standards.

 

(c)              Facilities and buildings over 5,000 gross square feet of occupied space or two million dollars total project cost shall at a minimum incorporate sustainable design criterion as defined by this Article. Design and project management teams are required to meet LEED™ Silver rating level (33-38 points).

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

Sec. 75-19 Policy and Goals

 

(a)              It is the policy of the City of Atlanta to finance, plan, design, construct, manage, renovate, maintain, and decommission its facilities and buildings to be sustainable using sustainable practices and means. This applies to new construction and renovations in which the total project square footage includes at least 5,000 gross square feet of occupied space or the total project cost exceeds two million dollars.

 

(b)              The LEED™ rating system and Reference Guide shall be used as a guidance for design and as a measuring tool to determine what constitutes sustainable building by national standards.

 

(c)              Facilities and buildings over 5,000 gross square feet of occupied space or two million dollars total project cost shall at a minimum incorporate sustainable design criterion as defined by this Article. Design and project management teams are required to meet achieve LEED™ Silver rating level (33-38 points) Certification.

 

(d)              At the time facilities are required to be audited and comply with retrocommissioning requirements per Part 8, Chapter 2, Article J of the City’s Land Development Code, Part III of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances, facilities shall obtain LEEDTM Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance or the most recent equivalent.

 

SECTION 4. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-20 (Procedures and Responsibilities) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

             

              Sec. 75-20 Procedures and Responsibilities                           

 

(a)              The Commissioners of all City Departments whose responsibilities include planning, designing, constructing or renovating City-owned facilities are responsible for ensuring that facilities and buildings comply with 75-19.

 

(b)              The City's Environmental Manager is responsible for coordinating to City departments any educational and technical resources available that support and promote sustainable design and construction of City facilities.

 

(c)              The minimum number of credits required in each of the LEEDTM categories is 33 points so that the projects demonstrate performance in all categories.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-20 Procedures and Responsibilities

(a)              The Commissioners of all City Departments or their designee(s) whose responsibilities include planning, designing, constructing or renovating City-owned, City-managed, and City-leased facilities are responsible for ensuring that facilities and buildings comply with 75-19.

 

(b)              The City’s Environmental Manager Office of Buildings or designee is responsible for coordinating to City departments any educational and technical resources available that support and promote sustainable design and construction of City facilities.

 

(c)              The minimum number of credits required in each of the LEEDTM categories is 33 points so that the projects demonstrate performance in all categories. The Commissioners of all City Departments or their designee(s) are responsible for completing LEEDTM training.

 

 

SECTION 5. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-21 (Budgeting and Financing), of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-21 Budgeting and Financing

 

              All capital construction which falls under this policy is required to budget LEEDTM design               standards in the conceptual development of a City funded facility and/or the CDP/CIP               process through the Department of Planning. Budget planning and life cycle cost analysis to               achieve LEEDTM Silver rating is required.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-21 Budgeting and Financing

 

              All capital construction which falls under this policy is required to budget LEEDTM design               standards in the conceptual development of a City funded facility and/or the CDP/CIP               process through the Department of Planning. Budget planning and life cycle cost analysis to               achieve LEEDTM Silver rating Certification and LEEDTM Existing Buildings: Operations &               Maintenance Certification is required.

 

 

SECTION 6. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-22 (Training) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-22 Training

 

              LEEDTM training will be coordinated through the Environmental Manager and/or other               sponsoring departments.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-22 Training

 

LEEDTM training will be coordinated through the Environmental Manager Office of Buildings or designee and/or other sponsoring departments.

 

 

SECTION 7. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-24 (Implementation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-24 Implementation

 

(a)        The Sustainable Development Design Standards shall be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Community Development for review consistent with the above referenced policy objectives, and incorporated in the CDP and CIP process.

 

(b)         Each City Department shall submit an annual progress report detailing compliance with this article to the Department of Planning. The Department of Planning shall then compile all reports for inclusion into the CDP.

 

(c)           The Department of Procurement shall assist and review all RFQ/RFP documents to ensure consistency with this article.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-24 Implementation

 

(a)              The Sustainable Development Design Standards shall be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Community Development for review consistent with the above referenced policy objectives, and incorporated in the CDP and CIP process.

 

(b)         Each City Department shall submit an annual progress report detailing compliance with this article to the Department of Planning. The Department of Planning shall then compile all reports for inclusion into the CDP. The Department of Procurement shall assist and review all RFQ/RFP documents to ensure consistency with this article and with the City’s Sustainable Purchasing and Green Infrastructure Policies.

 

(c)           The Department of Procurement shall assist and review all RFQ/RFP documents to ensure consistency with this article.

 

 

SECTION 8. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, Section 75-25 (Exemptions) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:             

              Sec. 75-25 Exemptions

 

The City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines of achieving LEED™ certified status shall not apply to current City facilities that have been proposed in the FY02-03 Capital budget. However, these projects shall still implement City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines and strategies to the maximum extent practicable.

 

Many projects do not meet the policy criteria, including some buildings smaller than 5,000 gross square feet, roadways, and other infrastructure. City facility construction projects that are unoccupied or serve specialized functions (e.g. pump station, garage, storage building, etc.) are not subject to the City's Sustainable Development Design Guidelines.

 

Even though projects may become exempt from the City's required Sustainable Development Design Guidelines, project managers and design teams are encouraged to apply the relevant portions of City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines and to develop goals that increase the environmental, social, and economic benefits of the project. In addition, all exempted projects shall complete the LEED™ Checklist to assess any sustainable design techniques. This LEED™ Project Checklist will be submitted to the appropriate City Department Project Manager and all measures implemented shall be described in the department's annual progress report.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-25 Exemptions

 

The City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines of achieving LEED TM certified status shall not apply to current city facilities that have been proposed in the FY02-03 capital budget. However, these projects shall still implement City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines and strategies to the maximum extent practicable.

Many projects do not meet the policy criteria, including some buildings smaller than 5,000 gross square feet, roadways, and other infrastructure. City facility construction projects that are unoccupied or serve specialized functions (e.g. pump station, garage, storage building, etc.) are not subject to the City's Sustainable Development Design Guidelines. These projects shall implement City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines and strategies to the maximum extent practicable.

 

Even though projects may become exempt from the City's required Sustainable Development Design Guidelines, project managers and design teams are encouraged to apply the relevant portions of City of Atlanta Sustainable Development Design Guidelines and to develop goals that increase the environmental, social, and economic benefits of the project. In addition, all exempted projects shall comply with benchmarking requirements per Part 8, Chapter 2, Article J of the City’s Land Development Code, Part III of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances. complete the LEED™ Checklist to assess any sustainable design techniques. This LEED™ Project Checklist will be submitted to the appropriate City Department Project Manager and all measures implemented shall be described in the department's annual progress report.

 

 

SECTION 9. Chapter 75 (Sustainable Development Design Standards), Article II, 75-26 (Facility Design Prerequisites) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, which currently provides as follows:

             

              Sec. 75-26 Facility Design Prerequisites

 

All City departments and offices and their contractors responsible for financing, planning, designing, developing, constructing and managing City-owned facilities and buildings shall include the following prerequisites when designing a facility (as consistent with the USGBC LEED™ Rating Standards):

 

(1)              Compliance with Atlanta Code of Ordinances, Article II, Section 74-35, Erosion and Sedimentation Control.

(2)              Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning: Intent is to verify and ensure that fundamental building elements and systems are designed, installed, and calibrated to operate as projected.

(3)              Minimum Energy Performance: Intent is to establish the minimum level of energy efficiency for the base building and systems.

(4)              CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment: Intent is to reduce ozone depletion.

(5)              Recycling: Intent is to implement a comprehensive recycling program that reduces waste generated by building occupants.

(6)              Minimum Indoor Air Quality: Intent is to establish minimum indoor air quality (IAQ) performance to prevent the development of indoor air quality problems in buildings.

(7)              Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control: Intent is to prevent exposure of building occupants and systems to ETS.

 

Is hereby amended and modified as follows:

 

              Sec. 75-26 Facility Design Prerequisites

 

All City departments and offices and their contractors responsible for financing, planning, designing, developing, constructing and managing City-owned facilities and buildings funded projects shall include the following prerequisites when designing a facility (as consistent with the USGBC LEED™ Rating Standards):

 

(1)              Compliance with Atlanta Code of Ordinances, Article II, Section 74-35, Erosion and Sedimentation Control.

(2)              Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning: Intent is to vVerify and ensure that fundamental building elements and systems are designed, installed, and calibrated to operate as projected.

(3)              Minimum Energy Performance: Intent is to eEstablish the minimum level of energy performance for buildings and respective systems of buildings. Energy and water efficiency of those buildings and respective systems is to be measured, managed, and optimized on an ongoing basis. energy efficiency for the base building and systems.

(4)              CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment: Intent is to rReduce ozone depletion.

(5)              Recycling: Intent is to iImplement a comprehensive recycling program that reduces waste generated by building occupants.

(6)              Minimum Indoor Air Quality: Intent is to eEstablish minimum indoor air quality (IAQ) performance to prevent the development of indoor air quality problems in buildings.

(7)              Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control: Intent is to pPrevent exposure of building occupants and systems to ETS.

(8)              Education: Educate appropriate City Personnel responsible for operations and maintenance of those systems throughout the building’s lifecycle.

 

 

SECTION 10. All ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.

 

Meeting History

Apr 25, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Clarence "C. T." Martin, Councilmember, District 10
SECONDER:Yolanda Adrean, Councilmember, District 8
AYES:Alex Wan, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Clarence "C. T." Martin, Joyce M Sheperd, Carla Smith
May 1, 2017 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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REFERRED TO CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 13 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE [13 TO 0]
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Mary Norwood, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Alex Wan, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Felicia A Moore, Clarence "C. T." Martin, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Joyce M Sheperd
ABSENT:Ivory Lee Young Jr.
AWAY:Kwanza Hall
May 9, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE [5 TO 0]
MOVER:Yolanda Adrean, Councilmember, District 8
SECONDER:Howard Shook, Councilmember, District 7
AYES:Alex Wan, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Joyce M Sheperd
AWAY:Clarence "C. T." Martin, Carla Smith
May 15, 2017 1:00 PM  Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
May 23, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Jun 5, 2017 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jun 13, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Jun 19, 2017 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jun 27, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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Stephanie Stuckey

Megan Oneal

RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Jul 5, 2017 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO CITY UTILITIES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jul 11, 2017 9:30 AM Video City Utilities Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:FAVORABLE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Clarence "C. T." Martin, Councilmember, District 10
SECONDER:Joyce M Sheperd, Councilmember, District 12
AYES:Alex Wan, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Clarence "C. T." Martin, Joyce M Sheperd, Carla Smith
Jul 17, 2017 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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ADOPTED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 13 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED [13 TO 0]
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Mary Norwood, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Kwanza Hall, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Alex Wan, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Felicia A Moore, Clarence "C. T." Martin, Keisha Lance Bottoms
AWAY:Ivory Lee Young Jr., Joyce M Sheperd