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Inside Wrecking ball Demolition begins for Gateway Project COMMUNITY 2

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MARCH 21 — APRIL 3, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 6

Voting earlier Primary, nonpartisan elections moved to May 20 COMMUNITY 4

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Our team has some teeth

The right stuff? Guest educators question SAT’s relevance COMMENTARY 6

Flower power

Our new feature explores fun within two-hour drive ROAD TRIPS 14-15

Down, not out Baptist church struggles to survive FAITH 16

Best in show

Holy Spirit senior is entrepreneur, equestrian STANDOUT STUDENT 18

First alert Brookhaven considers joining ChatComm PUBLIC SAFETY 22

PHIL MOSIER

Julia Rutledge, front, along with Susanna Robinson, back left, show off their “gator glory” during the Sandy Springs Youth Sports baseball and softball Opening Ceremonies and Parade at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex on March 8.

Marsh Creek project: Park or polluter?

Neighborhood asking city for security cameras

BY ANN MARIE QUILL

BY ANN MARIE QUILL

City officials say a detention pond project on the future city center site will serve as a passive, educational park for the community, but a local nonprofit group is concerned that it will pollute a stream and be a burden on taxpayers. The city says it doesn’t want residents to think about the future Marsh Creek detention site as a hole in the ground. “This is more like a park than anything,” said city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun. Kraun said that the city approved this project “proactively” to help control storm water runoff, with the future city center as the impetus for the idea. “We saw the opportunity to improve downstream water quality and improve flood control,” she said. Before the water ends up in Marsh Creek and later, the Chattahoochee River, it will be treated at the future site on one of the creek’s tributaries along Johnson Ferry Road, northwest of Sandy

Representatives from a Sandy Springs neighborhood asked City Council on March 18 to consider expediting its request to install security cameras. “During the past few years [our neighborhood has] experienced a spike in daytime burglaries,” Vicky Jefson, vice president of the River Shore Estates homeowners association, told the council. After consulting with the Sandy Springs Police Department, residents of the neighborhood, located near I-285 and Riverside Drive, took it upon themselves to create a neighborhood watch, and raised $21,000 for security cameras. However, for a camera to be effective in recording license plate numbers of vehicles coming and going, it would need to be placed near the neighborhood’s entrance on a public right of way. “We’ve been waiting five months [on permits] with money [for the cameras] in hand,” said Karen Dabbs, secretary for the home-

SEE MARSH CREEK, PAGE 5

SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 5

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