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Left, Michael Haymons, and his daughter, Cora, 8, bust a move during the seventh annual Daddy-Daughter Dance hosted by the Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department at Spalding Drive Elementary School on Feb. 7. Right, Lloyd Richards, and his two daughters, Zahria Inglis, 7, left, and Sierjah Richards, 9, pose for a photo during the dance. The event included dinner, dancing and prizes.

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Construction costs for the City Springs project have been set in stone at a maximum of $180,057,353 by Holder Construction in a deal approved by the Sandy Springs City Council. A crowd of about 45 people showed up before the council meeting Feb. 16 to see the latest designs of the City Springs project’s performing arts center and open spaces. The images included a smaller “studio theater” that will double as the future City Council chamber. “The space is clean and modern in its depiction, as opposed to a traditional government center look,” said project architect George Bushey. “I’m looking forward to getting it finished and sitting in one of those balcony seats one day,” said City Councilman John Paulson, referring to images of the future arts center’s main theater. City Springs is under construction on See CITY on page 12

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Dr. Philip D. Lanoue is set to become the new Fulton County Schools superintendent after the county Board of Education named him on Feb. 5 as the sole finalist for the job. Lanoue is currently the superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Athens, where he was named the 2105 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. The Fulton Dr. Philip D. Lanoue position has been vacant since former Superintendent Robert Avossa left for a Florida job last June. “I am incredibly honored to be selected by the Fulton Board of Education as the sole finalist to lead the Fulton County School System,” said Lanoue in a press release. “To begin a new endeavor was not a decision I took lightly, but I look forward to working with the board, the staff and the broader community to build on their successes and make this district high performing for all children.” “Dr. Lanoue’s background and experience match what is important to our community as evidenced by our superintendent search survey,” said Fulton Board of Education President Linda McCain in the press release. Prior to becoming Clarke County superintendent in 2009, Lanoue was an assistant Superintendent for the Cobb County School District. Lanoue could start his new job May 1.

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Sandy Springs has a new deputy chief of police. Keith Zgonc, formerly a captain, was promoted to the second-in-command position at the Sandy Springs Police Department Feb. 12, the city announced. As deputy chief, Zgnoc will manage the operations and administrative functions of the department under Chief Ken DeSimone. “Keith’s leadership abilities Keith Zgonc over the past 10 years have contributed greatly to the department’s success,” said DeSimone in a press release. “He is well-suited to continue his leadership role in this higher capacity.” “This is a great opportunity to take my career to the next level in a community

that I have grown to love, and I look forward to the challenge,” said Zgonc in the press release. Zgonc has served with the Sandy Springs Police since the department’s inception in 2006. His 25-year career in law enforcement began in 1991 with the Smyrna Police Department.

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Massage parlors that offer illegal sexual services could be shut down as “public nuisances” under a new city ordinance in the works. At the Feb. 2 City Council meeting, City Attorney Wendell Willard said that certain problem massage parlors and spas continue illegal business by changing owners after police crackdowns. “Even though you stop one [operator], here comes another,” he said. The new “public nuisance” declaration would allow the city “to go after not only the business owner, but also the property owner,” he said. That would mean a court order permanently barring the massage or spa business on the site. Willard called it “another tool in the belt of the city…to stop this unlawful activity.” Willard said the city’s “public nuisance” declaration could come only after repeated criminal citations and would have to be approved by a court, which would issue any closure order.

ACT3 PRODUCTIONS’ MACTAS TO RETIRE

Patti Mactas, executive director of Act3 Productions, plans to retire at the end of February, the Sandy Springs-based theater company announced. Mactas worked with the theater company for 15 years. She led the company during the days it performed schoolbased plays and was instrumental in the founding of the company’s home stage in 2009, Act3 said in a press release. “It is time for me to retire from Act3 and let the theater’s new Patti Mactas leadership take it to its next level,” Mactas said in the theater company’s press release. Act3 plans to stage a cabaret on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the theater in Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road, to honor Mactas and her contributions. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m. General admission and reserved tickets range from $15 to $30 and are available at www.act3productions.org. Group tickets are available by calling the box office at 770-241-1905. SS


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Perimeter cities to team on alternative transportation plan

PATH400’s Sandy Springs Buckhead link plan in the works

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Originally proposed as a 5-mile trail, PATH400 currently runs between Lenox and Old Ivy roads in Buckhead, and has phased extensions north to Liordans Drive either under construction or already planned. Last year, the state Department of Transportation agreed to add another segment of PATH400 to its planned rebuild of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, a segment that would run between the Glenridge Connector and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical district. Those plans left a missing link in PATH400 between Loridans and the Glenridge Connector. But last year, Livable Buckhead secured an Atlanta Regional Commission grant to design that segment. The grant provides $496,000 in federal matching dollars, according to the city of Sandy Springs, and Livable Buckhead is providing $124,000 in matching funds. Sandy Springs City Council recently approved an agreement with Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation to move ahead with that design.

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The three Perimeter Center cities will team on a study of alternative transportation and a master plan for better connections to local MARTA stations, Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough announced Feb. 16. There were strong hints that will include, among other possibilities, a cost-benefit analysis of monorails, which have been hot topics in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. In the planning effort for traffic-choked Perimeter Center, the goal is to boost “lastmile connectivity” to MARTA by bicycle, walking or alternative mass transit. Officials in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts have agreed to join Sandy Springs in issuing a request for proposals from consulting firms, McDonough said. The cities will be “working toward a master connectivity plan” that includes improving existing plans for a multi-use trail network as well as a cost-benefit analysis of other “alternative modes of transportation,” McDonough said. “We don’t know what that alternative transportation might be,” he said, but officials want to reserve right of way now.

“Futuristically, there’s been some discussion, [even] if it’s tongue-in-cheek, about people-movers, whether it’s gondolas or light rail,” McDonough said. In a later interview, he added that the options will focus “not necessarily [on] streets” but also any accessible routes “sort of winding through various properties.” McDonough did not use the word “monorail.” Neither did Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, but the mayor did say he and McDonough have discussed transportation options “not just in a two-dimensional world, but maybe in a three-dimensional world.” The talk also echoes some public transit ideas recently presented by other consultants working on Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” process, which is rewriting the zoning code and revising the land-use plan. “This has been talked about a long time. The opportunity is here and now,” McDonough said of alternative transportation options for Perimeter Center. There is no specific timeframe for the study’s budget or issuance of the request for proposals. The goal is for all three cities’ councils to approve a mutual master plan, and possibly include any projects among ones to be financed through a future transportation sales tax, McDonough said.

Crime rate dropped 7% last year Major crime in Sandy Springs was down 7 percent last year for the lowest total reports since 2012, according to the police department’s year-end statistics. Most of that drop was in property crimes—from 2,730 in 2014 to 2,531 in 2015. Violent crime numbers remained similar, with 151 reports in 2015 and 154 in 2014. However, several major categories of violent crime were down significantly. The homicide rate was cut in half, from six to three. Rape reports dropped from 16 to nine. Robbery and burglary reports were both much lower than 2014. The only upticks were in aggravated assault and arson. The Sandy Springs Police Department began operations in 2006, taking over from Fulton County police shortly after the city’s founding. The overall rate of serious crime steadily decreased until 2012, when there was an upswing. However, since then, the crime rate has again dropped annually. When 2015 crime rates are compared with 2006, violent crime reports are down 51 percent and overall serious crime is down 31 percent. © 2016 The Joint Corp.

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Many proposed Perimeter Center towers may not happen, experts say Millions of square feet The following are the estimated square footage for some large office towers either proposed or underway. 1117 Perimeter Center West:

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The sudden burst of skyscraper plans in Perimeter Center—10 new towers proposed in addition to several already in construction or approved in rezonings— has sparked questions for local residents and businesses: How will they impact traffic? Will they change the character of local cities? But some experts say that many of those towers won’t do anything because they will never exist anywhere except on paper. The actual demand for Perimeter Center office space is far lower than the 10 million square feet or more proposed in all the grand plans, they say. “Some of it’s not going to happen,” said Lee Sobel of the Washington, D.C.-based real estate consulting firm RCLCO, raising the issue at the Sandy Springs City Council’s annual retreat in January. Sobel’s firm is part of the team creating Sandy Springs’ new zoning code and land-use plan, a process triggered partly by the City Council’s concerns with the recent flood of megaprojects. Sobel projects the demand over the next 20 years for new office space in the Sandy Springs side of Perimeter Center at about 2.8 million square feet. But developers are already building or proposing around 10 million square feet, said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. It’s a similar

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story in Dunwoody, where city data shows 4.5 million square feet of Perimeter Center office space in the pipeline or zoning books—more than two-thirds the amount that exists today. “We’ve got a potential here for a tremendous bubble,” Paul told Sobel at the council retreat. “If we allowed 10 million [or] 5 million square feet to be constructed, you’re saying there’s not demand for that.” Sobel assured the mayor that the city can approve whatever it wants because the market will sort it out and kill many of the tower dreams. A two-decade pro-

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Q&A Restaurant regulation Why changing a Sandy Springs rent law could mean ‘cooler’ restaurants

Jason Sheetz

Why do unique, indie restaurants flourish in places like Buckhead and Buford Highway? One behind-the-scenes factor is a landlord-tenant deal called “percentage rent,” which lowers the start-up costs for mom-and-pop or chef-owned restaurants. Atlanta, Brookhaven and Dunwoody are among the local cities that allow percentage rent deals, according to Buckhead attorney Kevin Leff, who represents many restaurateurs. But some other cities—including Sandy Springs—prohibit percentage rent deals if the restaurant serves alcohol, Leff says. The concern is that it could allow a felon to profit from a liquor license he or she couldn’t legally obtain by acting as a restaurant landlord. But the Sandy Springs City Council is now considering changing the law. Councilman Gabriel Sterling said at a recent council meeting that, as restau-

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rant rents rise to $30 or $35 per square foot, “cooler” local restaurants are priced out and only major chain franchises can afford to start up. The council learned of the percentagerent problem from local restaurant-owner Jason Sheetz, who ran into it while opening his new business, Under the Cork Tree. Sheetz, along with Chef William Sigley, also runs Sandy Springs’ Hammocks Trading Company restaurant, and he is an active member of the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, a local trade association. Reporter Newspapers asked Sheetz to explain how percentage rent works and why it matters to local restaurant customers. Q: What is “percentage rent” in comparison to regular rent? A: A landlord and a tenant may enter Continued on page 9

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But Charlie Brown, the developer proposing Dunwoody Crown Towers off Ashford-Dunwoody Road, said he isn’t concerned. “We’re in a very dynamic area. Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs really don’t cause me any problem,” Brown said. “The amount of office space need is finite, there’s no doubt about it. However, if we put the best product on the market in the best place, I don’t see any problem.” There’s no question that the metro Atlanta office market is booming and a big driver in local tower plans, even though most include mixed uses. Local office vacancy rates are under 10 percent, Voyles said, and Cox Communications’ new Dunwoody tower was the biggest metro At-

adding that Seven Oaks avoids that tactic. “They’re either trying to do the shock-andawe—come in [for review] and expect to get less. Or they’re trying to increase the value of the land to flip out of it…[and] sell it because it’s got more density [approved] on it, which is an old game they used to play in Atlanta.” A final possible motive behind the skyscraper plans, Voyles said: “This is really what [the developers] want to do.” Charlie Brown said he’s sure he’ll be the developer whose plan works out. “If we keep the pot boiling, I’ll get my cup of my soup, and this area is particularly easy to keep the pot boiling,” Brown said. “This area has good people, good government and good transportation, and that is hard to beat.” --Dyana Bagby contributed to this story.


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Attracting ‘cooler’ restaurants Continued from page 5 into a lease with a percentage rent clause. It can be structured a number of different ways, but typically means that after the tenant reaches an agreed-upon dollar amount in revenue (“base revenue”), a percentage of the surplus revenue is shared with the landlord. For example, let’s say that percentage rent is 10 percent after a $20,000 base revenue has been achieved. If the actual revenue is $40,000, the tenant will pay an extra $2,000 in rent. This is, in most cases, in addition to a base rent. Q: What is the benefit to restaurant owners of using a percentage rent structure? A: For any business, using percentage rent allows for the up-front cost or guaranteed cost to be lower. The landlord is essentially taking on more risk in the short term by taking lower rent while the business gets its footing. As a tenant, the guaranteed base rent would be lower at first while the business is getting developed and higher when the business is more established. Q: How does the city of Sandy Springs restrict percentage rent? What problems does that cause? A: The guidelines for applying for a liquor license in Sandy Springs include a section that does not allow for percentage rent to include the sales of alcohol. The rea-

son behind this is to ensure that all owners of a liquor license go through the proper background checks. The definitions of percentage rent and profit-sharing (as a business owner might be entitled to) are very similar. The way the guidelines are written, the city manager may approve an application for a liquor license that includes a percentage rent clause, but that application may be delayed due to the process of review and scheduling of the necessary meetings. This requirement may delay the business from opening, or discourage a business choosing the location based on lesser requirements from another jurisdiction. Q: If the law was changed, how would it benefit restaurant owners and customers? Could it change the types of restaurants in the area? A: Percentage rent is a way for small and local chefs and restaurateurs to start their business with less capital needed upfront. With the way rents are increasing, the variety of restaurants may be limited to larger corporate and chain restaurants who can afford those rents from the beginning of the lease. Changing the law would create and foster the notion that Sandy Springs wants to attract these smaller, independent, chef-driven restaurants.

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Community Poll Question: Do you plan to vote in the March 1 Georgia Primary Election? If so, who is your preferred candidate at this time?

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As the presidential candidates rolled out of New Hampshire and headed for primaries in South Carolina on Feb. 20 (Republicans) and Feb. 27 (Democrats) and Georgia and other states on March 1, no single contender claimed the majority of the support in a cellphone-based survey of 200 adults in Reporter Newspapers communities. In the survey, conducted by mobile market research company 1Q for Springs Publishing, parent company of the Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown, Democrat Bernie Sanders received the most support, with backing from 24 percent of the respondents. Sanders’ Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, followed at 19 percent. Republican Marco Rubio drew backing from 12 percent of the respondents, while fellow Republican Donald Trump was favored by 10 percent. No other Republicans drew double-digit support. Fourteen percent of the respondents answered, “I don’t plan to vote in the primary.” The graph below shows a closer examination of relative support for the top four finishers in terms of gender, age, eduction, employment, income and race.

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Letter to the Editor To the editor: Sandy Springs City Council plans not to competitively bid the city vendor contracts for another three years. Historically, every five years, staff has devoted time to vetting contracts and finding the best value for the city services which include public works, community development, court administration, finance and communications. The city’s website states, “In 2010, the

city undertook a comprehensive procurement process to rebid all general city services, resulting in multiple providers, providing considerable savings and higher levels of service for the city.” Now, in 2016, the city manager has requested vendors submit their costs for the three-year contract extension. City Council has yet to vote on the extended contracts. Should our city set a

new precedent of extending the contracts and not bidding out these services? The city promised to seek competitive bids from vendors every five years. City Council must decide if these contracts will be renewed for an additional three years plus the cost increase. Taxpayers deserve the best deal for their dollars. Tochie A. Blad SS


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Senior home says expansion would let residents age in place

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Joe Dan Rogers, left, chief development officer at Mansions Senior Living, discusses the proposed Spalding Drive assisted living facility with local resident Michelle Merrill at the Feb. 9 meeting.

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Mansions Senior Living presented early conceptual plans for expanding its senior residences campus along Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs at a Feb. 9 meeting, drawing positive response from the sole neighbor in attendance. The proposed assisted living facility would front on Spalding Drive and stand behind the existing Mansions Sandy Springs independent living residences at 3175 River Exchange Drive. Plans and a market study are still underway, said Mansions Chief Development Officer Joe Dan Rogers, but the new building could be up to 35,000 square feet and two stories with 64 parking spaces. It could house 45 to 90 residents, depending on the final design. “It sounds like a fine use,” said Sandy Springs resident Michelle Merrill, the only neighbor in attendance at the meeting, held at Mansions Sandy Springs. Her main concern was sewer connections, which have caused some local problems. The area, on Sandy Springs’ far eastern panhandle at the Gwinnett County line, also falls in a confusing jurisdiction. Rogers said the building would use Gwinnett County’s sewer system. The existing 130-unit Mansions residence in Sandy Springs opened in 2014. It’s one of four Mansions senior residences, including one in Alpharetta and the others in Oklahoma. Rogers said that Mansions is building a similar assisted-living home at its Alpharetta site as part of a strategy to keep residents on-site as they age and need more care, rather than moving out. The benefits for such residents are being able to maintain relationships and stay with familiar staff members. The proposal requires rezoning the SS

roughly 8-acre site from commercial to office, which also covers assisted living, Rogers said. The site was zoned in the 1990s for the Publix-anchored shopping center that ended up next door on Spalding, he said. The proposed residence includes a back driveway connecting to that shopping center. The site is across River Exchange Drive from the new Crooked Creek

The site plan of the proposed Mansions Sandy Springs assisted living facility which would front Spalding Drive. The expansion would stand behind existing residences at 3175 River Exchange Drive. To see a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

Park. It would not encroach on any stream setbacks or buffers, Rogers said. The proposal is in its early, pre-filing stage, consisting of a basic site plan and general ideas of a brick-and-stucco exterior. The proposal would still require review by city staff, the Sandy Springs

Planning Commission and the Sandy Springs City Council. The earliest construction start would likely be in September and construction would take around 18 months.

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City Springs construction price set at $180 million

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Continued from page 1 Above, Sandy Springs City Council unveiled a rendering of a smaller “studio theater” that would double as the future council chamber.

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Sandy Springs City Council shared the latest designs of the City Springs performing arts center, top and above, at its Feb. 16 meeting.

The City Springs project, which will include a new City Hall, a performing arts center, retail space, public parks and privately built multifamily housing, is still slated to open in late 2017.

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Roswell Road at Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. Intended as the heart of a new downtown district, City Springs will include a new City Hall, a performing arts center, privately built multifamily housing, retail space and various types of public parks. The complex is still slated to open in late 2017. Holder was able to begin building the project months before the final construction costs were set thanks to a method called “construction manager at risk.” The $180 million cost includes Holder’s fee. The city has budgeted nearly $223 million for the project, which includes some reserves as well as some tax money the city is seeking state permission to use in upgrading the design. Holder will stick to its “guaranteed maximum price” by shrinking some budget line-items while increasing others, a process that is already happening. Holder recently boosted some costs to improve the future City Hall’s security and added a “rose petal ceiling” to the performing arts center lobby, according to a budget presentation by City Manager John McDonough. Among the items “deferred” to free up funds is a park planned on a triangle of land across Roswell Road, where vacant storefronts and Magic Mike’s auto shop now stand. The park and a related plan to turn part of it into a traffic roundabout are already stalled due a state agency declaring Magic Mike’s as historic. By removing the park’s line item for now, Holder gets $2.5 million to spend elsewhere on City Springs. But that park deferral is a tweak, not a permanent cut. “We fully intend to do that project,” McDonough said. The funds, he said, likely will be restored in coming months when some other line item shrinks. SS


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Sandy Springs considers fire safety fixes for older apartments BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Miniature sprinklers or automatic fire extinguishers in the kitchens of older apartments could greatly reduce the number of dangerous blazes in Sandy Springs, according to Fire Rescue Chief Keith Sanders. Sanders proposed an ordinance change to require such safety features in discussion at the Sandy Springs City Council retreat Jan. 26 at Lost Corner, a new city park. “This is a real focus point that needs some attention,” City Manager John McDonough said after the chief ran through some worrisome fire stats. Sandy Springs firefighters have battled 38 fires in multifamily complexes in the previous 11 months, Sanders said. Of those blazes, 42 percent began in the unit’s cooking area. In the past nine years, there have been 420 multifamily fires in the city, with 174 starting in the kitchen area. One recent blaze caused by a man attempting to fry a frozen chicken left a woman paralyzed when she jumped from a window to escape the flames, Sanders said.

Older apartments built before modern fire codes typically lack sprinklers and fire alarm systems, Sanders said. In Sandy Springs, 72 percent of older apartment complexes have no monitored fire alarms and 63 percent have no sprinklers, he said. Current city code requires apartment owners to install sprinklers and alarms if they do major renovations, but there can be disagreement about when the requirement is triggered, the fire chief said. Possible solutions used in other jurisdictions include requiring a single sprinkler or an automatic fire extinguisher system just in the kitchen area of an apartment. FireStop brand automatic extinguishers, which can be installed over ovens, cost about $30 a pair, Sanders said. Another idea is requiring apartment interiors to be painted with a fireproofing substance that can delay fire from burning through a wall for up to 17 minutes, the chief said. That paint is expensive, running about $325 for a five-gallon can, Sanders said. City staff likely will draft some sort of fire code update addressing Sanders’ concerns this year and present it to the City Council.

PROJECT-BASED VOUCHER WAITLIST OPENING The Housing Authority of Fulton County, Georgia (HAFC) will open and establish a Project-Based Voucher (PBV) waitlist specifically for Sterling Place Apartments located at 144 Allen Road, Sandy Springs, Georgia. The waitlist will be open from February 29, 2016 at 12:01am until March 6, 2016 at 11:59pm. The HAFC will not utilize a pre-application process. All applicants must be 62 years or older, and must meet the criteria of “low-income” in accordance with the requirements of Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, the Regulations and the HAFC. An applicant’s income cannot exceed 60% of Area Median Income (“AMI”). Currently, 60% of the Area Median Income is: 1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person

$28,680 $32,760 $36,840 $40,920

Interested, eligible persons should call HAFC at 404-588-4975, 404-588-4976, 404-588-4978, 404-588-4981 or 404-588-4987 to provide their name, address and telephone number (if applicable) to request an application. An application can also be placed at the HAFC Main Office at 4273 Wendell Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30336 on February 29 to March 4, 2016 between the hours of Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm, or Friday, 9am to noon Eastern Standard Time.

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0015

Petitioner:

Steve Dils

Location:

525 Cameron Manor Way

Request:

Variance from Section 4.3.4.B.2 Minimum Building Lines, Permitted Encroachments into yards, Single Family Residential and Townhouses used for single family on lots-of-record to allow a patio encroachment into the rear yard building setback. The proposed patio encroaches to within 3 feet of the north property line.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

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Analyzing local ‘high-hazard’ dams to identify an owner of record to put on the hook for maintenance. Dutson knows the importance of dam maintenance first-hand. He said he was camping upstream from a Toccoa, Ga., dam when it failed in 1978 and killed 39 people. That disaster led to the creation of the Safe Dams Program. The biggest issue at Powers Lake was 25 years ago, when an JOHN RUCH inspector did find some of From left, Philip Walker, Bobby Sauer Jr., Skylar Barger and those wet spots, which led to Knut Hauer inspect Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs. $30,000 in repairs. Nothing like that turned BY JOHN RUCH up this time. Clad in a Georgia Tech ball johnruch@reporternewspapers.net cap, an Atlanta Falcons “Dirty Bird” sweatOn the steep, grassy slope of Powers shirt and camouflage pants, Sauer clamLake dam in Sandy Springs, Bobby Sauer bered into streambeds to snap photos and Jr. bent down and patted the ground. He take notes on a clipboard. His and Barger’s was feeling for any damp spots, the warnonly concerns were a couple of possible aning signs of major leaks that could spell diimal burrows to fill in, some brush to cut saster for people downstream. He held up back, and a drainpipe opening that needed a dry palm. some digging out. Sauer is an inspector for the state’s Tera Lake and Lake Forrest are differSafe Dams Proent stories. In 2013, Safe Dams ordered gram, the agenEditor’s note: This is the partial drainage of Tera Lake, off Burone of a series of arcy that categorizdette Road, after finding an “instability” in ticles Reporter Newses Powers Lake the dam. A long-term fix has yet to happen. papers is publishing and 10 other loSauer said the Feb. 11 inspection found that about dams in our cal dams as “highcommunities. PreTera Lake remained low after recent heavy vious installments hazard,” meaning rains. have looked at the lothat if they failed, The Lake Forrest dam, which runs uncation and condithe flood likely der the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive, tion of the 11 local would kill people. has become a notorious dilemma. The “high-hazard” dams No high-hazard and the cost of mainlake is owned by a homeowners associataining these dams. dam in Georgia tion, while the cities of Atlanta and Sandy has failed since Springs have agreed to share responsibilithe 1990s, and Safe ty—and costs—for dam repairs. Officials Dams aims to keep it that way, though refrom both cities showed up to join the Feb. sources are slim. 11 inspection. There are 474 high-hazard dams Safe Dams says the many mature trees in Georgia—many of them privately on the dam must be removed, and wants owned—and Sauer is one of only 11 staff the dam examined for possible internal engineers the Safe Dams Program has to weakening. But nearly a year after work inspect them all. The Feb. 11 visit from Saubegan, the lake is only partially drained er and fellow inspector Skylar Barger was and an inspection by a private engineering the first time Powers Lake has been inspectfirm is still pending. A few trees have been ed in three years. partially removed, mostly to insert a boat “It looks pretty good,” Sauer said—the to remove fish during the lake-lowering. only preview of his final report he would Sauer didn’t know the latest details of offer. Sauer and Barger are inspecting all the work and had lots of questions about the “high-hazard” local dams in their curwhat he saw. “Is that log supposed to be rent review cycle and the full reports will here? Is it serving a purpose?” he asked take one to two months. The same day, about a hunk of wood floating near the they also looked at two dams in the midst mouth of the dam’s drainpipe. The log was of long repair processes: Tera Lake dam in debris that had floated in, said Philip WalkSandy Springs and the Lake Forrest dam er, Sandy Springs’ stormwater project coon the Buckhead-Sandy Springs border. ordinator. Pieces of the pipe, which had At Powers Lake, located off Powers Lake been severed to lower the lake’s level, reDrive, the inspectors had a big asset: Donmained in the water as well. ald Dutson Jr., who has overseen the dam’s “At least it’s better than it was before,” maintenance on behalf of the local homeSauer said of Lake Forrest, but added that owners association for 30 years. “Less than the state is still awaiting the cities’ repair half the dams have someone like that,” strategy. “We don’t have true plans given to Sauer said. At many dams—including Tera our office about what will happen.” Lake and Lake Forrest—the state struggles SS

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“SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR.” Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jerry’s Habima Theatre, featuring actors with special needs, offers this musical, about an ogre who leads fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess. Continues through March 6. For all ages. General admission: $35; children 12 and under, $15; Marcus Jewish Community Center members: $25; children 12 and under, $10. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 678-8124002 or visit either: www.atlantajcc.org/ boxoffice or www.atlantajcc.org/habima.

“GREASE” Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m. The Pius Players present “Grease,” for their spring musical, about the friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950s. Family friendly. Tickets, $10. Wed.Sat. shows, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 pm. St. Pius X Catholic High School, 2674 Johnson Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30345. Purchase tickets and find out more at: www.spx.org.

GEORGIA BRASS BAND Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m. Hear the Georgia Brass Band, a traditional “British Brass band,” perform a diverse range of repertoire including marches, sacred arrangements, popular music, jazz tunes, movie themes and classical transcriptions. Open to the community. $10 suggested donation. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for details.

LET’S LEARN CHEMO BRAIN Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12-2 p.m. The American Cancer Society says people who have “chemo brain” may find themselves unable to concentrate on their work or unable to juggle multiple tasks. Join others for a free discussion about the signs, symptoms and physiology behind chemo brain. Lunch provided. Open to members of the Cancer Support Community. RSVP to 404-843-1880. 5775 PeachtreeDunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: www.cscatlanta.org to learn more.

STE(A)M SHOWCASE Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The Sandy Springs Education Force presents the sixth annual STE(A)M Showcase. See more than 20 cool, interactive exhibits in the fast-chang-

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Friday, Feb. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. The Sandy Springs Christian Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers for three lectures, “The Underground Church,” followed by a book signing and dessert, and on Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., “Quantum Physics and the Future of God” and “Building a Beloved Community,” includes breakfast. $35 for three lectures. Childcare available with advanced registration. 301 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Register online: www.sandyspringscc.org or call 404-2562582 to find out more.

CONNECTING GENERATIONS Wednesday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Join others for a free seminar, “Connecting Generations,” celebrating our lives, and sharing stories using history and humor. All are welcome to attend. The Link Counseling Center, 348 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-256-9797 for further details.

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TOSSED OUT TREASURES Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m. The Sandy Springs Society holds its 25th annual upscale resale event. Join the treasure-hunting experience with thousands of bargains in high-end home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, gentlyused clothing and more. Feb. 25 preview party, $30; $35 at the door. Sale runs Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. both days. Free admission; all are welcome. In the former Marshall’s, 6337 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Purchase preview party tickets or learn more by going to: www.sandyspringssociety.org.

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Friday, March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. You’ll play fun games while learning a bit of math. Free. All are welcome. Geared for ages 5-12. Registration required and started Jan. 3. Come by the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-3036130 or email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov to sign up or to find out more. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Saturday, Feb. 27, 7-10:30 p.m. The Friends of North Springs Foundation invites all to its biggest fundraising event of the year. Casino theme with blackjack, craps and roulette tables. Also food, drinks, silent auction. Tickets, $100 per person. Proceeds fund teacher grants and school’s special programs. Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Dr., Roswell, 30076. Buy tickets or see more by visiting: www.friendsofnorthsprings.com.

FLASHLIGHT FUN RUN Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Check out the inaugural, family-friendly fun run to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All kids encouraged to run the .7 mile course at dusk. Adults, dogs and strollers welcome. Afterward, warm up with hot chocolate, food and music in the Garden Hills Recreation Center. Tickets, $20; $25 day-of registration; family maximum, $80. Garden Hills Park, 335 Pine Tree Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Get details or register by going to: http://www.choa.org/ support-childrens/events/flashlight-funrun, calling 404-664-5934 or emailing: dora. burke@accesscfa.com.

Friday, Feb. 26, 4-4:45 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, join others for a discussion of African-American scientists and their contributions to society. Participants create scientific experiments of their own. Free. Open to the community. For those ages 7-12. Limited to the first 10 participants. Call 770-5124640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to register. 5339 Chamblee-DunSUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT woody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. calendar@ReporterNewspapers.net

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very year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. The foundation says its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, has highlighted the achievements of more than 25,000 students since it started in 1958. The program identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point

Atlanta Girls’ School

Jenny Russ Star Student

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Chamblee Charter High School

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Eli Holtz Spencer Heyman Star Student

Atlanta International School

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Cross Keys High School

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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

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Charlie Daniel Star Student

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Dunwoody High School

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School

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Peter Radosta Star Teacher

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Rand Wise Star Teacher

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average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners are selected, regional STAR students and teachers are chosen to compete for the state title. Here are the STAR students and teachers from schools in Reporter Newspapers communities Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The names and nearly all the photos were provided by their high schools. North Atlanta High School

Wade Kovalik Star Student

Christopher Manson Star Teacher

Riverwood International Charter High School

David Goldfarb Star Student

Rama Balachandran Star Teacher Weber School

Jessica Bachner Star Student

Nicole Brite Star Teacher

The Westminster Schools

Rebecca Shin Star Student

Nurfatimah Merchant Star Teacher

North Springs Charter High School

Luke Muehring Star Student

Rahim Ghassemian Star Teacher

Pace Academy

Jack Eichenlaub Star Student

Helen Smith Star Teacher

Andrew Wu Star Student

Elizabeth Kann Star Teacher

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Maud Kelly Star Student

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs From Sandy Springs police reports dated Feb. 5 through Feb. 12 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

BURGLARY  200 block of Devonwood Drive—A re-

port that someone entered a residence and took some jewelry and handbags. Point of entry was a window forced open.  6800 block of Roswell Road—A 53-year-

old man said he was in his apartment around 8:30 p.m. He walked out of his bedroom to find a man standing in the living room holding a plastic tray containing the resident’s wallet and keys to his car and house. The man took off out the patio door that was open. The resident chased but could not catch up to the man, who abandoned the stolen items while running. He was described as a slim male.

garage door raised. Several outdoor tools were missing.

 9700 block of

Roberts Drive— The resident said several Native American artifacts were taken from the residence. He said he was home during the night with the exception of around 10:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 2. The home has an alarm but it was not on. There was no forced entry.

ROBBERY  5700 block of Roswell Road—A man re-

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block of Dalrymple Road—The resident said she found a back door open and evidence someone had entered. She reported a number of silverplated and real silver goblets were taken.

 700 block of Johnson Ferry Road—A

70-inch TV was stolen from an office.

 1100 block of Marsh Trail Court—The

 4800 block of Lake Forrest Drive— The

resident said someone entered through an unlocked window. They took a .40 caliber Taurus, a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver, Smith and Wesson M&P 15 AR-15 long rifle, and ammunition to fit all three weapons.

resident returned home and found two suspects leaving his home in a gold SUV. The suspects were two males, one with a beard and a “beanie.” Several items including a TV and Xbox game system were missing.

 5900 block of Riverside Drive —The

 5000 block of Whitner Drive —The res-

resident said someone entered the home through a bedroom window. Missing are pieces of jewelry, clothing and weapons. The victim said a report had been filed in Alpharetta a couple of weeks ago when a purse was taken from a restaurant. She thinks that it could be the same people.

ident said he returned home and found someone had forced entry to the home by way of a rear door and window. Silver and jewelry were reported missing.  7000 block of Riverside Drive—The res-

ident said he found a patio door open and

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ported he was sitting in front of a gas station on Roswell Road. He was awakened by a man whom he knew as “Gonzo” who was going through his pockets, taking approximately $3. This is technically a robbery.

THEFTS  300 Johnson Ferry Road—A 79-year-

old resident of an assisted living facility said someone stole a gold chain, valued at $450. She said she suspects someone but would not reveal his or her name.  1100 block Perimeter Center West—A

man said he either lost or had his wallet pickpocketed. His Discover card was soon used at a local convenience store.

er. The same man covers his arm with a sweatshirt, reaches in, and takes the wallet. He is described as 5-feet 10-inches wearing a red shirt and jeans.  600 block of Willow Creek Drive—An

apartment resident said jewelry from two boxes had gone missing. She suspects the apartment maintenance person who was in to fix the toilet. The record shows he was in the home for 18 minutes and left a note for her. Once she discovered the theft, she contacted the leasing office and was told that the maintenance person in question had resigned. If you schedule a visit by a contractor or even house cleaning visits, put your good stuff away, out of sight, locked up, or whatever, to minimize the opportunity for sticky fingers. Those items that should be stored in preparation of a contractor’s visit include: weapons; jewelry; portable electronics such as iPads, iPhones; time machines; small farm livestock, whatever.

 7500 block of Roswell Road—A 25-year

-old woman said she went to a pizza restaurant, left her phone on the counter, remembered it, and when she returned the phone was gone. Later, she called the number and someone answered it but didn’t speak. She said she heard a male voice in the background. She activated the GPS but the phone was off. Later, she did it again and the phone was on. The locations included the Legends of Dunwoody Apartments at 7600 Roswell Road and River Court Parkway.  1400 block of Summit Springs Drive

—A 35-year-old woman said she had her ex-boyfriend over to work with him on his resume. She stepped away from the living room and during this time, she thinks he took her debit card from a living room drawer. She said he knew she kept it there. She was contacted the following day by a bank on Ralph David Abernathy Drive in Atlanta and told that someone tried to use the card to withdraw $200 but they used the wrong PIN. They made several more attempts, all unsuccessful, until the card was placed on fraud alert.  6600 block of Roswell Road—At a gym,

a man said his Gucci watch was taken from his locker. The locker was locked at the time but apparently forced open.  6300 block of Roswell Road—A 56-year-

 6500 block of Wright Road—Someone

stole a 7x12 homemade trailer with two X-Mark walk-behind mowers on it. The thieves gained access to the victim’s unlocked truck and moved it back some 12 feet in order to gain access to the trailer.  Finchley Court—A bicycle was taken

from the carport.  4920 Roswell Road—A grocery store

employee said a man requested two cartons of Newports. The employee was briefly distracted by another employee, at which time the suspect grabbed the cigarettes and ran out the door. He is described as being about 5-feet 9-inches.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES  41 thefts from vehicles were reported

between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

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SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF REZONING Petition Number:

RZ15-0079

Petitioner:

Pulte Homes

Property Location:

6555 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District) & R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District)

Request:

Request to rezone from C-1 and R-3 to TR for construction of thirty-one (31) townhomes.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF REZONING Petition Number:

RZ15-0082

Petitioner:

Chris Ellsworth

Property Location:

365 River Valley Road

Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)

Request:

Request to rezone from R-2 to R-3 for the development of two single family dwellings.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF REZONING Petition Number:

RZ15-0083

Petitioner:

Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods

Property Location:

6870 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District)

Request:

Request to rezone from C-1 to TR for the development of eighteen (18) townhome units with concurrent variances.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0006

Petitioner:

Trevor Shonkwiler

Location:

5935 Brookgreen Road

Request:

One primary variance from Section 6.4.3.C of the Zoning Ordinance to allow the existing carport to remain and be enclosed, which encroaches five (5) feet into the required minimum side yard of ten (10) feet.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0007

Petitioner:

J. Arin Tritt

Location: Request:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0011

265 Fieldsborn Court

Petitioner:

Gilbert Deitch

Primary variances from Sections 4.23.1 and 11.2.4.I of the Zoning Ordinance to allow existing encroachments to remain within the 50’ undisturbed buffer, 10’ improvement setback, & 40’ perimeter setback, and to allow the expansion of the existing house, deck, and associated stairs within the buffer and improvement setback.

Location:

395 Forest Hills Dr.

Request:

One primary variance from Section 18.3.1. A. Single Family District of the Zoning Ordinance to allow a parking area to adjoin the driveway in front of the proposed residence, which exceeds the maximum allowed.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION

Petition Number:

V16-0012

Petition Number:

V16-0014

Petitioner:

Mark Baxter

Petitioner:

Rick McDermott

Location:

250 Forrest Lake Drive

Location:

285 Crosstree Lane

Request:

Request to encroach six feet into minimum side yard to allow for the construction of an attached garage and to allow a parking area to adjoin the driveway in front of the existing residence, which exceeds the maximum allowed.

Request:

Variance from Secs. 19.3.15.1, 6.3.3.I, 4.2.5 to allow pool in front yard where residence has two front yards.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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