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A train ride back in time

City takes new tactic against false alarms BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net


This train, known as “Little Buck” or “The Dinkey” by locals, was in operation from 1880 to 1921 and ran twice daily from Sandy Springs to Chamblee. It ran from Roswell Road at the Chattahoochee River and once transported President Theodore Roosevelt to visit his parents at Bulloch Hall. The train line’s story is one of many tales of local history recounted in Heritage Sandy Springs’ new publication, “The Sandy Springs Gazette.” See story, page 13.►

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After receiving more than 10,000 false fire and police alarms last year, the city is making a major legal shift to put alarm companies, rather than alarm-users, on the hook for registration and fines. But security company owners rang alarm bells at a July 18 City Council meeting where the change was approved, saying it would force them to raise costs or stop doing business in the city. City officials say the system of fining alarm-users has barely reduced false alarms since it was enacted in 2012. Last year, “97-plus percent” of all alarm alerts were false, Fire Rescue Chief Keith Sanders said, and the city spent over $776,000 responding to them. Security company owners had feisty responses, with some debating Mayor Rusty Paul while he threatened to have others removed from the audience for applauding or grumbling aloud. But the business owners appeared to misunderstand key points and had to step back from some critiSee CITY on page 14

Retiring city attorney recalls founding, legal battles BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

When City Attorney Wendell Willard retired on July 1, the city lost more than its familiar legal voice. He played a key role in the city’s 2005 incorporation, which sparked metro Atlanta’s cityhood trend, and was an influential advocate for the city in his dual role as a local state representative. In a recent interview at his Roswell Road office near City Hall, Willard recalled how the job of shepherding the cityhood bill became a mission to protect Sandy Springs’ public-private partnership model of governSee RETIRING on page 15

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Three more City Councilmembers — Andy Bauman, Chris Burnett and John Paulson — have announced that they will run for re-election this fall. Bauman is an attorney, real estate investor and cofounder of the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market. He won the District 6 seat, representing the city’s southern section, in 2013. “If I am given the privilege of serving another fouryear term, I will continue to work on your behalf to improve our quality of life,” Bauman said in a written announcement. “I will continue to be responsive, to be open and transparent, and to be accountable for SPECIAL what we do in our city. We may not always agree on Andy Bauman. a particular issue, but I will always try to respectfully listen and take into consideration differing points of views.” Burnett won the District 3 seat — representing parts of central and western Sandy Springs — in a special election last year. “It is a privilege to represent the citizens of District 3 and [his spouse] Karen and I are truly thankful for the support of our friends and neighbors,” Burnett said in a press release. “Sandy Springs is a wonderful community with a very bright future and I will continue to work diligently to represent the interests of the residents of District 3 and all across our city.” SPECIAL Paulson has represented District 1, the city’s panChris Burnett. handle area, since 2009. “Yes, I’m going to run again,” he said in a phone interview. A professional construction engineer, Paulson said he believes his experience remains important to the council as it continues several major projects. Those include the City Springs civic center and a host of transportation projects funded by a new special local option sales tax expected to provide up to $119 million. “There’s a number of projects that have been started, most notably City Springs, that I’ve been involved with since the beginning,” Paulson said. “I just want JOHN RUCH to see them through.” John Paulson. The entire six-seat City Council and the mayor’s office are all on the ballot this November. District 5 Councilmember Tibby DeJulio previously announced a re-election campaign. District 4 Councilmember Gabriel Sterling plans to leave his seat to run for another office and is actively campaigning for the still-unofficial race for Fulton County chairman. Some potential candidates have expressed interest in a District 4 run, but no official announcements have been made. Incumbents who have yet to formally announce their political plans include Mayor Rusty Paul and District 2 Councilmember Ken Dishman. The candidate qualifying period is not until August and the election is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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Work on the long-awaited Abernathy Greenway South park and trail should begin within weeks and take about nine months after the City Council approved a $711,000 construction bid July 18. The 14-acre linear park will run on the south side of Abernathy Road between Johnson Ferry and Wright roads, across the street from a matching park on the north side. The work also includes landscaping a 1-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Abernathy and Wright.


The City Council is inviting veterans who were decorated with the Purple Heart, and their families, to share a free dinner with councilmembers prior to their Aug. 1 meeting. That meeting will include a ceremonial honor of veterans wounded during service as part of Sandy Springs’ “Purple Heart City” program, a branding done in collaboration with the Virginia-based Military Order of the Purple Heart. Any Purple Heart recipient interested in attending the dinner should email communications@sandyspringsga.gov.


The city is backing off an attempt to limit adult businesses to one industrial zoning category in its new zoning code after getting legal advice. The latest draft allows adult clubs and bookstores in six commercial and industrial zones, basically matching where the businesses exist today, said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert. The draft can be viewed at thenext10.org. Tolbert said that change was on the advice of city attorneys and Scott Bergthold, a Tennessee attorney advising the city on adult business restrictions. The city has long been embroiled in several lawsuits involving the location of such businesses.


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival are praising City Springs as a possible venue for their work as the civic center’s arts facilities head toward a mid-2018 opening. “The City Springs facilities provide a wonderful space for arts and culture to continue to flourish in Sandy Springs,” said Jennifer Barlament, the orchestra’s executive director, via a spokesperson. “While the orchestra has no concrete plans to perform there currently, we are excited to explore options for future collaborations.” The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival already has a strong presence in Sandy Springs, with Lefont Theaters as a main venue. Kenny Blank, the festival’s executive director, said City Springs could make the festival even better. “We have been watching with excitement and anticipation as City Springs takes form ...,” Blank wrote in an email, adding, “The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival sees enormous opportunities for partnership, establishing City Springs as a central festival venue and magnet for thousands of moviegoers annually.”

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Russell Honderd stays busy on a recent day at the Brookhaven Farmers Market selling produce from King of Crops, a farm owned by the popular frozen treat company, King of Pops.

A local ‘King’ of fresh food and frozen treats BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Russell Honderd pinched off a piece of red pepper and popped it into his mouth. “These are some of the sweetest peppers we have,” he said, standing behind a box of the red peppers mixed with plump pimento peppers and another box filled with baby carrots with lush green stems. A scale was hanging over his shoulder. Honderd, the 31-year-old son of wellknown Brookhaven residents Betsy Eggers and Jack Honderd, was at a recent Brookhaven Farmers Market selling the veggies, some wildflowers, and likely the most popular product on his menu — King of Pops frozen treats. He kept them stored in a refrigerated cart and topped with a signature rainbow umbrella.

The vegetables are grown at the King of Crops farm located in Winston, a city in Douglas County about 30 miles west of Atlanta. Honderd manages the farm, which produces produce for sale and for use in the pops, which now are sold throughout the Southeast. At the farm, King of Pops founders Nick and Steve Carse are undertaking a large-scale effort to grow local, organic produce to use in the making of their frozen pops, Honderd said. The 68-acre farm, purchased in 2014 by King of Pops, is undergoing some major infrastructure work under Honderd’s direction in order to grow a variety of organic fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a business plan to expand to “new projects creating an example of

how business and environmental stewardship can benefit from one another.” Seasonal crops at King of Crops include lettuce; arugula; slicer- and cherrysized tomatoes; sweet and hot peppers; eggplant; sugar snap peas; strawberries; blueberries; blackberries; melons; assorted herbs; ginger; lemongrass; kale; collard greens and cucumbers. “We grow fruits for pops,” Honderd said when asked what he tells people what he does for a living. Cucumbers grown on the farm are used to create Honderd’s favorite pop, the cucumber-lime pop. “I love it. It is so refreshing,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite right now.” King of Crops also has a salad club and grows produce people can buy specifically

for salads. Customers can pick up the produce at the Brookhaven Farmers Market, the Ponce City Farmers Market or Decatur Farmers Market (although on this recent Saturday in Brookhaven there were no pickings because recent heavy rain had washed away the salad options). Selling at local farmer markets is one way for the King of Crops to create some revenue as it creates the infrastructure needed for the large-scale farm effort, Honderd said, and gives him and others a chance to tell people about what they are doing. “I really enjoy going to farmers markets and talking about what we are doing, meeting people ... it’s a great feeling,” he said. “Farming is filled with long days Continued on page 6

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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Bicycle share stations, which allow users to rent a bike for a fee from an automated kiosk or from a smartphone app, are gaining momentum in Atlanta and the Perimeter area. The Relay Bike Share system opened two new stations in Buckhead in midJuly, a partnership with MARTA was launched July 14 and the system was expanded by 500 bikes in April. Private bike shares have also opened in the Perimeter area, including ones at the Perimeter Summit office complex in Brookhaven and the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs. They operate on private property and are unavailable to the public. Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz oversaw the Relay Bike Share 100bike launch in May 2016. Since then, the program has been expanded to 500 bikes at 65 stations throughout Atlanta, but none were installed in Buckhead until July 2017. Within the next five years, Katz expects the number of bikes to balloon to 1,000 at 130 stations throughout the city. To determine where the bikes will go, Katz and the other city officials rely on public input about where residents

want bikes and what routes they want to take. Katz also takes into account the number of residential and commercial buildings around the area and what transit options are close by. One goal of the bike share system is to provide what’s called “last-mile connectivity,” which is getting a transit rider from a station or stop to his or her destination. To help accomplish last-mile connectivity, the Relay Bike Share program has partnered with MARTA to provide bike maintenance stations and bike racks at all MARTA stations. Actual bike share stations are open only at seven MARTA stations so far. A Relay Bike Share station will open in the coming weeks at the Lenox MARTA station. Bike racks have been placed inside MARTA stations because people feel safer locking bikes within the MARTA gates, but it is important for the bike rental stations be outside of MARTA stations so that people not riding the train can also rent the bikes, Katz said. Providing bike shares at Perimeter-area MARTA stations is also on the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ radar. Ann Hanlon, the executive director of the PCIDs, said the organization wants to help make the area more bike friendly. “We are very fortunate to have three

rail stations in our area, and making er Place and the Lenox MARTA stations them easier to get to is definitely one of to improve last-mile connectivity. The our priorities,” Hanlon said. two office buildings are off Piedmont Getting bike share stations to Buckhead Road and close to the MARTA station, took longer because it required signing liso adding bike share stations to them censing agreements with private properwill allow people to get from the train ty owners, Katz said. But placing them on Continued on page 7 private property is important in Buckhead because there is limited public right of way on which to place them, she said. The support of Buckhead residents’ helped encourage Atlanta to get bike shares in Buckhead and Denise Starling, the executive director of Livable Buckhead, was an integral force in getting the private businesses on board and bringing the bike share stations to the neighborhood, Katz said. Starling said Livable Buckhead has been working on attracting the bike share stations ZAGSTER to the neighborhood Zagster bike share stations similar to this one in for several months, and Indiana have been installed around the Perimeter choose the locations at Summit office, residential and hotel complex in Brookhaven for use by tenants and hotel guests. Piedmont Center, Tow-

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tally sustainable mission of King of Pops, and hard work and it’s Honderd said. It grows rejuvenating to feel and sells only plants support from people.” native to Georgia, with One of the biggest the edible varieties inshortcomings to farmtended for people to ers markets, Honderd plant as what he called said, is the idea that “food landscapes.” they are only accessi“For the last 50 to 60 ble to “certain people.” years, it’s been about “They are seen as trying to make foods a being for a niche cheap at the expense Russell Honderd. crowd, wealthy peoof farm workers ... and ple, a fad,” he said. “We consumers are suffering more,” he said. really need to get more involvement “There are a lot of different ways we and support from all people.” can change food systems,” he added. “It is Living and working on a farm is a nata lot of work in order to affect change ... ural career move for Honderd, whose but you got to take the first steps.” parents are both advocates for protectAnd some of those steps are taking ing the environment. Eggers is chair of place on a pop farm. the Peachtree Creek Greenway, a planned For more information about King of new city park and trail system, and HonCrops, visit kingofcrops.com. derd is an architect and developer. “When I was a boy [in Brookhaven] I spent a lot of time playing with my brother on a creek that ran through our back yard, and that’s where I really fell in love with being outside,” Honderd said. “I developed a passion for environmental sustainability — it was really wonderful.” The small creek ran next to the Brookhaven Library in what’s now known as Fernwood Park and drained by Apple Valley Road and then to Tugaloo Drive, he remembered. “We could trudge through it ... it was a fun place to explore and we were given access to all our neighbors,” he said. Now, living and working on a farm fulfills what he sees as being important in life: environmental sustainability, social justice and access to food. A nursery at the farm is also keeping with the environmen-

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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area how to use them, and will also publish route suggestions to give people an idea of how they could improve their commute. Officials with the Atlanta program also aim to make the bike share system equitable and available to a wide variety of people by placing bikes throughout the city. They also introduced in April reduced membership pricing for ISADORA PENNINGTON Atlanta’s chief bicycle officer, Becky Katz, at the April community members that event to kick off the Relay Bike Share expansion. receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance ProContinued from page 5 gram benefits, so lower-income people could more easily rent bikes. station to work much easier, she said. “We want the bikes to be accessible PATH400, especially after it eventually to everyone,” Katz said. connects to the Atlanta BeltLine, makes a SNAP recipients receive a discounted Buckhead “a great place to ride,” Katz said. rate of a $5 monthly membership, comStarling said Buckhead residents she pared to the $15 regular monthly fee. An has heard from have been excited, but she annual membership is also available for and others involved with the program have $10 a month, and individual rides are to evaluate the program’s success and us$3.50 for 30 minutes. Riders can pay by age data before deciding to add more. credit card at the bike station or on the “Buckhead is not as bike-friendly as othSocial Bicycles smartphone app. To find a er communities in Atlanta,” Starling said. bike, visit relaybikeshare.com/map. Starling said Livable Buckhead will Starling said Livable Buckhead dedo awareness and education campaigns liberately waited to be a part of the so people know where the bikes are and



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city’s system instead of trying to implement other bike share stations. “You get more out of it in a bigger system,” she said. In recent months, “rogue” bike shares, or bicycle rental companies not operated in conjunction with the city but are placed on public property, have popped up in Midtown. “We think competition is good, but all operators need to be held to the same level of service,” Katz said. They need to be equitably distributed and properly insured, she said. The companies often require hefty deposits, making them not available to everyone, she said. If people have trouble with using them or if, for example, they are left on public property blocking sidewalks, they “could give bike share a bad name,” she said. If private bike share companies are only on private property, it is up to the property owner to enforce the rules and regulate the companies, she said. Hanlon said the PCIDs have every option on the table for improving residents’ and employees’ commutes, including bike share. There are a couple of private bike share stations for tenants of the complexes at Perimeter Summit in Brookhaven and at Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs, home to the iconic pair of skyscrapers often

called the “King and Queen,” Hanlon said. She believes a blend of these private and public bike shares would probably be the best way to get people riding bikes. A spokesperson for Perimeter Summit’s management company, Seven Oaks, said the office, residential and hotel complex uses a company called Zagster, which has partnered with city governments and several universities. The bike share at Perimeter Summit is only available to hotel guests, residents and office building tenants who must use a special access code. The bike share systems at Concourse are also only accessible to tenants and operate in a similar way. They are located outside of several of the complex’s buildings. Zagster, a Massachusetts-based company, said in 2016 it has sent a proposal to Sandy Springs to partner with Zagster to install public bike share stations around the city. Zagster has already has partnered with Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Town Center Community Improvement District to install systems. If the Perimeter area was able to get bike share stations, Hanlon said it could bring business and workers to the area. “It would be hugely important in bringing business here and in getting employees to want to come here,” she said.


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Book honors endangered houses of Historic Brookhaven BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A new coffee-table book honors the houses of Historic Brookhaven — and immortalizes them before more are lost to redevelopment.

“The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” features more than 90 houses in the historic neighborhood that straddles Brookhaven and Buckhead, centered on the Capital City Club golf course. The limited-edition book is the product of several years of work by

a committee of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association. “There are definitely houses that are gone or were significantly remodeled — so remodeled that they’re no longer recognizable as historical — in those three or four years,” said Richard Diedrich, a Historic Brookhaven resident and author of coffee-table books about golf courses, who penned the book. The book project is focused on a smaller area within Historic Brookhaven

— the official Historic District that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. It’s roughly bounded by East Brookhaven Drive and Peachtree, Vermont and Winall Down roads. That core neighborhood dates back to a 1910 plan for the Capital City Club — then called the Brookhaven Country Club — in an area of summer cottages. A community called Brookhaven Estates was plotted around the club’s borders, soon followed by two other subdivisions.


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Houses dating from 1910 to 1942 are now part of the Historic District. The National Register designation offers recognition and eligibility for preservation-related grants and tax credits, but does not protect buildings from demolition. About 150 historic homes remain in Historic Brookhaven, but at least 50 others have been demolished or heavily altered since the Historic District designation, Diedrich and the neighborhood association estimate. Raising awareness of the houses’ historic value was a main inspiration for the book when resident Mike Elliot approached Diedrich several years ago about writing it.

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Above, the house at 10 Brookhaven Drive in Historic Brookhaven. Right, a watercolor of the front door.

Writing, photographing and producing the book was a challenge taking years of devoted effort by the committee. Members have previously said they had to raise over $25,000 in business sponsorships and book subscriptions from homeowners to make the project happen. “At the time, we were selling a vision,” said Diedrich, declining to reveal the book project’s final cost. The result is a 146-page, oversized book packed with profiles of houses, describing the history and architecture of many, along with some personal memories. Photos of the houses are in many cases accompanied by watercolors painted by Diedrich that highlight the front doors or entryways – among the unique parts of the houses, he writes. Among the particularly notable houses is 3970 East Brookhaven Drive, whose architect was Phillip Trammell Shutze, the designer of the Atlanta History Center’s famous Swan House and many other prominent Atlanta buildings. The Capital City Club gets its own section, and the book includes context about the area’s history and diverse architecture, as well as some notes on today’s new housing in the neighborhood. Diedrich said other historic neighbor-

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Kitchens. Baths. Porches & Decks. Basements. Patios. Additions. hoods in metro Atlanta could consider creating such a book. He noted Druid Hills as a very similar community, with its golf club, historic houses and varied architecture. “They all have the problem of historic houses being razed and being replaced,” Diedrich said of metro Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. “It’s really a more pervasive problem than [only in] Brookhaven.” “The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” was delivered to subscribers in June. Anyone can buy a copy, while supplies last, for $85 via brookhavenlibretto.com and soon at the UPS Store at 4062 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven. Diedrich said he will attend three book-signings in September, including at the Decatur Book Festival.

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Commentary / For great public art, craft a great public policy Editor’s Note: Public art is a rising priority in local cities, but sometimes comes with disputes about lack of transparency in how the art is selected and placed. The city of Brookhaven is about to relocate its new “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” a memorial to Korean women sexually trafficked by the Japanese military in World War II, from one park to another following a threatened lawsuit over the lack of public input in its placement. The partial disassembly of Buckhead’s iconic sculpture “The Storyteller” and its relocation from a city park to the local library have drawn criticisms from the artist and civic leaders. Meanwhile, the city of Sandy Springs recently created detailed policies on how it will solicit, accept and display public art as it prepares to open its arts-oriented City Springs civic center next year. The nonprofit Art Sandy Springs plays a key role in that process. Reporter Newspapers asked Cheri Morris of Art Sandy Springs to explain the goals and strategies in crafting a municipal public art policy. The Atlanta metro area has, in recent discomfort. Controversy that promotes the years, begun to energetically embrace pubprogress of humanity, as did Michelangelo, lic art as a means of creating community or spurs thought and public discourse, can and enhancing quality of life. be a very good thing. Much of the work is being done by nonBut some controversy is unnecessary profit organizations. Living Walls has faciland counterproductive, and can be avoiditated over 100 public murals throughout ed with forethought and planning. Atlanta the region. The Atlanta BeltLine hosts the has seen mural art removed by neighbors annual Art on the BeltLine, with more than who felt it was just 100 fine and performing arts components. too bioArt Sandy Springs has for the last 10 years donated sculptures and murals to the city of Sandy Springs through its program known as “ArtSS in the Open.” The most noteworthy of these is the iconic Playable Art Park created in concert with Sandy Springs Conservancy. Local governments are beginning to add their power to the burgeoning public art scene, with an eye to creating their own unique sense of place and supporting economic development. Cities such as Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Duluth, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Suwannee have created public art programs, each with a distinct mission appropriate to its geography. Art does not come without controversy. Indeed, MiDYANA BAGBY chelangelo, the great Italian Jeff Beal and Cindy “Rodeo” Steedle sculptor and painter, was take a look at the “comfort women” quite controversial in his day memorial in its soon to be former home at for celebrating the musculaBrookhaven’s Blackburn Park II in July. ture of the human form at a time when virtually all art was liturgical and created in celebration of logically explicit. Some art purchased for the divine. parks has been disassembled and split into Some art is intended to be controverdifferent ownership, surprising and disapsial, to create public discourse about a subpointing the artist. ject the artist believes should be explored. A Many good souls are working to fill recent example is the “Fearless Girl,” a statour city with beauty and to do so with as ue of a girl staring down the famous snortfew stumbles as possible. The city of Saning bronze bull on Wall Street, sponsored dy Springs can be held up as a great examby a large financial institution to make a ple of thoughtfully approaching its public statement in support of gender equity in art program with carefully crafted goals, the financial industry. strategies, criteria and policy. The program On the local front, the “comfort womis embedded in city policy and is being imen” statue in Brookhaven makes a strong plemented through a memorandum of unsocial commentary that is creating some derstanding with Art Sandy Springs.

The first step was to incorporate public art into the city’s Comprehensive Plan and to include discussion in the extensive public meetings around that

Cheri Morris

is past president of Art Sandy Springs and chairs the organization’s “ArtSS in the Open” public art program. She also develops, leases, owns, manages and consults on mixed-use communities, with a focus on downtown revitalizations.

planning process. The Comp Plan calls for creation of a more detailed Public Art Plan to establish everything from criteria for what is judged as art, to potential locations of art pieces in city-owned open spaces, to a plan of action to procure and place those pieces in the coming years. The public art plan will be fulfilled in part by an annual sculpture competition, managed by Art Sandy Springs. Annual finalists will be displayed in the park at City Springs, with public comment invited. And each year’s winners will be transported to their permanent homes in the city’s parks and open spaces. The city also has established a Public Art Policy, including the criteria and proSS

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cedures for acceptance, conservancy and divestiture of gifts in parks and open spaces. Art Sandy Springs will assist the city in evaluating potential donations of public art and will work with the donors to tie their ideas into the city’s Public Art Plan. On its part, Art Sandy Springs brings 10 years of learning to the process of procuring public art. The Playable Art Park took almost two years to bring to fruition from a well-structured call for entries, to community participation in the screening process, to review of the entries by art conservators for maintenance issues and playground experts for safety. We conducted several focus groups of children who went through the entries to comment on playability. And then we brought in highly credentialed art experts for the final judging. This group included the objects conservator of the High Museum, the head of the sculpture department at the Savannah College for Art and Design-Atlanta, the sculpture conservator of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and

others. One of my greatest joys is that, of the six winners selected by the judges, five were also in the top picks of the children. Whereas Art Sandy Springs functioned independently in its first 10 years, the city and the organization found it wise to create a partnership in which the city embraces and fortifies the awareness of art, sets clear expectations and procedures within which to work, and empowers the subject matter experts at Art Sandy Springs to bring its volunteer resources to perform the painstaking work that is not within the reality of government. The tools that have been put in place do not assure that there will be no controversy. Surely someone won’t think a certain sculpture is pretty or a mosaic is wonderful. And it is not out of the question that the city may someday choose to own a piece of art that is intended to provoke thought or create dialogue. However, we can be assured that controversy won’t come from hurt feelings, or art content that is simply outside societal norms.


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maining 13 properties if the program proves to be successful. Applicants must provide military A local senior residential complex discharge papers and two years of tax is offering discounted rents for low-inreturns showing their income. come veterans. The U.S. Department of Veteran AfThe “Veterans Aid” program, offairs offers an increased monthly penfered by Hammond Glen Retirement sion for people who Community at 335 must live in a nursHammond Drive, ing home because will reduce rent by they are bedridden up to 50 percent or require help for for veterans who daily tasks such as have an income of bathing or eating. less than $24,000 Hammond Glen is a year, and who do offering the disnot qualify for fedcount to help the eral Aid and Assispeople who do not tance benefits. fall into that cat“This was creategory, but would ed with the goal of benefit from livhonoring our vetering in a retirement ans,” said Augustus community. Hayes, Hammond “While the U.S. Glen’s executive diDepartment of Vetrector. erans Affairs proHe said the com- MARK PEPER vides some wonplex has three va- CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF derful assistance cancies and al- SUNSHINE RETIREMENT programs, oftenready has had a COMMUNITY times veterans may few veterans stop not qualify for varby who were interious reasons,” Luis ested in the program. Serrano, the chief executive officer of Mark Peper is chief operating offiSunshine Retirement Living, said in a cer of Sunshine Retirement Communipress release. “We have designed our ty, which owns Hammond Glen and 19 Veterans Aid program to allow local other retirement communities in eight veterans the opportunity to live and states. He said Hammond Glen was one flourish in a welcoming home at Sanof six the company chose to introduce dy Springs.” the program. Veterans receiving the discount will “We wanted to make a way for peohave access to all amenities offered resple who have served our country be idents, including daily social and physiable to afford to reside in the commucal activities, fitness classes and games, nity,” Peper said. Hayes said. The community also offers Hayes said they have had veterans an advanced healthcare and physical previously visit the community, but say therapy. Rent also includes all meals. they could not afford to live there. For more information, visit sunshiSunshine Retirement Community neretirementliving.com or call 404plans to roll out the program at the re267-4586. evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

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Local history comes to life in new publication BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Local history lives again in a new print edition of “The Sandy Springs Gazette,” a digital magazine of area lore published by Heritage Sandy Springs. Full of stories about Holocaust survivors, integrating public schools and notable local figures, the magazine is available for free at local businesses, Sandy Springs City Hall and the Heritage Sandy Springs office at 6110 Blue Stone Road. Inspired to “get history off the library shelves” and introduce residents to their city’s history, the nonprofit organization has been collecting stories and publishes online once a week, said Melissa Swindell, HSS’s director of historic resources. HSS began publishing stories in January 2016 and the book includes the weekly stories from throughout the year. The nonprofit was able to print 1,500 copies with a Sandy Springs Society grant of nearly $75,000 that supports various Heritage Sandy Springs projects. Swindell said the organization plans to publish a similar print compilation of Gazette stories annually. Any longtime resident of Sandy Springs with a story can volunteer to be interviewed, and anyone can volunteer to do the interview. The recording of the interview is then sent to professionals to be transcribed. For the Gazette, the story is written by Swindell or a freelance writer. HSS takes the oral histories and adds HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS Below, a bumper sticker advocates for residents to vote context and other for Sandy Springs to incorporate as city in 2005. historical information. The articles include events dating from the 1800s up to almost present day, such as the history of the Sandy Springs Police Department as told by police Capt. Steve Rose, who writes the police blotter that appears in the Reporter. In the article titled, “A Rose by Any Other Name Wouldn’t be Our Captain Steve Rose,” he discusses the city’s creation and the formation of the police department. “[Fulton County Police] had a north precinct in Sandy Springs, and they regarded us as ‘living amongst the well-to-do,’ who whined all the time


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about stuff, and they didn’t really have big problems up here, which wasn’t the case. Which I think was a fundamental reason why we ended up incorporated [as a city],” Rose said. The book’s wide variety of topics also includes stories on Sandy Spring’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and World War II. Another story details prison camps in the city in the early 1900s. Prisoners lived at three segregated prison camps, one near Wieuca Road, another on Powers Ferry Road, and a third on Roswell Road near Hammond Drive. Among the prisoners’ work was construction on Heards Ferry and Powers Ferry roads. To tell the story of integrating Hammond Elementary School, resident Valerie Delaney was interviewed about becoming the first African American student at the school in 1966, which Swindell listed as one of the most notable and memorable stories in the book. The book also includes Dr. John Galambos’s story of surviving the Holocaust and building a medical career in Sandy Springs. Galambos was married to Sandy Springs’ first mayor, Eva Galambos, who died in 2015. Heritage Sandy Springs operates a museum at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, where an exhibit called “Sandy Springs Gazette LIVE!” displays artifacts and photos highlighting some of the stories. It will be on display until August. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and by appointment. To view the book online or get more information, visit heritagesandysprings.org. To learn how to be interviewed or to interview a subject, call Swindell at 404-851-9111 ext. 2 or email curator@heritagesandysprings.org.

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City takes new tactic against false alarms Continued from page 1 cism of city statistics. City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling summed up the city’s view that the falsealarm buck should stop at private, for-profit companies, not the public coffers. “This is going to be a burden on small companies … but we have a burden on our taxpayers right now and on our public safety [departments],” Sterling said. Diane Freeland of Georgia Security Systems, a company based in McDonough, Ga., was among those business owners who unsuccessfully argued that the city should crack down harder on alarm customers instead of businesses. “To attack and to add fines to a small company is detrimental,” she said. Alarms are considered false when they come from devices that use automatic systems or call centers to contact 911 about a fire or crime emergency that turns out to be nonexistent. False alarms are a perennial and significant problem in the industry, especially because residents or business owners may accidentally trigger their own alarms in a variety of ways. The problem is common enough that a private company created a program – called “CryWolf” – to help cities register and track false alarms, a service that Sandy Springs uses. The new Sandy Springs law requires the company that installs and services the alarm to register it, and puts that company on the hook for false-alarm fines. Those fines escalate quicker: $25 for a first offense; $250 for the second and third; and $500 for all subsequent offenses. In addition, a location will go on the non-response list if it has four false alarms within any two-year period. The law has some other provisions, including a ban on panic buttons designed in a way that makes them easy to trigger accidentally, and a requirement that alarm companies have two phone numbers to call to verify an alarm is a real emergency before calling 911. In 2012, Sandy Springs joined several other nearby cities, including Atlanta and Dunwoody, in writing false-alarm ordinances that all took the strategy of targeting alarm customers. Under the Sandy Springs law, alarm customers are responsible for registering their devices with the city and for paying fines up to $500 per false alarm. If a location has unpaid false-alarm fines or other excessive false-alarm issues, the city can place it a “non-response” list, meaning 911 dispatchers will ignore calls generated by its alarm system, but will still respond to direct calls from a person there. The city currently has 1,148 locations on the non-response list. At the time of that 2012 law, the city had about 12,000 false alarms a year. In the following five years, that has declined to about 10,000 — what Sanders called only

a “slight” improvement — and false fire alarms are actually above the 2012 level. The vast majority of the city’s false alarms last year – 9,292 of them – were burglar alarms to police. The other 974 false alarms were fire calls. Sanders said false alarms remain a problem because the 2012 ordinance is “very difficult for us to enforce.” People who never registered their alarms generated 19 percent of last year’s false alarms, Sanders said. And more than 930 locations had two or more false alarms. About 15,000 alarm systems are registered with the city. Officials say that fine collection rates are high, but that the fines simply aren’t changing alarm-users’ behaviors enough. Campaigns to educate people about avoiding false alarms and the registration requirement would be time-consuming and expensive, Sanders said. Registration was a significant issue for the city in the year following the 2012 ordinance, with the council waiving fines to encourage compliance. For a better strategy, Sandy Springs city staff members looked to news reports of other cities that have focused on the alarm companies instead. They include Seattle, which has reported a 50 percent drop in false alarms since instituting its policy in 2004, and Salt Lake City, which reported a 90.5 percent drop in false alarms in its first year of company-focused registration and fines. City Council delayed action on the law for a few months, partly to get input from the Security Industry Alarm Coalition. City officials said that group just wanted to boost the fines on alarm-users. At the July 18 council meeting, some business owners seemed to misunderstand that fine collection was the problem, or confused the terms “customer” and “taxpayer” when talking about who would pick up any added costs. Dan Gordon of Gordon Security Systems in Buford, Ga., said that on a $25 alarm service contract, he makes about $5 profit, which a single fine could wipe out for months or years. He said he would prefer an automatic non-response listing rather than fines, and also suggested that big alarm companies will “tie this up in court” with lawsuits. Freeland of Georgia Security Systems was among those who debated Paul. She suggested the city’s statistics are inflated because police sometimes list a false alarm when they in fact simply overlooked a fleeing criminal. “Is that your experience in Sandy Springs?” Paul asked her. “No, not in Sandy Springs,” Freeland answered, leading Paul to respond, “So how is that relevant to us?” The new false-alarm law takes effect Sept. 1 and the fine system Oct. 1.


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ment – with more than a few notable legal cases along the way. “I’ve enjoyed working to put it together. I’d also be interested in making it work,” Willard recalled telling the city’s founding mayor, the late Eva Galambos, when she asked him to serve as the first — and until this month, the only — city attorney. City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, another of the city’s founding officials, said Willard has been a key keeper of the flame on the public-private model, where most city departments are outsourced through competitive bidding. “Sandy Springs was supposed to be a different type of city,” DeJulio said. “Wendell was a huge help in guiding us in that direction and keeping us focused on that vision.” However, when Willard first got involved in the cityhood movement, he simply saw it as his job as a state legislator. He JOHN RUCH Retiring City Attorney Wendell Willard, center, joined said he had no personal by wife Vicki, receives a proclamation of thanks from enthusiasm for cityhood. Mayor Rusty Paul at the July 18 City Council meeting. “I live in the panhandle, and we always thought of ourselves as beadult entertainment litigation,” Wiling in Dunwoody,” Willard said. “That [citylard said, referring to a series of suits and hood movement] was over in the west. We countersuits between the city and various didn’t think of ourselves as being part of it.” strip clubs and adult bookstores that have The panhandle ended up within Sandy dragged on for most of the city’s entire exSprings, he said, due to an old Fulton Counistence. Scott Bergthold, a Tennessee atty “planning area” map that extended to torney specializing in city laws restricting the Chattahoochee River. sexually oriented businesses, has advised While the cityhood effort got more perSandy Springs and other metro Atlanta citsonal, it also became more complicated and ies on the controversial laws, but Willard a “major battle,” as no new city had formed has been involved in the cases as well. in Georgia in decades. Willard said workWillard noted that similar legal battles ing on the cityhood bill — whose main auin other cities, such as Brookhaven’s disthor was another recently retired state reppute with its sole strip club, the Pink Pony, resentative, Joe Wilkinson — was just one have been settled already. He ascribed the step. He had to seek repeal of a state law length of the Sandy Springs cases to the banning a new city from forming within courts. three miles of an existing one, and to enact “We had a judge in federal court that legislation that would let Sandy Springs get wasn’t really willing to recognize legal obits share of local option sales taxes. ligations … He dragged it out as long as he Once the city formed, Galambos tapped could,” Willard said. “The Pink Pony – a Willard as city attorney. He had practiced year and a half [and] boom, it’s done.” in the areas of business law and commerThe new city attorney is Dan Lee, who cial real estate, and had served as a DeKalb Willard praised as “a very capable, quality County attorney for four years in the 1970s. person.” Asked about new legal challeng“We were doing a unique experiment es the city and Lee might face, Willard notwith the idea of being a public-private ed a new zoning code will be enacted soon. [form of government],” Willard said, add“How that may be accepted by the commuing that he wanted to stay involved and nity,” especially the business sector, is an “hold faith” to that model. He noted that area to watch, he said. while other new cities that followed ofWillard will stay in the Roswell Road often used the outsourced model, some have fice until City Hall moves to the new City shifted to more in-house services. Springs site next year. He is still working “I think Dunwoody has veered away on some ongoing cases and advising Lee from major parts of it,” he said. during his transition. In Sandy Springs, the model has “cerWillard is still serving as the District 51 tainly had its bumps,” Willard acknowlstate representative, but he intends to leave edged, including a lawsuit over the conoffice after his term expires next year.

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“Gentle Yoga with Michael” offers a relaxing way to improve physical health and mental outlook. Yoga mat is required. Free. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. Info: 404-303-6130.

LEARN SOMETHING “THE TERROR YEARS” Wednesday, July 26, 8 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright appears at the Atlanta History Center and will discuss his book, “The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.” $10 public; $5 History Center members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Davis, author of more than 100 articles on the Civil War in scholarly and popular journals, will discuss his new book, “All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign,” in the Titles @ Twilight program at Heritage Sandy Springs. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy

DUNWOODY COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE Sunday, Aug. 6, 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A community ride for all ages and abilities kicks off at Dunwoody’s Village Burger on first Sundays monthly through November. Helmets are required and bikes with gears are recommended to handle hills on a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody. Riders age 10 and under must be with an adult. Rides cancelled in inclement weather. 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

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“PROHIBITION IN THE PARK” Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Slip into some Roaring ’20s attire for Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Prohibition in the Park,” an elegant evening in the garden at Heritage Green featuring a cigar lounge, jazz music, a speakeasy and complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktail tastings. The history of speakeasies in Sandy Springs and throughout Georgia will be presented. A silent auction benefits the Heritage Society’s Farmers Market and its Historic Resources Program. $50 Heritage Society members; $75 non-members. 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. Info and tickets: heritagesandysprings.org.


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Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall The Westminster Schools, recent graduates Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall made a mark on their school community through debate. In the spring, the two students took first place at the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championship in Ogden, Utah. Facing 166 students from 16 states, the pair won 10 of 11 90-minute policy debates, eventually defeating numberone ranked Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Tenn., in the finals on a 3-0 decision, said Justin Abraham, digital and media strategies manager of The Westminster Schools. Mary Bryce said she is only the second female in history to win this national championship. “Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity,” Harrison said. Mary Bryce and Harrison were heavily involved in debate at Westminster, working with the school’s Director of Debate, Jordana Sternberg. Harrison described “countless sleepless nights preparing to beat the best opponents in the nation.” Debate became a passion for both students. Mary Bryce describes how debate has taught her the necessary skills to defend both sides of a topic, “no matter where [her] personal beliefs may lie.” In addition, she found debate skills helped her in the classroom by developing her

Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity. HARRISON HALL THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS critical thinking skills. For Harrison, the passion for debate has been heavily influenced by his two older brothers, both former Westminster debaters. Since eighth grade, Harrison has competed at the high school level of debate. He wanted, he said, to “skip the middle school program” and “jump into the big leagues.” This year, the topic of debate at the NDCA National Championship concerned diplomatic and/or economic engagement with China. Throughout the

Standout Students debate, the two students relied on “raw talent, years of experience and knowledge of the topic from countless hours of reading books, journals, and news reports” in addition to weeks of preparation, Harrison said. In the final round, the two argued the affirmative position that the U.S. should engage China over cybersecurity. That, they proposed, would allow the countries “to form a compliance framework for both countries to follow, establishing a norm that neither country should steal the other’s intellectual property or attack critical infrastructure,” Mary Bryce said.

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Site Acreage: Request:

Public Hearings: Location:

RC-17-02SS Ashley Groff 65 River Park Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 65 River Park Drive LL 127, 17th District Council District 3 City of Sandy Springs Fulton County, GA 30328 0.663 Acre The owner of the property proposes the construction of a swimming pool with deck and fire pit at the existing residence. The total area of the pool, pool deck, and fire pit is 921.5 ft2. The site is located in vulnerability category “D” with a maximum allowed area of impervious of 8,665.2 ft2. Mayor and City Council, August 15, 2017 Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose, of the Sandy Springs Police Department, provided the following information, which represents some of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police July 6-12.

R O B B E RY 4600 block of Roswell Road — On

July 4, three suspects entered a phone store and soon pulled a gun, forcing the employees and customers onto the ground. The three suspects took the store’s inventory of phones and then left. There were no injuries. 7700 block of Spalding Drive — On


Spalding Court to Nesbit Reserve Court


City of Sandy Springs


Entire Cul-du-sac

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council August 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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


City of Sandy Springs


Resolution to Authorize the Transmittal of the Annual Capital Improvements Element (CIE) Update to the Regional Development Center and State for Review and Comment

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council August 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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

City of Sandy Springs Advertisement for Public Comment 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) The City of Sandy Springs has completed a draft of its annual performance report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) will be available for review at www.sandyspringsga.gov beginning August 1, 2017 through August 15, 2017. To review the report, select the CDBG Program on the Community Development Department’s webpage. Comments can be emailed to cdbgprogram@sandyspringsga.gov. The report will also be available for review and comment in hard copy from August 1, 2017 through August 15, 2017 at the following locations: Sandy Springs City Hall (7840 Roswell Road Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350), Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex (6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328), and Sandy Springs Library (395 Mt Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328). Those who may wish to provide comments on the 2016 CAPER may send email to the CDBG Program mailbox at cdbgprogram@sandyspringsga.gov or hard copy correspondence to the Sandy Springs Community Development Department at the address above. Final adoption of the 2016 CAPER is scheduled for the September 19, 2017 Mayor and City Council regular meeting. All Meetings start at 6:00 p.m., are open to the public and held at the Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. Citizens in need of translation services or materials in alternative format should call 770-730-5600 seven calendar days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.

July 9, an 80-year-old woman told police that she had been shopping at the grocery store and was in the process of walking home when she was approached by a green SUV. A woman in her 30s exited and grabbed her purse. The victim held onto the purse, causing her to fall. She suffered a cut over her eye. The suspect re-entered the SUV and fled. The victim was taken to Northside Hospital to be patched up. 4900 Roswell Road — The management

of a beauty supply store said that in the early evening hours, two women entered the store and began looking around. A customer then shouted that one of the women was stealing hair extensions. The suspect slugged the witness and ran out the front door. The employees locked the door before the second woman could escape. She managed to unlock the door and then pulled a gun on the employees who pursued her. She got into a Honda Civic, driven by a third suspect, and left. One of the officers spotted the car and followed, then attempted to get the car to stop. The car then eluded the police, driving recklessly onto I-285. The officer got close enough to the car to read the tag, but also saw a child in the car, which continued to drive recklessly. The officer terminated the pursuit. Two of the suspects appeared to be in their mid-20s. The third suspect and child were not described. The witness who was struck by the suspect chose to leave before the cops arrived.

B U R G L A RY 300 block of The Cliffs — On July 6,

a realtor for a home reported someone came into the home between June 19 and July 6. Several items inside were damaged and a suitcase with personal hygiene items was left behind. 7300 block of Cardigan Circle — On

July 7, responding to an alarm, an officer found a carport gate open. Checking inside, he and the resident who arrived, found muddy footprints on the floor and evidence that someone did enter. 100 block of Kingston Manor Court —

On July 9, an alarm that activated just after

3 a.m. sent police to the location, where they found a broken window and a paver used to make the break. A piece of lawn furniture was under the window, apparently used to climb up. The owner determined that a gun and iPad were taken.

Captain STEVE ROSE, SSPD srose@sandyspringsga.gov


block of Willow Bluff Drive — On July 9, responding to an alarm, an officer found a garage door and door leading to the inside of the home open. It looks like the suspect got a printer and then left. 300 block of Brixham Court — On July

8, cops were given an alarm call, soon upgraded to a burglary in progress. The caller was out of town but saw two suspects via his video camera. They exited the rear of the home carrying bags just as the cops arrived. Entry looks to have been made through a patio door after breaking the adjacent glass window. Several items were taken. The suspects appear to be two young men. 5600 block of Roswell Road — On

July 9, between 8 and 11:30 p.m., someone entered the victim’s apartment through a back window that had been forced open. Once inside, the suspect stole $1,000 in cash. Other items of value inside the apartment were left alone. 6900 block of Roswell Road — On July

11, between 9:45 p.m. and 1 a.m., someone entered an apartment through a window, stealing a small amount of jewelry from the victim’s bedroom dresser.

THEFT 6300 block of Powers Ferry Road —

On July 4, a 30-year-old woman said she met a man on the app “Bumble” and they went to a room at the Wyndham Hotel. At some point she went to the restroom. The man said he was going for water and was gone a while, causing her to go and look for him. When she returned to her room, her phone was gone. She told officers that she knew little about him other than his various names including Arinzie and Angelo, and maybe Chike. 800 block of Lake Placid Drive — On July

5, a 2003 GMC Envoy was stolen just after 9 a.m. Inside the unlocked car were the keys to the car, $300 cash, a passport and personal papers. The victim’s friend had $100 cash, credit card and ID stolen as well. SS

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Hammond Ramp to GA-400 — On July

6, a hydraulic lift trailer was stolen from inside a construction area overnight. 4900 block of Roswell Road — On

July 6, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen just after 9 p.m. 900 block of Johnson Ferry Road —

On July 7, sometime overnight, someone forced a parking garage coin machine and made off with $190. 6600 block of Roswell Road — On July 7,

employees reported that two wallets were taken from their purses while they attended a staff meeting. One victim didn’t know of the theft until her credit card company informed her that someone purchased $261 in items from a pharmacy in the 6300 block of Roswell Road. CVS will provide a video shortly. The suspect who used the card is a man. Two women attempted purchases moments later, but the card was declined. Another theft was reported in this shopping complex. That store owner said between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m., a woman asked about the service, then asked to use the bathroom. She was gone for about five minutes. Later, the employee discovered her wallet containing cards, driver’s license and $150 and her Samsung Galaxy 7 phone were gone. Two more employees lost personal items in the theft. Well, I think access control, formerly known as key control, is a fitting topic here. Aside from the threat of active shooters gaining access to a school or business, just in general security, there should be no access into your business without your knowledge either by sight or electronic alert. Shoring up your perimeter access is not hard. Don’t allow internal access, including restroom usage. Just say no. 4500

block of Roswell Road — On July 8, a 31-year-old man reported that his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from his workplace, along with $5,000 in tools. The thief found the spare key under the driver’s seat. Many people seem to believe that the area under the car seats is a magical invisible place. One of the few things cops and thieves have in common is they quickly search under car seats when looking for something. This is not a good place to stash whatever you’re stashing. 6600 block of Roswell Road — On July

10, a 50-year-old woman reported she was at a charity clothing store around noon, when she was approached by a man asking questions about kid’s clothing. Later when she checked out, she noticed her wallet missing from her purse. A person shopping at a discount store in Dunwoody found a few of her cards and called the number on the back of one. Someone had attempted to purchase over $500 in pre-paid gift cards, but the sale was declined due to the amount of the purchase attempt. 8200 block of

Roswell Road— On July 10, a SS

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www.ReporterNewspapers.net 49-year-old woman reported she was at a gas station about 8:30 p.m. She parked and entered the store, leaving her car unlocked with her wallet and cellphone on the passenger seat. They were soon gone. She contacted the card company to cancel the card and was told someone phoned in an order from a restaurant at Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place for $45.The sale did not go through. Also missing are other credit and debit cards along with $350 cash. A 23-year old woman said she parked

her car on Highland Park Trail on July 8 and left her purse in the unlocked car overnight. The next day the purse was gone.


Richard Tuley, Jr.


380 Pine Forest Road


Request to construct a single-family residence that would encroach into the stream buffer’s additional 25-foot impervious setback.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals August 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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

6300 block of Powers Ferry Road —

On July 11, hotel staff reported that two guests who checked into the hotel from May 24 until July 10, skipped out on the $4,588 bill. The manager contacted the guest, who said he would take care of it, but instead packed up and left overnight.



Elaine Guarino


77 Angus Trail


1. Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to encroach into the 25-foot Stream impervious surface setback for a front porch.

Between July 5 and July 10, there were

2. Variance from Section 6.4.3.B of the Zoning Ordinance to encroach into the minimum front yard for a second story addition to an existing residence.

14 thefts from vehicles reported.

3. Variance from Section 6.4.3.C of the Zoning Ordinance to encroach into the minimum side yard to enclose a carport.

ARRESTS Roswell Road and Northridge Drive —

On July 4, a man was arrested as he was sitting on the curb with his feet into the turn lane to Northridge. He was accused of public intoxication and having an open container. He told the cops he thought public drinking was OK on July Fourth.

Public Hearing:

Board of Appeals August 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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

6300 block of Roswell Road — On July

4, officers were called to a bar/restaurant regarding an unconscious woman in the foyer. EMT staff was on the scene when the officer arrived. The extremely intoxicated woman was asked to voluntarily go with EMT personnel to be seen at the hospital. She became belligerent and cursed at all involved. She was eventually arrested and taken to the hospital for evaluation. She will appear at a later court date on the charge of disorderly conduct. 7700 block of Roswell Road --Throwback


BJ Martin


1600 Dunwoody Club Drive


Variance from Section 19.3.5 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow the addition to an existing parking lot to encroach into the minimum setback and the minimum buffer.

Public Hearing:

Board of Appeals August 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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

to June 27, a K-9 officer spotted a car with extremely dark tinting on the windows and as such, initiated a traffic stop. During the course of the stop, the driver was checked for a license status that indicated she was wanted on 10 counts of fraud and ID theft in Athens. Among the things seized from the car, other than her, were five Green Dot cards, a fraudulent South Carolina ID card and an AR-15 weapon.

Petition Number: V17-0037

4900 block of Roswell Road — On July


Shawn and Brenda McAleer


391 Windsor Parkway


Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations, to encroach into the 50’ undisturbed stream buffer and 25’ impervious surface setback to construct a new single family residence.

Public Hearing:

Board of Appeals August 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


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

7, a grocery store employee called cops to report a man walking out with a cart of food but no payment. They located him loading said items in his truck. He apologized and re-loaded the cart and returned the items. He is charged with shoplifting.




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