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PU B LIC WO R KS DEPA R T M ENT R EWA R DED FO R ‘ EXC EL L E NC E I N P L A NNI NG ’
The city’s Public Works Department was recognized at the Aug. 14 City Council meeting by the Federal Highway Administration for Excellence in Planning for the Dunwoody Village Parkway. The 2017 award was awarded to the city for using transportation funds for a road diet and streetscape project on Dunwoody Village Parkway in the “historical heart of their community,” according to the FHA. The city was praised for converting a 4-lane, median-divided, suburban style parkway into a two lane, urban-style street with bike lanes, wide sidewalks, street trees, lighting and street furniture.
CO U NCIL APPR O VES $75 ,0 0 0 T O EX T END S IDEWA L K, B IKE LANES O N C HA M B L EE- DUNWO O DY R O A D
The City Council approved spending up to $75,000 for sidewalks and minor road construction to extend the sidewalk and bike lanes to close an existing gap on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road from Cambridge Drive to Donaldson Bannister Park. Funding for project will come from the surplus funds remaining from the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road sidewalk and bike lane project, said Public Works Director Michael Smith. To construct the bike lanes, Chamblee-Dunwoody Road would be widened approximately 8 feet to the east between the existing edge of pavement and the existing sidewalk. The sidewalk construction would occur within the right of way and on park property.
PER IM ET ER C O NNEC T S WI NS CO M M U T ER P R O G R A M AWA R D
CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF QUALIFYING FOR POSITIONS OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL Qualifying for candidates in the November 7, 2017 nonpartisan municipal election will take place August 21 – 25, 2017. Candidates may download the application from the city’s website, sandyspringsga.gov/vote, or pick up the application and qualify at Sandy Springs City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, August 21, 2017 through Thursday, August 24, 2017 and between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017. The qualifying fee is $1,200/mayor and $540/council member. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in person by 12:00 p.m., August 25, 2017. The Clerk’s Office is located at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs Ga. 30350. Required qualifications: No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or council member unless that person shall have been a resident of the area comprising the corporate limits of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for mayor or council member, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Sandy Springs. In addition to the above requirement, no person shall be eligible to serve as a council member representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district such person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election for council member and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service. 7840 ROSWELL RD, BUILDING 500 SANDYSPRINGSGA.GOV/VOTE 770-730-5600
The local Perimeter Connects commuter services program won the Outstanding Transportation Management Association Award at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s conference in New Orleans in early August. Perimeter Connects is a program of the Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts, two self-taxing business areas that operate from an office in Sandy Springs’ Northpark towers on Abernathy Road. According to a PCIDs press release, 70 organizations representing more than 28,000 employees have used Perimeter Connects services, and transit usage has increased by 38 percent in Perimeter Center since the organization’s inception in 2015. Another award-winner at the conference was Machelle Pellegrini of State Farm, who was recognized as the 2017 Employee Transportation Coordinator of the Year. She has worked for State Farm since 2012 and coordinates transit agencies’ and local governments’ commute option information for more than 7,000 employees in the Perimeter Center area, according to a press release.
Letter to the Editor
These days, it seems like anyone can win elected office As Dunwoody voters elected Republican Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor, who thought it prudent to drive four exchange-student teenagers at 72 mph in a 45 mph zone while being so sloppy drunk that he blew a .225 blood alcohol content with a loaded Glock strapped to his hip, then two weeks subsequent accepted a campaign donation from a liquor distributors lobbyist; And Republican Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar publicly opposed new Sunday voting hours because they’ll primarily benefit African-Americans — then explained that he simply “would prefer more educated voters”; And Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel vehemently opposed LGBTQ rights; And the nation elected President Donald Trump, whose most memorable meme from the campaign was “I just grab them by the -----!”; It makes me think that if I can scrape up the $360 qualifying fee, then my benign lunacy of wanting to ban adult cyclists from city sidewalks, establish a copperhead habitat, and legalize marijuana within the municipality should make me a shoo-in for Dunwoody City Council! Gary Ray Betz Dunwoody DUN