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Inside Thank you Retiring mayor, councilwoman celebrated COMMUNITY 4

Stressed out Redevelopment plans upset Spalding Woods’ residents COMMUNITY 5

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Ready when you are PHIL MOSIER

Tessa Rider, 11, carefully handles an ornament at the third annual Elegant Elf Marketplace at Lake Forest Elementary School on Nov. 16. The two-day holiday event, presented by The Sandy Springs Society, raises funds for local community services. Rider, part of a multigenerational family selling hand-painted ornaments at the market, personalized the decorations with a buyer’s name while he or she shopped, having it ready when the customer was finished. Additional photos on page 3.

Chopped up City Council debates treehouse application COMMUNITY 7

Hushed money Ga. 400 Toll Plaza comes down COMMENTARY 8-9

Joyful noise Churches putting on holiday concerts OUT & ABOUT 18,22

Contract awarded for Lake Forrest fix

Councilwoman makes last stand for trees

BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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City Council awarded a $717,689 contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting to fix a portion of Lake Forrest Drive that’s been closed since June. The city’s current timetable estimates the portion of Lake Forrest between Lake Summit and Chevaux Court will be reopened by Feb. 28, 2014. The city closed the road after multiple rock slides. The initial quote from C.W. Matthews was $1.5 million. City officials revised their plans for the fix, deciding to use a net to catch

Before she exits Sandy Springs City Council in January, District 6 City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny is working to secure her legacy as the city’s lead tree preservationist. McEnerny, a firm believer in term limits, didn’t seek a third term in this year’s municipal election. She’s also a firm believer in tree protection, and has spent the last few months trying to get the council to correct what she believes are glaring flaws in the city’s tree ordinance. City Council on Nov. 19 discussed McEnerny’s suggested fixes

SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE 27

SEE COUNCILWOMAN, PAGE 6

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