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DEC. 26, 2014 — JAN. 8, 2015 • VOL. 8 — NO. 26 The year brought out smiles in all of us, no matter if we were painting, dancing, counting or playing sports — it was good to live in one of the Reporter Newspapers communities. We’ve selected a few of our favorite cover photos from 2014, shown here, with more on pages 8-9.
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Ice skating rink opens on Roswell Road COMMUNITY 2
‘Urban camping’ Homeless: Don’t sleep here PUBLIC SAFETY 17 Far left, Sammy Lesser, 4, shows off his “inner artist,” with mom Nancy’s help, during Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days Festival at Brook Run Park on April 26. Left, Blaire Bodell, 8, left, and sister Mara, 2, dance before an audience of “bunnies” at the Ashford Park Easter egg hunt in Brookhaven on April 12. Below, Simoni Castillo, nanny for Ansley Shane, 1, helps compare toes with Brutus, a Mastiff, during a program at the Buckhead Branch Library on July 17.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Below, left, Julia Rutledge, front, with Susanna Robinson, back left, show “gator glory” during the Sandy Springs Youth Sports baseball and softball Opening Ceremonies and Parade at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex on March 8. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER
City manager: Some ﬁre stations are ‘very old’ BY JOE EARLE
Sandy Springs officials are considering the need to replace some of the city’s aging fire stations. The city fire department took over existing Fulton County stations when the city was created in 2005. Some of the facilities were “very old” at that time, City Manager John McDonough told members of Sandy Springs City Council during the council’s Dec. 16 meeting. The average age of the city’s stations now is 45, he said. “We are looking at a number of different options,” McDonough said. City staff members plan to deliver to the council in January or February specific recommenda-
tions on ways to proceed, he said. City officials also say they plan to find a new home for the fire department’s headquarters when the city moves its offices into a new City Hall at the City Center. The fire department now is housed in rented office space at Morgan Falls along with other city operations. The city doesn’t plan to house the department’s headquarters in the City Center complex, McDonough said. Fire Chief Keith Sanders said the department would need a headquarters that would contain about 8,300 square feet to house administrative offices, the Fire Mar-
shal’s office, conference rooms and other facilities. The same building would contain about 8,800 square feet to house dorms for firefighters, a kitchen, bathrooms and other facilities, he said. The total estimated need for the building would require about 24,600 square feet, he said. The city’s existing stations, he said, are smaller. Two take in 9,000 square feet while the other two enclose 16,900 square feet and 19,000 square feet. The city also will need more land for its new stations, city staff members said in a memorandum to council. “None of the city’s existing fire stations contain physical property large enough to adequately enable expansion,” their memorandum said. SEE CITY, PAGE 19