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Just five hours before the Jan. 18 Sandy Springs City Council meeting was to begin—when the council was to vote on allocating $2.5 million of taxpayer money to entice Gwinnett Tech to locate a campus in the city—council members received three documents they had been asking for  since Jan. 13.

Early in the morning of Jan. 18, City Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins posted an e-mail  in which she said many of her constituents had asked for “basic facts surrounding the decision to use taxpayer funds” on this project.

“We council members do not have them so we cannot share them with you taxpayers,” she wrote.  “We do not have a cost/benefit analysis. We do not have a traffic study. We do not have the MARTA lease to see what the terms are or who is signing the lease (city or college). We do not have an evaluation of any existing office space in the PCID area (the committee looked at old shopping centers and apartment complexes),” she added.

At just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 18, an e-mail was sent to all council members and Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos which included three attachments:  a clarification of Peachtree-Dunwoody road construction costs; a chart showing economic returns of two-year colleges in Georgia and four other states, and for Gwinnett  Technical College; and a Gwinnett Technical College proposed preliminary traffic analysis.

The three documents are reproduced in PDF files are attached .

On Jan. 17, council members also received a copy of the IOI (Indication of Interest), which is being administered through the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the college.

The council action is scheduled to take place during the Jan. 18 regular council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall.

-John Schaffner

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