Author: Joe Earle

Amnesty from late fees offered on some parking citations

By John Schaffner Unpaid parking tickets issued by the Atlanta Police Department from July 17 to Sept. 14 this year are being granted amnesty from late fees if paid by Dec. 31 because of a computer virus that affected the city of Atlanta’s Municipal Court systems this summer. The amnesty, however, does not apply to parking tickets issued by PARKatlanta. Tickets issued electronically by PARKatlanta’s enforcement personnel were not affected by the computer problems and PARKatlanta’s payment systems have been functioning properly. Late fees on PARKatlanta tickets remain valid and will continue to be enforced. The two types of parking tickets issued within the city can be checked on the city’s website at: http://atlantaga.gov/government/courts/sampleparkingtickets_11-19-09.aspx. PARKatlanta is a collaborative initiative led by the city’s Department of Public Works. For more information about the Atlanta’s parking enforcement program, please visit: www.PARKatlanta.org or call (404)...

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Green light: Time for a change … for the worse

By Amy Wenk amywenk@reporternewspapers.net Someone – perhaps fed up with Sandy Springs’ traffic congestion — felt it was time for a change. So he or she broke into the traffic signal cabinet, that silver box that controls the signal time, and added 45 to 50 seconds to the traffic signals at Johnson Ferry and Abernathy roads, as well as Abernathy and Brandon Mill roads, said Chris Waters, Sandy Springs traffic services manager. But their sneaky efforts were in vain. Waters said lengthening the time the lights were green threw them out of synchronization. Drivers traveling eastbound on Johnson Ferry and making a left turn onto Abernathy came to a stop at the Brandon Mill light, just about 300 feet away. Before, the two lights had been timed so that a car turning left from Johnson Ferry would sail through a green light at Brandon Mill. The result was “congestion like you couldn’t believe,” Waters said. He said cars were backing up on Johnson Ferry almost to Cobb County. Waters said the timing of the traffic signals now has been fixed. “Everything is back to normal,” he said. He said the city also changed the access codes for its traffic signal controllers. “We only have two people that have the code,” Waters said. He said he doesn’t know who changed the signal times. “I don’t have a clue … it...

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Council members call meeting on home burglaries

By Amy Wenk amywenk@reporternewspapers.net Sandy Springs Dist. 3 City Councilman Chip Collins and Dist. 6 City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny will host a public meeting Sept. 1 to discuss residential burglaries. The “town hall” meeting is to be held in the theater at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The discussion will focus on burglaries between June and August. “This meeting will provide valuable information from the Sandy Springs Police Department on how to protect yourself from being a victim of burglary,” McEnerny said. “Our community police officers, who patrol these streets every day, will be on hand to address the issues that affect the residents of these areas. It will be a time where you can address questions to the police leadership and officers...

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Oglethorpe crew rises, shines, serves

By Joe Earle joeearle@reporternewspapers.net Chris Noonburg admitted he’d rather be in bed. It was, after all, only 9 a.m. on a Monday. What college freshman wouldn’t rather be snagging some...

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