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Council favoring Morgan Falls for dog park if privately funded

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net The leash connecting plans for a city dog park to Ridgeview Park was possibly removed at the Sept. 11 work session of the Sandy Springs City Council when four of the five members of council present said they favored having the dog park wander to the north end of the city at the planned Great Park at Morgan Falls. The one hitch in that decision, however, is that developer John Willis, who lives near Ridgeview Park and has vehemently opposed locating the dog park there, must help raise the $200,000 it is projected to cost to develop the dog park at Morgan Falls. Council members Dianne Fries, Ashley Jenkins, Tibby DeJulio and Mayor Eva Galambos all said their order of preference for the dog park site among the three options presented by City Manager John McDonough was Morgan Falls first, Ridgeview Park second and Hammond Park last, although none really wanted Hammond Park seriously considered. The lone dissenter was Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny who argued for placing the dog park at Hammond Park and said her order of preference would be Hammond Park, Ridgeview Park and Morgan Falls Park last. District 3 Councilman Rusty Paul was not at the meeting and the District 1 seat remains vacant until the Nov. 6 election following the late August resignation of Dave Greenspan. The new consideration of Morgan...

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Optimist Club golf tournament provides funds to local nonprofits

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net As it turns out, swinging a golf club in Sandy Springs could help needy children across the city. More specifically, those who participated in the North Perimeter Optimist Club’s annual golf tournament were able to raise $14,000 for four organizations that serve youth in Sandy Springs. The April 28 tournament was able to raise the funds through entry fees and a silent auction. The money was presented to the Sandy Springs Mission, Community Action Center, Brain Tumor Foundation for Children and Woodland Charter Elementary School at the club’s Sept. 18 meeting. Tournament organizer Stu Naterman said the event is the most important fundraiser of the year for the club. “This tournament raises the most of all the fundraisers we have and this year, we raised a little more than $17,000,” Naterman said. “The more people we can get to play, the more money we’ll end up raising.” The recipients were chosen by the group’s board of directors based upon their commitment to local children. Naterman said the choices were simple. “All four of the organizations are very worthy of the funds themselves,” he said. In fact, the club has a continual commitment to children that includes a student essay and oratorical contests, children’s Christmas breakfast, bicycle safety rodeo, Little League Braves outing, providing volunteers for Special Olympics, celebrating a Youth Appreciation Week and hosting a...

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SSRI shifts gears from streetscapes to promoting arts

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net D.J. DeLong, chairman of the board of Sandy Springs Revitalization Inc., announced Sept. 17 the redirection of the organization to promoting arts in the community through a Sandy Springs Arts Alliance and working toward developing a small performing arts center in the city. The announcement was made during the annual breakfast meetings of SSRI and its sister organization the Sandy Springs Business Association at the Westin Hotel. The past mission of the SSRI has been to improve the quality of life in Sandy Springs through the design and installation of streetscape investments in the business district. “With the formation of the city, it made a lot of sense for that sort of pubic works function to be taken over by the city,” DeLong said. “We had the money and they had the staff.” He told the more than 100 business and community representatives at the meeting that SSRI has been working with the city over the past couple of years to transfer those functions to the city. “On July 17, Revitalization transferred the streetscape responsibilities to the city and also transferred the first $200,000 to the city to work on the Abernathy Park project,” DeLong said. He explained that SSRI had over the years received state and federal matching monies and within the next 2-3 years, there will be almost $5 million of streetscapes projects...

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Impropriety allegations fly at council meeting

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Finger pointing and allegations of improprieties flew at the Sept. 18 City Council meeting before the council voted against allowing a 31-home development that would have included a 10,500-square-foot home for 12 priests. The application also included two concurrent variances, but the sticking point in all the community meetings leading up to the Tuesday evening vote, as well as the council meeting itself, was the home developer Richard Donner and Southern Gentry wanted to include for the dozen members of the Legionnaires of Christ, which is an arm of the Catholic Church. In the end, council members Diane Friess, Rusty Paul, Ashley Jenkins and Tibby DeJulio voted against the project because they viewed the church as an inconsistent addition to the surrounding Greenland Road neighborhoods and not the intention of the CUP zoning Donner was requesting. Donner’s plan for the home was to build a 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom house with an eight-car garage and a chapel designed to house the priests prayer services four times a day. But the allegations of improprieties came when it was revealed for the first time in the myriad of public meetings that Donner had promised to make a $7,500 donation to High Point Elementary School once his project was approved. The High Point Civic Association has been Donner’s most vocal supporter. Paul initiated the allegations when he accused Donner of...

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Resident seeks some help in quest to pick up roadway litter

Trash Talker called the Sandy Springs Reporter during the week of Sept. 10-16 to report that “at least a thousand bags” from Schwan’s meal delivery service had been dumped along Georgia 400, starting at the northbound entrance ramp at Northridge and continuing up to the bridge over the Chattahoochee River. This caller said he routinely cleans up trash along Roberts Drive and around the Northridge / 400 interchange. He was urged to put his feelings about this into a letter to the editor. To the editor: Well Mr. Schaffner, litter apathy is manifest in the North Sandy Springs community. A few anecdotes from Sunday (Sept. 16): While someone made a half-hearted attempt to remove Schwan’s bag litter from the Northridge 400 ramp, it just was not adequate. Any bag that was not discernible from the immediate right of way was not removed (see photos). Your Trash Talker gathered a few hundred bags from the berm of the road. After gathering the bags in hand, I stood at the intersection of Northridge and Roberts Road and attempted to give each automobile occupant who stopped at the light, a Schwan’s bag to call and complain ( Phone number on the bag 1-888-724-9267 ). After a half hour of this activity, not a single automobile occupant even acknowledged my request. One can only assume since most of the cars appeared to be...

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