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Council approves special election despite county’s bills

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Following the resignation of District 1 Councilman Dave Greenspan, the city council on Sept. 4 approved a resolution calling for a Nov. 6 special election and possible runoff election for Dec. 4. The council also approved a resolution to let the Fulton County Board of Elections run the election, despite the city only just receiving an exorbitant bill for its 2005 mayoral and council elections. Steve Rapson, the city’s Assistant City Manager for Administration and Finance, reported this November’s special election is estimated to cost the city $36,420, with a runoff election estimated at $19,434. This year’s special election cost estimates, Rapson said, are mostly for traditional items like poll workers, managers and rental fees for vehicles, cell phones and even polling places. The feels however, also include a 10 percent administrative surcharge. Rapson received a chorus of groans, though, when he reported to the city council that the city has just received a bill from Fulton County for the special elections it held in 2005 before the city officially opened for business on Dec. 1 of that year. Rapson said that new bill for the old election is approximately $288,000. “When I saw this invoice with all the items, I hit the ceiling,” Mayor Eva Galambos said. “I cannot believe what they are charging us.” Rapson said that he has explained to the Board...

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Greenspan offers parting thoughts on city & Dist. 1; Leaving for Ohio job, the former councilman praises city progress, assesses constituent needs

Dave Greenspan resigned from his Sandy Springs Dist. 1 City Council post in late August to accept a position as CEO of a golf technology company in Ohio. He sat down for an interview with the Reporter on the morning of Sept. 1. The following is from that interview. After almost two years as a founding member of the Sandy Springs City Council, Dave Greenspan, the first of the city’s council members to resign, said, “I think we are definitely much better off as a city and the citizens have really embraced what is going on. “The community went through such a long struggle to get here and really embraced the idea of local governance….bringing government to its lowest common denominator,” the 42-year-old Greenspan added. “It is weird when you think back about how many folks have been involved in this for so long. I think that is why we have had the success that we have had and we haven’t had some of the challenges that some of the other emerging cities have had in Fulton County.” The governance of the new city of Sandy Springs was one subject Greenspan talked about with the Reporter. But most of the discussion focused on the differences between the north and south parts of the city, the special citizen needs in District 1, which he has served for almost two years,...

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Business briefs

Whole Foods to donate 5% of Aug. 30 sales to cancer aid The Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs has selected the Georgia Cancer Foundation (GFC) as the recipient of their “5% Day” on Aug. 30. Four times a year, Whole Foods contributes 5% of one day’s sales to a deserving non-profit organization. So on Thursday, Aug. 30, the Sandy Springs Whole Foods, 5930 Roswell Road, will be contributing 5% of that day’s sales of organic goods to fight cancer. Rudy Morgan, Executive Director of GCF, said he is thrilled with the newly formed partnership. “Many organizations apply for this program, but obviously only a few can benefit,” said Morgan. “We are grateful to Whole Foods for stepping up and getting involved in Georgia’s effort to curb and eradicate cancer.” Georgia Cancer Foundation, which is based in Atlanta, provides education, early detection, and support for Georgia residents affected by all types of cancer. RockBridge Bank names 2 to its board RockBridge Commercial Bank has appointed Carol Cookerly, president of Cookerly Public Relations and Rebecca I. Flick, vice president and treasurer for The Home Depot, as two new members to its board of directors. Cookerly and Sandy Springs resident Flick join a board that includes Carll Burr, Bud Carter, John Collins, James Grein, David Hanson, Charles Lipman, William Porter, Lawrence Smith, Dr. D. Arnold Tillman and David Zalik. Cookerly founded...

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Mayor addresses Sandy Springs issues with Harry Norman agents, management

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Mayor Eva Galambos relayed her “state of Sandy Springs” to more than 40 Harry Norman Realtors agents and management recently, specifically addressing some of their concerns on items such as development density in the city, protection of the neighborhoods and the city’s restrictions on temporary real estate signs. Addressing the issue of density of development in the city, the mayor told the group which met Aug. 8 at the firm’s Sandy Springs office at 5920 Roswell Road, that buildings along Roswell Road in the central business district can go six stories high. “If you assemble five acres or more, we will look at more than six stories,” the mayor added. “In the downtown area, we are looking for mixed-use developments.” She said the idea along Roswell Road is to “take these little parcels and put them together.” She also hinted to the group that one developer is planning to soon announce a major development “that everyone will be thrilled about.” She indicated the city does not want the type of density in downtown Sandy Springs that is developing along Peachtree Road in Buckhead “or anywhere in Sandy Springs, except immediately adjacent to the Interstate (highway). So, around the four entrances to I-285, there are no restrictions on height.” The mayor added that the city is saying to developers, that in return for that height, “do...

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Severe storm topples trees, cuts power to Huntcliff, Roberts Road area of city

The northern part of Sandy Springs was hit late Friday afternoon (Aug. 17) with what has been described as a possible small twister, a micro burst or just a severe thunderstorm with very high winds. There has been no confirmation of a twister, but whatever it was it wreaked havoc in Huntcliff and along Roberts Drive and kept the Sandy Springs Police and Fire Department busy for hours, along with crews from the city’s Public Works Department and Georgia Power. According to Councilwoman Dianne Fries, there was a fire on Pond House Street in Huntcliff which was caused by a lightning strike, and several homes in the neighborhood were hit by fallen trees. She reported that one was at 9310 Huntcliff Trace. Three trees also blocked the roadway, but were removed by fire department personnel. Along Roberts Drive near the Nigerian Consulate’s house, Fries said three or four trees went down in his yard and knocked down a telephone pole and power transformer. Georgia Power had the power back on by 7 a.m. Saturday. Fries sent an email to city personnel Saturday alerting them to the fact the storm might put the city’s new “emergency permitting” procedure to trial as homeowners sought to get repair work done to their damaged homes. However, the Reporter was told Aug. 21 that no one had sought an emergency permit. Tuesday, Aug. 21...

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