Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sandy Springs fire marshal to use new software for inspections

The Sandy Springs Fire Department plans to start using third-party software to track fire safety equipment inspections after receiving approval from the City Council Dec. 4. The software is free to the city and passes the cost along to state-licensed inspectors. It is expected to save the Fire Marshal’s office time by eliminating some paperwork and data entry, said Doug Brown, the division commander of the city’s Fire Marshal’s office, during a presentation at the council meeting. The Fire Marshal oversees inspections of fire safety equipment, like sprinklers and fire alarms, for commercial buildings. “The more time we can send...

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Sandy Springs buys Roswell Road property for sidewalk project

The Sandy Springs City Council approved another property purchase the Roswell Road sidewalk project at its Dec. 4 meeting. The $171,800 purchase bought the city 768 square feet of right of way and 633 square feet for temporary construction easement outside Chastain Cleaners at 4980 Roswell Road at the intersection with Belle Isle Road. Most of the money, $109,772, pays for damages for the business’ loss of parking, the legislation. The project is the third phase of sidewalk improvements the city has built out using federal funds from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Dec. 17

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 ramp closure Dec. 10-11: Northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Dec. 7-8: Northbound between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway, two left lanes, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Dec. 7-8: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge Connector and Pitts Road, alternating one right lane and one left lane,...

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Heritage Sandy Springs cancels final farmers market

Heritage Sandy Springs has canceled its Dec. 8 Farmers Market, which was expected to be this season’s final day. Citing the expected inclement weather, the group announced Dec. 7 it would cancel the final day of the market’s ninth season. The farmers market is expected to return in mid-April 2019, the announcement said. The market debuted at a new location at City Springs this season, and Heritage Sandy Springs plans to make that its permanent...

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Police give tips to prevent packages from being stolen

The number of stolen packages from people’s porches and residents jump significantly during the holiday season, but there are some precautions people can take to thwart thieves, according to the Brookhaven Police Department. Thieves sometimes follow delivery trucks and once packages are delivered, they swoop in and take the package, Major Brandon Gurley said in a press release. Be sure to report any suspicious vehicles to police immediately by dialing 911, Other precautions include writing specific instructions for the delivery company on where to leave your package. With your employer’s permission, you can have your packages delivered to you at...

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Sandy Springs takes Atlanta to court over water system records

Sandy Springs is taking the city of Atlanta to court in a dispute about access to documents about the water service. Its complaint filed in Fulton County court alleges Atlanta has violated state open records law by delaying and refusing to provide records first requested in January, which Atlanta denies. Atlanta operates Sandy Springs’ water system. Sandy Springs has alleged, based on the records it has received, that Atlanta incorrectly uses water system funds and arbitrarily sets rates. Sandy Springs plans to challenge the water rates as part of the city’s ongoing mission to get control of the water...

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Sandy Springs’ north end plan heads to City Council without advocate support

Sandy Springs’ north end task force is set to send its proposals to redevelop the area to the City Council without the approval of three members, who are affordable housing advocates. The advocates presented an alternative plan at the task force’s Dec. 5 meeting that called for anti-displacement measures, but it was not supported by the rest of the group. The city-created task force has been working since the summer to draft a plan to bring new development to the north end, ultimately deciding on six key proposals: build a multi-use trail; incentivize new mixed-use and mixed-income developments; make...

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Indian consulate hosts Hanukkah celebration

India’s Atlanta consulate, based in Sandy Springs, hosted an annual Hanukkah celebration in the Indian tradition on Dec. 2. Among the many attendees were Indian Consul General Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni; Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer of Israel’s Atlanta consulate; and Dov Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Buckhead-based regional office. The event included a menorah-lighting and a minute of silence in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of a series of Islamic terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the Indian...

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GOP appears to win two state races in Dec. 4 runoff election

The Republican Party appears to have retained power of two statewide offices in the Dec. 4 runoff election, winning the secretary of state office and holding onto a seat on the Public Service Commission, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State Election Office. Republican Brad Raffensperger appears to have defeated Democrat John Barrow as secretary of state with nearly 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Former secretary of state Brian Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in last month’s governor’s race, leading to the open seat. Republican Chuck Eaton of Buckhead appears to...

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Sandy Springs sets 2019 road repaving list

Sandy Springs is set to do $3 million worth of repaving next year after setting a priority list at its Dec. 4 City Council meeting. The Public Works Department compiled a list of roads in need of resurfacing based on the street ratings performed in 2018, the city said. The over 10 miles of roads includes parts of Mount Vernon Highway, Northridge Road, Roberts Drive, Powers Ferry Road, Spalding Drive and several others. For the full list, click here. A separate list of four miles of smaller streets was approved to be submitted for Georgia Department of Transportation funding....

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One Sandy Springs polling place will stay open until 8 p.m. after error

A polling place in the Sandy Springs panhandle will remain open an extra hour for today’s state runoff election after its manager “misplaced supplies,” according to Fulton County. The poll at Life Center Ministries, 2690 Mount Vernon Road, will now close at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Any voter in line by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. According a county press release, “the poll manager misplaced supplies, which in turn halted voting for one hour while awaiting additional supplies.” It’s one of two Fulton polling places getting extended hours due to management mistakes. The other is...

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Postal service, federal offices to close Dec. 5 to mourn President Bush

Most mail delivery will be suspended and federal offices will close Wednesday, Dec. 5 for a “National Day of Mourning” marking the death of former President George H.W. Bush. A public funeral ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral is scheduled for that day. The United States Postal Services says it will close all post offices and suspend regular mail delivery, while providing “limited” package delivery. Most federal offices will be closed, with only employees deemed “essential” for security or other public business required to work that day. Bush died Nov. 30 at age 94. Another, family-focused funeral ceremony is...

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