Sandy Springs Society accepts nominations for 2008 Spirit Award for volunteer recognition

The Sandy Springs Society is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Spirit of Sandy Springs Award, which recognizes a volunteer in the community who exemplifies community spirit by contributing to the betterment of Sandy Springs.

Since 1995, the society has acknowledged the work of the individual by awarding $1,000 to the secular, non-partisan organization chosen by the recipient. To be eligible, a nominee must have a minimum of two years of volunteer service in the Sandy Springs area, but residence in Sandy Springs is not required.

Nomination forms are available on the Society’s Web site at www.SandySpringsSociety.org or may picked up from Heritage Sandy Springs, 135 Hilderbrand Drive. Forms must be mailed to P.O. Box 720074, Atlanta, GA 30358 and received no later than April 4, 2008.

Beth Robertson and Betsy Harrington, are co-chairs for the event. The judges for this year’s Spirit of Sandy Springs award are Morris Moore, Elizabeth Kelly, Rusty Paul, Ralph Daniels and Janet Day.

Council of Neighborhoods to meet March 27

Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhood’s 8th annual meeting, March 27, will feature a presentation of the organization’s new “Get Smart Sandy Springs” project.

This vote tracking tool is an impartial compilation of City Council actions primarily focusing on zoning, transportation, traffic, trees, the environment and planning issues. It facilitates an awareness of the voting record of the city council members and Mayor Eva Galambos through an impartial compilation taken from the council minutes.

Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods believes that informed citizens lead to good government. Mayor Galambos and city council members are invited to join in this discussion and a question-and-answer period following the presentation.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Morgan Falls Office Park – City Hall, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. The public is invited.

For additional information on the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods annual meeting, contact Mark Sampl at (404) 256-3456 or visit www.SandySpringsCouncil.org.

Abernathy Road demolitions are postponed

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has halted demolition of the remaining structures along Abernathy Road, west of Roswell Road and east of the intersection with Brandon Mill Road due to some contractual and legal issues.

In this portion of Abernathy Road, GDOT is responsible for the demolition of 40 homes for the road widening project and the linear greenspace. To date, 12 structures have been demolished as the GDOT prepares for road expansion along the corridor and as Sandy Springs prepares for the development of the future linear greenspace.

Any suspicious activity during the demolition delay should be reported by calling 911.

“We appreciate the work that GDOT has done in regards to the home demolitions for the widening and future greenspace project thus far, and if things go as expected, demolition could resume in April,” Jon Drysdale, Deputy Director of Public Works for Sandy Springs, said.

Before the greenspace is developed, GDOT will widen the roadway. The official widening project date is June, with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The widening will also include eight-foot sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

The end result will be more than 17 acres of new greenspace in the city, in the form of a linear park.

City reduces inmate medical expenditures

Sandy Springs is currently responsible for paying the medical costs of pre-sentenced inmates no matter the expense. City expenditures for inmate medical costs to date this fiscal year are $56,300. This represents a 129 percent increase compared to Fiscal Year 2007.

In an effort to address increasing inmate medical expenses, in 2007, the city partnered with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to develop a solution. Under a new insurance program offered through the Risk Management Agency of the GMA, inmate medical expenses will decrease. This new program will also manage inmate medical claims to further reduce costs to the city.