Sandy Springs honors Ethics Board member Jim Langlais

Jim Langlais has gone beyond the call of civic duty for the city of Sandy Springs.

In recognition of his service, the city’s Board of Ethics awarded Langlais its “Excellence in Leadership” award for his past service during its meeting on April 9.

Over the last few years since the city incorporated in 2005, Langlais has been an active leader as the chairman of both the city’s Ethics Board and Ethics Committee. A partner at Alston & Bird, Langlais volunteered a considerable amount of time into drafting the current Ethics Ordinance.

City Attorney Wendell Willard gave accolades to Langlais for his energy and commitment to the Ethics Board.

“The board wanted to recognize the great work that Jim has put forth in completing the Ethics Ordinance for the city,” he said.

The city’s Ethics Board is the judicial body charged with the task of hearing and ruling on complaints under the Ethics Ordinance.

In early 2006, Langlais was appointed to the Ethics Committee, and later that year, was appointed to serve on the Ethics Board. He remains on the board as a member through November 2008.

City to acquire Lost Corner Preserve with state grant

The city of Sandy Springs in cooperation with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) received a $250,000 grant from the Georgia Land Conservation Partnership (GLCP) toward the acquisition of 24 acres within Sandy Springs.

The land, known as “Lost Corner Preserve,” is home to native Georgian perennials and pristine specimen hardwoods and is largely undeveloped except for a craftsman style bungalow. The property is within 2,000 feet of the Chattahoochee River, and is traversed by a feeder stream. A passive recreation space with trails and interpretive signage is envisioned for a future Sandy Springs park.

Priced well below market value, the preserve is worth several million dollars, but is being largely donated in terms of value, by the landowner who wishes to remain anonymous.

Sandy Springs is funding 50 percent of the land’s purchase price (roughly $410,000); and TPL and the Sandy Springs Conservancy (SSC), are funding the second half through fundraising.