Mayor gives papers to UGA

Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos recently donated her personal papers from the 30-year effort to create the city of Sandy Springs to the University of Georgia Library in Athens.

Galambos was instrumental in bringing the city into existence, and her contribution to the library consisted of six banker boxes full of indexed papers.

“Eva has been a great leader in this fight,” Dist. 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio said. “Eva had the vision of starting the city of Sandy Springs before anybody else, and she worked on it constantly. She worked on it for 30 years without giving up when most sensible people would have. As demanding as she is on other people, she’s more demanding on herself.”

Oliver Porter, who among other roles served as interim city manager when Sandy Springs was founded, said: “Her determination was necessary to carry it through a legislature that was never going to let it through. … She had a vision, and she stuck with it.”

Resident donates land for minipark

Sandy Springs is getting a free miniature park this holiday season.

Landowner and Atlanta resident Stephen Guttery recently agreed to donate a 25-by-257-foot piece of land at the corner of Long Island and Kitty Hawk drives.

Guttery said he purchased the parcel at an auction and “didn’t really have a good use for it.”

“I think it would be best used for the neighborhood to utilize it,” he said.

“I think it should work out well for everybody, to be quite honest. It was just one of those situations that leapt up.”

Jennifer Steele of the Cherokee Park Civic Association told the City Council on Dec. 2 the city needs to take care of the paperwork by the end of the year so Guttery can get a tax deduction.

The mayor and council cheered the donation.

“I’m so happy about this, and it just couldn’t have worked out any better for anybody involved,” Steele said.

Communications honored for excellence

The Sandy Springs Media and Communications team recently received several awards for excellence in its work.

The International Association of Business Communicators presented two Bronze Flame awards: one for the city’s Web site and one for its annual report.

The Savvy 3CMA Silver Circle was awarded to the communications team for producing the second-best annual report in the country among cities with populations comparable to Sandy Springs.

Two MarCom awards were presented for the annual report and a brochure produced in conjunction with the Sandy Springs Police Department, “The Reality of Gangs.”