City creates Obama ‘wish list’

The Sandy Springs City Council recently discussed sending a “wish list” of transportation projects to the Georgia Department of Transportation to get a head start on applying for any funding that may become available after President-elect Barack Obama takes office Jan. 20.

The 27 proposed projects include sidewalks, stormwater systems, traffic management systems, noise barriers, intersection improvements, bridge upgrades, road widening and paving. The total cost of the projects is $221,358,270.

“We’re trying to get a jump-start on a list of some things we may want if we’re asked,” City Manager John McDonough said.

Dist. 3 Councilman Rusty Paul said: “Put as much on there as you think will fit. Let them tell us no.”

Sign change OK’d after the fact

The Sandy Springs City Council voted 5-1 Dec. 16 to accommodate BGAV Stonebridge, which didn’t obtain permission before changing the face plates on two signs at the Mosaic Apartments, formerly the Stonebridge Apartments, 5675 Roswell Road. The company changed the face plates when it renamed the apartment complex.

The actual structure of the signs remained the same, said Ellen Smith, a Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman lawyer representing the company. Ordering new, smaller plates to conform to the city’s sign ordinance would cost the company $120,000, Smith said.

Dist. 1 Councilman Doug MacGinnitie was the only no vote. He said that if the city is serious about enforcing its sign ordinance, it needs to draw a line rather than send the message that it is easier to “ask for forgiveness than permission.”