The Sandy Springs City Council took the following actions and considered the following actions during its meeting and work session May 5:
• Announced a resolution has been reached regarding CH2M Hill’s insurance costs to the city. As reported May 1 in the Sandy Springs Reporter, the city questioned how the cost of the liability insurance was split among the nine cities the contractor serves. After investigating the situation, City Attorney Wendell Willard said CH2M Hill will credit the city $237,744 for the insurance premium from Jan. 1, 2006, to the present.
• Approved alcoholic beverage license applications for Fanoos Restaurant at 6125 Roswell Road, which had a change of ownership; the new Flying Biscuit Cafe at 5975 Roswell Road; and the new Publix Super Market in the Prado shopping center at 5630 Roswell Road.
• Approved a resolution in support of EcoDriving techniques, a nationwide effort to improve vehicle fuel economy and preserve the environment. If half of U.S. drivers practiced the methods, annual carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by about 100 million tons, the equivalent waste from heating and powering 8.5 million homes. For more information, visit www.ecodriving.com/eng.
• Proclaimed May 28 as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Day in Sandy Springs. The disease is a genetic disorder of collagen production that affects one in 5,000 people.
• Presented the RoboRaiders, Riverwood International Charter School’s robotics team, with a certificate of congratulations for winning the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in mid-April.
• Honored resident Donald Bolena for assisting a Sandy Springs police officer in a recent robbery arrest at a bank.
• Heard options concerning the Mystic Drive curb replacement. Recent repaving has left 4-to-6-inch gaps between the 1,600 feet of resurfaced street and the granite curb. After debating alternatives in terms of cost, maintenance, aesthetic appeal and labor requirements, the council settled on removing the granite and installing a concrete curb and gutter at a cost of $41.67 per linear foot, totaling $125,000.
• Discussed adding a provision regarding wine tastings and classes to the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance. The issue was sparked by the New York Butcher Shoppe in the Belle Isle Shopping Center, which expressed interest in obtaining a license to hold occasional wine-tasting events. The merchant has a license for package sales but not pouring, and the current ordinance prohibits the consumption of alcohol at establishments that sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. Council members favored changing the ordinance to enable the holder of a wine-only package store license to be eligible for an ancillary wine-tasting license. Among several stipulations, they restricted wine tastings to once daily for two consecutive hours, twice a week. An amended ordinance will soon come before the council.
• Considered accepting the right-of-way deed and temporary construction easement from the Davis Academy, which is working with the city on improvements to intersection of Dunwoody Club and Spalding drives. The endeavor includes a new traffic signal and the addition of a right turn lane from west-bound Spalding Drive onto north-bound Roberts Drive. Davis Academy donated the land but requested a landscape reimbursement of $7,800. Construction on the project is expected to start this month. The council supported the resolution, which will come up for approval at the council’s May 19 meeting.
Third ZIP code officially in city
In their fight to solidify the Sandy Springs address, city officials announced May 5 that a third ZIP code now should use Sandy Springs on mail instead of Atlanta.
Homes and businesses in 30342 join those in 30350 and 30328 as officially designated ZIP codes for the city of Sandy Springs. Mailers in all three ZIP codes should use Sandy Springs as the city designation.
City Manager John McDonough worked with the Atlanta District of the U.S. Postal Service to make the change.
“Now that our city is almost 4 years old, I am hopeful that more and more businesses and families will use Sandy Springs in their formal address,” Mayor Eva Galambos said. “One way to demonstrate our civic pride is to use Sandy Springs in our address.”
The Postal Service Web site (www.usps.com), however, isn’t entirely supportive. A ZIP code search for 30342 at the site returns Atlanta as the “actual city name” for 30342, while Sandy Springs is listed merely as an “acceptable city name.”