By Scott Bernarde
State Representative Elly Dobbs dropped in at the Neighborhood Planning Unit C meeting Oct. 6 to take questions from constituents.
The only topic of conversation was the recent flood’s impact on the area, and the perceived lack of communication. A representative from the Ridgewood Heights Neighborhood Association expressed concern that there wasn’t enough notice about contaminants in her area upstream from the RM Clayton Water Reclamation Center.
Dobbs, who said she went door to door to check on residents all over after the Sept. 21 storm, agreed.
“Getting the information out is important … maybe using something like an email list,” said Dobbs to a NPU-C group of about 20 at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Howell Mill Road. “When things like this happen I would like to a better communication system in place.”
Dobbs, who represents District 53, said she was disappointed that there was a delay before Fulton County was declared a disaster area, which would enable eligible residents to apply for government disaster relief. After the floods hit on Monday, it was Friday before Fulton was declared a disaster area.
Other topics at the meeting included:
— Nominations for new officers: Paul Melvin (chair), Carol Baird (vice-chair), Allyson Garnett (secretary), Susan Dickerson (at-large), Jeff Neville (at-large), Nelson Shadle (at-large) and Eric Ranney (at-large). Ranney is the current chairman.
— Ranney made a brief crime report, highlighting several car break-ins in the area. The common theme about the crimes: if something is visible, the chances for a break-in increase. “I don’t want to alarm people, but you need to be smart about it,” Ranney said.
— Support was given toward providing a $1,000 “mini grant” for Sara Gonzalez Park, which was recently renamed to honor the late Hispanic community leader.
— Support was given for a liquor license application for the new London Bistro & Ultra Lounge at 1950 Howell Mill Road, provided the business has an off-duty police office after 10 p.m. and not allow dancing. Attendees made it clear that they don’t want a club opening so close to residential areas. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m.