By Amy Wenk
amywenk@reporternewpapers.net

The city of Sandy Springs is doing “great,” Mayor Eva Galambos said July 19 during “The State of the City” address to the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.

“We are in good financial shape,” Galambos said, and have maintained service levels despite poor economic times.

The mayor discussed her desire to build a better downtown area for Sandy Springs and said the widening of the Roswell Road bridge over I-285 would make “a huge, major improvement in traffic flow in downtown Sandy Springs.” The state Department of Transportation recently approved the project, she said, and Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brandon Beach helped secure money for the widening.

“Hammond Drive is also on the front burner,” Galambos said. “That road needs widening.”

She said she is working to secure Ga. 400 toll funds from the $42 million reserve for that improvement.

The mayor said city officials are looking to build international relationships by bringing new consulates to the city. She said the city has created the position of director of economic development, which will be filled by current Deputy Director of Community Development Chris Miller, to enhance Sandy Springs’ economic development.

Galambos also discussed two new parks, Morgan Falls Overlook Park and Lost Corners Preserve, and the city’s growing gymnastics program. “Our recreation program is going gangbusters.”