County: Help library

To the editor:

We are lucky that we have hard working citizens to tackle the hard jobs that Fulton County refuses to provide (“Resident devotes time to beautifying library,” Sandy Springs Reporter, Sept. 5). However, I see that Ms. McAdam is looking for volunteers and wishes to form a coalition including funds. How about forcing Fulton County to provide the basics of lawn care and trash pickup, and the volunteers provide the talent for the landscaping extras?

This article reminds me of the reasons we fought for the city of Sandy Springs in the first place. Fulton County has never provided the services that our community deserved, although we have been writing them checks for years. As a reminder to all, almost 75 percent of the traffic lights needed repairs when the city took over. We don’t even need to talk about the ongoing street repairs.

As a longtime patron of the library, I haven’t concentrated so much on the landscaping except for the downed trees when I drive there and park.

I now am just trying to figure out if the library is even open. It was so smart of Fulton County to punish the taxpayers by closing the library on Fridays and reducing the hours. What better way to get the citizens to acquiesce to the rise in mileage rates?

With the advent of the new cities in Fulton County, the county government provides many fewer services. I simply don’t understand why they can’t seem to streamline their structure and quit wasting OUR money.

Fulton County needs to figure out how to maintain what they are responsible for. Why not using some of its prison population or those to be punished by performing community service to maintain the libraries? Let’s not allow them to abrogate their responsibilities.

Tammy Sandin

My ‘red flags’ are up

To the editor:

I agree with the letter to the editor by Cindy S. Mayer (“Reconsider City Center plans,” Sandy Springs Reporter, Sept. 5-18) completely.

My husband and I have been residents of Sandy Springs since 1975 and have witnessed many changes, including the welcome creation of the city of Sandy Springs. When I began to hear of the grandiose plans for the Sandy Springs government center, my red flags began to go up.

There is no need for me to rehash Ms. Mayer’s reasoning and logic. She did a well-thought-out and cogent analysis of the situation. At the very least, when my tax money is financing such an enormous outlay as city Manager John McDonough mentions of $24 million to $40 million for a performing arts center, as part of a total city center cost of $169.3 million to $196.6 million, I and others who pay for the city and its functions should have a chance to have an input by vote on the scope of said project.

Do you believe that the majority of Sandy Springs residents are in favor of adding a performing arts center to the city government complex? I do not.

Sara Eads