Slow down on Ball Mill Road
To the editor:
Welcome to the Ball Mill Road racetrack, where any speed limit is to be ignored.
What a fun challenge to drive as fast as you can while maneuvering this twisting road. Barely dodging cars leaving their driveway or citizens out walking seems to be no big deal. Ignore the “new” speed limit signs of 25 mph because there is no enforcement by Sandy Springs police…ever.
I am trying to make a point here that we need to address this problem with two stop signs. We need one at the corner of Skyridge and Ball Mill Road. Another stop sign at Spalding Mill and Ball Mill Road would help, also.
These idiots aren’t going to stop, but at least this will slow down the speeders. These speeders are your neighbors as well as drivers taking the short-cut through here to Spalding Drive or Dunwoody Club.
The city of Sandy Springs has been contacted about this problem numerous times, and so far their recent answer has been a speed limit sign. Today I was nearly hit by three different speeding vehicles going at least 50 mph up this winding road, totally ignoring the signs. There have been several severe accidents on this road with two deaths that I know of in the past 27 years that I have lived off this road.
The ultimate answer would be rolling speed bumps, but a couple of stop signs would certainly help. Surely Sandy Springs can do this much before another tragedy happens.
Development could create problems for stream
To the editor:
I read your article about Glenridge Hall [“Historically significant Glenridge Hall ‘in peril,’ ” Nov. 14-27], and while the home is beautiful and historically significant to Sandy Springs, I’m equally concerned about potential development of the northern track and its impact on the beautiful Marsh Creek which crosses this section (I believe about 39 acres) below the house.
Currently this stream is in good shape ecologically for an urban stream. It flows south behind Weber School, then goes under Roswell Road (Ga. 9.), winding through the subdivisions that occupy the old Ed Dodd/Mark Trail farm before crossing under Brandon Mill and Riverside Drive.
Its convergence with the Chattahoochee River is about a quarter mile upstream from Johnson Ferry Bridge. This stream drains most of the valley bordered by Mount Vernon Highway to the south and Spalding Drive to north. We have already had some serious flooding issues, so losing a lot of tree cover in the upper watershed could be problematic for downstream residents.
Alan O. Toney
Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, District Chairman