Want to see a sidewalk installed in front of your home? In Sandy Springs, you can make that happen more quickly by offering to donate the right-of-way to the city.

The city will accept statements of intended donations—which are not legally binding—through Feb. 1 for the potential projects in the 2016 Capital Sidewalk Program. Saving the city from having to purchase the rights of way will boost the project’s score in the system used to prioritize new sidewalks.

Donation statements should be based on a sidewalk project proposed on the city’s master list, which can be viewed on the “Sidewalk Projects” page of the city’s website at sandyspringsga.gov.

To start the process, interested residents should call 770-730-5600 and ask for information about right-of-way donations for a scored sidewalk project. Residents will need the name of the project from the master list. Those calling on behalf of a neighborhood group also must provide contact information for a local point of contact, including telephone number, email address and physical address.

City staff will review submitted requests, following up with residents to confirm the specified project and address any questions.  A list of the property owners for the specific sidewalk project site and a right-of-way donation intent form will be forwarded to interested residents to be completed by each impacted property owner.

Donation statements are due to the Public Works Department by Feb. 1 in order for the project to receive credit in this year’s scoring process. Completed forms can be mailed to: Public Works – Sidewalks, City of Sandy Springs, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. Scores will be finalized and presented to City Council in March 2016 for final approval.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.