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Roswell Bond Information Meetings Underway

The city's website gives more detail into each of the proposed bond projects.

While the nation focuses on choosing the U.S. President, Roswell residents will also have the task of deciding whether or not to approve a $14.7 million bond referendum during the Nov. 6 election.

The bond will be used to fund several capital projects, say city leaders. More information on each of the proposed projects can be found on the city's website. They include:

Infrastructure Improvements
Eves Road Complete Street
Holcomb Bridge Road Multi-Use Trail
Holcomb Bridge Road/400 Aesthetics
Holcomb Bridge Road/400 Early NB Off Ramp
Holcomb Bridge Road/400 SB Off Ramp
Holcomb Bridge Road/400 SB On Ramp
Holcomb Bridge Road/400 WB Thru Lane

Public Safety
Fire Station #4

Recreation & Parks
Synthetic Turf Fields
Adult Recreation Center-Therapeutic Pool Concept

Roswell city staff have already begun holding public information meetings for voters to learn more about these bond projects and ask questions of staff. Upcoming meetings include:

  • East Roswell Park - Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Roswell City Hall - Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Roswell Area Park Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

For more information on the Bond Referendum, visit the city's website.

Lee Fleck September 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The bond referendum is worded such that it allows City Government the flexibility to move money around and spend it at the discretion of Council as was confirmed by Roswell's legal Counsel. This referendum is a blank check. Just read it: SHALL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $14,700,000.00 BE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF ROSWELL, GEORGIA TO FINANCE THE COST OF ACQUISITION, DESIGN AND/OR DEVELOPMENT OF REAL AND/OR PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PURPOSES INCLUDING TRAFFIC MITIGATION, FACILITY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, PEDESTRIAN AMENITIES, INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS, SIDEWALKS, MULTIUSE TRAILS AND SAFETY RELATED STREET IMPROVEMENTS; TO FINANCE THE COST OF ACQUISITION, DESIGN AND/OR DEVELOPMENT OF REAL AND/OR PERSONAL PROPERTY FOR RECREATIONAL FIELDS AND PARK FACILITIES TOGETHER WITH FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT RELATED THERETO; AND TO FINANCE THE ACQUISITION, DESIGN AND/OR DEVELOPMENT OF A FIRE STATION TOGETHER WITH FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT RELATED THERETO. Even Mayor Wood disagreed with the wording suggesting bonds for each of the items spelled out to allow voters choose which to approve. Council chose a very broad “one category” statement authorizing expenditures of $14.7 million without any specific amount for any project. This reality can be confirmed by reading excerpts from Council meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15NW-0J0sjKoNTJRvQ3_iEbAI8Sk8UJadFTFcglKZRo8/edit
City of Roswell, GA September 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The City has provided a list of projects that will be completed using bond funds and they include: • Holcomb Bridge/400 Interchange improvements: $6M • Replacement of Fire Station #4: $1.5M • Eves Road multi-use path and bike lanes: $1.2M • Holcomb Bridge Road multi-use trail: $1.5M • Adult Recreation Center upgrades with therapeutic pool: $2.5M • Synthetic turf fields (up to 4): $2M These projects make up the $14.7 million and should the City see cost savings on the projects then the remaining funds could be used for other projects in Transportation, Recreation & Parks, and Public Safety. Please visit www.roswellgov.com/bonds for more in-depth information on the upcoming November 6 bond referendum. Julie Brechbill Community Relations Manager City of Roswell
Lee Fleck September 22, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I am very confident that when voters read the bond question they will recognize that NOT one project noted above by Mrs. Brechbill is even mentioned. Historically bond referendums in Roswell had always specified a project and an amount (i.e. $30 million for the purchase of Park lands; $2 million for Public Safety). But not with this referendum. Never before has such a broad question ever been presented to the public - $14.7 million for a plethora of areas with absolutely no assurance of what projects these monies will be spent on. Mr. David Davidson, Roswell’s Legal Counsel confirmed that the question “would be asked on the actual issuance would be broader” and “it would not be project specific” but “it would be up to Council how to spend the money”. During the discussion leading up to the vote to approve the bond referendum during the Council meeting on Aug 13, 2012, Mayor Wood repeatedly recommended that separate ballot questions be presented to the public in three specific categories: $1.5 million on Public Safety, $8.7 million on Transportation and $4.5 million on Recreation to insure the monies are spent accordingly. These statements are a matter of public record and can be read on line at the City website under Council meeting minutes for August 13, 2012. http://roswell.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx That is not the case with the current wording on the November ballot. And that is why I insist we “Boot the Bond”.
Lee Fleck September 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Illegal for Roswell to Promote Bond Referendum: Here is the Georgia State statute relating to the illegality of a municipality using taxpayers funds to promote a yes vote for a bond. Keep in mind city employees earning financial compensation at public meetings to promote a yes vote is suspect and likely grounds for legal actions. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 21-5-30.2 (b), government agencies, including local governmental bodies, may not expend public funds to support any campaign committee, political action committee, or other political organization for any purpose. The Georgia Code speak specifically to the issue of public resources to promote the passage of a referendum- Georgia's Supreme Court has held such use of public funds to be illegal. In Harrison v. Rainey, 227 Ga. 240 (1971) and McKinney v. Brown, 242 Ga. 456 (1978). In the Harrison case a county board of commissioners had county employees on county time prepare a brochure that urged the adoption of a change in the form of the county's government; county funds were also used to mail the brochure to county residents. The Georgia Supreme Court found these to be unlawful expenditures since they were not neutral in expression but urged the voters to abolish the current form of government in favor of consolidation. Although individual officials had the right to support such a measure in their individual capacities, they did not have the legal authority to use county funds to promote the measure.

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