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Roswell Council Members Discuss Bond Issue at Forum

Members of the Roswell City Council discussed proposed general revenue bonds at a public forum Sunday afternoon at the Country Club of Roswell.

Although they were buzzing about the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, members and other local officials still discussed issues within their own jurisdiction during the “Meet Your Elected Officials” public forum at on Sunday afternoon.

Despite the open invitation for local citizens to rub elbows with their elected officials, only a handful of people showed up.

One issue discussed was the general revenue bond discussed during Mayor Jere Wood’s recent state of the city address. There will be hearings and the bond, tentatively set for $24 million, will come before the voters during November.

“I am in favor of (issuing the bonds) as long as we can keep it within the millage rate that we have presently,” said City Councilwoman Nancy Diamond. “I think it gives us the chance to do some game-changing improvements that will help us with economic development. And I think that is where we really need to focus.”

Some of the suggested improvements will be $4 million for Riverside Park projects, $8 million for synthetic turf athletic fields, $3 million to relocate the fire station off Holcomb Bridge Road, $8.5 million to connect Atlanta Street to Mansell Road near Wal-Mart and about $3 million for street-side improvements, among other items.

“We’ve been working on this bond issue for a year, or year and a half,” said Councilman Jerry Orlans, “We’ll be paying off our current bonds in 2014 and 2015 and the bond method is a way to get major projects accomplished in the city that sometimes can be difficult to fit in annual budgets. This is what we can do to help us with our infrastructure throughout the city.”

“The changes should draw some quality development,” Diamond said.

Orlans also mentioned that city council members and other citizens are planning a trip to Greenville, SC, which is considered a model for small-city economic development. Orlans hopes even city-council critics join the trip to South Carolina.

Other city council members in attendance were Mayor Jere Wood, Becky Wynn and Rich Dippolito. State Senator John Albers, Representative Lynne Riley, Representative Wendell Willard and Representative Harry Geisinger were also present. The forum was sponsored by Roswell residents Roger Wise, Jr. and Joe Piontek.

Lee Fleck January 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
WHAT A JOKE, AN OPEN INVITATION FOR A PUBLIC FORUM WITHOUT ANYONE FROM THE PUBLIC IN ATTENDANCE. THIS WAS A TYPICAL CLOSED SHOP POLITICAL GET TOGETHER WHICH IS THE NORM FOR THE PARTIES NOTED.
Joe Piontek January 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Mr. Fleck, These fine representatives took time from their busy schedules to make themselves available to their constituents. The next one will be in late April and as you point out, it is an open invitation. Joe Piontek
Jay Small January 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Mr. Fleck: I, along with other HOA Presidents', were aware of the forum. An email flyer was sent out from the sponsers and we posted on our message boards and let our residents know about it, and encouraged them to attend (that is close to 800 voters just in my neighborhood alone). The fact of why residents of Roswell choose not to go to the event, is a good discussion point that I think we would all like to engage in. We need more citizen input (from all points of view) so any event that does so such as this forum should not be mocked or made light of, but encouraged. I was unable to be at this forum but hope to be at the next and hope to see concerned citizens such as yourself Lee at the event. Jay Small

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