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Roswell Holds Bond Referendum Open-House Meetings

Residents can stop by any one of five meetings explain more about the projects slated for inclusion in the potential upcoming bond. The bond referendum must first be passed by voters in November.

The city of Roswell is giving local residents the chance to have some input on potential projects that will be funded if the $24 million bond referendum is passed by local voters in November.

Beginning tonight, five open-house meetings throughout the city over the next several weeks will go over projects that include public safety, transportation, recreation and parks and cultural arts improvements. A full list of potential projects, such as planned improvements to the Holcomb Bridge Road/Ga. 400 Interchange, can be found on the city's website.

According to the city, the meetings will allow for an open dialogue between residents and city staff about the priority of projects.

Meetings take place:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Roswell River Landing, 245 Azalea Drive
  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., , 38 Hill Street
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., , 850 Hembree Road
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., , 9000 Fouts Road
Lee Fleck February 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
The Wood Administration’s sales pitch for the proposed bond is that there will not be any tax increase. That is a smoke screen! Granted the proposed bond will not result in an immediate tax increase, BUT one must recognize that by using up all the bonding capacity of the current millage rate our elected officials will be continuing a property millage rate on into the future which is in fact a tax increase in years to come. The proposed bond will come in two increments: $10 million in 2013 for a term of 10 years and then in 2015 an additional $12 million for 15 years. Currently the balance remaining on the existing bond is between $18 and $19 million and that bond is scheduled to be retired in 2015. Therefor if the bond referendum is passed the millage rate that was scheduled to retire then will continue for an additional 15 years. So while there is no tax increase there will be a tax extension set in 2013 that will be continued until 2030.
Lee Fleck February 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Two items proposed for inclusion in the bond referendum consist of $8 million for synthetic turf athletic fields and a $2.5 million senior citizen therapeutic pool. What the Wood administration has failed to tell you is that there will be operational expenses relative to the long-term operation and maintenance of these proposed capital projects. According to the vendor the life expectance of the synthetic turf is but 10 years. Based on the presentation of this project by the Parks & Recreation Administrator to Roswell's City Council last August the return on investment of synthetic fields is speculative at best and no more than the initial investment. What that equates to is that every 10 years taxpayers need to spend another $8 million to maintain what are now natural grass fields. While I do not have a firm grasp on the numbers yet, I will report on the operational costs that seniors will have to pay to maintain their luxury aquatic facility.
Thomas Wayne Shelton February 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
In addition to the turf fields not necessarily being a good investment, I have yet to meet an athlete that prefers turf to grass. I grew up on grass soccer fields and continue to play today. Turf fields simply do not provide the same experience as playing on grass. We have the resources to manage natural grass since our parks are consistently ranked number 1 throughout the state so I really don't understand the reasoning behind this one.
Lee Fleck February 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Thomas, Truth be known the proposed synthetic turf fields are nothing more than an effort by the Roswell City Council to shift operational expenses to a bond referendum. They are trying to use bonding capicity to shore up the city's Operational budget. Install synthetic turf fields, have property owners pay for it and not have any reduction in Parks & Rec operating budget.
J.K. Fleck February 05, 2012 at 10:18 PM
In looking over the items proposed on this bond they are nothing but a wish list of non-essential items (with the exception of fire station #4 which IS an immediate necessity) that the city wants us to pay for so they have more $$$$ to fund more stupid projects such as inlaid brick in turn lanes on Hwy. 9, painting more bike lanes on our roads 11 a waste of time and paint since the cyclists don't ride within them anyway, and a 6 lane swimming pool at RARC. We already have a wonderful Swim Atlanta facility with a therapeutic pool and several lanes available for lap swimming and water exercises. It's located right up the street from RARC on Old Roswell Rd. Plus we have access to the YMCA olympic pool on North Point Pkwy. Makes no sense to build and maintain a pool at the senior center. FYI the $$$$ are allocated in this year's budget to build a new fire station #4 and it needs to be built before year's end as it currently presents a real and present danger to human life and expensive equipment in its current condition. Chief Spencer has been asking for a new station for the last 7 years! It's a real shame we have city leaders who are irresponsible and unwilling to give its citizens the basic necessities of a safe and functional fire station for its "volunteer" firefighters. ALL Public Safety needs should always be met first and foremost from budgeted Operations Funds before anything else. I VOTE NO ON THE BOND.

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