Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At one of two public hearings Monday, Roswell residents came out to learn about a proposed water plant. The big concerns were the plant's location by Waller Park and the financing.
The city of Roswell presented specifics about a proposed new water plant during two public meetings Monday, March 19; but some city residents expressed concerns, saying they were opposed to its location by Waller Park and questioning of the financing. The city is proposing a $15.9 million new plant to replace an existing one that officials say is outdated and in need of costly repairs. By building a new plant, the city estimates saving $11.6 million over 20 years. To finance the plant, the city proposes borrowing $14.5 million from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA). An additional $1.3 million would come from money already set aside from water customer revenues. And a water rate increase of $1 per month is being considered …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Roswell City Council gave initial approval to allow mobile food vendors and expand Farmer's Markets citywide.
Craving a steamed hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard on your lunch break? Or garden fresh tomatoes and okra this summer? Soon, both may be found easily in Roswell. The Roswell City Council gave initial approval last night to move forward with two new regulations: allowing mobile food vendors and expanding open-air Farmer’s Markets to operate citywide. Both will need additional votes from the council before they are passed. Mobile Food Vendors Currently, street food vendors are not allowed in Roswell, but the regulations were set in motion when someone requested permission to set up their own food truck, said Bradford Townsend, Planning and Zoning director. The new rules could apply to food trucks stationed in a parking lot, or a vendor …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Current chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors, Salma Ahmed will be racing against current Councilwoman Becky Wynn, as well as residents Lee Fleck, Michael Martin and Adam Braund.
It may be Salma Ahmed's own experience as a local business owner that has her zeroing in on an attempt to make Roswell more business-friendly and budget conscious as she races for Roswell City Council Post 2. "Roswell is heading for an economic crisis," she told Roswell Patch. "To head this off, we have to build strength in our business community which represents our core tax base." Ahmed owned and operated The Haleem Companies, a Roswell area development, construction and real estate management group for 15 years and now does consulting work investigating distressed properties. Subsequent to the experience of owning her own company, she believes the biggest issue facing the city is its ability "to maintain and grow" a core business tax …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Roswell City Council members will vote on the second and final reading for the 2012 fiscal year proposed budget tonight.
Barring further changes to Roswell's budget, the city council will vote tonight to keep the current 5.45 millage rate instead of making a reduction, as originally anticipated. Despite a proposal by Mayor Jere Wood to reduce the 2012 millage rate to 5.34 mils, the council voted to approve maintaining it as it is this year during the budget's first reading at last week's meeting on May 23. Prior to the vote the city was mulling a proposed 2012 general fund of $56.7 million, which still allowed for $26 million in reserves and $571,000 in additional program spending. However, the council amended the budget to keep the current millage rate, without which would have lost the city $500,000 for road resurfacing. Wood recently wrote a letter to …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River is in the design phase now.
The Roswell City Council approved moving forward with plans to connect Roswell and Sandy Springs via a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River at its meeting Monday night. Roswell and Sandy Springs will split responsibility for 10 percent – or $50,000 each – of the $500,000 price tag for this first design phase of the process to “rehabilitate” the bridge between the two cities to include alternative transportations methods. Funding for the remaining $400,000 of this phase will come from specially earmarked federal funds. After putting out a solicitation for engineering firms interested in taking on the project, the city sorted through 15 potential firms to settle upon Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. “They were the …
Monday, April 11, 2011
Here's a look at some of the items on tonight's Roswell City Council agenda.
The Roswell City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Roswell City Hall in council chambers on the second floor. Among the items on tonight’s agenda: -Movie theaters could get the ability to add changeable copy ground signs if the council approves a zoning text amendment. The city's Planning Commission has recommended approval with a 70/30 percent sign area amendment. -The definition, location and parking requirements of a boutique hotel could be added to the zoning ordinance if the council approves a text amendment. The first reading of the measure has been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. -The council could potentially sign a contract with an engineering company to make improvements to the pedestrian portion of the …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mayor Wood, Councilwoman Price say property taxes could remain the same or even drop next year.
Officials with the city of Roswell are encouraged as departmental budget reviews for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget begin this week. "I don't anticipate a tax increase," Mayor Jere Wood said. "Not only will I not propose any increase, I don't expect council to approve any either." That is, indeed, good news for city residents, already struggling to pay for skyrocketing cost of food and gasoline. Councilwoman Betty Price is even more optimistic. "If anything, the millage rate could even drop, in order to give a break to the taxpayers," she said, citing "some slight improvements in the city's overall equity position from the previous year." City officials began to contemplate the 2012 budget with a look back at the 2011 budget during last week'…
Monday, February 28, 2011
Here's a look at what's on tonight's Roswell City Council Agenda.
The Roswell City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Roswell City Hall in council chambers on the second floor. Among the items on tonight’s agenda: -Final consent to apply for a $16,000 FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. -A presentation of the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by Julia Luke, the director of finance. -Council members will vote on a $125,000 budget amendment for the East Roswell Park Sprayground. If approved, the money would be used to create UV shade structures, a picnic pavilion, park benches, a storage building and additional concrete decking.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The cancellation of Roswell City Council's meeting, Monday, Jan. 10, will require agenda items to be rescheduled.
UPDATED: The mayor and city council meeting scheduled for Monday evening, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., was canceled. The following agenda items will be rescheduled. -Krista Young will be sworn in for her two-year term as new city solicitor. And Marley Press will be appointed as the new city clerk, replacing Sue Creel, who is retiring. -The council will consider approving changes to the city's film and photo permit process to make it more user friendly and line it up with the fees charged by other local communities. Currently the fees are $50 for a still or film shoot, but the new fees would drive up those rates to $250 for a film shoot and $100 for a still photo permit. -If you're thinking of running for something in Roswell, you should know …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Here's a look at a few of the things the Roswell City Council is expected to go over during its meeting, Monday, Dec. 27.
The mayor and city council will meet Monday evening, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, which is upstairs on the second floor. They will be reviewing the following agenda items and more. -The council is expected to approve the consent agenda item to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) to further explore a new city branding initiative. Neighbor Newspapers have previously reported the initiative is not to affect the city's current logo. -Stormwater Utility Program billing rates, based upon a property's impervious area, could be put into effect by the council tonight. The program would group residential and non-residential property into five different tiers. Cost to property owners would range from $2.57 per month up to $3.95 …