Monday, October 15, 2012
The city of Roswell will hold a "virtual" town hall meeting online tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., about the bond referendum on the general election ballot.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Early voting has already begun and the city is hoping to provide some further clarity regarding its bond referendum which appears on the ballots of Roswell’s voters tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16, during an online town hall meeting. The Roswell City Council voted on Aug. 13 to put a question to local voters on whether or not the city should issue a general obligation bond in the amount of $14.7 million to replace the current expiring bond. The city has maintained the bond would not involve a tax increase and is a simple yes or no vote. What is not so simple is the wording of the bond that may seem to be in legalese and that is because lawyers prepare the final wording that then must be approved by the Justice Department, Councilwoman Betty …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Roswell City Council followed the recommendation of its Planning Commission, city staff and 2030 Comprehensive Plan in voting against a plan to put a used car lot on the old Bank of North Georgia property.
Nothing personal, but Roswell City Council doesn't want another used car lot on Alpharetta Street right now, according to their denial of a proposed lot on the former Bank of North Georgia property The property, located at 1184 Alpharetta Street, would have required a conditional use allowance from the city to operate as a used car lot. But in its report, city staff wrote the property is currently "zoned C-3 (Commercial Highway) and has reasonable economic use under that zoning classification." The applicant told council they had chosen the property because it seemed to fit the surrounding area and isn't far from another used car lot. But neighboring residents adamantly opposed the proposal, saying not only did they worry about the …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Despite an R-3A zoning request, with variances, which could have meant higher density for a parcel of property on Etris Road, Roswell City Council went with R-1 zoning that was consistent with surrounding neighborhoods.
Updated - Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. - Neighborhoods around Etris Road are breathing a collective sigh of relief after Roswell City Council approved a significantly less dense zoning classification than what was proposed by a property owner at the corner of Etris and Kent roads. But, the question remains: how long will the relief last since the would-be developer, Edward Andrews Homes CEO Paul Corley, bristled at the idea of lowering density and threatened legal action if denied? "I think what they did is so wrong and unfair to the property owner and has no relationship to the protection, safety, health or welfare of the people of Roswell. We’re evaluating what we need to do," Douglas Dillard, the property owner's attorney, told Roswell Patch…
Friday, August 3, 2012
The council will meet Monday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. in room 220 of Roswell City Hall.
Despite it being an off week for Roswell City Council, the elected body will meet Monday, Aug. 6, for a special called work session regarding a possible bond referendum to be placed on the ballot this November. The referendum would presumably ask local residents whether or not they would approve two $12 million bonds - or $24 million in total - to be used toward capital fund projects. In a letter addressed to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Roswell City Council members, the city's Director of Finance Keith Lee said the focus of the meeting would be to go over Roswell's project list priorities, which were presented to residents in an open house earlier this year. The city will be paying off its current bonds in 2014 and 2015. Funding large …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The city will use SAFEbuilt Georgia for code enforcement services and send inmates to Pelham, Ga.
Following up on the city's unprecedented move to outsource a number of staff jobs within the 2013 fiscal year's budget, Roswell City Council finalized the measure by contracting out several areas of staff work during its meeting on Monday. As part of an endeavor to balance the budget without raising the millage rate or reducing service, Roswell agreed to outsource 14 city jobs in the code enforcement, police detention center and administrative departments during the budgetary process this past spring. Code enforcement services were contracted out to SAFEbuilt Georgia, a Colorado company with offices in Johns Creek and Milton for $695,000 annually. City Administrator Kay Love estimated the move will save the city $150,000 per year. However…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The city will potentially sign a contract during Wednesday's Roswell City Council meeting with Roswell Bicycles to begin bike rental and concessions by the river soon.
UPDATED June 11, 12:23 p.m. - The contract was approved during the May 30 meeting. Local residents could soon rent and ride bicycles down by the Chattahoochee River, if the Roswell City Council approves signing a contract with Roswell Bicycles at tonight's meeting. "This is something our parks and recreation department has been wanting to do for a while," said Roswell City Councilman Jerry Orlans, who is the department liaison. The 925-B Riverside Road home at Don White Memorial Park, deeded to the city, was decided upon as the best place for the potential new business. Roswell Bicycles responded to an RFP and was considered the most suitable operator to run it, according to Orlans. If approved, Roswell Bicycles will renovate the house in …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
There are things that council members want changed prior to final approval, May 30.
There were no issues expressed by Roswell City Council Monday night about new FY 2013 budget initiatives like outsourcing city jobs or changing the millage rate, but they did have a few things they'd like ironed out prior to its return May 30 for final approval. Chief among things that could possibly change: the second draft of the budget may include a raise of $87,000 in Recreation and Parks participation fees to subsidize the department's use of General Fund monies, according to Councilman Jerry Orlans. "It's something we're looking at," he said. When questioned on the potential hike, City Administrator Kay Love later explained that the fees would not be raised to cover capital assets, but instead to cover program and personnel costs. …
Monday, May 14, 2012
The Roswell City Council will go over the FY 2013 Mayor's Budget, Monday, May 14.
Outsourcing city jobs has been a consideration for several years; but now Roswell may actually move forward with the money-saving idea, says Mayor Jere Wood. The Roswell City Council convenes tonight for its regular meeting, which includes the first of two budget hearings concerning the FY 2013 Mayor's Budget, with a proposed General Fund budget of $59,653,146 and 5.45 millage rate. It's a chance for local residents to listen to details about the financial document and ask their own questions of council and city staff. One of the biggest differences in this year's budget is the proposed outsourcing of jobs. "I had asked that we look into this a couple of years ago," Wood said. According to Wood, the city looked at how local cities like …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The city is expected to increase revenues and reduce expenditures, according to a presentation by Director of Strategic Planning & Budgeting Keith Lee.
Following an open forum fraught with disapproval of the recently released Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the city's water management, Roswell presented its most updated version of the FY 2013 proposed budget, which maintains a 5.455 millage rate for the fifth year in a row. That millage rate is slightly lower than the 5.750 mills in Alpharetta during FY 2011-2012. However, Roswell's millage rate is higher than Milton's 4.731 mills and Johns Creek's 4.614 mills of FY 2011-2012. On its website, Roswell claims its high quality of services to residents and businesses make the millage rate one of the best values among cities of comparable size and service. The city's FY 2013 proposed General Fund budget is $59,653,146. That includes …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Roswell residents can watch mayor and council meetings on RCTV beginning April 24.
Beginning April 24, Roswell residents will be able to view mayor and City Council meetings on Roswell City TV (RCTV). It broadcasts on channel 22 on Comcast and channel 23 on Charter. RCTV is also available on AT&T U-verse on channel 99. Meetings will begin airing the Tuesday following a meeting to allow staff time to upload the meeting footage. Air times are: The meetings will also be viewable on the city’s official website at www.roswellgov.com/citymeetings beginning the Wednesday following each meeting.