Monday, May 6, 2013
City of Roswell employees make money-saving proposals.
- GOING GREEN
Monday, May 6
When it comes to looking for a better way to do things, the city of Roswell has discovered that its own employees are an ideal source of innovative solutions to reduce expenses and improve efficiencies. Created the Employees Acting on Roswell’s Needs (EARN) program has encouraged employees to examine current processes and develop improvements that ultimately lead to greater performance either in reduction in City expenses or reduction in time needed to perform job duties. Recently, the EARN board approved its first three submissions for improvement, which total $8,951.21 annually in combined efficiency and cost savings, as well as increased revenue. The new ideas also present "green" solutions that will help the city be more …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The city is proposing to increase the maintenance and operations, while decreasing the rate for debt service.
Roswell's combined property tax rate for the upcoming 2013-2014 fiscal year will remain at 5.455 mills if the proposed millage rate is adopted as part of the city's budget during the May 29 Roswell City Council meeting. While the overall property tax rate is slated to stay the same, the city is proposing to increase the rate for maintenance and operations (M & O) and decrease the rate for debt service since Roswell has paid off a portion of its bonded debt, reducing its annual debt payments. The extra M & O money will be used to pay for road paving and other capital maintenance expenses, according to the city. Roswell has not raised its combined property tax rate for the last 10 years, either decreasing or remaining the same. If the …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Funding is coming from a voter-approved bond and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Local residents and passers-through Roswell could begin to see signs of progress surrounding the Holcomb Bridge Road/Ga 400 interchange in 2014, according to the city. Enhancements to the heavily congested interchange have long been demanded by commuters, but never actually funded - until now. "As a general summary, you should see construction activity starting as early as next summer," said Roswell Department of Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak. The initiative as a whole is being treated as three separate bond projects, according to Acenbrak. Both a bond approved by city residents and money provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation will fund the projects. See the full project study and infographic in the PDFs attached to …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The well is expected to bring an additional 360,000 gallons of water per day to citizens.
The Roswell Water Utility has completed its groundwater well project it believes will bring an additional 360,000 gallons of water per day to its customers. The city held a ribbon cutting this morning to welcome the completion of the project. The project built two water lines: one from the groundwater well to the water treatment building near the intersection of Highway 120 and Willeo Road and another to connect the treated water to the distribution system. The city’s other source of water is Big Creek. The new well is part of the city's plans to improve its current water system for the approximately 5,600 customers which are supplied water by Roswell. The city has said water ratepayers will see less of an increase on their bills with …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Despite receiving lesser quotes for artificial turf fields, the city chose a vendor they deemed more capable of installing the best product for Roswell.
Roswell City Council has approved signing a nearly $3 million contract with Medallion Athletics for seven synthetic turf fields that are to be installed by early spring. To watch the whole presentation, discussion and vote, click here. After a lengthy discussion and public hearing at the Monday night council meeting, five council members voted in favor of approval, while Councilwoman Betty Price voted against signing the contract. Price questioned the city's process for selecting its recommended vendors, considering cost only factored in at 20 percent of the equation for making a recommendation. The majority of how a committee of five staff members came to their decision on the best vendor for the job was based upon specific qualifications…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The city has yet to finalize a specific location for the new water treatment plant that is to be built.
Despite recent concerns from the Grimes Bridge Parkways community over a third, more prominent site, for the city's proposed new water plant near Waller Park, Roswell city staff say nothing is final yet. Roswell City Council hired Jacobs Engineering Group for $1.2 million during its Monday, Dec. 17 meeting. The firm will handle the design and construction oversight services of the new plant. According to the city, six engineering firms responded to the request for proposals and three firms were shortlisted. Jacobs was recommended to council for its "greater breadth" of similar project experience, Public Works Director Stuart Moring told council. Speaking to the issue of currently proposed sites, Moring also noted that the firm will …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The city previously approved a plan to make improvements at four locations.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The city of Roswell will make pedestrian and sidewalk improvements at four locations throughout the city. Travelers may experience delays in the areas with temporary lane closures, however access through the areas will be maintained. The project consists of improvements at these four locations: Construction is expected to be complete by April 2013, weather permitting. These projects will provide approximately 3,570 linear feet of pedestrian improvements, including new or improved crosswalks. Total project cost is $435,981.99 and is funded with the remainder of the MARTA Offset Funds and local funds. For more information regarding Roswell Transportation projects visit the city's website.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Local incumbents keeps their seats in the State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
It was a long night Tuesday, but when the votes were all totaled U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Sen. John Albers and the Roswell bond referendum all came out on top. With 65.24 percent of the approval vote, the Roswell bond referendum passed rather easily. The $14.7 million set to be borrowed by the city has been promised by local leaders to fund transportation improvements at Ga 400/Holcomb Bridge Road, a new fire station and an indoor aquatic center, among other items. Republican Price defeated Democratic opponent Jeff Kazanow with 64.34 percent of the vote in the U.S. Representative District 6 race. Albers, also a Republican, bested Democrat Akhtar Sadiq with 65.62 percent of the vote in the State Senate District 56 race. Albers told Patch…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood explains why he believes the upcoming bond referendum is vital to the city.
Friday, October 26, 2012
After casting your ballot for President on Nov. 6, please vote to approve Roswell’s request to borrow $14.7 million. This loan will fund $6 million to reduce traffic congestion by improving the intersection of SR 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road, $2.7 million to build multi-purpose sidewalks on Holcomb Bridge Road and Eves Road so our children can walk to school and to the river, $2 million for turf fields for our children to play football, soccer and lacrosse, $2.5 million for a therapeutic pool for our seniors, and $1.5 million to replace the old fire station on Holcomb Bridge Road. This is the second time in the 15 years I have served as Mayor that I have asked the citizens of Roswell for approval to borrow money to invest in their hometown…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Local resident Jake Lilley recounts a recent informational meeting as further reasoning on why he will vote no to the upcoming bond in Roswell.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
On Nov. 6, the citizens of Roswell will be asked to approve a 10 year, $14.7 million dollar debt, in the form of a bond. But according to Roswell for Fiscal Responsibility (RFFR), Roswell City Government has been selective with the facts and has not been transparent with the voters of Roswell. After comparing the information provided by Roswell City Government to the research conducted by RFFR, I have compiled of list of findings that I believe should be considered by the voters of Roswell on Election Day. It may surprise voters to learn that the proposed project list, as advertised by Roswell City Government is not binding. This is a general obligation bond and as such, if the bond is approved then Roswell city government will have the …