Merriss was Decatur’s city manager from 1993 to December 2018, and served in other positions with the city starting in 1983, according to a resume included in the City Council agenda. She now runs a management and leadership consulting business.
As part of a package of incentives, the city promised to reimburse the company up to $1,027,000 for improvements including sidewalks, landscaping and street lights; bicycle and pedestrian facilities; access streets and roadway improvements.
The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett in which it takes responsibility for procuring easements and rights of way within Sandy Springs for planned improvements to the intersection of Spalding and Holcomb Bridge Road (Ga. 140).
The master plan will include a recommended “model mile,” or pilot project, for the city to start with that will show what kind of benefits the trails could bring. It will also include cost estimates.
Paulson said the recommendations that will be presented include: Build the toll lanes underneath the Northridge Road bridge. Residents there are concerned the flyover lanes would change the character of the area and bring more noise and pollution.
The response time agreed to in the contract is 7 minutes and 59 seconds. According to a city presentation, AMR met that in 2018 94% of the time.
Brookhaven requires companies to make state-mandated two calls to the customer before calling 911. The ordinance also requires companies to register all users and to pay false alarm fines instead of the customer.
A path to the betterment of Sandy Springs’ trail system includes a stop on June 19 at city hall.
Expanding the city’s trail system is a recommended priority of the 2018 Comprehensive Recreation and Parks Master Plan.
All said adding more lanes would not solve the traffic woes on I-285 and they are urging the Georgia Department of Transportation to reevaluate the project.