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Roswell residents assail city council with objections to radio tower, parkway
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
July 31, 2013 11:40 AM | 1942 views | 4 4 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two different groups of Roswell residents used Monday night’s open forum meeting of the city council to protest issues that affect their neighborhoods.

On the one hand were people who live in the Twelvestones subdivision and are not happy with a proposed siting of a 400-foot public safety radio tower directly across from them on Fouts Road.

They questioned the choice of that site for the tower, which would provide coverage for the new North Fulton Radio System linking Milton, Roswell, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs. At least one resident asked why it wasn’t going in nearby East Roswell Park rather than adjacent to a residential area.

Saying they had yet to see any studies or other documents supporting that location for the tower, they asked for a 60-day delay in any decision by the city so they could obtain and review those public records.

City Administrator Kay Love said staff is in the process of gathering the requested information.

“There’s not a nice, neat, bound report. An engineering report does not exist because a site has not yet been selected,” she said.

A council vote on a site is scheduled for an Aug. 12 council meeting.

On Tuesday morning, Twelvestones resident Joyce Cross said that the neighborhood really wants to see all pertinent information.

“We really would like more time to research the impact on our neighborhood and would like to see documentation as to why this is the only site suitable,” she said.

“In addition, we do think it is valid to question the fact that city of Roswell residents will be paying taxes twice on this communication project since it now appears Fulton County is well on its way to solving this problem that our police and fire are having with communications. We have been unable to find any group of cities in the entire state which has opted to launch its own system instead of joining with its own county or with a regional system.”

The second group of citizens who spoke to council was concerned with the routing of the proposed Big Creek Parkway connecting Old Alabama Road and Warsaw Road via a bridge across Ga. 400.

Christine Halm, who lives in Liberty Square, said she objected to the plan to siphon eastbound traffic off Holcomb Bridge Road onto Warsaw Road.

“Our corridor of Warsaw Road isn’t even a mile long; it’s just over .8 of a mile,” she said. “Besides the subdivisions, townhouses and apartments that share that .8 of a mile, there is also an elementary school, a senior citizen center, a day care and a church, all on a very small, already heavily congested two-lane corridor.”

In addition to the proposed parkway, the city “plans on taking our already heavily congested road, and linking it up with Sun Valley Road, which will dump even more traffic onto Warsaw Road from Alpharetta Highway. We would see a huge influx of traffic coming onto our .8 of a mile corridor from the south, north and west sides,” Halm said.

Another issue is just how the parkway would be routed and whether homes would have to be demolished to make way for it.

The mayor said that issue will be discussed Aug, 12 when council has to make the final decision for the tower location.
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albert3
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August 05, 2013
Yes, Roswell City Council slyly planned their vote for the 1st day of school, hoping that we would all be too busy or distracted to attend. Be advised Council, your efforts have simply served to steel our determination to out you and your covert actions to the residents of all 4 cities being hoodwinked. Our double taxation due to NFRRA insistence on creating a duplicate radio system is shameful and irresponsible. Fulton Co has provided this radio coverage for all 4 cities in the alliance since the mid 1990's. We are now slated for a complete upgrade as can be found in the contract that the county signed with Motorola on June 19th, 2013 (can be found at http://fultoncountyga.gov/county/bidss/uploads/13RFP88502C-DR.pdf) Stop wasting our tax dollars and let Fulton co proceed, they have the expertise!
snocon
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August 01, 2013
We need a huge turnout on August 12 to bring pressure on the Mayor and City Council. Though they said no decision has been reached, the minutes from the Public Safety and Public Works Committee Meeting on 6/11/13 suggests someone is being less than honest. If unable to attend, please sign the petition to stop this from going forward. The City is running over its residents with this proposal, and conveniently, the vote is the first day of school.
Kate Gentry
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July 31, 2013
This is duplication of efforts between City of Roswell and Fulton County. Taxpayers will be paying twice if the "North Fulton Radio Authority" is not stopped.
hop12stones
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July 31, 2013
This is not just a Twelvestones' issue, every citizen of Milton, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Roswell should be outraged. This North Fulton Radio Authority forges forward even though Fulton County is moving quickly to upgrade the radio system for ALL of Fulton County. So lucky us....we get to pay taxes twice for duplication of efforts and lack of cooperation between city and county governments. These systems cost multi millions and we will ALL pay twice! Kudos to Johns Creek for pulling out of this North Fulton Radio Authority.

Also, be prepared Roswell residents...the city ordinances regarding cell towers/radio towers apply only if you are T Mobile trying to put a cell tower at a fire station. They do not apply to the city! This radio tower location proposed for Fouts Road/East Roswell Park is within 200 feet of our neighborhood pool, 138 feet from the street and is 400 feet tall. That's 220 feet TALLER than the highest allowable cell tower in the city of Roswell.

If the council votes for this residential location (yes it is zoned R-3) in spite of other alternatives that are zoned commercial or industrial. I will make it my personal mission to spend the fall campaigning against this council during re election.

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