Sandy Springs District 3 Updates
  What a week it has been for our city and for our nation.  

We began Monday with the celebration of the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King as our city hosted an outstanding King-Day ceremony.  The keynote speaker was renowned civil right leader and broadcasting executive, Xernona Clayton, who delivered a powerful message on the dreams and visions of Dr. King.  Mrs. Clayton worked closely with Dr. King in the civil rights movement through the National Urban League and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  In 1993, she joined with Turner Broadcasting to create the Trumpet Awards to honor the achievements of African Americans across our nation.  She currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, and at age 86, Mrs. Clayton shows no signs of slowing down.

At Monday's service, this year's Humanitarian Award was given to one of our outstanding citizens, Rabbi Ron Segal.  Rabbi Segal has been with Temple Sinai since 1996, becoming Senior Rabbi in 2006.   Among his many achievements, Rabbi Segal was involved in the founding of the Community Assistance Center and the food rescue organization, Second Helpings.  He founded and chaired our city's Interfaith Clergy Association and served on the Holy Innocents Episcopal School Board of Trustees.  Sandy Springs is a great city because of dedicated  and passionate community leaders like Rabbi Ron Segal and we congratulate him on receiving this year's Humanitarian Award.

This week, I met with the Ga. DOT and with several neighborhood HOA's to discuss our traffic challenges, especially relating to cut-through commuters and forthcoming Braves traffic.  Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce has formed a Braves Traffic Task Force and our city is involved with the group in exploring strategies to deal with increasing congestion.  

Click here for a story on Braves-related traffic initiatives. If your HOA board wishes to discuss traffic challenges, please call or email me to schedule a meeting with city staff to discuss potential traffic-calming options that may be available to your neighborhoods.  

On Friday, our nation once again celebrated the peaceful transition of power through the inauguration of our 45th President, Donald Trump.  While this election strained our nation and pitted neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, our Republic remains strong because of the love for and belief in America that so many of us share, regardless of our party or candidate.  At times, we have seen the stress of divisiveness within our own city, bred in part by the success and growth that our community has enjoyed and the pressures that this places on our infrastructure and our nerves.  This coming week, our city leadership will spend significant time in strategic planning sessions to address the important issues that impact our city as we strive to make Sandy Springs one of the very best home towns not just in Georgia, but in America.  In future newsletters, I will update you on initiatives that come from these planning sessions.

And finally, we capped off this past week with a great Falcon's victory and we are now headed to the Super Bowl.  As I watched the game, I was struck by the significant diversity of the crowd, and yet the tremendous unity that the fans felt for their team and their community.  For 3 1/2 hours, we set aside our differences and disagreements and rallied behind one common cause, to rock the Dome and send the Packers home!  If we can put that same energy and fervor into our community and our nation, there is truly no limit to what we can achieve together.  I hope everyone has a great week and let's go Falcons!

Mark Your Calendars
MONDAY, JANUARY 23RD. 6:30pmMt. Vernon Presbyterian School. Mustang Athletic Center at 510 Mount Vernon Highway NE

Community Meeting I

Request to revise use permit conditions to increase allowable square footage, reallocate footprints, and redefine enrollment allocation, with concurrent variances.  

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH. 6:00pm-8:00pm 1000 Abernathy Road,  Georgia Conference Room-Suite 335

Information Open House-Last Mile Connectivity

The Cities of Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Dunwoody, and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) have partnered to conduct a study related to Last Mile Connectivity in and around the Perimeter area. The organizations will host a Public Information Open House to provide the community with information about the draft recommendations and solicit input from participants.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH. 6pm-8pm. Spalding Drive Elementary School.

8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

Cost $35 for father/daughter
Click Here to RSVP*
*Note when you go to this link,
Click on "Register Now", then "Events", then "Father Daughter Dance"

Dance will feature music from both generations geared to the dads or father figures and daughters provided by a live DJ and includes dance contests, musical games, complimentary snacks, and refreshments, door prizes, and a goodie bag for each girl. 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH. 6pmSandy Springs City Hall.

City Council Meeting

The City Council meets to conduct city business. Agendas and minutes for this meeting are located on the main page of the Public Meetings Calendar - please scroll to the end of the page.  

If you are interested in reading the Week in Review provided by the City Manager regarding work activity on behalf of the community, you can access it here for the week ending in January 14th. If you missed any of the weeks in review, you can access all of them from the City's website here.

As always, please direct your questions and comments to me at Best wishes for a wonderful week.

Chris Burnett