Smyrna gets peek at new fire station
by Noreen Cochran
October 24, 2012 12:31 AM | 2418 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smyrna’s Fire Station No. 5 cost $1.7 million, with $350,000 of that coming from the city’s general fund and the remainder from a federal stimulus grant.
Smyrna’s Fire Station No. 5 cost $1.7 million, with $350,000 of that coming from the city’s general fund and the remainder from a federal stimulus grant.
SMYRNA — City Councilman Ron Fennel gave his constituents a tour of the city’s newest fire station Tuesday night.

Smyrna Assistant Fire Chief Roy B. Acree gave the 15 attendees at the town hall a standing invitation to visit Fire Station 5, which opened Sept. 22, and take advantage of the department’s non-emergency programs.

“Our customers are not aware wholly of all the services available to them as Smyrna citizens,” he said. “There are other services like CPR classes, first-aid classes and those kinds of things that we can offer at multiple locations.”

Smyrna Police Officer Mike Smith encouraged attendees to help reinvigorate the neighborhood watch program.

“It’s about the community being a neighbor, knowing your neighbors,” he said. “We’re trying to get neighbors talking to each other and increase the flow of information between the community and the police department.”

Smith also discussed traffic calming methods for Cooper Lake Road and invited residents to sign up for real-time traffic and crime alerts by texting Nixle at 888777.

“It will ask you for your ZIP code,” he said about the process.

ZIP codes were a sore subject for some of the attendees, including Fennel himself.

“This is one of the three issues that got me motivated to run for the Council since I live in Vinings Estates on Vinings Estates Drive in Mableton, 30126,” he said. “When I ran for the City Council of Smyrna, I had to open up a P.O. box so my return address label would say Smyrna, 30080. Do you know how much that made me mad? So we’re all in the same boat of being ticked off at the U.S. Postal Service.”

The 20-year battle to use the 30080, 30081 or 30082 sequence of ZIP codes is up against union contracts and federal government bureaucracy, Fennel said.

However, his latest conversations with a Postal Service regional director are giving him cause for hope.

The issues at hand are equipment to read the adjusted ZIP codes and the cost of moving route carriers.

“Now we know the problems, we can find the solutions,” Fennel said.

He said the solution is not yet at hand, however.

“We’re still working on it,” he said.

Residents can sign a petition which Fennel began circulating at the meeting.

“We the undersigned strongly favor moving our postal service to correctly reflect a Smyrna mailing address,” it read. “It impacts our property values, brand identification and sense of community.”
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October 26, 2012
Way too many agendas here. I was at the meeting and it was informative. This was one of 2 in the state and 1 of only 116 to be funded from the Feds, not the Smyrna Citizens.I say Good Job to the Fire Dept.
Pam J
October 24, 2012
I'm confused. If this guy lives in Mableton, how can he run for office in Smyrna? Just because his subdivision has the word "Vinings" in it?
March 26, 2014
Vinings Estates is in Smyrna, not Mableton. The fact it has a Mableton address and zip code is confusing as hell. Now you know part of the reason they want to change it. The other reason is insurance. We're talking about a huge area and 500 homes including the ones across Cooper Lake Rd from Vinings Estates that should have a Smyrna address.
mk- dead city!!
October 24, 2012
Croy Engineering was given $50,000 to oversee design of this fire station, even after the fire chief stated that this job had been done on previous stations built, by the fire chiefs, themselves.

Just another big payoff to the boys of Croy.

People in Smyrna need to understand the 'rackett' going on in this town.

The connection between the mayor, Croy Engineering, Doug Stoner, and the past governor Roi Barnes.

How much of the 20 million for the Concord Road has found its way into Croys pockets?

How much has Croy donated to their buddies reelection campaigns?

..while most of Smyrna remains rundown & unattractive to businesses!

Smyrna citizens seem to be snoozing, while nothing is built in Smyrna, but taxpayer funded projects!

(or gas station 'gateways')

Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, Decatur- attracting PRIVATE businesses- THAT is where the house values are!!
Fire Marshall Bill
October 24, 2012
Oh please let this firehouse be across the street from mary's house. If there is such a thing as karma - it is.
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