City Council to consider buying church property in order to widen road
by Rachel Miller
September 15, 2013 12:12 AM | 2022 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Mayor Steve Tumlin has called a special Tuesday meeting of the City Council to discuss an agreement with Roswell Street Baptist Church about acquiring church property to widen Roswell Street from two lanes to four.

The Rev. Ernest Easley, senior pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church, made a presentation to the council Wednesday, stating his congregation would allow the city to purchase property needed to widen the street in exchange for $115,000.

An email from Tumlin on Friday to the City Council, city attorney Doug Haynie and members of staff asked for an analysis of the church’s offer.

After nine months of mediation, a decade-long dispute over widening a stretch of road from two to four lanes on Roswell Street between Fairground Street and Cobb Parkway could end.

An agenda for the meeting will not be available until Monday, but Tumlin did ask staff in the email to coordinate with members of the church to answer questions that might arise as the council meets behind closed doors on Tuesday.

“(The Roswell Street Baptist Church’s) overture to communicate verbally is an excellent opportunity for us to have some instant feedback before a written formal response,” Tumlin said in his email.

Tumlin also directed city staff “to prepare a suitable pamphlet for education purposes,” which would summarize the proposed $68 million redevelopment bond that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Tumlin said the information should include a map of the proposed Franklin Road redevelopment area, as well as sketches of Whitlock Avenue street improvements that would be carried out if the bond passes.

The “sufficient synopsis and visual aids to educate our citizens” should be completed for three town hall meetings, he said.

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