Marietta City Council OKs 2016 SPLOST list
by Hilary Butschek
July 10, 2014 01:32 AM | 3536 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin
MARIETTA — The City Council voted 6-1 Wednesday night, with Philip Goldstein opposed, to approve a potential list of projects to be funded by the 2016 special purpose local option sales tax voters will have a chance to approve in Nov. 4.

The list, which totals about $57 million, includes several road maintenance projects.

Mayor Steve Tumlin said the SPLOST is the only source of funding the city receives that can be used toward transportation projects.

“Money for maintenance and the support for getting rid of potholes used to come from the state, but now the SPLOST basically took that over,” Tumlin said.

In the last week, the council has had to work together to cut about $10 million from the SPLOST budget because it overestimated what it would receive from the tax.

The list the council approved Wednesday night includes $12 million for resurfacing roads in the city and $4 million for maintenance to city drains and streets. It also includes special projects, such as a $1 million streetscape project for Kennesaw Avenue, $4 million for a new bridge on Old 41 Highway at the intersection of Church Street Extension and a $2.5 million project to improve Powder Springs Street going westbound from South Marietta Parkway to Sandtown Road.

Council discusses buying piece of property on Allgood Road

The City Council voted 7-0 to approve a motion to push back the discussion to buy a piece of property on Allgood Road. The city took a piece of property on Allgood Road by eminent domain at its June meeting.

The property, 335 Allgood Road, is one the city needs to complete the expansion of Elizabeth Porter Recreation Center.

The city is still in discussion with the owner to agree on a price for the property, Haynie said.

City votes against sound barriers

The council voted 7-0 to vote against installing sound barriers on its properties along Interstate 75, which was proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The City Council said it doesn’t want the walls to block the view to the two pieces of land it owns along the west side of I-75: the 348-unit, 24.32-acre Flagstone Village Apartments at 849 Franklin Road and the 386-unit 25.2-acre Woodlands Park apartments at 861 Franklin Road.

GDOT is asking property owners along the highway to vote on whether they want 22-foot high concrete walls to be built between their properties and the interstate when work begins on the reversible lane project. The walls, which would be made of light-weight concrete composite, would provide privacy and reduce noise coming from the interstate, said Karlene Barron, a spokeswoman for GDOT.

The managed lanes project, which will add two new lanes on the west side of I-75, is set to break ground in October in Cobb County, Barron said.

Barron said whether the sound barriers are built depends on a majority vote by the property owners. Even though Marietta voted against the barriers, they could still be built on the city’s property if a majority of property owners vote for them.

Council lowers speed limits on two residential streets

The City Council approved with a 7-0 vote to reduce the speed limits on two roads in the residential area off Whitlock Avenue by 10 miles per hour.

The two roads, Pomeroy Street and Hazel Street, will now have a 25 miles per hour speed limit, instead of the current 35 miles per hour.

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