2017-03-17 / Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council discusses cancelling Sweet Seasons and Rooftop Rhythms

By Cathy Cobbs

On March 13, the Forest Acres City Council heard the adaptive traffic signals scheduled for installation along Forest Drive are on schedule for a late spring installation, but there’s a twist.

“They are on schedule, but with a caveat,” City Administrator Mark Williams said. “To really be effective, they need a year’s worth of data (about traffic patterns). We will see a difference, but it will take time to see even more improvement.”

Williams also discussed the upcoming general election for the seats occupied currently by Shell Suber and Beau Powell. As of March 14, nobody had filed to oppose either candidate. Williams said if the elections commission determines there is no write-in candidate interest, the election will be cancelled.

The council also heard a proposal regarding the Forest Acres Restaurant and Merchants Association, which had been running its marketing efforts for the past year. FARMA members realized earlier this year the organization’s

501-c (3) designation had expired and they had been working to restore it. In the interim, Jack Oliver suggested Forest Acres divert funds from FARMA to the advertising agency handling the effort. Council discussed the implications of that move but did not take action.

In addition, Oliver provided a proposed 2017- 2018 budget that eliminated Sweet Seasons and Rooftop Rhythms and instead devoted the majority of the $200,000 budget to commercials promoting all areas of the city.

Mayor Frank Brunson and other council members objected to cancelling Sweet Seasons, saying it was a long tradition within the city of Forest Acres. Oliver said he would return with a revised budget that reflected that budget item, and the council decided to take up the matter at a future council meeting.

In other business, the council:

• heard that renovations at Pinetree Park are almost complete, and a final walk-through is to be scheduled soon.

• approved annexation on first reading for a property located at 1905 Greenoaks Road.

• approved annexation on second reading for a property located at 5660 Pinebranch Road.

• Heard about a derelict property at the corner of Two Notch Road and Pinestraw Road, which may cost up to $25,000 to demolish. Efforts to reach the owner of the property, Craig Wall, has proven to be futile.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:03 p.m. In attendance at the meeting were Brunson, Suber, Curtis Rye, Powell, and Ginger Dukes.

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