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JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL:Apply for the Historic Gateway Citizens Advisory Committee by Sept. 30Roswell, Ga. (Aug...
08/25/2020
Committees | Roswell, GA

JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL:
Apply for the Historic Gateway Citizens Advisory Committee by Sept. 30

Roswell, Ga. (Aug. 25, 2020)—The City of Roswell invites residents and business owners to apply for the Historic Gateway Citizens Advisory Committee by Sept. 30. The committee will serve as a resource to Roswell Mayor and City Council to offer opinions on discretionary design elements of the Historic Gateway project, a transportation improvement project that addresses a dangerous stretch of “reversible lanes” on SR 9/South Atlanta Street between SR 120 (Marietta Highway) and the bridge over the Chattahoochee River.
The project design approved by Mayor and Council replaces the reversible lanes with a four-lane, context-sensitive street. To review the design, visit www.roswellgov.com/gateway.
The Historic Gateway Citizens Advisory Committee will provide input for visual enhancements to the project, such as types of trees in the median and landscaping inside a roundabout, preferred lighting and types of streetlamps, and aesthetic considerations such as color and texture for retaining walls and roundabout truck aprons, among other enhancements.
Through this committee, the City of Roswell hopes to foster communication and open dialogue and create a community environment that encourages and supports a positive approach to the revitalization of this key corridor that respects Roswell's historic identity.
To represent a broad spectrum of Roswell residents, business owners and professionals, and to facilitate meaningful conversations, the committee will consist of 10 community volunteers, two City staff members, and the City Council Transportation Liaison. Residents who are in active negotiations with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) regarding the sale of property along Atlanta Street are not eligible to serve.
All community volunteer appointments to the committee will be by a unanimous vote of Roswell Mayor and City Council. The initial term of the committee is one year, with the option of renewal by the governing body at the 12-month interval.
The application deadline is Sept. 30. To apply, learn more about the committee, scope of work and the preferred applicant qualifications and experience, visit www.roswellgov.com/HGCAC.
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This volunteer committee will make findings and recommendations to Mayor and Council on ways to stimulate and revitalize areas east of Warsaw Road.

Public meetings for Property Tax Rate (Millage Rate) Meetings, starting at tonight's Mayor and Council meeting.#RoswellG...
08/24/2020

Public meetings for Property Tax Rate (Millage Rate) Meetings, starting at tonight's Mayor and Council meeting.
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Upcoming Property Tax Rate (Millage Rate) Meetings

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The City of Roswell is tentatively proposing a property tax rate—also known as the millage rate—for fiscal year (FY) 2021 of 4.955 mills.

City Council will hold three virtual public hearings to consider the proposed millage rate on the following dates:

• Monday, Aug. 24: During the Virtual Mayor and City Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (First Reading)

• Wednesday, Aug. 26: Virtual Special Called Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Aug. 31: Virtual Special Called Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. (Second Reading and City Council vote to determine the final FY 2021 millage rate)

In 2018, Roswell City Council lowered the millage rate from 5.455 (a level it had been kept at since FY 2009) to 4.955 for FY 2019 to help offset the impact of increased property assessments in Fulton County. If the proposed FY 2021 rate of 4.955 mills is adopted, it will be the third year in a row that the City of Roswell has kept the rate at this level.

In November 2018, voters in Roswell approved the adoption of a "floating" homestead exemption. This exemption capped the annual increase to a property tax bill, starting in 2019. Citywide, Roswell residents realize nearly $3.3 million in tax savings annually (an average of $114 per household) as a result of Roswell’s homestead exemptions (the floating homestead exemption, as well as exemptions for those age 65+ and disabled veterans).

Due to ongoing efforts to encourage physical distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the millage rate public hearings will be conducted virtually using Zoom Meetings. Members of the public who would like to address Mayor and Council during the public comment portions of the meetings must submit an online comment card at www.roswellgov.com/PublicComment and join the live meetings via Zoom. Specific instructions regarding this process will be shared closer to the meeting dates.

Members of the public who just want to watch each meeting can do so by choosing one of the viewing options at www.roswellgov.com/MeetingVideo.

**JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL**Mayor Lori Henry Mandates Mask Use in City BuildingsIn conjunction with Governor Kem...
08/19/2020

**JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL**
Mayor Lori Henry Mandates Mask Use in City Buildings

In conjunction with Governor Kemp’s Aug. 15 Executive Order, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has issued an updated Executive Order, mandating visitors to city buildings and facilities wear face coverings. The new executive order also extends existing COVID-19 public health and safety measures through Aug. 31.
All individuals are now required to wear a face covering or mask upon entering Roswell’s buildings, such as City Hall and recreation centers, and must continue to wear the face covering in publicly accessible areas of the municipal buildings. The use of face coverings/masks on outdoor public property, while not mandated, is strongly encouraged. Open spaces in Roswell parks, for instance, provide adequate opportunity for physical distancing.
“I strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when outside your home, social distance when it is possible, wash your hands frequently and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces,” Mayor Henry said. “I know when the Roswell community works together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and see our numbers fall.”
The new Executive Orders continue to ban gatherings of more than 50 people (unless there is six feet between each person), require social distancing measures for non-cohabitating individuals, reiterate mandatory criteria for businesses, and require continued sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.
In addition to the latest executive order, the Mayor’s Business Recovery Task Force will soon be rolling out a new initiative, the Come Back Safely Pledge Campaign. A collaboration among the City of Roswell and its economic development and tourism partners, Roswell Inc and Visit Roswell (Convention and Visitors Bureau), the Come Back Safely campaign is a community-wide public health and engagement campaign to encourage best practices in slowing transmission of COVID-19, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Be on the lookout for more information about this effort in the coming days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks help slow the spread of COVID-19, protecting the people around you. Face coverings work to slow the spread when they are widely used by people when they are out in public. For more information about the importance of mask use to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, as well as guidelines regarding how to properly and effectively wear a mask, please visit www.CDC.org.
To read the full text of the Governor’s or the Mayor’s new Executive Orders and for all City of Roswell updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, visit www.roswellgov.com/coronavirus.

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Roswell Mayor Mandates Mask Use in City Buildings

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In conjunction with Governor Kemp’s Aug. 15 Executive Order, Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has issued an updated Executive Order, mandating visitors to city buildings and facilities wear face coverings. The new executive order also extends existing COVID-19 public health and safety measures through Aug. 31.

All individuals are now required to wear a face covering or mask upon entering Roswell’s buildings, such as City Hall and recreation centers, and must continue to wear the face covering in publicly accessible areas of the municipal buildings. The use of face coverings/masks on outdoor public property, while not mandated, is strongly encouraged. Open spaces in Roswell parks, for instance, provide adequate opportunity for physical distancing.

“I strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when outside your home, social distance when it is possible, wash your hands frequently and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces,” Mayor Henry said. “I know when the Roswell community works together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and see our numbers fall.”

The new Executive Orders continue to ban gatherings of more than 50 people (unless there is six feet between each person), require social distancing measures for non-cohabitating individuals, reiterate mandatory criteria for businesses, and require continued sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.

In addition to the latest executive order, the Mayor’s Business Recovery Task Force will soon be rolling out a new initiative, the Come Back Safely Pledge Campaign. A collaboration among the City of Roswell and its economic development and tourism partners, Roswell Inc and Visit Roswell (Convention and Visitors Bureau), the Come Back Safely campaign is a community-wide public health and engagement campaign to encourage best practices in slowing transmission of COVID-19, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Be on the lookout for more information about this effort in the coming days.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks help slow the spread of COVID-19, protecting the people around you. Face coverings work to slow the spread when they are widely used by people when they are out in public. For more information about the importance of mask use to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, as well as guidelines regarding how to properly and effectively wear a mask, please visit www.CDC.gov.

To read the full text of the Governor’s or the Mayor’s new Executive Orders and for all City of Roswell updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, visit www.roswellgov.com/coronavirus.

08/07/2020

Since these flashing lights could confuse people if they came up to them on the road, be aware of what happens when new traffic signals are coming.
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MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JULY 13, 2020: Mayor and City Council are meeting in chambers at City Hall for the first ...
07/13/2020

MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JULY 13, 2020: Mayor and City Council are meeting in chambers at City Hall for the first time in months; with social distancing. The meeting will be live streamed.

AGENDA includes numerous proposed changes to the Roswell Unified Development Code (UDC), outlined in the agenda (link below). Many of these changes have been proposed with the reported intention of balancing density throughout the city. UDC changes include:

*Require all building uses to meet the parking requirement in the Downtown Historic District.

*Remove stacked flat and walk up flat building types from Commercial Mixed Use and Commercial Corridor zoning districts.

*Restrict multi-family units from the first floor of Mixed-Use Developments.

*Align the Commercial Mixed Use requirement with the stated intent of the UDC by requiring 75% of the square footage of a mixed-use development to be commercial/retail. Applications could be made for variances of 51-74%. The intent is for Commercial Mixed Use to be primarily commercial/retail.

*Allow applications for multi-family units only where multi-family currently exist, or in commercial corridors.

*Require properties that contain multi-family units to have multi-use trails. As wider sidewalks increase walkability and safety, the densest developments should have wider than 5 foot sidewalks.

*Require conditional use requests for self-service storage, convenience store with gas pumps and stand-alone car washes in certain commercial and industrial zoning classifications (see agenda for details).

FULL AGENDA: http://roswellcityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx…

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**BREAKING NEWS**Roswell Mayor Lori Henry Issues New Executive OrderThe Mayor’s Order Mirrors Governor Kemp’s Recent Ord...
07/08/2020

**BREAKING NEWS**
Roswell Mayor Lori Henry Issues New Executive Order
The Mayor’s Order Mirrors Governor Kemp’s Recent Orders, Extending State of Emergency and Public Health Requirements and Strongly Encouraging Face Coverings

“The City of Roswell’s COVID-19 Task Force and I are monitoring the situation daily in our community, and at this time, we are urging residents and visitors to wear face coverings when outside of their homes and residences to help slow the spread of the virus," said Mayor Lori Henry.

Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has issued an updated Executive Order in conjunction with Governor Kemp’s June 29 Executive Orders, which extended the Public Health State of Emergency for Georgia through August 11 and existing COVID-19 public health and safety measures through July 15.
The Mayor’s Executive Order mirrors the Governor’s Orders and mandates the following measures:

*Roswell Public Health State of Emergency: The City of Roswell is extending its own Public Health State of Emergency through August 11, unless the statewide Order is renewed by the Governor.

*Public Safety Enforcement: All City of Roswell public safety personnel shall be authorized to enforce the Governor’s Orders in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia and the City of Roswell.

*Special Event Permits/Rentals: No new special event permits or rental of City facilities shall be allowed other than the City of Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which will strictly adhere to the Governor’s Order.

*Public Health Safety Measures: All citizens and visitors to City parks and facilities should strictly adhere to Governor Kemp’s Executive Orders for social distancing. All members of the public are also reminded of mandatory criteria for businesses, as well as restrictions for sheltering in place for medically fragile.

*Face Coverings: In accordance with and enforcement of Governor Kemp’s Orders—while acknowledging that the City of Roswell may not be more stringent than Governor Kemp’s Executive Order—all citizens and visitors to the City of Roswell, Georgia are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when outside their homes or place of residence.

To read the full text of the Governor’s or the Mayor’s new Executive Orders and for all City of Roswell updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, visit https://www.roswellgov.com/residents/coronavirus

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Roswell to Begin in-Person Public Meetings in JulyHere is how to participate in Mayor & Council’s Virtual Open Forum on ...
06/25/2020
Council Meeting Video | Roswell, GA

Roswell to Begin in-Person Public Meetings in July

Here is how to participate in Mayor & Council’s Virtual Open Forum on Monday, June 29

Roswell, Ga. (June 25, 2020)—Join the City of Roswell on Monday, June 29, for a virtual Open Forum meeting. Members of the public who would like to address Mayor and Council during this 7:00 p.m. “open mic” meeting will have the opportunity to do so via Zoom Meetings.

Please refer to the following information to join speakers’ queue:

· Download the free Zoom app to connect using a smartphone or tablet (search for “Zoom” in your app store). Please make sure you do this in advance, so that you already have the app before you try to connect on June 29.

· Click on this link to join the meeting no earlier than 6:45 p.m. and no later than 6:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29, using your computer, tablet or smartphone:

https://zoom.us/j/91463156234?pwd=OXgyVVYvZURRdmtWZHBvZ2FjRGN2QT09
Webinar ID: 914 6315 6234
Password: 761080

· When you join, you will be asked to type in your display name. Please use your real name for public record purposes. (When you address Mayor and Council, you will also be asked to state your name and address as is the practice during in-person Open Forums.)

· You will be added to virtual “waiting room” when you join, and your microphone will be disabled until it is your turn to speak.

· When prompted by the Mayor, please “raise your hand” in the Zoom application if you are ready to speak. You will be added to the queue in the order in which you raise your hand.

· When the Mayor calls on you, you will receive a request to unmute your microphone. Once you unmute your microphone, you’ll be able to speak for up to 5 minutes (which is also the maximum time limit per person in the in-person Open Forums). You may only speak once during the meeting.

· No video will be enabled for public speakers—only audio.

· There will be no option to “share your screen” during the Open Forum, so if you have a presentation or documents to share with Mayor and Council, please send them ahead of time to [email protected].

· When you have finished speaking or have reached your maximum allotted time (the Mayor will let you know), you will be moved back to the “waiting room,” and your microphone will be muted again. You may choose to stay in the waiting room to watch the rest of the meeting, or you may click the “leave the meeting” option to exit. You can continue to watch the meeting via one of the City’s livestream options, found at www.roswellgov.com/MeetingVideo.

· If you happen to lose your connection during the meeting, staff will not be able to re-admit you to the queue. As an alternative, you may send questions/comments to [email protected].

These instructions only apply to those who want to address Mayor and Council. If you just want to watch the meeting, you can do so via our livestream options at www.roswellgov.com/MeetingVideo.

If you are unable to participate in the Open Forum as a public speaker, you may always send questions to or share feedback with Mayor Henry and the members of City Council by e-mailing them at [email protected].

The City of Roswell will resume in-person public meetings in July.

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