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Operating as usual

Update on Zeta Recovery in Roswell.#RoswellGaCitizens
10/30/2020

Update on Zeta Recovery in Roswell.
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***Roads Closed/Signals Out***
Updated: 2:00 p.m., 10/30

Crews are still working to restore road and signal operations across the City. We are working closely with utility companies to bring signals back online. Roswell Police and City crews are directing traffic as needed, but drivers should continue to be cautious and aware if they must be on the roads.

Here's our current lists (up-to-date at 2 p.m. today). These may not be comprehensive. We'll update at www.roswellgov.com/weather as often as we can. Thanks!

TRAFFIC SIGNALS OUT:
Hembree/Elkins
Hembree/Crabapple
Hembree/Upper Hembree
Crabapple/Etris
Houze/Rucker
Woodstock/Wildwood Springs
Bentgrass/ E. Crossville
Crabapple/Rucker
Grimes Bridge/Dogwood
All of Riverside


ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO DOWNED TREES/LINES:
Saddlebrook/Hembree
West Rd./Autumnwood Trl.
Hwy. 9 South of Magnolia
King Rd., North of Roswell High School to Cox Rd.
Hwy. 9 at Jones Dr.
Coleman at Northpoint
Mimosa at Oxbo
Azalea Dr.
Hightower Rd. is at Coleman Rd

Starting tomorrow: Roswell Comprehensive Plan virtual WORKSHOPS - Be a part of creating "redevelopment alternatives" for...
10/29/2020

Starting tomorrow: Roswell Comprehensive Plan virtual WORKSHOPS - Be a part of creating "redevelopment alternatives" for three focus areas of Roswell. Meetings via ZOOM

To pre-register and get Zoom links, email Jonathan Corona at [email protected]

Workshop #1: Thurs 10/29 -- SR 9 and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area

Workshop #2: Thurs 11/5 -- GA 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area

Workshop #3: Thurs 11/12 -- Old Alabama Road and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area

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**Schedule for TODAY Thursday, October 29: SR 9 and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area:

Lunch Session (12:00 - 1:00 PM): "Envisioning Opportunities": In this session, our team will cover large topic areas to identify an overall vision for land use, placemaking, and mobility in the focus area.

Evening Session (6:00 - 7:30 PM): "Planning for Redevelopment": In this session, our team will work with attendees to start to pull elements of the overall vision established earlier in the day into a cohesive sketch identifying at least one redevelopment alternative.

**Schedule for Thursday, November 5: GA 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area

Lunch Session (12:00 - 1:00 PM): "Envisioning Opportunities": In this session, our team will cover large topic areas to identify an overall vision for land use, placemaking, and mobility in the focus area.

Evening Session (6:00 - 7:30 PM): "Planning for Redevelopment": In this session, our team will work with attendees to start to pull elements of the overall vision established earlier in the day into a cohesive sketch identifying at least one redevelopment alternative.

**Schedule for Thursday, November 12: Old Alabama Road and Holcomb Bridge Road Focus Area

Lunch Session (12:00 - 1:00 PM): "Envisioning Opportunities": In this session, our team will cover large topic areas to identify an overall vision for land use, placemaking, and mobility in the focus area.

Evening Session (6:00 - 7:30 PM): "Planning for Redevelopment": In this session, our team will work with attendees to start to pull elements of the overall vision established earlier in the day into a cohesive sketch identifying at least one redevelopment alternative.

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The first two virtual roundtable meetings of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan will take place tomorrow, Oct 29, one at noon and one at 6:30 pm to discuss the Ga. 9/ Holcomb Bridge Road area. Learn more about the topics of discussion and details about registration.
www.roswellgov.com/CompPlan

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.

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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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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BREAKING NEWS:State of Emergency Declared Throughout GeorgiaGovernor Brian Kemp has placed all of Georgia under a state ...
05/31/2020
Kemp Orders Statewide State Of Emergency, Atlanta Under Curfew

BREAKING NEWS:
State of Emergency Declared Throughout Georgia

Governor Brian Kemp has placed all of Georgia under a state of emergency. Kemp will activate 3,000 National Guard troops to try to ensure that protests sparked by the death of George Floyd remain peaceful.

#RoswellGaCitizens

Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency for all of Georgia, while Atlanta is under a curfew through sunrise Sunday.

04/28/2020

JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL:
Roswell Mayor Extends Executive Order
Some Facilities to Remain Closed

Roswell, GA (April 28, 2020) – Roswell Mayor Lori Henry has revised and updated her April 13 Executive Order to reiterate that City athletic facilities, park parking lots, outdoor gym equipment, playgrounds, Old Mill Park at Vickery Creek, the Heart of Roswell Park, Barrington Hall and its grounds, and Bulloch Hall and its grounds remain closed. The Mayor’s Executive Order is consistent with Governor Kemp’s Executive Orders, the most recent of which was April 23, which mandates a statewide shelter-in-place for all residents through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, as well as a shelter-in-place for high-risk populations through the Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency, which expires on May 13.
In addition to choosing to keep these City facilities closed because of the Governor’s active shelter-in-place orders, the Mayor also noted that when these facilities were open, people were not following best practices and were not observing the social distancing guidelines from the CDC.
“Our wonderful parks and their facilities are a regional draw that bring many people from outside of the City. We found that people were not following the CDC guidelines,” Mayor Henry said. “My number one priority as Mayor of Roswell is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.”
City of Roswell leadership monitors Georgia Department of Health and the Fulton County Board of Health data daily. It is also following the White House’s “Guidelines for Opening up America Again.”
The Mayor said she will revisit the possibility of reopening some amenities once the shelter-in-place is lifted. “I understand how frustrating this whole situation is. We all want to get back to our lives the way they were before this pandemic. If we follow public health guidelines, we will get through this sooner rather than later. We are all in this together. Let’s keep our community safe and healthy.”
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**JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL**Roswell Announces Additional Closures and Cancellations Closures will NOT impact pub...
03/16/2020
Coronavirus | Roswell, GA

**JUST IN FROM THE CITY OF ROSWELL**
Roswell Announces Additional Closures and Cancellations
Closures will NOT impact public safety services or essential city services like sanitation

Roswell, Ga. (March 16, 2020)—Consistent with public health recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through “social distancing” measures, the City of Roswell is closing all indoor City facilities to the public until further notice and cancelling events through May 10 and all public meetings through March 29.

There is one exception: The City will hold an Emergency Special Called City Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 5:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. The building will be open to the public for this meeting; however, members of the public are strongly urged to consider CDC guidelines before making the decision to physically attend. The meeting will be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

The City’s closures and cancellations follow the most recent guidance issued by federal, state, and county public health agencies, as well as measures recommended under the public health emergency declared by Governor Brian Kemp.
“This is an unprecedented experience that has impacted our lives dramatically over the past week or so, but I want to assure Roswell residents that their City is rising to the challenge,” said Roswell Mayor Lori Henry. “City officials are in regular contact with local and state agencies and our community partners to ensure that we have the most current information to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of our residents, visitors, and City staff.”

**What Is Closed/Cancelled?
A full list of closures and cancellations, as well as other updates, is available at www.roswellgov.com/CoronaVirus. The City will continue to update this central page and share updates via social media for the duration of this situation.

**What Is Open/Available?
Public Safety and Emergency Services:
Although indoor facilities are closed to the public, this will not impact public safety services provided by our Police and Fire departments, who will be staffing stations and working to respond to the needs of the community as usual.

Sanitation:
Household garbage, curbside recycling, and yard waste pick-up will continue on your regular schedule.

Parks:
Although indoor recreation centers will be closed, parks will remain open, including outdoor facilities and restrooms. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottles and to practice “social distancing” measures like maintaining a six-foot distance from others.

Online Payments:
Residents are reminded that they can make utility bill, tax bill, court, and other payments online at www.roswellgov.com/BillPay.

Essential City Business:
Although the City will be making some operational modifications, staff will continue to conduct the essential business of the City. If you have a question for any of our departments, you can find e-mail contact information on each department page at www.RoswellGov.com or you can send a question to [email protected].
The City of Roswell strongly urges all citizens to follow the latest CDC guidance regarding best hygiene and public health practices, which includes practicing “social distancing” by limiting public gatherings and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others. For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

“We know this is an uncertain time, but we are proud to see the outpouring of kindness, support, patience, and flexibility from our community. We are all in this together,” said Mayor Henry. “Focus on taking care of yourself and your family; we’ll take care of the City. And we’ll all meet on the other side of this healthier, wiser, and ready to plan for Roswell’s future.”

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has provided some information surrounding when to call 911 for emergencies as we continue to work together to #FlattentheCurve. We hope you share this with someone you know. For information about how the City of Roswell is responding to COVID-19 and latest upd...

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