Windward looks to get traffic system

Lightning warnings bought for parks

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Windward Parkway may soon be getting a traffic management system.

Alpharetta City Council approved applying for a $750,000 grant from the State Road and Tollway Authority [SRTA] Oct. 7 at the council’s regular meeting. The system would help improve efficiency in traffic signaling and would stretch from Ga. 9 to McGinnis Ferry Road and covering 15 intersections.

“[SRTA] will fund anything that has to do with design and right of way costs,” said Amanda Day, the city grants administrator.

There is no match from the city.

The grant program was created to assist local entities with moving forward with much-needed transportation infrastructure improvements that might otherwise remain on the drawing board.

“Windward is a prime candidate for this,” said Councilmember Jimmy Gilvin, because the road already has much of the needed infrastructure in place already.

Also at the meeting:

A request to subdivide a 1-acre lot into two lots to have homes built on them was unanimously denied by the council.

Applicant JSB Homes wanted to divide the tract of land on New Hopewell Road to build two 3,500-square-foot homes worth $500,000. Neighbors turned out at the council meeting to protest the move, saying they expected one home on the lot, but not two, which is not in keeping with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Council agreed.

“I am concerned about the precedent something like this would set,” said Councilmember Mike Kennedy.

“Should anyone with a 60,000-square-foot lot be allowed to build another house on their lot? No,” said Councilmember D.C. Aiken.

The city’s parks will get a new lightning prediction and warning system.

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved the $47,000 contract with Cost Savings Systems to install the warning systems at Wills Park, Webb Bridge Park and North Park.

“It’s a good thing,” said Mike Perry, the recreation and parks director. “We look forward to having this in our parks.”

The city received three bids and Cost Savings was by far the lowest bidder. While this threw up some red flags, Perry said, after verifying the contract with the bidder, he is convinced they could do the job.

Lightning detection systems use strobe lights and sirens to warn of lightning activity within 15 miles. They are especially useful during sporting events, to warn players of the dangers and then give the all-clear. Many – but not all – local schools have such systems installed.