Council to consider electronic billboards: New playgrounds, Juneteenth event also discussed
by Bridgette Bonner
April 02, 2013 12:47 AM | 1556 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta City Council will seek approval to bring playground equipment to Birney Park from Boston Homes and Fort Hills, which are under ownership of Marietta Housing Authority.

Boston Homes have been razed and Fort Hills, the last public housing complex left standing in Marietta, is in the process of being torn down.

Birney Park, on Birney Street between Powder Springs Street and Atlanta Street, is a neighborhood park with picnic areas that could use the playground equipment.

The move will save the city approximately $13,000.

The transfer will cost $17,000, whereas purchasing new equipment would be about $30,000.

The playground will need drainage improvements, which are included in the $17,000 costs.

Juneteenth event planned

Council members also discussed arrangements for the annual Juneteenth celebration sponsored by the Cobb County branch of the NAACP.

The event would be June 14-16 and requires temporary closure of North Park Square, East Park Square and Lawrence Street.

For the council to approve the celebration, the NAACP would need to remove all trash after the event from the Marietta Square and the Central Business District.

Prior events have resulted in litter, council members said.

Councilmember Anthony Coleman requested that a representative from the local NAACP attend the city’s work session Monday to ensure understanding of the clean-up requirements before the full council grants approval.

Billboards on agenda

City officials are looking into reducing old stationary billboards and replacing them with digital billboards.

Digital signs similar to the ones along Interstate 75 are allowed on the eastern part of the Georgia Highway 120 loop.

Councilmember Philip Goldstein said under current city ordinances, it’s OK to put up digital signs without taking down stationary ones.

But councilmember Griffin Chalfant said he believes, “We don’t need new billboards, period.”

The council plans to revisit the issue next month after seeking legal advice.
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