After attending the City Council meeting on April 9, I realized the Ward 4 residents of Marietta have absolutely no representation looking out for our interests. This saddens me because it is very important that all citizens have a council person listening to them and representing their needs, specifically recent concerns about the expansion of Kennestone’s ER Department.
I more than realize the importance of a first class trauma ER, as I was there recently admitting my brother for treatment. Coincidentally, as I sat there two helicopters landed on the helipad, and as I listened to the noise they caused I realized I do not want this noise coming and going just two blocks from my home. Once the expansion is approved by City Council, there will be no going back; no apology will change the result of this action, it will be permanent, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
There has to be more than this one option. The entry into the city of Marietta should be a beautiful tree lined boulevard where everyone is welcomed by the attractive, restored homes which embody the history of our community, not a hospital campus. As I left my Church Street home Saturday, there was a walk going on for MS. I randomly asked a walker why they were walking on Church Street. His response, “It’s the prettiest street in Marietta.”
My neighbors and I implore the City Council, especially our representative, to explore all options before moving forward with this proposal.
Work toward a win/win for the hospital and the neighborhood, not just a coup for Kennestone.
Editor’s note: Cindy Dye is the wife of Marshall Dye, who ran unsuccessfully for city council last year.