Ward 1 race: Barr says he has unfinished business
by Marcus E. Howard
October 17, 2009 01:00 AM | 1485 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS - Powder Springs Councilman Ra Barr, Ward 1 incumbent, said he is running for re-election on the city council because there is unfinished business to complete.

Barr was first elected in a special election in 2003, when current Mayor Pat Vaughn vacated her Ward 1 post to run for mayor. Since then, Barr said the city has started several projects that he wants to continue working on.

He faces Cheryl Sarvis in the Ward 1 race.

"We've gotten involved in a whole lot of projects," said Barr, 62. "We put in a new City Hall and new library. We're working on an upgrade of our police department facilities, and I'd like to see those projects through."

Also, Barr said he wants to see that a proposed new entrance to the south of the city on Lewis Road gets completed. Brownsville Road crosses Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, which has hindered moving traffic through the city because of the trains.

"We're going to bridge over the tracks, instead of going across the tracks," he said. "That way, we're not slaves to the trains."

Original developers of several unfinished subdivisions in the city have gone bankrupt or stopped building, Barr said. Because new developers have come in, looking to purchase those communities, Barr wants to "hold the line on some of the stipulations and provisions" that were set up when they were approved for zoning.

"We're trying to hold the line on the kind of housing that we'd like to see in Powder Springs," he said. "It took a while for Powder Springs to move from when everyone wanted to build a starter home. Now, we're into the mid-scale homes and we'd like to keep it at least that way."

Regarding the recent flood, Barr said the city could have worked quicker in the clean up process, but the city, mostly through the mayor's office, worked well with the county and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We probably learned a lot in this particular flood to allow us to be able to hit the ground a little faster in the future," he said.

Barr said he "feels very good about the things that the council has done in these last few years."

"I think we've done a good job watching out for the taxpayers money," he said.

He said the council has worked well together with "very little conflict."

Prior to his election to the council, Barr served on the Powder Springs Downtown Development Authority and the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving as its chairman. He served a three-year enlistment in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. A 1973 graduate of Northern Arizona University, Barr works as a Social Security claims representative in Marietta.

Barr and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children and a grandson and have lived in Powder Springs since 1988. They are members of Nativity Lutheran Church in Austell.
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Got My Vote
October 17, 2009
Ra served his country in Vietnam and has been a lifelong civil servant. There is no better candidate. I know Ra to be a good man and makes wise decisions for the people of Powder Springs.
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