Sandy Springs Holds Final Meeting At Morgan Falls Office Park

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The city of Sandy Springs on Tuesday marked an end of an era in its young life as a municipality, as the City Council held its final meeting at the Morgan Falls Office Park. The meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes and followed a budget workshop for the 2018-19 fiscal year, was sparsely attended with a few residents and representatives from local media outlets.

Only one action item was on the agenda: an amendment to the city’s ordinance to require alarm monitoring companies that are placed on the city’s no-response list to notify their customers of this status. The amendment was unanimously approved by all six Council members.

Mayor Rusty Paul opened the meeting by telling city staff and attendees that many important decisions had been made in the Council Chambers at 7840 Roswell Road. There were none quite as “momentous” as the first Council meeting held after voters overwhelmingly approved incorporation in 2005.

“It’s not with any sadness that I leave this room, but it’s been good memories [sic],” he added.

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Sandy Springs will transition into adolescence with the relocation of non-public safety operations to City Springs. A ribbon cutting celebrating the new City Hall complex, Studio Theatre, Byers Theatre and other public gathering spaces will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 7 at 1 Galambos Way.

Councilman Tibby DeJulio, who along with Mayor Paul served on the inaugural City Council, made the motion to adjourn with a “heavy heart” and fond memories. The long-time public servant and advocate for independence from Fulton County said Sandy Springs leaders have had many good meetings and a few “not so good” gatherings at Morgan Falls. However, DeJulio said many residents and government watchers have been amazed at how well Council members have worked together over the last 12-and-a-half years.

Councilman John Paulson agreed, adding the meeting space has accommodated as many as 300 people, with a couple of television news cameras to boot, and as few as one or two residents. No matter the size of the crowd, the meetings have never been “dull.”

“I’ll miss this building, but I’m looking forward to the other building,” he said.

The new City Hall building will house city management, Mayor and Council offices as well as general city services such as Public Works, Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, Finance and Revenue, and Recreation and Parks. The building will also be home to a variety of meeting spaces designed for community gathering.

The main lobby features several breakout meeting spaces while the third-floor conference level includes six separate areas which can be configured to serve a variety of meetings and events. The Studio Theatre will be home for City Council meetings, the first to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

Tours of the public spaces and meeting areas will be offered at May 7 event, but please note the tours will be limited because the Conference Center and Performing Arts Center are still under construction. The event will be held on the park side of the building, and the public is encouraged to use the underground parking decks.

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