10 residential roads will likely be added to streetlight districts
by Laura Braddick
July 26, 2011 12:29 AM | 71 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Commissioners are expected to add 10 new residential roads to the county’s fledgling system for tracking street light service charges at their meeting Tuesday.
Based on county ordinances, developers that build new roads are required to install street lights, and each property owner in the district is required to pay for them once they’re activated.
Residents are charged a $3.50 monthly streetlight fee, which shows up on their water bills.
The fees collected go directly to the dedicated streetlight district fund, which was created last fall when an internal audit found the county had been depositing streetlight fees into the general fund to use for other projects.
The fees now strictly go to installation, operation and maintenance of the lights.
The audit also recommended the county come up with an inventory system for street lights as well.
In addition to creating the fund, commissioners paid Wisconsin-based R.A. Smith National $42,372 to develop a Geographic Information System database to manage the street light program last November.
The mapping system has already pinpointed more than 36,500 streetlights that serve about 108,000 residents. The map is 90 percent complete.
The county has more than 3,500 streetlight “districts” made up of two to thirty streetlights.
The newest streetlight districts will be on Anderson Estates Court, off of Barrett Parkway near Dallas Highway; in the Summerfield subdivision, off Baker Road in Kennesaw; on Polo Lane, Rivers Call Boulevard, Gatestone Way and
Wakefield Hall Square in east Cobb near the Chattahoochee River; Gable Oaks Court of Sandy Plains Road in northeast Cobb; in the Covenant Place subdivision in southwest Cobb near the county line; and in the Vinings Vintage subdivision in Vinings.
On Monday, commissioners said that either developers or the county should make homeowners aware of the fee.
“It’s a good idea to notify them so the charge won’t just show up on their water bills and confuse them,” east Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott said.
Residents who are experiencing problems with streetlights can contact the county’s transportation department at (770) 528-1691.
Also tonight, commissioners are expected to award a contract to Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., to complete the Six Flags Corridor Livable Centers Initiative study.
The study, which is being funded by a $100,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission and a $25,000 county match, aims to draft a master plan for the area around the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park in south Cobb exploring transportation, land use and economic development priorities.
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