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South Fulton residents voice concerns at listening session
by Christine Fonville
August 28, 2013 12:16 PM | 2457 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hot topics at last Thursday’s listening session with Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards included code enforcement, illegal drug use and the renovations to a local sports complex.

Residents gathered at the South Fulton Service Center Auditorium to voice their questions and opinions concerning the county while Edwards took notes and discussed citizens’ concerns at the end of the session.

Some residents requested resolution of code enforcement issues, especially involving trash and litter.

Shannon Smith, a resident of College Park, said a local sanitation company, T & R South, was dumping trash onto a vacant lot in her neighborhood.

“When their trash truck gets full, they are dumping some of it on a plot of land in my neighborhood,” she said.

Instead of the lot remaining vacant, Smith said she would like to see something, “viable and sustainable to the community” built once the trash is cleared.

Edwards told her and other residents with similar concerns about code enforcement he would deal with their issues.

He also encouraged residents who call code enforcement and get no response to their requests record the names of the people they speak to in order to let him know at the next session.

“A communications employee with Fulton County who is not communicating with the people will not be working here for long,” Edwards said.

Tennis players in the south Fulton area said they were pleased to learn at the session the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park will undergo extensive renovations and will reopen, although an exact date has not been revealed.

What the residents described as “poor and untended conditions” at College Park’s courts forced them to play in north Fulton, including Buckhead.

Even worse than the condition of the tennis courts, according to Regina Fuller, a resident of College Park and home owner in the Sable Chase Lane subdivision, is illegal drug dealing in her neighborhood.

She spoke at the listening session on behalf of herself and her neighbors.

“The shooting was the last straw for me,” she said about a recent crime in her subdivision.

Fuller says she and other residents in the neighborhood do not feel safe and cannot enjoy their homes and neighborhood amenities because of pervasive drug dealing and usage.

“We’ve called the police and I’ve personally provided addresses and descriptions but nothing has been done to fix this overwhelming problem,” she said.

Edwards called upon county Police Chief Cassandra Jones to answer Fuller and other residents’ concerns about crime in the area.

“Unfortunately, drugs bring in more quality-of-life crime such as prostitution,” Jones said.

She used the analogy of a “rolling door” to describe drug dealers in the community.

“We arrest one and another takes his or her place immediately,” Jones said.

Constant vigilance and reporting by the community is the key to the police responding, she said.

The commissioner holds a listening session quarterly at the South Fulton Government Service Center Auditorium.

Edwards will hold his next listening session Nov. 21.

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