“These 4,000 items are not just some very nit-picky type of things,” he said. “They are actually legitimate things that should be fixed.”
The list of infrastructure deficiencies is organized by categories with the locations, details of the problems, a photograph of each issue and the progress of the repair or maintenance process. Each issue can be viewed on a map (the Neighbor is awaiting a call or email from the district seeking information on how residents can view the map either online or at its office).
Peters said the district can use the data to track the issues internally and prioritize projects. Then they can figure out who to reach to fix the problems — likely either the city of Atlanta or the Georgia Department of Transportation — or decide what projects the district can fix on its own, he said.
An informal group made up of Peters, Executive Director Jim Durrett and board members Thad Ellis and Robin Suggs will come together to decide which projects should receive top priority, Peters said.
“Let’s address the more hazardous, cautious things first,” he said. “I’ll give you an example. I think the worse thing on our list should more than likely be addressing how to level all of the pavers along Peachtree [Road] between Maple Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody [Road], where we did our streetscape. Those pavers — some have settled and moved, and they need to be addressed. They are tripping hazards. We need to find a way to fix those.”
Durrett told the board, “Not only do we want … to come to a consensus on what we recommend to you, but we also want to develop what we think is the right process of bringing priorities to you.”
When asked to weigh in on the list of infrastructure deficiencies from the city’s perspective, District 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, a district board member, said Atlanta has no money to fix all the issues.
“There is no city money — none — to do anything more than clean out the storm drain intakes. Period,” he said. “Take all those hundreds of items and take them off your list. Nothing’s going to happen. There’s no money.”
Shook said for the city to tackle the list, it would be like having to finance “unlimited items with very limited money.”
“Sidewalks may be a part of a public bond referendum the mayor’s been talking about since he got elected,” he said. “He is now indicating that that might happen next year.”
Shook said he could help set up meetings with district members and city department heads but warned them those department leaders might think the district ought to use its own money to fix the problems.
The Buckhead Community Improvement District’s next meeting will be March 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the Tower Place 100 Building in Buckhead, 3340 Peachtree Road, Suite 1515.