I’m hoping this update finds you well as we wrap up a busy summer and look to the fall. As promised, I want to update you on the many happenings for our great city.
Smyrna is on the move! 2022 has been a busy year and we have many exciting things still in the works as we begin to wrap up the year.
Important Dates: 150th City Birthday Celebration: Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th
Fall Jonquil Festival: Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30th
Full city calendar can be found on the city website.
Exciting Projects Underway
Traffic Calming / Traffic Calming Committee
In 2020, Mayor Norton created a special committee to look at traffic calming citywide. Council Members Susan Wilkinson, Tim Gould and I serve on the committee; I serve as committee chair. Since the creation of the committee, we have implemented calming measures throughout the city. Including major projects on Campbell Road, Oakdale Road, Powder Springs Street, and Church Street. We have also implemented new stop conditions and calming measures; and of the nearly 40 target areas, we have now completed roughly half to date. The calming measures range from enhanced road markings, stop signs, traffic islands and curbing, speed humps, and chicanes.
UPDATE: By the end of the year, we will have completed the original traffic calming list which include nearly 45 areas of concern. A huge thanks to Ashley White, Public Works for her tireless efforts on this matter.
Council Ward Redistricting - New Maps / Ward Changes
As a result of the 2020 US Census, the City of Smyrna received our census data and resident counts earlier this year. Ward 3 is the largest of Smyrna’s Wards. It is in fact 26% over its legal size and resident count. In conjunction with the census, federal and state laws governing congressional, state, and local districts, the city embarked on the process of reviewing and redistricting our wards. We wisely hired an outside law firm to review the data and work to complete a new ward map. All wards shall be roughly the same size and as a result Ward 3 will get smaller.
City of Smyrna Financial Health
I’m proud to serve as the Chair of the City’s Budget Committee to work hand in hand with the budget committee and our City Finance Director and team. Collectively we can report the city is in sound financial standing.
Each month, the City Finance Team updates the financial data published to the Smyrna City website. Tableau Public is a free platform that allows the City to easily visualize budget data alongside year-to-date revenues and expenditures. To access the Open Data dashboards, click “Financial/Budget” at the top of our home page, or follow this URL for a direct link:
Ward 3 Meetings - Save The Dates
Please plan to come hear what’s going on in Ward 3, along with Wards 1, 2 and 6. I’m proud that we will have executed and held 6 townhall meetings this year – thanks to those of you have come to one of them!
Ward Appointments - Our Neighbors
As the Ward 3 Council Member, I am honored to appoint several Ward 3 residents to posts representing Ward 3:
I am pleased to have several additional residents from Ward 3 serving in appointed positions citywide.
Want to get involved? Reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Projects Completed & Promises Kept!
I want to thank the residents of Ward 3 for allowing me to serve as your Council Member – it has been a productive first half of the year and a half despite the many challenges we have faced in our community. We have much on the horizon to be excited about in our great community and I eagerly look forward to the challenges and outcomes.
As always, I want to recognize our dedicated city staff, from our police and firefighters, public works, community development and our administration staff – these are folks who work each day to make our community a better place.
I have received many emails and calls from residents in Ward 3, with the help of our great city staff, and we have been able to timely address issues as they come in throughout the Ward. If I can be of assistance, please feel free to reach out to me.
We are here to help.
Looking to engage and help your community? I urge you to learn more about a vital service organization here in our community. I am beyond proud of the way our community has rallied and helped each other and those in need over the last few years. Particularly for people needing food assistance, Tillman House has filled an enormous need in our community, and we continue to connect those in need with assistance. For those who don’t yet know of this crucial ministry, it is located at 940 Concord Road.
Upcoming Events? (Civic clubs, HOA meetings, etc.)
Please let me know if you would like me or any city staff to attend a meeting or event – we are always happy to join you and update you on city business.
It is my honor to serve you and this ward. If I can be of assistance, please let me know.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or ideas.
My email is email@example.com my phone number is (678) 631-5308.