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Mary Lin Construction Update

Nov 6 2013

From Sarah Cook, Mary Lin Local School Council Communication Committee

Beginning Friday, November 15, the lower school driveway (by the playground) and the entrance off of Oakdale will be construction areas and will be closed.  On-street parking will be heavily limited because teachers and staff will need to park there. Parents are encouraged to walk their children, use the bus, use the carpool/drop-off, or park at Candler Park and walk children up to school. Parents should not expect to be able to park on surrounding streets and walk their children into school.

If you have questions, please see Dr. Mitchell, Assistant Principal Ashley Adamo, or a member of the Local School Council.  

City election results for races on CP ballots

Nov 6 2013

See all the results at the Fulton County election results site. Here are the winners of races that appeared on CP ballots:

Mayor - Kasim Reed 84%

City Council President - Ceasar Mitchell 80%

City Council Post 1 At Large - Michael Julian Bond 98% (unopposed)

City Council Post 2 At Large - Mary Norwood 53%

City Council Post 3 At Large - Andre Dickens 53%

City Council District 2 - Kwanza Hall 97% (unopposed)

School Board District 7 At Large - Courtney English 61%

School Board District 8 At Large - Reuben McDaniel 37%, Cynthia Briscoe Brown 26% - RUNOFF ON DEC 3

School Board District 9 At Large - Jason Esteves 34%, Lori James 31% - RUNOFF ON DEC 3

School Board District 1 - Leslie Grant 57%

Voting update (and GO VOTE!)

Nov 5 2013

Hi all,

First, if you haven't voted yet, GO VOTE! Polls are open until 8 pm. 

Here is a statement that was provided by the Secretary of State's office this afternoon.

There was a human data entry error that originated in my agency that possibly resulted in a limited number of voters receiving the wrong ballot in the Epworth Church precinct that has portions of DeKalb and Fulton Counties.  When it was brought to our attention late morning, a remediation plan was sent to the counties and we are confident that everyone voting since approximately noon has cast the correct ballot.  There is no way to know how many ballots were cast in error until after this election is completed.  Our focus today is to make sure the election runs as smoothly as possible.  We will do a thorough investigation into the effect of this human error and will be very transparent in sharing what we find out.

Brian P. Kemp

Thanks to Jessica Corbitt for sending this along.

Kate

Update: electronic ballots now available for all, GO VOTE

Nov 5 2013

The report from Epworth is that everyone can now cast electronic ballots and provisional ballots should no longer be necessary.

If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Epworth, please let the poll workers know so they can create a manual electronic ballot that will include the correct races.

If you live in Candler Park, regardless of where you normally vote, your ballot must include the district 1 school board race (Grant / Muhammad) and the district 2 city council race (Kwanza Hall). If you do not see those two races, do not vote in the wrong races; stop and speak with a poll worker immediately.

You can still get in and out of the polling location quickly. This should not discourage anyone from voting. In fact, it's even more important to vote because of the possibility that the confusion around ballots may have reduced turn-out.

Despite ballot problems at Epworth, GO VOTE

Nov 5 2013

As noted previously, there have been many reports of ballot irregularities at the Epworth Church polling location.

First and foremost, if you have not already voted, PLEASE GO TO EPWORTH TO CAST YOUR VOTE. This is even more important than it would have been otherwise because we know that many Candler Park residents were deprived of their opportunity to vote in their district school board and city council races.

If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Epworth, you must request a provisional ballot from poll workers. Please insist on this. 

If you live in Candler Park and normally vote at Mary Lin (but are voting at Epworth for this election due to Mary Lin construction), go ahead and vote electronically.

If you live in Candler Park, regardless of where you normally vote, your ballot must include the district 1 school board race (Grant / Muhammad) and the district 2 city council race (Kwanza Hall). If you do not see those two races, do not vote in the wrong races; stop and demand a provisional ballot.

Finally, if you already voted and did not receive the correct ballot, please go back to the polling location and demand a provisional paper ballot. Fulton County will reconcile the paper ballots with the incorrect electronic ones. This is the procedure recommended by Ashley Howard of Fulton County Voting and Registration.

Voting problems at Epworth Church polling location

Nov 5 2013

Hi all,

We've had numerous reports of a problem with some ballots at the Epworth Church polling location. For Candler Park residents who typically vote at Epworth (as opposed to Mary Lin, since those folks are also voting at Epworth today), they are seeing the school board district 3 race on the ballots which is Matt Westmoreland running unopposed. They should be seeing the school board district 1 race, which is Leslie Grant and Brenda Muhammad.

We're talking with the Fulton County Elections Chief (Fulton County is conducting the elections for all of City Atlanta, both Fulton & Dekalb Counties) and expecting to hear something back soon. Will keep everyone posted.

Kate

City elections are TODAY, November 5. Vote!

Nov 5 2013
Hello Candler Park neighbors. City elections are today, and this is a very important election due to the many competitive city council and school board races. Please vote!
 
WHEN: Voting will take place Tuesday, November 5, and polls will be open from 7 am - 8 pm.
 
WHERE: All Candler Park residents will vote at Epworth Church (1561 McLendon Ave); this includes residents who typically vote at Mary Lin. The Mary Lin polling location will be closed this election due to the Mary Lin renovation project.
 
Registered voters will vote to fill the offices of: mayor, city council president, city council members (4 total - a district rep plus three at large reps), school board members (4 total - a district rep plus three at large reps), and municipal court judges. To verify your voting status, see the My Voter Page.
 
Here is a sample ballot that includes all the races for CP residents.
 
Per Georgia law, voters must bring photo ID when voting. If you have questions on Election Day, contact the City of Atlanta Municipal Clerk at (404) 330-6500 or atlantaelection2013@atlantaga.gov.
 
Most importantly, do not forget to vote. These city races are often won by small margins, so your vote really does count!

November Messenger - Available Now!

Nov 5 2013

Check out the November edition of the Candler Park Messenger here [pdf link]. 

The Great Atlanta Pot Festival - 4/20/2014

Oct 31 2013

Neighbors,

This is a note to make you aware that we will be inviting the organizers of The Great American Pot Festival to our December membership meeting.  They are not required to come, but if they do, we will ask them to present information about the festival and take questions.

Whether they choose to come or not, we will vote on whether or not to support their permit application for the event at the December meeting.

Some details on the event are below and I have attached the permit application:

  • Event Date: 4/20/2014
  • Setup requested for 4/19/2014
  • Event Size: 1,999 Attendees
  • There will be a parade on the day of the event.

Thanks,

Steve Cardwell

President, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization

Mary Lin Renovation Update

Oct 27 2013

Updated to include APS timeline for the coming weeks.

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From Sarah Cook, Mary Lin Local School Council, Communications Committee

Mary Lin Elementary School Construction Update 10/27/13

Through advocacy by Kate Sandhaus, LSC member, and State Senator Jason Carter, also a Mary Lin parent, and with the help of George Dusenbury, Atlanta Parks Commissioner, the Land Disturbance Permit was issued October 24! APS plans to have it in hand on October 28. A revised timeline for construction has been established and is below.

Here are some questions you may have:

Will the contractor meet phasing deadlines, especially for construction of the 2-story classroom section?

Hogan said they could meet their phasing deadlines if Oct. 24 permit arrives (AND IT DID!) and they can have the 2-story classroom section complete by July 28, 2014. Construction will occur between approximately 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Saturdays and later hours will be considered, if necessary, as the City allows.

When will site work begin?

Now that the permit has been granted, site work (fencing & drainage/sewage) will begin shortly.

What will be the impact of construction on traffic?

It will be 2-3 weeks of work before traffic will be affected. 1st stage will require shutdown of hard turn on Candler Park Drive to do storm drain work. This work will occur over 2 weekends and will not affect school/work days.

Lower school driveway (by the playground) and entrance off of Oakdale will be construction areas and will be closed.

No complete shutdowns of Candler Park Drive are expected. Carpool lane will remain but parking will be limited because teachers will park on the street.

Construction workers will use a shuttle from an off-site parking area to get to the construction site. They are not permitted to park on-street.

Workers know to work around morning drop-off & afternoon pickup as much as possible

How will I get my child(ren) to school?

Because on-street parking will be heavily limited, we encourage parents to walk their children, use the bus, use the carpool/drop-off, or park at Candler Park and walk kids up to school. Parents should not expect to be able to park on surrounding streets and walk their children into school.

What about the trees?

Tree removal will begin with Phase 1 but only trees necessary to that phase. Trees will be replaced either onsite or in Candler Park and the total diameter of tree trunks removed will be replanted.

What will happen to Mary Lin historical items?

Bricks, fountain, walkway, dedicated trees, etc. will be preserved as best as possible. Hogan is aware that these items need to be saved and reused. Ideas for repurpose are forthcoming.

Where will recess be?

We do not yet have a timeline for moving playground equipment, but it is being addressed. Some, but not all equipment will be moved to a small area near Ms. Brook’s portable. The habitat will also be available for recess.

How will the Mary Lin Community learn about the project’s progress?

APS has promised weekly reports and pictures on website once work begins.

Principal Brian Mitchell will provide updates on his blog, and the MLE LSC will provide updates through a variety of communication channels.

Who can answer questions I may have?

If you have any questions/suggestions/concerns, don't hesitate to contact the LSC/Building Committee, Principal Brian Mitchell or speak with any of the following grade level Parent Network contacts.

5th Stacey Appelson, Christen McClain, Teresa Tinney or Meghan Parham
4th Bryan Davis, Boyd Baker, or Christen McClain
3
rd Sarah Cook, Annie D'Agostino, Bryan Buck, Susan Ledbetter, Teresa Tinney or Anne Steib 2nd Julie Noble or Christen McClain
1
st Kate Sandhaus, Cynthia Baer, or Annie D'Agostino
K Jane Smith or Julie Noble

 

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Atlanta Public Schools Facilities Services Department

Construction Management Team

Mary Lin Elementary School – Project Timeline

October 25, 2013

  •   Building Department Review - Complete

  •   Site Development Review - Complete

  •   Health Department Review - Complete

  •   Planning and Zoning Review - Complete

  •   Fire Marshall Review - Underway

  •   Building Permit Obtained - Need Fire Marshall approval 

  •   Obtain LDP from City of Atlanta - October 28, 2013 

  •   Kick Off Meeting with Site Development - Week of October 28, 2013

  •   Write Contracts for Site Contractor - Week of October 28, 2013

  •   Mobilization - November 4, 2013

  •   Site Layout - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Install Erosion Control & Tree Save - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Construction Fence - Start the week of November 4, 2013 

  •   Site Demolition - Start the week of November 11, 2013