From Jimmy Bligh, CPNO Safety Officer:
As previously announced at the July membership meeting, the Candler Park Traffic Committee has scheduled two meetings to discuss traffic concerns with the neighborhood (including the challenges at the Oakdale-McLendon Intersection) and also, inform the neighborhood how other surrounding neighborhoods have approached traffic issues and partnered with the city in doing so.
Our committee felt the best way to accomplish this was to have two separate meetings:
Meeting 1: Monday, Aug 6th @ 7pm at Epworth Church on McLendon (the Fellowship Hall)
This meeting will be used to introduce our committee to the neighborhood, give them an update on what we feel our concerns our with that intersection and traffic in the neighborhood, update them on how we have interacted with the city so far and what some of the fixes which have been implemented and also proposed. Then we will give anyone present an opportunity to speak and voice their traffic concerns (similar to format of the 420 discussion we had at the July Membership meeting). Finally, we will hopefully draft a united position about traffic concerns in the neighborhood. Our committee will talk briefly about what we have learned other neighborhoods have done to approach traffic planning and how they have addressed similar issues.
Meeting 2: Thursday, Aug 9th @ 7pm at Epworth Church on McLendon (Fellowship Hall)
To continue where we leave off in the first meeting, we will be using this second meeting to discuss how other neighborhoods have approached traffic planning and how they have best partnered with the city to address traffic issues. We want to use this as an informative/educational meeting for neighbors to learn about traffic planning and how going through that exercise for the neighborhood could be extremely beneficial to improving our current and future traffic concerns throughout the neighborhood. We are lucky to have confirmed two speakers to come talk on this topic and answer questions: Councilman Alex Wan, Candler Park's City Council Representative, and Aaron Fortner, a city planner with both private and public sector experience in Atlanta, see link for Aaron's bio http://www.marketandmain.net/aaron.html
We hope everyone who is concerned with the current traffic challenges at the Oakdale-McLendon Intersection and throughout the neighborhood will plan on attending both the meetings we have scheduled. Our committee is very excited to engage with the neighborhood and discuss this very important issue further as we move towards giving our recommendation to the CPNO on how to best address traffic concerns in our neighborhood. We think these meetings will provide a great forum for discussion about our current and future challenges and be very informative to the neighborhood, so we hope you'll find the time to join us and help us in our goal of finding the best way forward for the neighborhood to address our traffic issues.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions prior to the meeting
Public Safety Officer - Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
Epworth Church - 1561 McLendon Avenue