Sunday, August 21, 2016

8/18/16

DOWNTOWN PARKING REGULATIONS:



Parking Downtown

I see that now there is a time limit of three hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for those parking downtown or at City Hall. Here are some questions on this topic-
1) How will this be enforced?
2) Will Kennesaw Police now be writing parking tickets? If tickets, how much will they cost?
3) Will the City now hire traffic wardens/meter maids?
4) Are parking meters next?
5) How many new signs will clutter up downtown?

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1) How will this be enforced?
It is planned to have on-duty officers who already patrol the area to utilize a license reader. This will allow the officers to time parking as they patrol the area the next time.
2) Will Kennesaw Police now be writing parking tickets? If tickets, how much will they cost?
There will be first time warnings then in the event any person is found to have violated the parking time limits:
~~ Such person shall be subject to a fine of $25.00, if paid within five (5) days and $40.00 if paid after five (5) days.
~~ However, if a person is found to have violated the parking time limits twice within 180 days of the first offense, such person shall be subject to a fine of $50.00 if paid within five (5) days, and $75.00 if paid after five (5) days.
~~ And the third or later citations, if received within 180 days of the first offense, such person shall be subject to $100.00 if paid within five (5) days and $150.00 if paid after (5) five days.
For any new tickets received after the 180-day period, the parking fines above shall revert to the "First Citation" status.
3) Will the City now hire traffic wardens/meter maids?
No ~ See first question.
4) Are parking meters next?
Nothing has been discussed or are in the plans for meters at this time or in the near future.
5) How many new signs will clutter up downtown?
There will be a few. The only place timed parking will be posted and enforced will be all street parking around Revival and the lower deck in the parking structure.

Photo:  Burger Fi, upper deck

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8/15/16

MOSQUE INFORMATION FYI:

Something here for those interested in Mosques in the US:
1) ‘How to Start a Masjid’ (Keys to managing a Successful Masjid) 67 pages:




2) ‘Controversies Over Mosques and Islamic Centers Across the U.S.’ Sept 2012, 22 pages. Summary of 53 Mosque and Worship Center problems.


and of course info on the Kennesaw strip mall and their plans for a new and larger Mosque less than a mile away: http://suffadawa.blogspot.com/ and their suit against the City of Kennesaw (Hint: Kennesaw lost) at:http://suffadawatsuit.blogspot.com/

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MORE MOSQUE BULL SHIT:

Just in case you didn't get enough Mosque information regarding the Kennesaw (Suffa Dawat) problem, a similar problem is developing on the other side of Atlanta, also in a rural area, go take a look at:  http://almaadalislami.blogspot.com/
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Kennesaw Residents Give City High Marks, but say traffic improvements are needed

Jon Gargis  MDJ 8/14/16

 Kennesaw survey results:

Kennesaw residents gave their own city high marks in many areas in a recent survey sent out this spring, but nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said improving traffic conditions should be one of the city’s highest priorities.

Just over 400 Kennesaw residents responded to the six-page survey, sent to random households throughout the city of more than 33,500, according to the most recent Census data. The survey was conducted on behalf of the city by ETC Institute, a Kansas-based market research firm, at a cost of about $15,000, said Pam Davis, city spokeswoman.

The survey asked respondents to rate their satisfaction with the city and many of its services, from public safety to maintenance, city communications to parks and recreation, with many of the areas measured on a five-point scale — 5 being “excellent” and 4 “good,” with 3 being “neutral.” Negative ratings were noted by a “below average” 2 or “poor” 1.

Of those who gave opinions on their feeling of safety in Kennesaw, 88 percent gave the city positive marks of “excellent” or “good” — 12 percent points higher than the national average of 76 percent. The city got similar marks on the overall quality of life in the city, with 86 percent of opinions positive.

“I think the community believes the city’s in the right direction and we’re making progress. That’s what it says to me,” said Mayor Derek Easterling of the results, which were presented to the City Council at its Aug. 1 meeting.

Easterling said he believed the positive marks in those areas could be attributed to the level of customer service provided by city operations when residents call or come in with concerns or issues.

“But I also think it’s our police department engaging the community, the community recognizing that our police are there, they make their zone patrols or they’re in their neighborhood — they live in the neighborhood,” Easterling added. “To me, that speaks volumes — when you recognize your officers when they’re not in uniform, when they live in your community, that makes you feel good.”

While most surveyed residents felt their city was safe, one organization’s data released earlier this year seemingly supports respondents’ beliefs. This past March, Kennesaw placed sixth on the list of safest cities in Georgia from backgroundchecks.org, a public safety focused organization. Kennesaw, along with second-ranked Acworth, were the only two Cobb cities to make the top 10, though placing in the top 50 were Smyrna (26) and Powder Springs (46).

The survey also saw respondents give a 90 percent favorable rating to the city’s parks and recreation facilities and programs, an 83 percent positive response to police services and a 71 percent favorable rating regarding maintenance of city streets.

But it was what happens on those streets that earned the city’s lowest marks. Just 45 percent gave positive marks in the area of management of traffic flow and congestion, with 31 percent giving dissatisfied responses. Just under a quarter of the opinions were neutral.

Easterling said traffic is an ongoing issue in the city.

“My offhanded comment when we had the presentation was, ‘Welcome to metro Atlanta,’” he said. “I don’t blame them for rating it low, I don’t like sitting in traffic, but we have to put up with a few things while everything’s under construction.”

The mayor said current road projects underway in the city include repaving on Cherokee Street and examining traffic flow off Rutledge Road.

“We’re trying to wrap our hands around it and trying to make it better,” he said. “I think something as simple as timing of lights, we’re working on it.”

The survey was a first for the city, Davis said, adding that the goal was to provide scientifically valid data that would be a more effective basis for officials’ planning than opinions or conjecture.

“We wanted to find out what our constituency actually thought about the quality and level of city services being provided and what they felt was most important to them,” Davis said. “The objective of the survey is to help in the planning process so it isn’t intended to produce immediate actions. But we were pleased that the results validated our hard work and effort in every category.”

The complete survey results can be downloaded from the city’s website, kennesaw-ga.gov.

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