Artists for Parkway at May 6 Council MeetingWe'd like to ask folks to come to the May 6th City Council meeting to see Debora Myles's students' protest artwork and express their opinions regarding Shell-Toomer Parkway. Those students that want to speak will speak as young citizens during the Citizens' Communication portion of the Council meeting. What a Difference a Year MakesA year ago the wetlands on Shell Toomer Parkway after a heavy rainfall were cloudy, but features on the bottom of the creek were clearly visible through the water. Today, after nearly a year of site preparation on the West Pace development, the sediment threatens to fill up the wetland with mud and silt. [MORE]Walk for Autism at Duck Samford April 12The Autism Society of Alabama is sponsoring the Walk for Autism 2008, offering everyone a fun-filled experience with entertainment, refreshments, an autism community resource fair and much more. If you would like to walk or sponsor the event, please contact Whitney Nichols at 524-0071 for sponsor forms or for more information. You can also visit www.autism-alabama.org. [MORE]Shell Toomer Parkway UpdateA Montgomery judge is expected to make a decision soon about the fate of the Shell Toomer State Parkway in South Auburn. A citizen's group is asking state judge Johnny Hardwick to void the granting of "driveway easements" for developers to commercialize the Parkway. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources granted the access more than a year ago, but the court may soon hear arguments on a request for a summary judgment. [MORE]Chewacla CreekDeja vu. The sinkhole that was patched with concrete below the Martin Marietta quarry on Chewacla Creek has now become active again. The concrete has cracked and broken and the entire creek is flowing down this sinkhole, back into the quarry, out the discharge pipe, and down the sinkhole again in a continuous cycle. The creek is now dry for about 200 yards until more water comes into it at the confluence of Moore's Mill Creek below Chewacla Lake. [MORE]Biggin Gallery's Summer ExhibitionAuburn University, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art Biggin Gallery's summer exhibition, "Love Isn't Always Enough," an exhibition of works by the department of art's four fine art adjunct faculty members, features mixed media painting, sculpture, drawing, etching, and installations by Jonathan Byler, Clare Frank Hairstans, Debora Myles, and William Dunlop. The exhibition runs through July 27, 2007. [MORE]Shell Toomer Update: 5-4-2007I am certain that you are aware of the threats to the Shell Toomer Parkway which are posed by the proposed development projects by the Cleveland Brothers and Tom Hayley. You may also be aware of the lawsuit which the Citizens for the Preservation of Shell Toomer Parkway (CPSTP) have filed against the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for, in our opinion, illegally granting an access onto the Parkway to the Cleveland Brothers. [MORE]Step It Up! Chattahoochee ValleyStep It Up! Chattahoochee Valley will be held Saturday, April 14, at 12 noon (Eastern time) at the Hardley Creek Park, just below the West Point Lake dam. There will be a kids' fishing rodeo going on 8-12 am (with cash prizes), so bring your kids under 12 (kids, bring your parents). There will be a table/display with River Stewards, Water Watch, and climate change/Step It Up! info all morning. [MORE]FredFest SuccessIf you can measure a man by the number of friends he has, Fred Harmon is a big man. Several hundred of Fred's friends threw a big party in his honor Sunday. Fred, the guest of honor, is in the fight of his life and weak as a kitten from cancer treatments. But Fred has a big, loving heart and many friends. What Fred does not have is insurance. [MORE]Fred Harmon Benefit March 18As some of you may already know, our dear and talented songwriting friend, Fred Harmon, is undergoing cancer treatment. Unable to work for the time being and lack of health insurance doesn't keep the bills and day-to-day expenses from rolling in. A benefit is being organized to help ease that burden for Fred. It starts early enough that even lightweights will be able to attend. Please spread the word/email and come out to help support this event. [MORE]City Council Report 2-6-07Here's what happened Tuesday night:City Manager Charlie Duggan spent a good deal of time explaining the Council/Manager form of the government to the Committee of the Whole, before the actual City Council meeting began. He expounded on the "administrative duties" of the mayor and noted that he could not find a definition of same anywhere. Still, in his opinion it is "relatively clear" that Mayor Ham is behaving properly. [MORE]CPSTP Files SuitThe Citizens for the Preservation of Shell Toomer Parkway (CPSTP) filed suit February 2 in state circuit court in Montgomery in an attempt to force the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to follow state law. The group contends that DCNR's recent granting of easements to the planned Summit development would cause irreparable harm to the Parkway in violation of state law.Press ReleaseFormal Complaint CHEWUP and the Safe Harbor AgreementThe Safe Harbor Agreement, is an agreement signed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The City of Auburn, The Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Water Works Board of the City of Auburn, Martin Marietta Materials, and others to protect Chewacla Creek. [MORE]Friends of Chewacla UpdateZack Sprayberry, President, Friends of Chewacla Creek and the Uphapee Watershed, writes:I have asked the Auburn City Council to request a new Water Quality Assesment from ADEM for Parkerson Mill Creek and Chewacla Creek below the H. C. Morgan sewage treatment plant. [MORE]Auburn Council Considers Parkway Access Feb. 6The Auburn City Council votes this Tuesday (Feb. 6) whether to allow the Cleveland Brothers' 637-unit Summit subdivision to place entrances and turn lanes on the Shell Toomer Parkway. The property is currently accessed from Mill Creek road, but the developers want two additional roadways intersecting the Shell Toomer Parkway. The council will consider the developers' plan in their meeting in the council chambers on Ross Street, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. CPSTP IncorporatedThe Citizens for the Preservation of Shell Toomer Parkway (CPSTP), an informal group organized in 2003, filed articles of incorporation this week at the Lee County courthouse.The CPSTP was created to prevent the Parkway from becoming a row of strip malls, car dealers, motels and condos. Preserving the pristine nature of the Parkway is becoming more and more difficult. In order to more effectively defend the Parkway, a more formal organization was created. The Loveliest Village InitiativeAuburn is ready for a new generation of open, honest leaders. We need city council members who won't duck tough questions, won't rubber stamp rezoning requests and who will consider the long-term consequences of their actions.We want to know where tomorrow's leaders are coming from. [MORE]The "Essential Nature" of AuburnThe Auburn 2020 document states that the mission of the city is "to provide services that enhance and preserve the essential nature of this community." It is this "essential nature" that I feel is endangered. I want dialogue among all interested citizens that will revive the mission of the city of Auburn. Healthy development will include a balance of history, beauty, and sound environmental policies. Auburn in the Balance #1Excellent questions were posed at the first public hearing of the Urban Core Task Force:How do Game Day condominiums create a thriving downtown?What proportion of new condos will be Game Day facilities?Should we allow speculative building in downtown? [MORE]
I have asked the Auburn City Council to request a new Water Quality Assesment from ADEM for Parkerson Mill Creek and Chewacla Creek below the H. C. Morgan sewage treatment plant.
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