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Mayoral Candidate Says Westside Parkway Paving May Begin Next Month

Paine, DeRito agree that Westside Parkway's completion is critical for the city and its economy.

A little bit of news popped up in the middle of the candidates' forum sponsored by the Debate Club on Oct. 26, when City Councilman Jim Paine said paving might start in November on Westside Parkway's final section.

Paine and Doug DeRito, mayoral candidates in the Nov. 8 election, were asked what they would do as mayor to complete road construction projects including Westside Parkway. (The third mayoral candidate, David Belle Isle, left the forum for another campaign event after making an opening statement.)

Westside Parkway between Old Milton Parkway and Webb Bridge Road was to be completed by Thomas Enterprises as a condition of favorable zoning for its Prospect Park project. But bankruptcy stalled the estimated $13 million project when it was at least 85 percent complete.

Now North American Properties owns most of the unfinished roadway. Agreements on that firm deeding the road over to the city are essentially completed, Paine said. Negotiations on the final two-tenths of a mile of that roadway just south of Webb Bridge Road appear to be on track so final construction can begin next month, he said. A different owner held the rights to that section of the road.

Both candidates say in the accompanying video that finishing the road is important. Paine, a current City Council member, had a few more details to offer on the status. DeRito took time to also mention other road construction projects that were started when he was still a council member.

While election day is Nov. 8, is underway.

Bob Pepalis (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 09:58 AM
No, Alpharetta High's Reuben Lack isn't running for mayor. As moderator of the candidate forum, he asked the questions so his face keeps appearing as the still image pulled from the videos I shot. Good questions from the Debate Club.
Travis Allen October 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Maybe he should run.
C. Dev Hays, Jr. October 28, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Westside Parkway completion. I'll believe it when I see it! Not when some politician says it is going to happen. Next time, require the developer to complete the road prior to starting construction on the development!
Alyx Korner October 28, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I believe Mr DeRito is STILL on the Alpharetta City council.
Lee at rootsinalpharetta.com October 28, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Incorrect. DeRito had to resign from council to run for Mayor because his term didn't expire for another two years. Paine is still on council because his term on council expires this year.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Lee's got it right. And the winner of the election to fill DeRito's unexpired term for the Post 1 council seat–either Ron Carter or Donald Mitchell–will take office at the first City Council meeting after the election is certified, which might be Nov. 14.
Ron Carter November 05, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Typically, a councilman-elect will have a couple of months to go to workshops and learn how to work within a deliberative body, use Roberts Rules of Order, etc., in preparation for being sworn in in January. Not so with Post 1 this year. The winner will be sworn in and seated at the first Council meeting and this becomes a very important fact in that I have had experience serving on the Alpharetta Planning Commission this year and do not have a need to attend workshops. I am prepared to be seated on Council and go to work immediately. My opponent, however, has not had this kind of experience. Ron Carter
D. Parker November 07, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Talk about condescending. So showing up for two months on a planning commission (as an alternate) is the only qualifications needed for city council? If you've done so much in two months, why hasn't your colleagues on the planning commission / city council endorsed your campaign? The other candidate has been involved and has done a whole lot more than you. I hope the results reflect that on Tuesday
Larry Attig November 07, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Donald Mitchell has served on many boards in Alpharetta for the people of Alpharetta. Ron has only served as an alternate on planning commission for only two meetings! Mr Mitchell has served on 4 boards including the Design Review Board, 41/2 years on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association. He was appointed from the US Washington Office of The SOS International Children's Villages to help found the Georgia division. He also serves on the Historic Downtown Revitalization Board. He founded the Alpharetta First Campaign as well having managed a successful business for over 22 years. I would encourage anyone to ask any business or any one in any position of leadership about him and they all know Donald and respect the work that he has done for Alpharetta. Unfortunately Ron has never darkened the door to any committee, event, or project that would better downtown, much less Alpharetta. No one has ever heard of Ron until he decided to run for council. Mr. Mitchell truly can start from day one as he has a solid relationship with the entire council and civic leaders. If anyone is in doubt, they should ask any council member about his credentials for serving on The Alpharetta City Council. Donald Mitchell is truly the only one qualified to begin day one.

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