Councilwoman Felicia Moore funds road project out of her office budget

6:52 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Whittier Mill Village is a 100-year-old gem that sits as far west as you can go in Northwest Atlanta before bumping into the Chattahoochee. 

And while the residents here built the local playground and rebuilt the local park, one thing they couldn't do was fix the crumbling street here. 

"When it rains, the water flows here and puddles at the park," said neighborhood association president Cindy Dennis. "It brings all the mud and sticks and rocks from the upper part of Spad Avenue, where it's eroding so badly." 

Next month on the 13th, the community holds its annual fundraiser called "Parktoberfest." And while the event will help defray costs at the park, it cannot repave the road.

Enter city councilwoman Felicia Moore. 

"We've done some re-surfacing out here in this historic neighborhood," said Moore. "But we ran out of money when it came to this particular street; and the neighbors have complained about it constantly for the last 10 years." 

Moore is one of the city council's fiscal hawks, who has put her money where her mouth is. 

She cut back and saved funds from her own council budget to get Spad Avenue repaved, transferring more than $40,000 to the Department of Public Works to do the job. 

"It's important that I'm able to be frugal enough with my money," Moore said. "I'm able to cobble together my money to get small projects done like this and other things I've been able to do in the district." 

In addition to the $42,000 she has transferred for Whittier Mill, Moore has also transferred $16,000 for a separate project in Collier Heights as well. 

The start date for the re-surfacing has yet to be announced.

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