The city of Marietta announced a strategic plan today to enhance safety and the quality of life in the Franklin Road area of the city. The plan addresses traffic, vacant property, nightclubs and criminal activity near apartment complexes.
Marietta Police led the creation of the plan with input from residents, businesses and city departments. The plan identifies the current issues, goals, and plans of action within the area.
Through dialogue with the Franklin Road community, the Marietta Police Department isolated four areas that constitute the community's current major concerns. They include the Q Club nightclub, the vacant building located at 555 Commerce Avenue near South Marietta Parkway and Interstate 75, traffic problems on the Franklin Road corridor between the South Marietta Parkway and Delk Road, and concerns of criminal and drug activity in and around the apartment complexes on Franklin Road.
Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton said many city departments -- not just Police -- will be involved in improving Franklin Road including Fire, Business License, Code Enforcement, Streets, Public Works, Power, Weed and Seed.
"In formulating this plan, we talked with stakeholders in the community and city departments," Bruton said. "The plan is collaborative, and our divisions will continue to work with our Weed and Seed partners to improve Franklin Road."
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn said the community wants action to improve the overall level of safety and peace in the area.
"If the criminal element doesn't like it, they can move out or go to jail," Flynn said. "Our collective tolerance for them has run out."
Goals of the plan
- Reduce crime rate related to the Q Club -- located at the intersection of Franklin Road and South Marietta Parkway -- by a minimum of 25 percent in 2007 compared to 2006. Complaints about the Q Club involve excessive noise levels, littering on the properties in the area of the Q club, traffic congestion on Franklin Road, and illegal parking on private property from Club patrons.
- Bring closure to the unsafe vacant building at 555 Commerce Avenue -- located close to the intersection of Franklin Road and South Marietta Parkway -- by complete demolition or to have the building meet the zoning requirements set forth by the city of Marietta. On March 15, 2007, the city filed two legal actions against the property owner.
- Reduce the number of serious injury pedestrian-related crashes by at least 50 percent over the next three years as compared to the statistical data from the years 2002-2006. Police will work with the Street Department and Marietta Power to improve pedestrian safety.
- Reduce Part I crimes -- criminal homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson -- by 10 percent in the Weed and Seed area in 2007 as compared to 2006 statistical data.
- Reduce the number of disorder complaints from citizens and business owners on Franklin Road by 25 percent from April 01, 2007 through December 31, 2007, as compared to the total number of disorder complaints from January 01, 2006 to January 31, 2007.
- The Police Department will implement a Crime Free Housing Program in April 2007 to address crime and drug activity in and around the Franklin Road apartment complexes. The nationally recognized program was designed to reduce crime and drugs in multi-rental housing complexes by forming a coalition between police, property owners/managers, and residents of rental properties.
The initiative should include a lease agreement for drug-free housing between the leaser and the lessee that no criminal activity, to include drug-related activity, will take place in the lessee's household. The agreement will empower apartment complex managers to immediately evict violators of the agreement within a matter of days.
The goals and suggestions listed in this strategic plan are consistent with the police department's community policing program vision of allocating resources to combat community problems. The M-STAR program was an integral part of Marietta earning the All-America City award in June 2006 as one of the 10 best communities in America.
The US Department of Justice awarded Marietta $175,000 in 2006 for the city's Weed and Seed program to fight crime in the Franklin Road area. The city is eligible to compete for additional funding up to $175,000 annually for the next four years.
For more information, call 770-794-5370.
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