A packed Riverwood High School auditorium in Sandy Springs was the stage for a public meeting hosted by the Riverside Home Owners Association Wednesday to discuss traffic management plans for the new Suntrust Park and as expected, tensions were high.

With a lineup of elected officials including State Senators Judson Hill and Hunter Hill, newly elected State Representative Deborah Silcox, and Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott all sitting front and center it was clear that the fate of Cobb Chairman Tim Lee, handily defeated this Summer, weighed heavily on the proceedings.

Riverside HOA President Reed Haggard moderated the event, but it was Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul who did most of the talking – and caught most of the flak from an audience that had more questions than it got answers.  The plan put forward by Paul clearly centers around keeping as much traffic as possible in Cobb County, but given Sandy Springs’ proximity, it appears to be far more easily said than done. 

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