Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dunwoody Storm, Events & Security

My fellow citizens ... the following are some update items of interest ...

1. Storm ...
First, our thoughts and prayers go out to our one citizen, that I know of, who was injured and to all of you who sustained damage especially to those who had their homes damaged ... some were damaged severely. We had approx. 38 trees down in our streets around our city and by Friday at 6 AM approx. 30 of those tree had been removed from the streets to provide for safe passage. The 8 remaining trees all had live electric, etc., wires entangled in the trees. FYI, for the safety of our crews they are not allowed to touch the trees that are entangled with wires. We owe a word of thanks to our crews that worked thru the night, in trying conditions, to open our streets. Also my thanks to the GA Power crews that worked around the clock to restore power. The lost of power bring up a security item .... I highly recommend that those of you with land lines have at least one of the "older fashion phones" that plug directly into the wall ... as soon as you lose power those portable phones are inoperative. This storm brings to mind that "mother nature" is bigger, stronger and tougher than us.
Secondly ... Lets call it tree debris pick-up. We have talked to DC Sanitation Dept. and I just got off the phone with the Dep Director. For a Standard Pick-up that is properly prepared ... this basically means (1) cut in 4' or shorter lengths, (2) tied and bundled or in containers and (3) of weights that can be lifted by the man on the truck ... there will be extra pick-ups this Friday and Saturday. For those bigger items ... large limbs, tree trunks. etc. this is called a Special Pick-up and to have these items picked up you have to call DC Sanitation @ 404-294-2900 to schedule someone to come out and give you an estimate of cost (there are actually DC Sanitation Reps touring our area as I write this giving estimates w/o being called). They tell me the cost is roughly $50 to $100 / truck load (that appears to be a very fare price to me). If you are not home when the DC Rep comes out they will attach the estimate to your front door or mailbox. If you decide to have DC pick up the items than you must prepay via one of the following four methods (1) auto phone method, (2) on-line method [(there is a $4 charge for methods (1) & (2)] ... here is their website http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/publicwrks/sanitation/index.html ...  (3) you send a check to ... DC Sanitation Division, 3720 Leroy Scott Dr, Decatur, GA 30032 or (4) you can drive down and pay in person. Please keep in mind folks there is a lot of yard debris around our city so your patience will be required.

2. Events ....
Tonight (6/20) the Brook Run Food Truck Concert goes from 6 - 9 PM. My thanks to the DHA for taking the lead of this wonderful community spirit building event.
Tomorrow Night (6/21) "Dunwoody at Dusk" at the Park Place Shopping Center takes place for 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Restaurants and retailer will be offering special promotions. My thanks to our Chamber of Commerce for leading this community building event.
June 22 - June 29 is Dunwoody Restaurant Week .... Consult this current week's Crier for a list of all our outstanding restaurants that are offering special deals.
June 25 ... City Council Work Session and Meeting .... 6 and 7 PM respectively. Note this is a Tuesday!
June 29 ... Summer Concert at our Dunwoody Nature Center Park from 7 - 9 PM. My thanks to all the folks at the DNC for putting on their summer concert series. Come join us for a relaxing evening.
July 4 ... Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The biggest Independence Day Parade in the state of GA. Come view the parade with 30,000 plus of your fellow citizens!

3. Your Security ... In the last five days we have had 12 car break-ins where items of value were in plain sight of the thief. These items were of value from $50 to $4,000. Folks we just have to do better than this with keeping items of value out of plain sight. If you have items of value that can be easily seen from the outside of your car you might as well put a big flashing neon sign on your car reading "Please help yourself to my valuable items that you can see." FYI, it takes a theft about 30 seconds to break into your car, take the items they see and be gone. Lets all takes proper precautions and put this problems behind us.

4. That is all for today. Thanks for all your support and words of encouragement. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone you think maybe interested. If you would like to be added to my update email list just let me know and I will make that happen. Wishing each of you a relaxing and rewarding summer months. Look forward to seeing you at some of our "community spirit building events."