Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dunwoody Election Update

Today, December 2, 2014 is Election Day. This is a very important election to all Dunwoody citizens and to those citizens in District One of DeKalb County. This election determines who will represent us on the DeKalb County (DC) Board of Commissioners. Meredy and I will be voting for Nancy Jester and I urge each of you to vote for her. Nancy lives here in Dunwoody and is a very smart and common sense oriented lady. For more information about Nancy please visit … NancyJester.com. You can Click here for the sample ballot for this runoff election. Ultimately who you vote for is your personal decision. You will be voting at your normal polling location and the polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Make sure you bring a picture ID with you. Having one of our own fellow citizen represent us is very important. To have our voices heard we will need a maximum percentage of our registered voters to VOTE … so please vote.

Please pass this to your friends and neighbors and urge all of them to get to the polls today to vote! If you need transportation to the polls call me @ 678-246-9006.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Light Up Dunwoody, Dunwoody HS Band

My fellow citizens this is a update of two items that have a very short action span. Please note that one of the items which was scheduled for today "Light Up Dunwoody" has been canceled see below for details:

1. Light Up Dunwoody … This event has been cancelled today due to the weather and is rescheduled for next Sunday … NOV 30th at the same times … 3 PM start time for all the events with the Christmas Tree lighting at 5:45 PM. Mark your calendars for this annual fun-filled community event. Since we don’t control the weather … see you next Sunday!

2. (DHS) Band On-Line Silent Auction. All these funds raised by the DHS Band Boosters goes directly to support the DHS Band. There are over $10,000 of great items on this auction. Go to the following website sight for all the information … DUNWOODY HS BAND Online Auction 2014.

  That is all for today so I best end this update. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested ASAP.  If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember, that each have stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets make Dunwoody the best place to live, work and play.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day

My fellow Dunwoody citizens. Tomorrow, NOV 4th, is election day. The polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Although the polls close at 7 PM if you are in line to vote by 6:59 PM you will be allowed to vote. Our votes will determine the future direction of our county, state and federal governments. I ask ALL Dunwoody citizens to exercise that patriotic duty we all have by voting. The right to vote is one of most coveted privileges we have as American citizens. If any Dunwoody citizen needs a ride to their polling place call my cell … 678-246-9006 … and I will get to as many of you as I can … See you at the polls tomorrow!

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Halloween, Election Day, Clean, Shine & Fix-Up, Recycling, Sirens, Events

My fellow citizens of our fine city of Dunwoody … the following are some items of interest…

1. Halloween … Today is a day that many of our children will be walking our streets in costume “Trick or Treating” … Please keep them safe by driving slow and carefully?

2. Election Day … Next Tuesday, NOV 4th, your normal polling place will be open for 7 AM to 7 PM for you the cast you vote. If you don’t vote someone else with possibly different political views than you will decide the fate of our local, state and federal governments … don’t let that happen! My hope is that every Dunwoody citizen will vote. That way those that we elect will have our values and political views. Make sure you have a government ID with you when you go to vote. To assist you if you go to the following link you will see the sample ballot for our area …
http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/_SampleBallots/044/7-50-NP-FB.pdf  … you will note there are several candidates that live in or have strong ties to Dunwoody. For those of you that have ask me about the two Amendments and the one Referendum that are on the ballot, again I am not going to tell you how to vote but I will try to explain the Amendments and Referendum and tell how I will vote … Amendment A  … A YES vote put a cap or maximum rate of 6% on the GA State Income Tax that the legislature won’t be able increase … I will vote YES …..  Amendment B   … A YES vote adds reckless driving penalties and fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund where the DUI fees already currently go.  That’s kind of what I call a feel good amendment.  I will probably vote YES ….. Referendum 1  A YES vote exempts private businesses that operate student housing or a student parking deck for the state university system from property tax. The stated purpose is to take the debt burden of the facilities off the university system. It would give private businesses an incentive to operate these facilities and service the debt. These private businesses would have the same exemption from property tax as the university system. The university system will still own the property but have a contractual arrangement with the private business. … I will vote YES.

3. Clean, Shine and Fix-Up Dunwoody … Tomorrow, NOV 1st, is our annual city wide volunteer day where we complete tasks that will enhance our city. We will gather at Brook Run Park at 8 AM and go from there to do various task.  This year the task include planting trees, cleaning street signs (for those of you with street signs by your property please let the volunteers use some of your water), painting the remaining fire hydrants and just doing general trash cleanup around our city. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 AM as a continental breakfast and then there will be a lunch starting at 1 o’clock that will consist of hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and Chick-fil-A sandwiches served by the Knights of Columbus of All Saints Church. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody Baptist Church and other churches will also be involved. So basically the day will last from 8 AM till 1 PM. It’s going to be a little chilly in the morning so dress warm bring your gloves and hat, bring a shovel, some cleaning and trash pick up tools and your community spirit.  Let’s make our city a better and a cleaner place. I will see you all there tomorrow at 8 AM.

4. Dunwoody Recycling Event … This annual city sponsored event will take place on November 8 from 12 PM to 3 PM at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), Dunwoody campus, parking lot 11 off Womack road. If you’re traveling east on Womack Road turn right into the first GPC entrance. This event will take place rain or shine. Some of the items that will be excepted this year are paints of all kinds (20 gals max), pesticides, aerosols, batteries, lawn care products, automotive products, fluorescent bulbs, photo chemicals, hobby and artist supplies, cleaners and swimming pool chemicals and, there will be an on site shredder to shred documents. This is a great opportunity to get rid of all that unwanted “STUFF” that you have around your house. Disposal is open to Dunwoody residents only so please bring your drivers license or other proof of residency.

5. Sirens … Sirens have been installed at Brook Run Park and Dunwoody Park. It is my hope that eventually sirens will be installed throughout our city for the safety of our citizens. The sirens will be periodically tested. Sirens will be activated under imminent threat of: 1. tornadoes, 2. thunderstorms with wins 70 mph or greater and, 3. golf ball size hail or larger.

6. Other Events in Dunwoody ….

1. NOV 2nd @ 7 PM … DHA Meeting in the same building as Stage Door Players and the Library.
2. NOV 4th @ 7 PM … Planning Commission Meeting at City Hall
3. NOV 5th ..Time varies by location. … Walk to School Day
4. NOV 6th @ 7 PM  … Town Hall Meeting featuring the City Council Members (Jim Riticher and Lynn Deutsch) from District Two at Dunwoody Library.
5. NOV 6th @ 7 PM  … Dunwoody ZBA Meeting
6. NOV 10th @ All Day + … Anywhere that two or more Marines are gathered. The 239th Birthday of the U S Marine Corps.
7. NOV 10th @ 6 & 7 PM … City Council Meetings
8. NOV 11th @ 10 AM … Dunwoody Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Brook Run Park.
9. NOV 15th …. Last day to pay the second installment of your property taxes.

7.  That is all for today so I best end this update. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember, that each have stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets treat each other with respect and kindness.

Your fellow citizen and neighbor,

Denny Shortal

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Paving, Budget, Clean, Shine & Fix-Up, Sanitation, Election

Good afternoon my fellow citizens … the following are some update items of interest …

1. Paving … The Dunwoody Park parking lot paving was finished yesterday. Weather permitting the remaining unpaved side of Dunwoody Village Parkway will be paved this week. First the aggregate (gravel) will be smoothed and compacted. Then the base layer of asphalt will be rolled on followed by a “binder” layer of asphalt, and then, as I previously told you, the finished layer of asphalt will be added over the entire width of the street. This should complete the paving for 2014.

2. Budget … The initial draft of the 2015 City of Dunwoody budget is now on the City website. To view the budget go to city website … www.dunwoodyga.gov … Select the “Home Page” and on the right side of the page in green under “Projects” the first item is “2015 City Budget.” I request you click on that, review the budget and then send me your feedback/comments.

3. Clean, Shine and Fix-Up Dunwoody Day … This annual volunteer event to enhance our city will take place on NOV 1, 2014. The start time to meet at Brook Run Park (BRP) at 8 AM down by the playground. There will be coffee and donuts, serve by the Knights of Columbus (KofC) from All Saints Catholic Church, to kind of “kick start” your day. Then it is off to work planting about 200 trees in the BRP (the holes will already be dug). Other tasks for the day will be to paint the remaining fire hydrants (if you see a fire hydrant that hasn’t been painted yellow pls. let me know and include the location), cleaning street signs thru out the city and general park maintenance (grunt work). A lunch will also be served at BRP by the KofC. Depending on the number of volunteers we should be done for the day by NLT 1:30 PM. Bring gloves, shovels, trimming tools, buckets, wire brush, clippers, stool or small step ladder and anything else you think you may need for the jobs listed above. To sign up go to our city website … www.dunwoodyga.gov … on the “Home” page the first item under “News” is “It Time To Clean, Shine and Fix-Up Dunwoody” … click on the word “More” and then click on “Click here to Register as a Volunteer” and follow the instructions. This has been a great Dunwoody community spirit event every year since we became a city that continues to enhances the physical appearance of our city with minimal expense … each of us can make a difference!  See you there rain or shine!

4. Sanitation … There is a letter out from the DC CEO, Lee May, stating that the sanitation pick up for Dunwoody and three other cities in DC will be decided by the “local government bodies” which for us means the City Council. I don’t have all the facts but here is what I know. DC is leaning towards a standard pick up of the “once a week pick-up” … this is the “pilot program” that many of us have been participating in. The old system of “twice a week pick-up” MAYBE be available but it would be at a, yet to be determined, “significant rate increase.” I have results of two different surveys on the sanitation pick-up … on one survey the question concerned rating the “once a week pick-up” where a 10 is the highest rating and a 1 the lowest rating. Out of 46 responders, 36 rated it a 7 or higher with 22 rating it a 10 … 2 rated it a 5 and 8 rated it a 3 or lower with 2 rating it a 1. On another survey in response to my last update 18 favored ”once a week pick-up” and 11 favored staying with the “original system of three times a week pick-up.”

5. Election … The general election voting takes place on NOV 4, 2014 at your normal polling place. To get an absentee ballot application go to this website … http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/absentee_ballot_app_20143.pdf … you can mail, fax, email (as an attachment) or present in person your ballot application to the DeKalb County Election Supervisor … see below for address, email address and/or fax number. Early/Advanced voting starts OCT 13th thru OCT 31st at various locations … dates and time vary from location to location. Go to this website for specific locations and times for DC …. http://sos.ga.gov/elections/CountyContacts/AdvanceVotingDisplay.aspx. Folks have concerns about the governments at all levels … this is your chance to have your voices heard … if you don’t vote you lose your opportunity to determine the outcome and thus the make-up  of our governing bodies will be determine by someone else. Approx. 20% of Dunwoody citizens voted in the last election … folks we are better citizens than that! I Voting is so easy so please VOTE!!

DeKalb County Election Supervisor
Memorial Drive Complex
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032-1239
Telephone: (404) 298-4020
Fax: (404) 298-4038
Email: mwdaniel@dekalbcountyga.gov
Website: http://www.dekalbvotes.com

6. Upcoming Events …
OCT 9, 16, 23 & 30 … Food Truck Thursdays @ Brook Run Park … 6 - 9 PM (the last four Food Truck Thursdays of the year)
OCT 11 … Missouri vs Georgia in football @ 1200 in Columbia, MO
OCT 13 … City Council Work Session @ 6 PM and City Council Meeting @ 7 PM
OCT 19 … Dunwoody Rotary Club’s “Run Dunwoody 2014” The website to sign up, etc., is … http://www.rundunwoody.net
OCT 27 … City Council Work Session and Meeting … 6 and 7 PM respectively
NOV 1  … Clean, Shine and Fix-Up Dunwoody … See above

7.  That is all for today so I best end this update. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember, that each have stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets treat each other with respect and kindness.


Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Paving, Infrastructure, Sanitation, Dunwoody Village, Events

Good afternoon my fellow citizens … the following are some update items of interest …

1. Paving 2014 … All the 2014 paving that was scheduled and, that can be done has been completed. This amount to about 30% of the paving that was scheduled for 2014. Of the roads that were not completed only Vernon Ridge has the possibility of being finished in 2014 … we are awaiting final water line work by DC on Vernon Ridge. The big projects and of course most visual that were scheduled and that will not be completed in 2014 are Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Roberts Dr to Cambridge and Mt Vernon Rd from just east of Ashford Dunwoody Rd to Vernon Oaks. These two projects will be pushed back to 2015. The reason for this is the water lines, many of which run under these roads, must be replaced by DC prior to paving. I don’t like this delay any more than anyone else but we have taken steps to move this process forward. We have signed an Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) with DC to include the roadwork, paving and water line replacement in one bid. The bid will go out as one bid — which we control — but DC will pay for and supervise the water line replacement and the city will supervise and pay for the roadwork and paving. Our thrust is to have the water line replacement completed by the spring of 2015 in order for us to initiate and complete the roadwork and paving. The remainder of this year’s paving funds, approx. $1.4 million will be rolled over and will be in addition to the approx. $2.5 million that will be budgeted for 2015 paving.

2. Cost of Infrastructure Improvements … As the economy has improve we have noticed the construction costs has increased due to contractor being busier than in the last 2 - 5 years as we’ll as the cost of materials has increased.

3. Sanitation … The “once a week pilot” ended July 31 in DC. Until a final decision is made we will stay on whatever pick up frequency that you were on during the pilot program. My “gut feeling” is that DC will go with the once a week pick up as the norm. It appears that the “three/four times a week pick up” may remain as an option but at a higher cost than the current rate of $265/year … (this rate has remained the same for several years). To date we do not know what that additional cost will be. I am doing my own survey so I need your response. Do you favor “once a week pick up” … Yes  or No. Secondly, if you are in the “once a week pilot program” give your rating of the pilot program from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. Also include any comments. To answer questions about the size on the containers … DC is considering the current 65 gal can and a 35 gal can (35 gal is the size I was using prior to receiving the 65 gal can from DC). DC is also considering a can for recycling just like the green cans only colored blue. There has been no hard final decisions by DC to date.

 4. City Updates … We are putting out updates via our city email list … we have over 11,100 folks signed up to receive these email updates. I recommend you sign up to stay informed. Go to the following website to sign up … https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/DUNWOODYGA/subscriber/new or check our website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov. The City DOES NOT GIVE OUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ANYONE. An unlike my emails, you won’t have to correct the spelling.

5. Dunwoody Village Parkway (DVP) … Like everyone else, I am not happy with the progress of the construction. Yes, we had a lot of rain thru the early months of the year and as we were replacing all storm water pipes we found issues. One such issue was by Mellow Mushroom where the storm sewer pipes were never properly connected … thus as many of you saw we had to dig down 23’, with some of the digging required to be done by hand to correct the problem. On a positive side, since we got the first two lanes paved the progress rate has increased. What you see completed is a 22’ wide strip with 6-8” on aggregate, 3” of base asphalt and about 2” more of adhesive asphalt. There will be an additional 10’ width of paving added. When it is done there will be an additional 1.5” top/finish-coat of asphalt added over the entire paved surface. Outside the curbing on each side will a 6’ landscaping buffer (the trees will be planted here) and outside the landscape buffer will be a 6’ sidewalk. My optimistic estimated completion date is 31 OCT 2014.

6. Coming Events:
SEP 3rd … Walk to School Day at all of our Dunwoody Schools … Even if you don’t have children in school join the walk and meet our great teachers and children.
SEP 4th … 9 AM … DC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony … N. Shallowford and Till Mill booster pump station.
SEP 7th … 7:30 PM … DHA Meeting
SEP 8th … 6 PM … City Council Meeting
SEP 18 …  2 PM … DWC Conservation Dept. dedicating an “Adopt A Bench” to the DWC passed Presidents at the DNC.
SEP 30 … The last date to pay the first installment of you DC Property Tax.
OCT 1 …   9:30 AM - 3 PM … DWC Annual Home Tour.
OCT 19 …  “RunDunwoody” …Rotary Club of Dunwoody’s 5K/1 Mile/Tot Trot Fun Run. Most of the proceeds stay in Dunwoody. More info .. www.RunDunwoody.net
NOV 1   … Dunwoody Volunteer Coordination Committee’s annual .. “Clean, Fix and Shine Up Dunwoody Day .. More details later.

7. That is all from here this afternoon. I trust all of you will be enjoying yourself with family and friends this beautiful Labor Day weekend. Remember we are all neighbors so lets be kind to each other. Please pass this update on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA and 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. I appreciate your thoughts and comments so keep them coming.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Parade, Voting, Property Appeal, Road Closure, Fire Equipment, Traffic, Community Beautification, Break-Ins, Town Hall

Good evening my fellow citizens … the following are some update items of interest …

1. Dunwoody Independence Day Parade … Our parade is not only the biggest in Georgia but also the best. There were over 170 entries in the parade and over 30,000 of the best citizens in the nation lining the parade route. We all owe Pam Tallmadge and Penny Forman - they are in charge of the parade - and all the other volunteers that make our parade a success a vote of thanks. Yes, the entire parade is put on by volunteers … that is what I call great community involvement/spirit. Also a thanks to all the “Chaplains" in our city for the weather prayers that brought us the great weather.

2. Voting … The Georgia Primary run off election takes place on July 22, 2014 at you normal polling place … polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. You can also vote in person in Early/Advanced Voting M thru F from 8 AM to 5 PM at DeKalb County Voting Office, 4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032 thru July 18. Absentee voting is also available. Go to this site to get your absentee ballot application … http://sos.ga.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/absentee_ballot_app.pdf. You can either mail the application to the address above, fax it to 404-298-4020 or email it to mwdaniel@dekalbcountyga.gov … I recommend faxing or emailing. Dekalb is very good with quick response to get a ballot to you. You must select either a Republican or a Democratic ballot. The Republican ballot has three races … U. S. Senate, State School Superintendent and the very important DeKalb County Sheriff. The Democratic ballot has two races … State School Superintendent and the very important DeKalb County Sheriff. Who ever you are voting for PLEASE vote. I hope Dunwoody has a lot higher voter turnout than we did at the Primary Election in May.

3. Property Appeal … Just a reminder to everyone that if you are going to appeal your 2013 property tax assessment the deadline in next Monday, July 14. Your appeal must be done in writing and postmarked no later than July 14. Appeal information/instructions are on the property tax assessment that you received from DeKalb County.

4. Road Closure … The following note is from our Public Works Dir. concerning a road closure on Mt Vernon in the area of All Saints Church. This is to replace a deteriorating storm sewer drain that runs beneath Mt Vernon Rd. We make it a practice to replace all deteriorating storm sewer pipes prior to paving a road. "We have a storm water pipe under Mount Vernon between North Peachtree Road and Jett Ferry Road that needs to be replaced.  The work is scheduled to start Friday night, July 11 at 7 p.m. and continue until complete Saturday evening or Sunday.  A detour will be set up for through traffic on Mount Vernon via Dunwoody Club and Jett Ferry.  There will be local access for all businesses and residents in the area.” The following website give more detailed information as well as a detour map.  http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/home/News-Details/14-07-09/Road_Closure_on_Mt_Vernon_Road_7_11-7_14.aspx  

4. New Fire Equipment … Tomorrow, July 11 at 2 PM DeKalb County (DC) Fire Rescue will be placing a brand new state of the art Fire Pumper (Fire truck in our words) is service at Station 12 located on Roberts Dr by Dunwoody Senior Baseball Park. The community is invite to come and observe the ceremony. We have also have been advised that DC has (6) 70 Ft ladder truck in production and one of those truck will be placed in our Dunwoody Fire Station 21 located on Crown Park Parkway.

5. Traffic … Remember that our fellow pedestrian citizens have rights to cross the street in crosswalks. If you see someone in a crossway on your side of the road they have the right of way. A yield sign does not give the driver right of way over a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Lets all be courteous to our fellow citizens and take care of each other. A word to the wise … our Police has stepped up enforcement of crosswalk violators.

6. Community Beautification … A step to enhance our community appearance would be for all of us not to put our trash out in front of our houses until the evening before the trash pick up. If you are leaving town ask you neighbor to take you trash out for you. Also taking your empty trash container off the street the same day as pick up is a nice touch. I am sure your neighbors would be appreciative of these actions.

7. Car Break-Ins … We continue to have a rash of car break-ins where an item/items of value are left in plain site. The bad guys are just walking around looking for easy victim. They can break a window and be in and out of your car in less than a minute … don’t give them a reason to break into your car. Keep anything of value or that gives the appearance of possibly being of value out of sight.

8. Town Hall Meeting … The Town Hall or Citizen Connection meeting for District One will be held on AUG 28th from 7 to 9 PM at the Dunwoody Nature Center’s new covered pavilion. Councilman Terry Nall and I will be your host.

9. That is all from here tonight. I trust all of you are enjoying this nice warm summer. Keep yourself up-to-date by checking our city website @ www.dunwoodyga.gov. Remember we are all neighbors so lets be kind to each other. Please pass this update on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA and 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. I appreciate your thoughts and comments so keep them coming.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Voting, Sanitation Pick-up, Parents Cyber Safety Class, Situation Awareness Class, Events, Georgetown Park

1. Vote … I trust at the top of your list of things to do tomorrow, May 20th, is to vote. One of the greatest aspects of being freedom loving Americans is our privilege to vote as free men and women. Voting will be at your normal polling place and the polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. PLEASE VOTE!!

2. Sanitation Pick-up … This is for those of us that are in the test group of the once a week sanitation pick-up. Make sure you put your green 65 gal containers with the silver bar in the front of the container facing the street … the green handle that you pull the container with will face the curb. Keep other containers, blue recycle box, etc about 18” away from the 65 gal green container in order for the “mechanical arm” to be able to pick up the green container.  One question has come up … what to do if you have more trash than will fit in the 65 gal container … DC prefers you put the excess in black plastic bags close but not right next to the green container. A secondary solution would be to put the excess in a trash container of some type.

3. Parents Cyber Safety Class … Are you worried about the information and content your children are exposed to online? Please plan to join the Dunwoody Police Department for a FREE informational class to educate parents on the potential dangers of the cyber world and how to protect children from inappropriate content. The class will be held tomorrow, May 20th, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Dunwoody City Hall. The class is free. For more information and to register go to our city website … dunwoodyga.gov, click on events calendar, then click on Parents Cyber Safety Class on May 20.

4. Situation Awareness Class … Our police will conduct this class at city hall this Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. This is a class covering a broad spectrum of personal safety issue on how to recognize danger and how to keep you safe from harm. The class is taught by our police department.
  To register go to our city website … dunwoodyga.gov … click on events calendar and then click on Situation Awareness Class on May 22.

5. Other events:
Food Truck Thursday … At Brook Run Park Thursday, May 22 for 5 PM to 8 PM. Note …starting June 1st the hours will change to 6 PM to 9PM.
Dunwoody Memorial Day Ceremony … At Brook Run Park at 1000 on May 26.
City Council Meeting … At city hall Tuesday, May 27.
Perimeter Park Public  Meeting: At city hall at 6 PM on May 29th. This will be the second public meeting on this proposed park … come and be heard and informed.

6. Georgetown Park … The following is a condensed, time lapse video from four differs views of the construction of Georgetown Park that we officially opened this passed Saturday. It is kind of a neat video that I think you will enjoy.
http://youtu.be/Xv98tKuDBys
http://youtu.be/19LPAtVd1OE
http://youtu.be/YeofPO3gWv0
http://youtu.be/5uKEFQQGoug

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Lemonade Days, Sanitation Changes, Voting & Events

1. Lemonade Days … Tomorrow, is the last day for this year’s Lemonade Days at Brook Run Park. The Chaplin has answered our prayers for great weather and everyone is having a fun time. Bring yourself and the entire family over tomorrow for a fun filled day. All proceeds go back into our Parks.

2. Sanitation Pick UP Changes … This Monday, April 28, DeKalb County (DC) starts a trial period for once a week pick up for those in certain designated areas of our County … about 30% of Dunwoody is in the designated trial area including Meredy and I. If you are in the trial area you should have received … a letter from DC, a 65 gallon green container on wheels and a yellow hanging instructional document. If you didn’t receive these items then your trash pick up will be the same as usual. The following info is only for those in the trial area …
Pick up day … Your pick up day will be the same day as your yard waste and recycle pick up is currently.
Method of pick up … There will be three trucks coming by with each truck picking up one of the below items:
You will put you new 65 gal. container out will normal trash (make sure it is in plastic bags within this container as the container is going to be flipped to empty it into the truck with a hydraulic arm … if you have loose items in this container they are going to be scattered all over your area. Place the container with the pull handle facing the curb … the medal bar which the hydraulic arms picks the container up by will be facing the street  … there is also a green arrow on each of the top back of the lid that should be pointing towards the street.
Recyclables will still go out in the blue box and blue bags.
Yard waste will continue to be put in yard waste bags or properly bundled.
Feedback … The DC Sanitation Dept. solicits your comments. Ph # 404-294-2900 or 770-936-5436/5427.

Two other items …
For those citizens that currently have “back door” pick up that will continue as currently done … just use the 65 gal. green container.
In the trial period only 65 gallon containers will be available. If the, one day a week pick up becomes permanent, then DC will investigated the purchase of smaller containers for those physically unable to handle the 65 gallon containers.

3. Voting for the May 20 primary election … Remember in a primary election you must select Republican, Non Partisan or Democrat ballot. Also when voting in person you must have a government issued photo ID.
Early Voting … This is voting in person and the closes locations to Dunwoody are (dates and times are included)…

04/28/2014 - 05/16/2014
       7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F
       Memorial Drive Complex, Suite 300
       4380 Memorial Drive
       Decatur, GA  30032
Also Sat 05/10 from 8 AM - 5 PM.

04/28/2014 - 05/16/2014
       7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F
       Tucker Recreation Center
       4898 LaVista Road
       Tucker, GA  30084
Also Sat 05/10 from 8 Am - 5 PM.

 05/12/2014 - 05/16/2014
       7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F
       Chamblee Civic Center
       3540 Broad Street
       Chamblee, GA  30341.

Absentee Voting … Absentee Voting is now open … To get an absentee ballot application go to the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Election website …. http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/voter/default.html … select Voter Information (number two item on the top left side of the page), then select Absentee Ballot Application (second item from the bottom).  The process is then you can fill out the ballot application on line and email it in, print the application and fax it in or mail it in (see email, fax and mailing address below). Your ballot will be mailed to you (turn around time is usually fairly quick) … Completed application must be received by the VR&E Office no later than 4:00 PM, the Friday prior (May 16 in this case) to any election in order to be processed. When your ballot is received in the mail …  fill out your ballot and mail it back in the envelope provided.

Voter Registration
4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032
PH # 404-298-4020
Fax # 404-298-4038
Email … voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov

Normal / Regular Voting … This voting is at your regular polling place on May 20 from 7 AM to 7 PM.

MY NOTE … REMEMBER A LOT OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS … AND SOME MAY HAVE BEEN YOUR RELATIVES, FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS …GAVE THEIR LIVES TO SAFE GUARD OUR PRIVILEGE TO VOTE … PLEASE KEEP FAITH WITH THEM BY EXERCISING THIS PRIVILEGE WE HAVE AS AMERICANS.

4. Dunwoody Green Market ... Just a reminder that the Dunwoody Green Market is now open every Wednesday from 8AM to Noon. This year the market new location is at Dunwoody Baptist Church located on Mt Vernon Rd.

5. Coming Events …
APR 28 … City Council Work Session (6PM) and Meeting (7PM)
MAY 10 & 11th … Dunwoody Arts Festival
MAY 10. … Dunwoody’s Stream Clean Up. Volunteers will clean the trash from our streams12. Meet at City Hall at 11 AM in work clothes.
MAY 12 … City Council Meeting
MAY 17 … Grand opening of the Georgetown Park. Times … 11 AM - 3 PM.
MAY 26 … Dunwoody Memorial Day Ceremony. Location-Brook Run Park starting at 10 AM. Ceremony goes rain or shine.
MAY 27 … City Council Meeting. Yes, it is on a Tuesday due to Memorial Day on Monday, MAY 26.
MAY 29 … New Perimeter Area Park Public Meeting … 6 PM at City Hall. I thank those 20 citizens that showed up for the first meeting this last Tuesday.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Election Poll Workers in Dunwoody

Quality poll workers are critical to our election process. Years ago the poll workers in Dunwoody were mostly our local citizens. In the passed few years that has change with a lot of our poll workers coming from outside our area. I have found that recently some of our poll workers have lack some professionalism. DeKalb County Election Board, which hires all of the County election poll workers, currently has some poll positions open in Dunwoody and I think it would enhance the voting process if we had some of our citizens filling those positions. There is some training involved before ever election but there is NO Previous Experience Required. Currently there is a Manger Position open at Congreational Salome and two Assistant Manager Positions open At Kingswood United Methodist Church. The hours are from 7 AM to 7 PM on all election days  … the next election day will be May 20, 2014. The pay is $270/day for the manager position and $200/day for the Asst. manager position. The names have to be in to the County prior to 4 PM on this Monday, March 10, 2014. I hope some of you will step forward and fill these positions. 

Please contact our Dunwoody City Clerk, Sharon Lowery, directly at sharon.lowery@dunwoodyga.gov or 678-382-6711 to apply. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dunwoody Update: Weather, Power Outages, Road Closings, Events

1. Weather …. Mother Nature is once again proving she is a very tough adversary. The streets are all very slick and unless you have an emergency I highly recommend you stay home or if you are some else place that you stay put. I got out and drove around about 4 hours ago … someone has to be the guinea pig. There is very little traffic and I thank everyone for staying off the roads. The main streets are somewhat passible if you know how to drive on ice and are very careful. The neighborhood streets and parking lots are a sheet of ice. Since I have been out the situation has deteriorated due to the continuous freezing rain. Our crews have been out plowing and spreading salt and sand since the wee hours of this morning … my thanks to their dedication and the dedication of our police officers as they work around the clock. As I read the radar we are going to continue to get some freezing drizzle and snow until about 2:00 - 3:00 AM Thursday. The temperature is not forecast to get above freezing until about 10:00 AM tomorrow morning. Thus, the streets will still be very dangerous. I recommend you put your driving plans on hold again tomorrow. The more you can stay off the roads the more we can work on getting the roads in driving condition. The temperatures are forecast to get up to about 40 tomorrow afternoon but there will be freezing temperatures again Th night. So Friday morning will again dangerous driving. This is a good time to catch up on "Family bonding." This is also a good time to ensure we take care of each other and especially those neighbors that may need some extra help. If you need help please don't be hesitant to ask for help …. that is why we call ourselves a "Community."

2. Power Outages … We have had a few power outages due to trees falling on electric wires. Due to the safety of our crews we are restricted from removing those trees until the power company deems it safe. The good news is that we have seen the power company truck in Dunwoody. If you see a power line down I recommend you stay away from it and call 911. If you have a power outage the Georgia Power phone # is 888-891-0938. We have had other trees fall onto the streets and those trees have been removed by our city crews. If you see a tree down please go our website … dunwoodyga.gov … and report it on "SeeClickFix" or call our Public Works Dept. at 678-382-6850 … after hours call 678-382-6700 and press 2 when you hear the recording.

3. Need Help … If you have an emergency and need help call 911. Our police cars have chains on … how is that for planning ahead … and or EMT vehicles can also get around. The bottom line … help is available.

4. Road Closings …. There are some road closings due to ice, and or trees and power lines down. Perimeter Center Parkway Bridge and Ashbury Square between Ashford Dunwoody Road and just passed the Walmart are closed. Dunwoody Club Dr is currently being evaluated for closing.

5. City Hall … Except for essential emergency services the City Hall will be close again tomorrow. All meetings scheduled for tomorrow have been cancelled.

6. City Updates … We are putting out updates via our city email list … we have about 10,000 folks signed up to rx these email updates. I recommend you sign up to stay informed. Go to the following website to sign up ... https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/DUNWOODYGA/subscriber/new or check our website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov.

7. Future Events ….
1. MAR 6th  … The State of the City address in on MAR 6 with the reception starting at 6 PM and the State of the City at 7 PM. Location is at the Crown Plaza Ravinia.
2. FEB 20th … Public meeting by the DeKalb School Board to discuss the demolition of the old Shallowford/ Chamblee School. Meeting starts at 6 PM at the Chestnut Charter Middle School, Media Center.
3. FEB 20th … Dunwoody Town Hall Meeting from 7 PM to 9 PM @ Dunwoody High School.
4. FEB 24th … City Council Work Session @ 6 PM and Regular Meeting @ 7 PM. It will include the agenda items from the FEB 10th meetings that were cancelled.