Wednesday, July 1, 2015

District 1 Councilors Hold Town Hall

By Steven Spencer in the Dunwoody Crier

With his mayoral campaign in full swing, Dunwoody City Councilman and Mayor Pro tem Denis Shortal held the last District One town hall meeting last week before the big election in November. Along with his fellow District One councilman, Terry Nall, Shortal covered a wide range of topics currently affecting the citizens of Dunwoody and DeKalb County. First on the agenda for the night was the issue of sanitation. Beginning Monday, July 6, DeKalb County will initiate a “Once a Week” pickup plan for trash. For most citizens, the new pickup days will occur on the same day that recycling is currently picked up. All citizens will receive a 65 gallon green container from the start, but alternate sized bins will become available as the program progresses. Shortal and Nall also touched on the matter of paving roads in Dunwoody, and how such paving would affect already troublesome traffic conditions in the afternoon. Out of consideration for local residents, Dunwoody will not pursue night-paving, as it is a nuisance to those trying to sleep and also relatively more expensive. The extra traffic delays caused by daytime paving are just some of the “inconveniences of enhancements,” Shortal said. Chamblee Dunwoody Road, one of the streets in Dunwoody that needs repaving the most at the moment, will get just that in the summer of 2016. The end goal for Dunwoody is to move to a plan that would require the repaving of roads on a 20-year rotation instead of the more commonly used 50-year cycle. “Very few things last for fifty years. Unless the streets are made of steel, they need to be repaved sooner,” Shortal said. The subject of future projects at Brook Run Park also came up Wednesday night. Nall expressed interest in seeing the creation of lacrosse, football, and soccer fields in the near future. Shortal and Nall also reminded the citizens of Dunwoody that Brook Run Park must reserve seventy per cent of its area for “green space,” meaning any upcoming developments need to maximize the use of the allotted land. All in all, Shortal and Nall asserted that Dunwoody does work as a city and is running well. Shortal, however, says he believes that more progress could be made with a change in leadership, and is poised to challenge Mayor Mike Davis in the upcoming election. A fiscal conservative, Shortal says, if elected, he intends to lead Dunwoody in a way that promotes a more positive atmosphere.