Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Election, Paving, New City Hall, Recycle Events, Concert, Veteran's Day

1. Election … I ask you to please exercise your privilege to vote. Thousands of our fellow Americans have sacrificed their lives for us to have this privilege.
Early Voting continues today thru this Friday at the Dunwoody Library from 7 AM to 7 PM. As of yesterday 115,000 DC citizens have voted early or absentee.
Normal Voting Day is next Tuesday, NOV 8th. Vote at your normal voting polling location. Polls will are open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

2. Voting … Citizens keep asking me who to vote for and how to vote on the Constitutional Amendments and the DC Special Election issue. It is not my place to tell you who and what to vote for … that is your decision. I will tell you how I am voting and you can use that for what ever it is worth.
President … Trump, US Senate … Isakson, Public Serv Com … Echols, US Representative 6th District … Tom Price, State Senator … Fran Miller, State Representative … Tom Taylor, District Attorney … Sherry Boston, Sheriff … Jeff Mann, DC Tax Commissioner … Irvin Johnson, Chief Executive Officer … Thurmond, DC Bd of Commissioners - Dist 1 … Nancy Jester and Dist 6 Kathie Gannon. Constitutional Amendments …
1 … Yes, 2 … Yes, 3 … Yes, 4 … Yes. DC Special Election - Homestead Exemption … Yes.

Again, how you vote is your decision but however you vote …. PLEASE VOTE!

3. Paving … All the streets `on the 2016 scheduled and supplemental paving list have been completed. The 2017 paving list will be coming out in December and the request for bids will be released NLT January.

4. More Paving … Paving of Chamblee Dunwoody Road (CDR) from Womack to Cambridge was not scheduled to be paved this year. However, due to the warm dry weather we have been having we have moved forward to try to get it paved this year. We have been delayed the last few days awaiting DC to finish the water line work. We have been told they would finish that this morning … stay tuned. We have been working on completing the necessary “deep patching” and most of that is completed. Final “top-coat" paving on this area of CDR will take about a week. As I have said before … patience will be required from all of us but the final results are worth it!

5. New City Hall … We are continuing to move forward on the overall process. We have the same Program Manager in place that did the pre-purchase evaluation of the building and parking lot. They will oversee everything until move in day. The bids are in and we are in the process of final selection for an architect for the build-out of the interior of the building. The next process will be to select a Construction Manager (in basic terms this is the general manager of the interior build-out construction). There are still four tenants in the building and we are in negotiations and assisting them with their with moving plans.

6. Recycle Events … We have two more recycling event this year. Preregistration is required … to register email Andrew Russell at …  andrew.russell@dunwoodyga.gov. Please remember that these events are for Dunwoody residents only (bring an ID with an address).
Electronic Recycling … NOV 13th from 1 - 4 PM at St Luke’s Presbyterian Church parking lot on Mt Vernon Rd. All electronic items accepted. Deadline to register is 4 PM on Friday NOV 11th.

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling … DEC 11th from 12:30 to 4 PM at our current City Hall Parking lot located at 41 Perimeter Center East.  Items accepted … aerosols- adhesives, resin & epoxies- mercury debris/articles/devices- lawn care products- automotive products- fluorescent bulbs- pharmaceuticals- photo chemicals- hobby & artist supplies- paints- cleaners and swimming pool supplies and poisons & pesticides. Deadline to register is 4 PM on Friday DEC 9th.

7. Concert … The U S Naval Academy Gospel Choir will preform a free concert themed a “Salute to America’s Heroes” Friday, NOV 11th (Veteran’s Day) at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert starts at 7 PM. If you have not heard this choir you are in for a real treat.

8. Veteran’s Day … The annual Dunwoody Veteran’s Day Ceremony will take place on NOV 11th at 10 AM at the Veteran’s Memorial in Brook Run Park. Every year more and more patriotic Dunwoody and surrounding area citizens attend this event to honor those who have served to preserved our Freedom. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

9. Volunteer Day … My thanks to all the members of the Dunwoody Volunteer Coordination Committee and our City Park Staff for a successful “Volunteer Day” last Saturday. This annual event is a great show of community spirit.

10. Safety … I ask everyone please do not exceed the speed limits on our streets around town and also when you see some one in a crosswalk to stop and give them the right-of-way to cross the street. Speeding and crosswalk violations are two of the biggest complaints I receive from citizens. Remember we are all family in Dunwoody so lets take care of each other.

11. That is all for this morning. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA, etc. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for everything each of you do to make us a great city family and create an atmosphere of mutual respect and quality of life that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Dunwoody Park/Austin School, Elections, Haunted Farm Tour, Drought, Security

1. Dunwoody Park / Austin School … The City has entered into a "letter of intent” (LOI) with the DeKalb County Board 0f Education (DCBE) to exchange certain properties via an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA). The LOI does not bind either party to the agreement until it has been formally approved. Basically to City would give the DCBE approx. 10 + acres which is the Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields in Dunwoody Park in exchange for 9.8 acres of the current Austin school site and 7.9 to build baseball fields at Peachtree Middle School. There are a lot of other details included in the IGA. The details, drawings, finances, etc. will be fully explained at two “town hall” type meetings to be held at 6 PM on OCT 17 (that is tonight) and OCT 25 at the Dunwoody City Hall (41 Perimeter Center East). The format of these “meetings” will start citizens having time to view the displays followed by a formal presentation by the city staff and then questions & answers (this includes statements). Representatives of the DCBE will also be in attendance. In my opinion there are details to be worked out to protect the “quality of life” of the neighbors (to clarify I am one of those neighbors) just as we should do in any residential area in our city.  Also of important is to ensure the long term survivability of Dunwoody Senior Baseball program. These meetings are very important for the future of our entire community and I urge each of you to attend. Your input is important and valued.

The plan is to also discuss this issue as a “First Read” at the OCT 24 City Council meeting with a vote to the taken at the NOV 14 City Council meeting.

2. Elections … Election Day is NOV 8, 2016. This is a Federal (President, US Senator and US House of Representatives) and GA State Senate and Representatives.  Voting will be at your normal polling locations from   7 AM - 7 PM.

Early Voting … In DC Early Voting starts today and goes through NOV 4. Locations close to Dunwoody with dates and times when the polls will be open for early voting are ….

North DeKalb - Tucker Recreational Center, 4898 LaVista Rd, Tucker, GA … M - Fr 10/17 - 11/4 7 AM - 7 PM and Saturdays 10/22 & 10/29 7 AM - 7 PM (No Sunday voting)

Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd and Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree RD, NE, Brookhaven, GA … M - Fr 10/31 - 11/4 only … from 7 AM - 7 PM. (No weekend voting at either of these locations).

Absentee Voting … You may vote absentee by submitting an absentee ballot application electronically, fax or by mail not later than OCT 29, 2016.

Submitting by Fax or US Mail … go to  http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/Voter/pdf/absentee.pdf then on the left side of the page select “Applications and Forms” and then select “Absentee Ballot Application” (in the middle of the page) fill out the application and fax to 404-298-4038 or mail to DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections, 4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032. You will receive your ballot very quickly then fill out your ballot and mail in the envelope you receive with the ballot.

Submitting Electronically follow the instructions above then after you have fill out your application, scan it and then attach it to an email to VoterReg@DeKalbCountyga.gov.

3. Haunted Farm Tour … This event, sponsored by our Boy Scout Troop 477, is on OCT 22 from 3 PM to 9 PM at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm located at the corner of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd and Vermack Rd. You will meet all kinds Dunwoody historical characters and the event also includes games, crafts, music, food and … Fun for the whole Family! The money raised go to help send boys to summer camp and provide funds for boys who can’t afford to participate in scouting.

4. Drought … The GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared DC and 52 other counties in GA as "Level 1 Drought.” The main restriction is a Georgia law that limits outdoor watering to the hours between 4 PM  -  10 AM. For more details visit GA EPD’s “My Drop Counts” on the GA EPD’s website … http://epd.georgia.gov/sites/epd.georgia.gov/files/related_files/FINAL-MDC_ConservationBrochure_Final.pdf

5. Security … The Christmas shopping season is already starting. Almost all of us shop in stores and on-line. However, there are a few of the "bad guys” that shop by looking in cars where folks have left valuables, gifts, etc. in plain sight. Don’t be a victim this Christmas season and as well as all year round … keep your gifts, valuables, etc out of view in your car. Also be aware of your surroundings as you walk to you car in a parking lot with your gifts in hand. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

6. That is all for this afternoon. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city family. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and quality of life that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dunwoody Update: City Hall & Attorney Legal Opinion

1. City Hall … Big day forward for Dunwoody! As of today the citizens of Dunwoody own the building that will be our new city hall. The much advertised building is located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd and
the current name on the building is Community & Southern Bank … just north of Chili’s restaurant. The owner ask $8,500,000 and we paid $8.050,000 or approx. $179 / square foot which is $50 -70 below new construction cost. The new city hall, which was completed in 1995, sits on 3.26 scares and includes 180 parking spots. The building is 45,000 square feet and when the "build out” is complete the city will occupy the entire building. Some tenants will have to move and this will be followed by the “build out” to fit our needs. Conservatively we will occupy the building in the first quarter 2018 but our push is to be in earlier. We have secured a loan at a 1.98% interest rate.

2. Attorney Legal Opinion / Dunwoody Boards and Committees Conflict of Interest Issue and Meeting Legality … On 24 JUN 2016 at a Special Called meeting the Dunwoody City Council voted to seek outside legal opinion to address two issues (1) whether the 13 JUN 2016 executive session was proper and (2) whether the outside firm agreed with the 6 JUN 2016 Memorandum from our city attorneys regarding conflicts of interest of DHA Officers, Boards Members and Members serving on four ( Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Design Review Advisory Committee, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals) of the 13 Dunwoody City Boards and Committees. After an open and competitive bid the law firm of Hulsey, Oliver and Mahar, LLP out of Gainesville, GA was select by the city manager. This firm has or is currently representing 35 GA State agencies or authorities and county and city government on various governmental legal matters.  The lead attorney was Abbott Hayes. The findings and opinions of the firm are attached below and basically the firm determine that (1) the executive session of 13 JUN 2016 "was proper” and  (2) that “active participation by Dunwoody elected officials and appointees in DHA activities, such as service on committees, service as an officer, and attendance at meetings to consider rezoning and other applications made to the city, is a conflict of interest that arguably tends to impair the independence of his or her judgement or action in the performance of official duties, in violation of City Charter 2-213(a) (1).”  Many of you have voiced your opinion on these two issues … I ask you to read the document and then send me feedback to … Denis Shortal <denis.shortal@dunwoodyga.gov>. I am interested in what you have to say. Where do we go from … at the 12 SEP 2016 city council meeting Abbott Hayes will personally be at the meeting to brief us and take questions from the Council. At a later regular open meeting the Council Members will decide what action to take.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Tonight's Storm, Paving

1. Tonight’s Storm … I just received a call from Georgia Power and I know some of our citizens are without power especially on the south end of Dunwoody tonight. The Georgia Power representative informed me that one of their main transformers got hit and that they have all crews out working on the problem but they do not have an exact time when full power will be restored. You can go online to GeorgiaPower.com and click on storm/power outage and you can get updates from that page by putting in your address or ZIP Code. They also advise that we should consider any wire that is on the ground to the hot/live and to stay away from the wire. Unless you have emergency backup power you probably can't receive this email so I'm asking those in your neighborhood that can receive this email to please pass the word to our citizens w/o power.

2. Paving … Due the diligent efforts of our city staff we were able to locate a replacement milling sub-contractor in Augusta, GA to do the milling on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Robert Dr to Womack plus Nadine Lane. There will be no increase in cost to the city. They started yesterday morning. The milling will be followed by some extensive patching and then the final paving layer will be applied. The finish product will be an outstanding enhancement to the Dunwoody Village area. Be advised there will be delays encountered in the paving area while this process is ongoing. During the milling process the pavement will be very rough so please drive carefully. I strongly urge to seek out and take alternate routes for your travels during the paving process. This process will take at least two week to complete and that is with factoring in good weather condition. This will take a lot of patience on the part of all of us but the end results will be well worth it.

3. That is all for this evening. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great "city family.” Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Public Information Meeting, Communications, Paving, Voting, Safety, Dunwoody Restaurants

1. Public Information Meeting … There will be a public information meeting tonight on the Mt Vernon Rd / Tilly Mill Rd intersection project. The meeting is tonight - Tuesday, AUG 16 - from 6 - 8 PM at All Saints Catholic Church located at 2443 Mt Vernon Rd in Dunwoody. Come and listen to the possibilities for the intersection improvements and provide your input.

2. Communications … Repeat item. It is important that all of us stay informed on what is going on in our city. We have several initiatives that we in the city have to keep you informed. These include items of interest in the local media, our Dunwoody website - dunwoodyga.gov - that you should check frequently and our “Dunwoody E-News.” The Dunwoody E-News is put out in an email forum every Friday afternoon by our city communications personnel. It is full of the events, new updates, etc. of what is going on in our city. To get this valuable weekly email you have to sign up … there are currently over 13,000 subscribers. This is not a political document nor are we trying to sell you anything … we are just trying to keep you informed. I highly recommend you sign up for this service. Sign up is easy … just go to …. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/DUNWOODYGA/subscribers/new?topic_id=DUNWOODYGA_1

3. Paving … Paving on many streets continue though out the city. The paving on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Roberts Dr to Womack is another story. On Thursday, July 28 our paving contractor, for this project, told our staff in a meeting that they would start milling on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd on Sunday night July 30. This is the origin of the paving information in my email update of July 29. On Friday evening July 29 we were informed that there might be a problem and they would call us Sunday night to let us know. We did not get a call Sunday night. The miller was a sub-constructor.  We were supposed to start milling earlier in July but that was delayed due problems that arose from the water pipe installation by DC. We are working daily with our contractor as well as contacting every contractor in the area to get the milling started without positive results. The problem is paving business is good and all the contractors we have contacted are busy. We will keep you informed … as soon as we know something it will be passed. See # 2 above.

3. Voting … For those of you who have not registered to vote or have moved to a new location since you last registered the deadline to registered in OCT 11, 2016 … this is for the NOV election. For information to register to vote you can call 404-298-4020 or got on line … https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button.

4. Safety … School is back is session. Please drive safely and take extra care in your driving habits to keep our children safe.

5. Dunwoody Restaurants … There is an outstanding selection of restaurants in our great city for your dining pleasure. For a list of all the restaurants go to the Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website … www.cvbdunwoody.com/restaurants/

6.That is all for this afternoon. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city family. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Paving Update, Dunwoody Village Townhomes, Dunwoody Butterfly Festival

1. Paving Update … Alert, the paving of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd between Roberts Dr and Womack Rd, barring the unforeseen like weather, etc., is schedule to start this Sunday night, July 31. This includes paving Nandina Ln. The process will start with milling on the roads Sunday night. This will be followed by some patching and then the final paving layer will be applied. The finish product will be an outstanding enhancement to the Dunwoody Village area. Be advised there will be delays encountered while this process is ongoing. I strongly urge to seek out and take alternate routes for your travels during the paving process. This process will take at least a week to complete. This will take a lot of patience on the part of all of us but the end results will be well worth it.

2. Dunwoody Village Townhomes … It has been announced that Cal Atlantic Homes has been selected as the building for the townhomes in Dunwoody Village. Their reputation is of being a builder of quality homes.These townhomes will be located across the street behind the Dunwoody Post Office where the two story red brick buildings are currently located. Cal Atlantic is a national builder that has developments at 22 locations in the Atlanta area. Their website is www.calatlantichomes.com. With development planning, permits, etc. it will be awhile before construction commences.

3. Dunwoody Butterfly Festival … This annual “fun for the whole family event” at the Dunwoody Nature Center will be held this year on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM. You can venture inside two enormous tents overflowing with hundreds of beautiful, free roaming butterflies. Other live animal encounters, such as a reptile showcase and Birds of Prey show, will be featured. It is a good idea to get your tickets in advance and lock in your show time. For more information go to … http://www.dunwoodynature.org/Butterfly-Festival

4. That is all for this morning. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great "city family." Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dunwoody Update: E-HOST and SPLOST, Billboards, Dunwoody Polic, "Kiss Me Kate", Dunwoody Butterfly Festival, Keep Our City Beautiful

1. E-HOST and SPLOST Issue … The E-HOST and SPLOST were voted down last night by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (DCBOC) by a vote of 5 - 0 … one commissioner was absent. We should applaud the commissioners for taking a strong stand on this issue. What does this mean to Dunwoody citizens:

The E-HOST (which would take the place of the current 1% HOST sales tax) and the 1% additional SPLOST sales tax will not be on the ballot on this Novembers election

DeKalb County total sales tax will stay at 7 % .. this includes the current 1% HOST sales tax

The current DeKalb County property tax assessment freeze will remain in effect

Support for the E-HOST and SPLOST tax was lost when it was determined that due to unintended language in HB-596 that if the E-HOST and SPLOST became law the DC property tax assessment freeze would cease to exist

Another problem was that DC's original intent was to use the SPLOST 1% tax for transportation infrastructure upgrades … the project list created by DC only had approx. 60% of these funds being used for transportation infrastructure

In SPLOST, based on population, Dunwoody would have received approx. 7% of the total SPLOST funds and the City Council had voted to allocate 100% of those funds for city transportation enhancements

FYI, the freeze on our city property tax assessment would not have been affected due to the E-HOST / SPLOST vote … the city property tax assessment freeze would have remained in place

What next …. in the next George legislative session starting in JAN 2017 I think the legislature will fix the language in HB-596 to continue and extend the DC property tax assessment freeze if another E-HOST and SPLOST is brought forth and passed by the voters. A couple of other enhancements to HB-596 would be to allow flexibility on selecting the election cycle to vote of the issues and, setting a minimum percentage of SPLOST funds received that must be spent on transportation enhancements.

2. Billboards … After more than 6 years in court the City of Dunwoody has won our court case vs the billboard company and within the last few days the LED flashing billboard at the corner of N Peachtree Rd and I-285 has been reverted to its original static billboard status as per the court order. We should all be pleased with the court’s ruling as this is a big win for all the residence of Dunwoody.

3. Dunwoody Police …  In an announcement yesterday Dunwoody Police Department have charged 10 people responsible for a series of car break-ins that have occurred across Dunwoody since early June. Those charged range from age 53 down to including four juveniles. One of those that was arrested was charged with 10 felony counts of breaking into cars at swim and tennis clubs in Dunwoody. The solving of this case is another example of the outstanding professionalism of the men and women of our Dunwoody Police Department.

4. "Kiss Me Kate" … This musical open last Friday night at our own Stage Door Players in a true broadway fashion to a sell out audience. Through the performance of a star-studded cast the audience was wooed by humorous acting and songs from one of the greatest composers of our time. It was definitely one of the best plays I have ever seen. If you only go to one play a year or one play in five years this is the one you should see. Show times are 8 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a 2:30 PM Sunday matinee thru August 7. If you plan to go I recommend you get tickets ASAP … Ph #770-396-1726 EXT 6.

5. Dunwoody Butterfly Festival … This annual “fun for the whole family event” at the Dunwoody Nature Center will be held this year on Saturday, August 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM. You can venture inside two enormous tents overflowing with hundreds of beautiful, free roaming butterflies. Other live animal encounters, such as a reptile showcase and Birds of Prey show, will be featured. It is a good idea to get your tickets in advance and lock in your show time. For more information go to … http://www.dunwoodynature.org/Butterfly-Festival

6. Keep Our City Beautiful … One of the frequent complaints I received concerns trash and trash cans left at the curb. One of the things we can all do to help alleviate this problem is to do the neighborly thing of not taking our trash and yard waste out to the curb until the night before our trash pick-up and then taking our containers away from the curb the night of our trash pick-up. If you are going out of town ask you neighbor to perform these tasks for you. We all thank you.

7. That is all for this evening. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city family. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Special Called City Council Meeting, DHA Meeting, City Council Meeting

1. Special Called City Council Meeting …. Tomorrow, Sunday July 10, there is a special called city council meeting in the council chambers at city hall at 4 PM. The purpose and take action on a proposed settlement.

2. DHA Meeting … Tomorrow, Sunday July 10, I will address the DHA at the DHA meeting at 7:30 PM. Their meeting is held at the Spruill Center of the Arts  … 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. It is the same building that houses the Library and Stage Door Players.

3. City Council Meeting … The city council will hold its regular schedule meeting on Monday, July 11 at the city hall. I hope to see you there. The agenda is below…

AGENDA
DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL MEETING
July 11, 2016
6:00 PM – Council Chambers
41 PERIMETER CENTER EAST, SUITE 103 DUNWOODY, GA 30346
DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER
INVOCATION
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
1. Georgia Heritage Trail. (Jessica Guinn)
2. SPLOST Presentation by Commissioner Nancy Jester.
3. Update on Brook Run Theatre. (Randy Lewis)
4. Update on Tree Top Quest. (Brent Walker)
5. City Hall Update. (Eric Linton)
PUBLIC COMMENT - Public Comment allows the City Council the opportunity to listen to the public (3 minutes per speaker/30 minutes total).
CONSENT AGENDA
6. June 13, 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes.
7. June 24, 2016 City Council Special Called Meeting Minutes.
8. Amendment to 401a Plan. (Chris Pike)
9. Usage Agreement with Chiefs Futbol Club. (Brent Walker)
10. Funding Approval for Stormwater Repairs at 1542 Bishop Hollow Run. (Michael Smith)
11. Approval of ITB 16-03 Donaldson Bannister Farm Restroom Addition. (Brent Walker)
               
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MEETING AGENDA JULY 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM

12. Approval of RFP 16-03 North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center Bathroom Renovation. (Brent Walker)
BUSINESS ITEMS (ACTION ITEMS)
13. Council Direction on Brook Run Theatre. (Lynn Deutsch)
14. FIRST READ: Ordinance Amendment to Chapter 4 Alcoholic Beverages re: Temporary Alcohol License and Update to Alcohol Fee Schedule. (ORDINANCE 2016-XX-XX) (Karine Brooms)
15. Proposed 2016 SPLOST Projects. (Michael Smith)
16. Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with DeKalb County for the Use and Distribution
of Proceeds of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (S.P.L.O.S.T.). (Michael Smith)
17. Resolution - EHOST and SPLOST Authorization. (RESOLUTION 2016-XX-XX)
18. FIRST READ: Ordinance to Grant Temporary Easement to Palisades Venture, LLC. (ORDINANCE 2016-XX-XX) (Michael Smith)
19. FIRST READ: Ordinance to Grant a Permanent Easement to Palisades Venture, LLC. (ORDINANCE 2016-XX-XX) (Michael Smith)
20. FIRST READ: Consideration of Amendment to Chapter 8, Section 8-1(c) - Permissive Codes, of the City of Dunwoody Code of Ordinances. (ORDINANCE 2016-XX-XX) (Steve Foote)
PUBLIC COMMENT - Public Comment allows the City Council the opportunity to listen to the public (3 minutes per speaker).
CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
21. City Manager's Report on Legal Counsel for Second Opinion. COUNCIL COMMENTS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
ADJOURN

4. That is all for tonight. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city family. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Town Hall Meeting, Voting, Memorial Day

1. Town Hall Meeting for Dunwoody Home Owners Association (HOAs) Leadership … This meeting will take place tonight in room J200 at the Dunwoody Baptist Church from 6 - 8 PM.  Room J200 is located in the Sports Center which is located south of the main church building. I recommend you enter off the Ashford Dunwoody Rd entry. We would like to see at least two of the leadership team of each HOA attend. If the leaders are unavailable request you send a couple of other folks from your HOA. As with all of my Townhall Meetings everything is open for discussion. Among the initial items I will cover are the details of the proposed purchased of the building for our new City Hall. See you tonight!

2. Voting in the May 24, 2016 State and County Primary Election … The local “Early Polling” location … the Dunwoody Library … will be open until 7 PM today and from 7 AM to 7 PM tomorrow. Regular voting will take place on next Tuesday, May 24, at your normal polling/voting location in Dunwoody. This is for the Primary Election for all Georgia State and County elections. This is for the state and county elected official that will be making decisions that direct affect each of us for the next 2 and 4 year terms. This is also for the citizens to determine to continue or not continue the current ESPLOST 1% sales and use tax that goes towards capital improvements in the DeKalb County Schools. When voting you must choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot. As part of both ballots there will be a Nonpartisan ballot that is exactly the same regardless of your party affiliation. For sample ballots go to these websites …. Republican … http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/Voter/pdf/SampleBallot/SB_Rep_05242016.pdf and Democrat … http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/Voter/pdf/SampleBallot/SB_Dem_05242016.pdf. Although it is getting rather late you can still absentee vote by going to this website … http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/applicationForms.html# … and faxing - Ph # 404-298-4038, or emailing your absentee ballot - email address mwdaniel@dekalbcountyga.gov. … make sure you mail your ballot back in ASAP after you receive it in the mail… probably Saturday. Folks keep asking me who to vote for but that is your decision and your decision alone. I will tell you who some of the candidates that I will be voting for but again who you  vote for is your decision …  US Senate .. Johnny Isakson, State Senator 40th District … Fran Millar, State Representative 79th District … Tom Taylor, DC Board of Commissioners District 1…  Nancy Jester, Justice of the Supreme Court … David Nahmias, Judge, Superior Court of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit… JP  Boulee, Judge SuperiorCourt of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit … Angela Brown and Special Election for DC Tax Commissioner here there are two excellent candidates Irvin Johnson and Susannah Scott. In the Democratic primary Sherry Boston is running for DeKalb County District Attorney … she is one former Dunwoody City Court Judges and I would vote for her if I could. The ESPLOST issue …usually I don’t vote for tax items like this but I have voted for previous ESPLOSTs. There is a problem with this ESPOST … none of the funds are designated for any particular area or cluster of schools in the County. In plain words the funds will be spent at the discretion of the DC School Superintendent and the DC School Board. I am not to fond of that process. I think of the school tax we pay and then go over to DHS and look at the outdoor athletic facilities and I shake my head in disbelief.

3. Memorial Day … As you all know this is a day we honor all those who have given their lives in defense of the freedom we enjoy. The Dunwoody Memorial Day Ceremony will be celebrated on Monday, May 30 at the Veterans Memorial in Brook Run Park. The ceremony will start at 10 AM shape and will last about one hour. I look forward to seeing hundreds of our citizens there to pay tribute to the thousands upon thousands of Americans who have paid the supreme sacrifice for our privilege of living in the “Land of the Free." I encourage our young families to bring your young school children so that they can learn at an early age that ”Freedom is Not Free.”

4.That is all for this afternoon. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city family. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dunwoody Update: New Park in Dunwoody, Annual Paper Shredding Day, Monarchs and Margaritas, Paving, Tag Kiosk

1. The New Park in Dunwoody Grand Opening … Tomorrow evening at 4 PM there will be a ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of our new city park located at a Shallowford Rd and Pernoshal Ct. After the ribbon cutting it will a night of festivities including a “pickle ball” demo, a little basketball, music, food trucks and concluded with a movie (Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”) shown under the stars concluding at about 9:30 PM. Come join your fellow citizens for a night of fun.

2. Annual Paper Shredding Day … It is this Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM at Harry Norman Reality’s office parking lot at 4848 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Sponsors are our good business citizens… Harry Norman Reality, East 48th Street Market, Secure Shredding and the great ladies of the Dunwoody Women’s Club. Rules are up the 5 boxes or bags / household, paper with staples and paper clips are OK, no 3-ring binders or hard drives and you must stay with your items and watch your items be shredded.

3. Annual DNC Monarchs and Margaritas … This fun filled event takes place this Saturday night from 6 -9 PM. The location of the event this year is at the DNC in Dunwoody Park. There will be some food, drinks, live music, an auction and just a darn good time. All proceeds go to enhance the DNC facilities.  Dress code is your favorite pair of boots and whatever goes with that? … it is a Southern Chic Party. The only boots I have are the ones I wear working on the farm … hint, I need to borrow a pair  … 10 1/2 D.

4. Paving … The paving of Mt Vernon Rd from Vernon Springs to Ashford Dunwoody Rd has been completed. There are a couple items that need touching up but overall it looks like a quality job. Once the asphalt has cured it will be stripped. The bids on the RFP for paving the streets on the 2016 paving list are due to the city on May 9th. Our plan is to start that paving as soon as school is out.

5. Tag Kiosk … The first two Georgia Car Tag Renewal Kiosks will be opened in DC very soon. Unfortunately neither of the first two will be convient to Dunwoody. The first ones are located in Kroger stores in Decatur and south DC. I don’t have any timelines of when one will be opening in our neighborhood.

6. That is all for this evening. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Mt. Vernon Paving, Chamblee Dunwoody Water Line, Garbage Cart Resizing, Safety, Parks, Elections

1. Paving Mt Vernon Rd ... This is an immediate item. Current plans are for the paving of Mt Vernon Road between Vernon Oaks Dr and Ashford Dunwoody Rd will started tonight, Sunday, April 3rd at around 7 PM until approx. 6 AM daily. This will be our first try at night paving. The paving company had a paving crew available and with our schools being on spring break this week we thought we would take advantage of the opportunity. The are some residents that will be affected but the majority of the work is being done in the commercial areas of Mt Vernon Rd. We solicit your comment on the night paving. The first two to three days will be milling and deep patching. After milling and until we get the asphalt topcoat down the pavement will be rough. I recommend that to the maximum extent possible you avoid this area completely by taking alternate routes to and from your destinations. If all goes well and the weather cooperates the process will take at two to three weeks. Patience will be required by all of us. This is progress and there is no magic wand to make this progress happen immediately. Lets all be kind to each other while the paving is ongoing. At the Mt Vernon Rd and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd intersection we will pave a few feet around the corner north and south on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.

2. The Chamblee Dunwoody Rd Water Line Project … We have made good progress in the first five weeks of this project despite hitting some unmarked gas and water lines. The water line from Roberts Dr and up Nandina Ln is complete except for the tie-in at the end of Nandina to the new water line on Mt Vernon. Work will now be started to install the new water line on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, south of Mt Vernon down to Womack Rd. Our objective is to get the water completed down to Womack in time to pave Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Roberts Dr to Womack Rd in this year's paving season. With the progress we have made so far on this project and barring the unforeseen this objective is well within our reach.

3. DC Garbage Roll Cart Resizing Phase II Program … Residents of Dunwoody who have ordered resized green roll cart or the 65 gallon blue recycling roll cart have been getting their orders filled. Below is the instruction information I copied off the DC website …

DeKalb County’s Sanitation Division announced the implementation of Phase II of the Rolling Forward to One sanitation service change.  Phase II of the program provides residential customers in the City of Dunwoody with an opportunity to:
1. Rightsize your green garbage roll carts -- this involves switching to/from a 35-, 45-, 65- or 95-gallon green garbage roll cart. (Please note, a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid charge and mandatory recycling subscription will apply for all 95-gallon green garbage roll cart requests.)
2. Obtain additional green garbage roll carts beyond the one provided by the County during Phase I (Prepaid additional annual sanitation assessment fees and mandatory recycling subscription will apply.)
3. Request a 65-gallon blue recycling roll cart (a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid fee will apply)
To process one or more of these requests, residential customers can visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, click on the Sanitation Service Change Phase II link, complete and email the Residential Roll Cart Application to SanitationPhase2@dekalbcountyga.gov, or drop off or mail in a printed copy along with necessary payment at/to: Sanitation Division, Administrative Office, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.

4. Stay Informed … The City of Dunwoody puts out a weekly “Dunwoody E-News” that come out ever Friday. You can get this through various social media sources … email, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc. The purpose of this E-News is just to help keep you informed on what is happening in our city. We are not trying to sell you anything and we don’t give out your information. This has proven very popular and we have over 13,000 signed up to receive the "Dunwoody E-News.” I encourage each of you to make use of this informational tool. To sign up click on Manage Preferences below …
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5. Safety … Folks we have to pay more attention to stopping when someone is in a Crosswalk. It is not only the law but it is also just good common sense. A lot of those using the crosswalks are our students going to and from school. I can assure our police are paying very close attention to this issue. While talking about safety I ask everyone to observe the posted speed limits. Our city is only approx. five miles east to west  and four mile north to south and considering traffic you are not going to get somewhere much faster by speeding. Use the “10 minute rule” … leave 10 minutes earlier than required to get to your destination and you will have a safe and relaxing drive.

6. Parks Master Plan Survey … This was mailed out on MAR 26th to 5,000 randomly selected citizens. You input is important. If you received this survey please take the time to fill it out. For those who didn’t rx a random survey the survey will be available on approx. APR 15 on our dunwoodyga.gov website.

7. Elections … May 24, 2016 is the date for the General (State and Local) Primary Election, Nonpartisan General Election and Special Runoff Election. To vote in this election, I trust all of you will, you must be registered to vote NLT Apr 26, 2016. You can register to vote, change your address and/or name on your current registration record on-line at … https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button.

8. City Events …
a. City Council Meetings ... APR 11th and 25th starting at 6 PM at City Hall.
b. Stage Door Players … The current show “Hail Mary” has 6 more shows. APR 8, 9 & 10 and 16,17 & 18. The tickets are selling quickly so call the theater (770-396-1726) for tickets ASAP.
c. Lemonade Days …The ever popular annual event run by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) will be held 13 - 17 APR at Brook Run Park. All proceeds to enhance the city recreational properties managed by the DPT.
d. Monarchs and Margaritas (and Moonshine?)… This popular event will be held on APR 30th from 6 - 9 PM at the DNC in Dunwoody Park (new location this year).

9. That is all for this evening. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a great city. Let us all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dunwoody Update: State of the City, Voting, Parks Survey, Security, Safety, Trash

1. State of the City Event …. This will take place tonight, Thursday, FEB 25 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia from 6 - 9 PM. In the spirit of President Andrew Jackson everyone in Dunwoody is invited and most welcome to attend. The emphasis will be on plans your city for 2016 and beyond across the spectrum. I will see you there.

2. Voting … The Presidential Primary will be held in Georgia on MAR 1 at your normal polling place. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Early voting for this primary can be done at our Dunwoody Library today and Friday during normal library hours.

3. More Voting … Primary elections for all state and local elections plus voting on the Education Special Local Optional Sales Tax (ESPLOST) will be held at your normal polling place on Tuesday, May 24 from 7 AM to 7 PM. More information of this primary issues later.

4. Parks Survey … The Dunwoody Parks Plan Survey will be mailed out soon to 5,000 residents on a random basis. We ask you to take the time to fill it out and returned the survey. We need your input. At a later time to be determined there will be an online survey on the Dunwoody website (dunwoodyga.gov) for citizens who didn’t receive the random survey.

5. Security … Folks we continue to have cars broken into in what is called “opportunity break-ins” where items of value are left in plain sight. Also breaking are occurring when someone observes you put something of value in your car and then you leave your car to do another errand, etc.. A third issue is ladies that are going to an exercise class, etc. and you leave your car without your purse … this is a sign to the “bad guy” that your purse is probably still in the car. Good use of common sense in the above cases will save you a lot of time, mental anguish and money. It will also allow our police more time to patrol our neighborhoods.

6. Safety … Folks we all just have to be vigilant and make sure we are stopping and yielding the right-of way to a person/s in or entering a crosswalk. We just have too many incidents of drivers not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks in our city. It is an alarming problem.

7. Trash and Recycle Containers Switch Out / Resizing … Below is the information on “how to’ do this.  

DeKalb Introduces Garbage Roll Cart Resizing with Phase II Program: Dunwoody Residents Can Switch/Rightsize Garbage Roll Carts
DeKalb County’s Sanitation Division announced the implementation of Phase II of the Rolling Forward to One sanitation service change.  Phase II of the program provides residential customers in the City of Dunwoody with an opportunity to:
1. Rightsize your green garbage roll carts -- this involves switching to/from a 35-, 45-, 65- or 95-gallon green garbage roll cart. (Please note, a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid charge and mandatory recycling subscription will apply for all 95-gallon green garbage roll cart requests.)
2. Obtain additional green garbage roll carts beyond the one provided by the County during Phase I (Prepaid additional annual sanitation assessment fees and mandatory recycling subscription will apply.)
3. Request a 65-gallon blue recycling roll cart (a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid fee will apply)
To process one or more of these requests, residential customers can visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, click on the Sanitation Service Change Phase II link, complete and email the Residential Roll Cart Application to SanitationPhase2@dekalbcountyga.gov, or drop off or mail in a printed copy along with necessary payment at/to: Sanitation Division, Administrative Office, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.
What are the next steps once the roll cart application is submitted?
Generally, within a week of receipt of an application, a customer service team member will contact the customer with confirmation of receipt of the application, and provide further instructions. Follow-up instructions will include how to pay any required prepaid fees, and when the customer can anticipate receipt of the roll cart. For applications requiring no prepaid fees, generally, roll carts are delivered within 30 - 90 days of confirmation of the receipt of an application. For applications requiring prepaid fees, roll carts are generally delivered within 30 – 90 days from receipt of prepaid fees. Incomplete applications and the unavailability of carts requested can result in a delay in roll cart delivery. Prepaid fees for roll cart requests are nonrefundable, and all roll cart requests will be processed based on cart availability.
For detailed information, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document or view the Public Service Announcement video contained under the Phase II category.
Inquiries regarding Phase II should be directed to the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at (404) 294-2900 or SanitationPhase2@dekalbcountyga.gov.
You may also visit the following the DeKalb County Sanitation Division website: www.dekalbsanitation.com.

8. That is all for this morning. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all you do to make us a great city. Lets all work to create an atmosphere of mutual respect that we all desire!

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dunwoody Update: Thanks, Town Hall, State of the City, City Calendar, Trash Pickup & More

1. Thanks … My thanks to all of you who came to the public meeting on the Parks Plan. That was the largest crowd I have seen at a public meeting in a long time. It is also the type of citizen interest and input that builds positive community spirit.

2. Town Hall Meeting … My first Town Hall meeting will be this Thursday, JAN 21, in the social hall (right next to the church) at All Saints Catholic Church from 6 - 8 PM. Everyone is invited and I look forward to seeing you there.

3. Annual State of the City Event … This year’s State of the City event will take place on Thursday, FEB 25, from 6 - 9 PM. The location is the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Ravinia Hotel, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Social hour is from 6 - 7 PM with the program starting at 7 PM. There will be snacks and a cash bar. The Color Guard will be provided by the Dunwoody High School JAFROTC Unit. Go to our city website (dunwoodyga.gov) for more information for this and other events, etc..

4. City Calendar … Some of you have said you have trouble finding he city calendar on the city website. To find the city calendar on the website ... from the Home page select the “For Residents” heading and under this select “Get Started” the “View City Calendar” will be the second item.

5. This Weeks Trash Pick Up … Due to the holiday on Monday all trash pick up this week will be one day later. To view and get a copy of the DeKalb County Holiday Sanitation schedule for 2016 go to the following website …. http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/publicwrks/sanitation/pdf/calendar.pdf

6. City Council Meeting … The next city council meeting will be next Monday, JAN 25, stating at 6 PM.

7. Mt Vernon Road Paving … Due to the late finishing … it is is just now getting finished … of the new water line installation, Mt Vernon Rd will be paved this spring with the coming of warm weather. Until the water line installation is completed it doesn’t make sense to pave the road. The best weather to get a top quality and long lasting paving job is when it is hot and dry. We are working on getting Mt Vernon construction materials cleaned up and sidewalks installed.

8. Chamblee Dunwoody Rd … The contract has been let to installed the new water line and paving work on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd between Womack and Roberts Drive. Water line installation on this project should start next month. Our goal, depending on the completion of water line installation, is to get this portion of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd paved in 2016. Both this project and the above Mt Vernon Rd project are done under an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County (DC). In this IGA we bid the entire water line installation and paving project out and then DC supervises and pays for the water line installation and we are in charge of supervising and paying for the paving.

9. That is all for this morning. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOAs. Let me know if you want to the added to my email update list. Lets us all work to continue to create an atmosphere of mutual respect the we are desire.

Lets Us Continue to Build Our City Together as We Move Forward Making a Positive Difference!