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!