Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dunwoody Update: Banks and Shane, Paving, Intersections, Monarchs and Margaritas, Lemonade Days

1. Banks and Shane at Food Truck Thursday … tonight, Thursday, 27 April the locally famous and popular musical group, Banks and Shane will preform in Brook Run Park at our first Food Truck Thursday of the year. The Food Truck Thursday starts at 5 PM and Bank and Shane come on stage from 7 to 9 PM. The weather man has promised us the the rain will have passed thru by about 4 PM today and we will have a nice evening with the sun coming out and very comfortable temperatures of  around 70 degrees. So make your plans to bring your family and friends along with some chairs or a blanket for a great night at Brook Run Park … I will see you there!

2. Paving … The 2017 new paving year is schedule to start on 8 MAY … weather permitting. We will start in neighborhood streets and then after school is out we will move to the major streets. Remember, as I remind you every year … paving and progress requires patience by all of us … so be prepared to exercise patience!

3. Intersections … The main work on the Peeler, N Peachtree and Tilly Mill intersection has been completed. There are still some final details to be completed … the new stop lighting system installed, some sidewalk work and, driveway work and dressing up the yards of the local neighbors.

4, Intersections Number 2 … Your City Council approved the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County (DC) for the intersection work at Mt Vernon, Vermack and Manhasset intersection. In the IGA, DC is responsible for the installation and supervision of the water line installation and once that is done we are responsible for the paving, curbing, sidewalks, etc. at the intersection. We sent our approval of the IGA to DC in February and I notified our DeKalb County Board of Commission (DCBOC) Representative, Commissioner Nancy Jester of our action and requested her assistance. To date we are still awaiting approval by the DCBOC. As you can ascertain, we can’t start our work on the intersection until DC has approved the IGA and completed the proper installation on the water lines in that area. I will keep you updated.

5. Monarchs and Margaritas … The annual Dunwoody Nature Center’s (DNC) Monarchs and Margaritas is this Saturday Night, 29 April, at Dunwoody Park from 6 - 9 PM. This is a fun filled event for all adults and, for those of us that think we are adults. Live music, signature drinks, great tapas provided by Alon’s , silent and live auction. Tickets on sale here!  Bring yourself, friends and neighbors and be prepared to have a darn good time. All the funds earned by the DNC from this event go towards the enhancement of the DNC … so come and be generous!

6. Lemonade Days … Our thanks to all the leaders and members of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) and the hundreds of volunteers that produced another outstanding Lemonade Days this year. It gets bigger and better every year. All the funds earned by the DPT from this event goes towards the enhancement of the Donaldson Bannister Farm/Park.

7. Reminder … Our next City Council meeting will be held on 8 MAY at 6 PM. Our thanks to all of those who came to our city council meeting this last Monday to hear the new DC CEO, Michael Thurmond, speak. He brings a fresh approach to the County.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dunwoody Update: Paving, City Council Meeting, Elections, Dunwoody Village Fire, City Events

1. Paving …
1. The repairing and repaving the southbound lane of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd between Manget Way and Cambridge Dr is scheduled to begin today weather permitting. There will be temporary lane closures. I highly recommend that you use alternate routes and avoid this area as much as possible. This work will take a few weeks as some of the problems are subsurface. This work is covered under warranty and will not be an additional expense to the city.

2. The paving of the intersection at Tilly Mill and N Peachtree Rd is scheduled to begin this Friday (7 APR) at 7 PM and will the a continuous operation through the weekend until 6 AM on Monday (10 APR) weather permitting.There will be lane closures during this period and I recommend you avoid this area to the maximum extent possible.

2. City Council Meeting … The first city council meeting in April will be on TUESDAY, 11 April Start time remain 6 PM … not our normal Monday meeting day. The reason for the change is that Monday evening, 10 April is the start of Passover (The Festival of Freedom) for our neighbors of the Jewish faith. I wish all of our citizens of the Jewish faith a blessed, memorable and fulfilling Passover.

3. 11 April City Council Meeting Special Guest … The new DeKalb County CEO, Michael Thurmond, will be our guest at this meeting. He will be first on the agenda stating at 6 PM. I ask and urge all our citizens to make max effort to come hear our new CEO. He is a very open and straight forward leader. He, along with the current elected officials of the DC Board of Commissioners and the election of Sherry Boston as the DC District Attorney gives me renewed optimism for the future of our County.

4. Elections … The election to replace REP Tom Price, 6th Congressional District, as our as our U S House Representative is in full swing … no doubt you have been receiving calls and mailings. Early voting started last week and will continue through 14 April. There are two locations for early voting:

  • 4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 300, Decatur, GA. Hours are 8 AM - 5 PM Monday thru Friday and there is also early voting this coming Saturday, 8 April from 9 AM to 4 PM. 
  • Dunwoody Library from Monday, 10 April to Friday, 14 April from 8 AM to 5 PM.

You can also vote absentee by submitting an absentee ballot application electronically, by fax or by mail.
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.

5. Voting … Citizens keep asking me who to vote for in this election. It is not my place to tell you who to vote for … that is strictly your decision. I will tell you who I am voting for and you can use that for whatever it is worth. I will be voting for Dan Moody … website … DanMoody.com.

6. Dunwoody Village Fire … There was a fire in Dunwoody Village Sunday afternoon that started approx. 4 PM. Three structures were heavily damaged. To our knowledge no one was injured. I commend our Dunwoody Police for their rapid response and patrolling the area and our DC Fire Firemen for their rapid response and their professionalism in containing the fire to minimize the damage to the extent possible. There were DC Firemen and equipment from seven DC Fire Stations involved including two 75 foot ladder truck and emergency medical vehicles. The cooperation between our Police and the DC Firemen was noteworthy. It was a job well done by all from my prospective. The DC Fire Investigators were on the scene within an hour and the investigation in on-going.

7. City Events …
19 - 23 April ...The Annual Lemonade Days will take place at Brook Run Park. This is a fun filled event for the whole family. A Dunwoody Preservation Trust event with the proceeds going to enhance Donaldson-Bannister facilities.
22 April … The annual stream cleanup from 9 AM - 11 AM. Everyone meet at 4364 Vintage Ln, Dunwoody. Wear work clothes and bring gloves.
22 April … Paper shredding event 9 AM to Noon at Harry Norman Reality, 4848 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Co-sponsored by Dunwoody Woman’s Club. No need to remove staples. Thanks to everyone involved.
22 April … The annual Paint Recycling Event at Dunwoody Nature Center from 10 AM to 4 PM. There is a $1/gallon charge.
27 April … The first of three Big Name concerts featuring “Banks and Shane” at Brook Run Park. In conjunction with the famous initial “Food Truck Thursday” of the season. Food Trucks start at 5 PM and the band start at 7 PM.
29 April … The annual DNC Monarchs and Margaritas at DNC from 6 PM - 9 PM.

8. That is all for this today. 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! See you at the many city events above.