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 …  … 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