Monday, February 18, 2019

Dunwoody Update: Sanitary Pick Up, Arbor Day, Citizens Police Academy, State of the City, paving, Mount Vernon and Vermack/Manhasset Intersection, Parks, Recycling Event, Police, Code Enforcement

1. Sanitary Pick Up … President’s Day give us a day to reflect, a day off for some and sanitary pick up of one day LATER than normal this week as DC and most city workers have off today.

2. Arbor Day … Last Friday Dunwoody celebrated Arbor Day as we have done ever year since becoming a city. Every year we also plant a tree … this year we planted the tree at the new Dunwoody Baseball Fields. The tree is small with no leaves so I named it “The Charlie Brown Tree” … don’t worry it will sprout leaves in spring. The day before this we received notification that Dunwoody has been designated a “Tree City USA” for the 7th year row. We are one of some 3500 cities in the USA to received that designation or put in another way, one of only 18% of the total number of cities in the USA to be so designated.

3. Citizens Police Academy … Sign up is now in progress for this very popular course. It is put on by members of our own Dunwoody Police Dept. and covers all aspects of police work including hands on training. This is a very well received free class and seats are limit and the course fills up fast. The class starts Tuesday evening, FEB 26 and runs every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks with one Tuesday off for spring break. For an application or more information contact Officer Anwar Sillah @ anwar.sillah@dunwoodyga.gov.

4. State of The City Address … Mark your calendars for this annual event that will be held on Thursday, April 11 starting at 6 PM with a social hours with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The ceremony starts at 7 PM. The event will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Dunwoody. All citizens and Dunwoody business owners are cordially invited to attend to get a brief summary on where have been and where we are going as a city.

5. Paving … The paving for 2019 is about to start in Dunwoody. A crew is currently moving paving equipment here and as soon as weather permits we will commence paving operations. We will start working on neighborhood streets first. As I informed you last year, due to the diligent work of our Public Works Staff, we signed a three year paving contract with Blount Paving in 2018. This is the second year the contract. For the second and third years the cost escalator is based on the monthly Asphalt Cost Index (ACI). The initial ACI is only up 1% verses 2018. This is a huge cost savings considering our recent past history of a 7 - 10% annual increase when we only had one year contracts. At the end of this year’s paving cycle we will have over 60% of our roads paved since we became a city … but we will not be satisfied until 100% of our roads have been paved.  

6. Mount Vernon and Vermack/Manhasset Intersection … Work has been slowed by continuous inclement weather - rain and cold with more rain forecasted (for 13 of the next 14 days) - and our effort to mitigate traffic congestion by limiting work hours to 9 AM to 4 PM. Folks you just can’t do this type of work in the rain or when the ground is soaked. My estimated completion date is late spring or early summer. Patience will continued to the required by all off us.

7. Parks … The Brook Run Playground resurfacing is on the horizon. The pre-bid conference will be held this week.

8. Parks Continued … The “Ground Breaking Ceremony” for the Brook Run Park enhancements will be held on March 19 in Brook Run Park. The time is TBD. These enhancement include more parking, restrooms, two new sports fields, a Great Lawn with a band shelter and another entry point off Barclay Dr. These enhancements are being paid for by internal / reserve funds … no debt or bonds!  

9. Recycling Event … The next Dunwoody Electronic Recycling event will be held on MAR 24 from 1 - 4 PM at St Luke’s Presbyterian Church located at 1978 Mt Vernon Rd. This event is for Dunwoody residents only (ID is required) and pre-registration is REQUIRED. Register NLT Friday, MAR 15 at … http://dunwoodyga.gov/index.php?section=community_development_sustainability_elecrecycle

10. TARTAN Trot … The annual St Luke’s TARTAN Trot is this Saturday, FEB 23. To register go to … tartantrot.com. The race is a Peachtree Road Race qualifying event for you “road runners” out there.

11. Police … On Monday, April 1 from 4 to 7 PM the Dunwoody Police Department will have an Open House to celebrate the Dunwoody Police’s 10th Anniversary. The event will take place at the Dunwoody City Hall. Come celebrate with the men and women of the finest police department in the state of Georgia. 

12. Police … It is with a sad voice that I inform you that our Deputy Chief David Sides will be retiring APR 10th. Deputy Chief Sides has been a professional and stabilizing force since day-one of our Dunwoody Police Department and a key element in our Police Department’s success. He will be missed! There will be a retirement party for Deputy Chief Sides at city hall on APR 9 and the time is TBD. Deputy Chief, personally and from all of our Citizens … THANKS!

13. Code Enforcement … Dunwoody has launch an electronic code enforcement tool. You can report code violations by going to … www.dunwoodyga.gov/codeviolation. There is also a mobile app. Click here for more info.

13. Park Events … There are a multitude of events at all our parks, go to  … dunwoody ga parks … and with a little surfing the site you will get a list of our parks and by going to the individual parks you can find the upcoming events.