Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dunwoody Special called City Council Meeting of Monday Sept 18, 2017

Monday, September 18th
Dunwoody City HallSpecial Called Meeting
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 p.m. - Watch Live


Due to the storm last week, a special called meeting was initiated by Mayor Shortal to take action on a few things that couldn't wait until the next regular meeting.

City Council, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals 2018 Meeting Schedules.

Approval of Contract Amendment for the Design and Plan Development of Perimeter CenterParkway Access Ramp

Approval of RFQ 17-04 Arts and Culture Master Plan

Resolution Adopting Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update.

Approval of SPLOST Resolution, SPLOST Budget Assignment & Financing Limits, and Authorization for Mayor to Execute SPLOST IGA with DeKalb County.

Six Dunwoody Businesses go in front of Alcohol License Review Board for possible Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License

Agenda and Background Story

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for BP Gas Station, 4485 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Licensee David Y. Kwon, License Number 3677.

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for BP N. Peachtree, 4368 N. Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30338, Licensee Shahin S. Uddin, License Number 3679.

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for Eclipse Di Luna, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30346, Licensee James N. Ehrlich, License Number 3701.

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for Outback Steakhouse, 1220 Ashford Xing, Dunwoody, GA 30346, Licensee Outback Steakhouse of Florida, LLC, License Number 3726.

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for Total Wine & More, 124 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346, Licensee Susan E. Anderson, License Number 3751-RET.

Open Public Hearing on Consideration of Suspension or Revocation of Alcoholic Beverage License for Chuy's Mexican Restaurant, 118 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, GA 30346, Licensee Chuy's OPCO, Inc., License Number 3866.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dunwoody announces Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Ballfields at Brook Run Park - Complete set of Construction Drawings

Friday September 15, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Southwest Corner of North Peachtree Road and Barclay Drive

The ceremonial groundbreaking event will celebrate the beginning of construction for the new ballfields at Brook Run Park.

Please join City of Dunwoody Council members, city partners, and city staff for the celebratory event.

The two new fields, which will also serve as the new home for Dunwoody Senior Baseball, will have rectangular multi-purpose field overlay/striping complete with a durable all-season synthetic turf. The fields will be set-up for shared use by Peachtree Charter Middle School for the school’s gym and outdoor classes. The facility will also include a new concession building, new bathrooms, a playground, bleacher stands, batting cages, and parking.

The fields will be located at the corner of North Peachtree Road and Barclay Drive, an eight-acre property adjacent to Peachtree Charter Middle School. A new bus turn around and drop off with ADA access and handicap parking will also be included at the new site.

A lunch will be served for attendees following the groundbreaking celebration.

PARKING: Please park at Brook Run Park by the pavilion (about midway down South Georgia Way in Brook Run Park) and then walk towards the multi-use trail/Barclay Drive where there is a crosswalk which leads to a paved access road/fire lane onto the site.

Attached below are the final set construction drawings for the ballfield facilities which the included numerous cost cutting measures to get the total cost down to the budged $5.6 million.  The City explored doing underground water detention under the new parking lot but it was a $600K price tag and therefore not recommended.

Dunwoody's Mayor Denis Shortal releases proposed 2018 budget for City Council consideration.

City Budget Committee scheduled for Thursday Sept 14th at 9:30 am

FY 2018 Expenditure Highlights

The primary emphasis of the FY 2018 Budget remains consistent with past strategy, concentrating on fundamental infrastructure improvements, paving and parks and is a direct response to community-identified needs and requests. The City has created a FY 2018 Budget list of key expenditures and improvements which focus on taking care of critical community assets and safety essentials as a means of delivering for the future. This commitment can be found within the following overview of project and initiative disbursements:

Paving / Infrastructure
  • 2018 Resurfacing - $3.3 million
  • Citywide Signal Communications/Dunwoody ITS
  • Chamblee Dunwoody Road Peeler to Vermack Improvements
  • Meadow Lane Intersection Improvements
  • Womack Road Sidewalk- Oakhurst Walk to Tilly Mill Road
  • Crosswalk Improvements- Tilly Mill Road at Andover and Chamblee Dunwoody at Georgetown Park (Rapid Flashing Beacons only)
  • Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Womack Road Intersection Improvement
  • Central Parkway Sidewalk
  • Dunwoody Club Drive Sidewalk- Dunwoody Gaps between Whitney Landing and Winters Chapel
Police Department/Public Safety
  • Staffing additions of detective (1), patrol officers (2), and property & evidence technologist (1)
Community Development
  • Legal Review for internally developed Code Updates
  • E-Plan Software
Parks and Recreation
  • Brook Run Playground resurfacing
  • Austin Elementary School Site Master Plan Study
Finance & Administration
  • Debt service, operating expenses and IT equipment upgrades for new City Hall
  • Additional full-time equivalent (FTE) accountant due to higher volume and workload
  •  Increasing post-secondary education reimbursement due to higher demand

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a U.S. Senator, an Atlanta Mayor and the Bush Sisters will all be hanging out in Dunwoody at the Marcus Jewish Community Center this November.

Schedule of Events 
Saturday, November 4
» 8:15 pm Opening Night  JUSTICE STEVEN BREYER, The Court and the World
Sunday, November 5
» 12:00 pm GLENN FRANKEL, High Noon
» 3:00 pm GAIL SALTZThe Power of Different  DYLAN DICKSON, Why Can't I Read?
» 7:30 pm WALTER ISAACSONLeonardo da Vinci
Monday, November 6
» 12:00 pm ADAM PIORE, The Body Builders
» 7:30 pm STEVE DORFF, I Wrote That One, Too: My Life in Songwriting
Tuesday, November 7
» 12:00 pm MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN, Lift and Separate  JAMIE BRENNER, Forever Summer
» 7:30 pm HARRY MAZIAR, Story Selling
Wednesday, November 8
» 12:00 pm LISA LILLIEN, Hungry Girl: Clean & Hungry Obsessed!
» 7:30 pm JEFF ROSSEN, Rossen to the Rescue
Thursday, November 9
» 10:00 am SAM MASSELL & CHARLES McNAIR, Play It Again, Sam
» 12:30 pm PATRICIA BERNSTEIN, Ten Dollars to Hate
» 7:00 pm Kristallnacht at Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden
» 7:30 pm ALEXANDRA ZAPRUDER, Twenty-Six Seconds
Friday, November 10
» 12:00 pm JANE HEALY, The Saturday Evening Girls Club
The Other Einstein
Saturday, November 11
» 8:00 pm REZA ASLAN, God: A Human History 
Sunday, November 12
» 12:00 pm PETER EISNER, MacArthur's Spies
STEVEN J. ROSS, Hitler in Los Angeles
» 3:30 pm MICHAEL BAR-ZOHAR, Phoenix: Shimon Peres and the Secret History of Israel
» 7:30 pm SARGE, Black Boychik 
Monday, November 13
» 12:30 pm PAM JENOFF, The Orphan's Tale
MARK SULLIVAN, Beneath a Scarlet Sky
» 7:30 pm JOY MANGANO, Inventing Joy
Tuesday, November 14
» 12:00 pm NICOLE KRAUSS, Forest Dark
» 7:30 pm Intown Event at the Rich Theatre

Stay Interesting
Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)
Wednesday, November 15
» 10:00 am Film Screening: Streit's Matzo and the American Dream
» 7:30 pm ANNABELLE GURWITCH, Wherever You Go, There They Are
Thursday, November 16
» 10:00 am DONNIE WINOKUR, Chancer 
» 12:30 pm RACHEL KADISH, The Weight of Ink
LAUREN BELFER, And After the Fire
» 7:30 pm DAVE BARRY, ADAM MANSBACH & ALAN ZWEIBEL, For This We Left Egypt?
Saturday, November 18
Sunday, November 19
» 12:00 pm RAFI KOHAN, Arena
» 3:30 pm SOUAD MEKHENNET, I Was Told to Come Alone
» 7:30 pm DAN RATHER, What Unites Us
Monday, November 20
» 7:30 pm AL FRANKEN, Giant of the Senate

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Georgia Power has been notified of various trees on power lines and City of Dunwoody crews can not work until cleared.

Four trees on Brookhurst down, power on the ground & pole will need to be replaced.

Georgia Power is working their service list based on their various priorities (public safety, granting access for fire trucks to isolated roads with limited access points, number of people affected, etc). Once Georgia Power clears the line out of each work zone, the City of Dunwoody has a crew assigned to follow and clear the street.  Therefore to alleviate any chance of a communication breakdown, if you see Georgia Power truck working a major outage but don't see a City of Dunwoody crew ready to clear the road, the Public Works Director has asked that a call be placed to the Dunwoody Public Works after hours number of 678-382-6700 notifying them of the work being done.

Dunwoody is striving to clear the roads as fast as possible but we are waiting on Georgia Power in a number of locations.    Thanks for your patience.   John
Update to Dunwoody from Georgia Power

After weathering one of the largest storms to hit our state, Georgia Power continued with restoration efforts today. Power outages associated with Hurricane Irma impacted nearly 1 million of our customers all across Georgia. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, we have restored service to approximately half of those customers. Currently, there are about 470,000 customers without power in Georgia. The Metro Atlanta area has seen similar gains in restoration today, reducing the number of outages to around 200,000 of which ~50,000 are in North Metro Atlanta. We plan to move additional workers into the area tonight and will continue to assess and make repairs based on our assessment tomorrow.

We understand that many of your constituents are frustrated that their power has not yet been restored. The damage and outages to our system are widespread across the state, and in many cases the damage is severe. This is an unprecedented event for our state, and resources are stretched thin as utilities respond to two major storms that not only impacted our state, but also devastated parts of Texas and all of the state of Florida. While our crews are working around the clock to restore service, customers should plan ahead for extended outages that may last for days, and in some cases weeks due to the vast damage from the storm.

Dunwoody Road Update - 3 pm Tuesday (More Georgia Power Trucks enroute)

Please see the updated list below. Officer Parson just spoke with Georgia Power on Tilly Mill Rd and was informed they have more crews just arriving into the area.
1. Tree and wires down on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd at Harris Circle. Currently one lane open. 09/12/17 1345.
2. Wires down on Summerford Drive near Summerford Court. Summerford Drive blocked. 09/12/17 1356.
3. Large tree and wires down on Brookhurst Dr and Dunhaven Rd. 09/12/17 at 1501.
4. Tree and wires down on Brendon Dr near Dartford. Brendon blocked. 09/12/17 at 1523.
5. Wire down on Mount Vernon Rd at Dunwoody Village Pkwy. One lane of Mount Vernon Rd EB coned off. 09/12/17 1408.
6. Wires/tree down at 2338 N Peachtree Way. N Peachtree Way partially blocked. 09/12/17 1509.
7. Wire and pole down on Nerine Cir. Nerine Circle blocked by tree/wires. 09/12/17 1446.
8. Wires down on Mt Vernon Way at Summerset Dr. Mount Vernon Way blocked. 09/12/17 at 1414.
9. Tree and wires down at Vernon Oaks and Tichenor Ct. Road blocked. 09/12/17 at 0626.
10. Tree down 4630 Ellisbury Drive. 09/12/17 0900.
Chamblee Dunwoody Road @ Dunwoody Village Parkway
Chamblee Dunwoody Road @ Nandina Lane
Mount Vernon @ Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Mount Vernon @ Dunwoody Village Parkway
Mount Vernon @ Mount Vernon Way
North Peachtree @ Peeler Rd
Tilly Mill @ Womack Rd

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dunwoody Power Outages and Downed Trees are widespread throughout the City - assist your neighbors if you are able.
Georgia Power Outage Map - Click Map Above

City of Dunwoody Update - 6:00 am Tuesday

The Dunwoody Police Department and Public Works crews have cleared as many locations as possible in the city and are awaiting further assistance and help from Georgia Power to address remaining dangerous power lines and trees.

1. Tree and wires down on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd at Dunwoody Knoll 09/11/17 at 1509 **UPDATE** Chamblee Dunwoody Rd will be blocked on both side from Harris Dr. Anyone on Dunwoody Knoll Dr will have to travel through Roberts Dr.
2. Wires down 1400 Block of Summerford Court. 09/11/17 at 1549.
3. Wires down 5100 Block of Mount Vernon Way. 09/11/17 at 1549.
4. Tree down 5500 Block of Woodsong Trail. 09/11/17 at 1549.
5. Large tree and wires down on Brookhurst Dr and Dunhaven Rd. 09/11/17 at 1620
6. Tree branch on power lines at 2140 Dunwoody Glenn 09/11/17 at 1654
7. Tree and wires down on Brendon Dr near Dartford 09/11/17 at 1715
8. Tree and wires down on Mt. Vernon Rd at Dunwoody Village Pkwy 09/11/17 at 1731 **UPDATE: Cones are in place.**
9. Wires down on N Peachtree Way and N Peachtree Rd 09/11/17 at 1736
10. Tree down on Old Springhouse Ct at 09/11/17 at 1744
11. Wire and pole down at Nerine Cir and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd 09/11/17 at 1811
12. Tree, pole and wires down on Mt Vernon Way at Summerset Dr. 09/11/17 at 1931
13. Tree leaning on power lines on Withmere Way at Barcroft Way. 09/11/17 at 2154

***Traffic Lights Out***
N/ Peachtree @ Tilly mill
Tilly Mill @ Womack
Tilly Mill @ Peeler Mt.
Vernon @ CDR
CDR @ Womack
Mt Vernon @ Dunwoody Village Parkway
Mt. Vernon @ Jett Ferry
N. Peachtree @ Peeler
Mt. Vernon @Mt. Vernon Way
Mt. Vernon @Vermack
CDR @ Old Springhouse
CDR @ Cotillion Dr

Dunwoody Police Department and the City of Dunwoody will continue Emergency Operations Center (EOC) efforts to respond efficiently to all of the weather related events in @DunwoodyGA.

Georgia Power Update from 6 pm Monday

Hurricane Irma continues to impact service to Georgia Power customers across the state. The company is responding to these outages where possible, but in many cases our approximately 5,500 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities must wait for the high winds to subside before they can safely make repairs to our system. As expected, Irma has taken a more westerly track than was predicted on Friday.  All of Georgia, including the Metro Atlanta area, is experiencing high winds and heavy rains.  As of 5 p.m. Monday, there are more than 900,000 customers (almost 50% of our total customers) without power in Georgia and over 7,000 individual cases of damage (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.  The damage and outages are widespread across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.

Over the last few hours, conditions in the Metro Atlanta area have deteriorated rapidly with steadily increasing wind speeds.  As expected the winds have caused outages in our area to increase significantly.  Currently Hurricane Irma has interrupted service to nearly 400,000 customers in the Metro Atlanta region.  As the higher winds move through the area this evening, we expect these numbers to increase.  As you may recall, we made the decision to hold all Georgia Power resources at our local offices so that we can respond to any damage in metro Atlanta. Once conditions are safe, our crews will begin to assess the damage and begin repair to our system and restore electric service to our customers.

Dunwoody brace yourself for Irma - be prepared for power outages. Check on neighbors who may need assistance.

Due to Hurricane Irma, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for all Georgia counties and closed State offices tomorrow, September 11, 2017. 


Following the guidance within the Governor's declaration, the City of Dunwoody will close City Hall on Monday, September 11, 2017, with the exception of essential law enforcement positions. 
The Dunwoody City Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday September 11, 2017 has been postponed until 6:00 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 due to the impending inclement weather from Hurricane Irma.
The City of Dunwoody, DeKalb County, and the entire metropolitan Atlanta area is under a tropical storm warning.
As Hurricane Irma moves north, the City of Dunwoody is keeping a close eye on reports from the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to aid in this effort.
No DeKalb County Sanitation Collection Monday September 11, 2017
DeKalb County Sanitation Department announced there will be no sanitation collection service for commercial and residential customers on Monday, Sept. 11, due to inclement weather. 
Information outlining the collection schedule for the remainder of this week will be provided soon. The Division's administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, reopening during normal business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Placing garbage, recycling or yard trimmings containers at the curb during high winds can be dangerous, so residents are urged not to do so on Monday. Please visit for updates.

DeKalb County School District to close schools and offices on Sept. 11-12, due to potential inclement weather

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its students and employees, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will close all schools and offices on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, due to potential inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irma.
DCSD will continue to announce updates via its website at and through its mobile app and accounts on Facebook and Twitter

Be Safe, Plan Ahead 

The City of Dunwoody has partnered with CodeRED to send critical communications to you by phone, e-mail, and/or text message. Sign up to be alerted about severe weather warnings, evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child alerts. This service is offered at no charge to Dunwoody residents. Click here to register.
Please check the homepage of the City of Dunwoody website for any modification to hours of operation for City Hall at
Before the storm arrives it is important to establish a plan for appropriate disaster preparation. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency website has important information and planning advice. Please visit today to develop a safe plan of action.
When a power outage occurs, please contact Georgia Power at If it is a dangerous condition, including downed power lines, please call 1-888-891-0938. 
In an effort to enhance storm communications to customers, Georgia Power has launched a new service that allows you to Set Outage Alerts. When a power outage occurs, Georgia Power will notify you by text, email or phone call with the cause of the outage and an estimated restoration time.
If you are concerned about the safety of a neighbor or family member who may be in danger, sick, or home-bound, please dial 9-1-1. 
DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Director Chief Sue Loeffler advises that impacts expected from Irma based on the current forecast include:
Damaging winds: Sustained winds of 40 to 60 MPH with gusts of 50 to 80 MPH are likely across much of Georgia from Monday morning to Tuesday morning. Portions of Southwest Georgia could see higher values. This will lead to widespread trees and powerlines down with prolonged power outages expected. In addition, structural damage is possible, particularly from falling trees. Thousands of trees and power lines will be downed, with many likely to fall over roadways, power lines, structures, and vehicles. Travel disruptions and delays due to downed trees may be substantial. Winds of this magnitude will cause impacts comparable to those of Hurricane Opal in 1995 when wind gusts of 50 to 75 MPH occurred in the Atlanta Metro area.
Heavy rainfall and flash flooding: Rainfall amounts in Southeast Georgia of 8 to 12 inches are expected, with 3 to 8 inches forecast for the rest of Georgia. Some areas could see isolated higher amounts. This will create the potential for flash flooding, and a few rivers may reach minor to moderate flood stage.