Friday, February 15, 2019

Dunwoody's Glow plays at Jimmy's, Volunteers needed Saturday for t-shirt help, Roberts Rezoning, crosswalk on Mt. Vernon, Brook Run Stormwater, help fallen Vets.

Saturday morning volunteers wanted - St. Baldrick's Tee shirt processing, All Saints Catholic

We will process ( unpack, fold, roll and wrap) surplus 2018 St. Baldrick's Tee shirts.  The tees will be given to spectators during the Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade.  If you would like a set of Tees for a sports team or for your St. Baldrick's event, let me know.  Schedule times are approximate, please arrive when convenient.   Location All Saints Catholic Church 2443 Mount Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338.  We will be in the gym in the lower level parking lot.

5328 Roberts Rezoning Plans - discussed and deferred at this weeks Planning Commission. I personally attended this meeting as I know there are lots of issues regarding water flow, historical stormwater & sewer easements, topography, a lack of fencing, and other issues.  Protection of existing neighbors from proposed community improvements seems to be a thread lately.

New Crosswalk on Mt. Vernon is in preliminary planning stage & Brook Run Playground will be resurfaced this summer.

Lots of discussion over Brook Run stream buffers and hydrology reports at the Dunwoody City Council meeting on Monday - guessing this item will be in the news for the next several months.  Here are a few important docs, 2013 hydrology report, the new preliminary hydrology report, and park deed that spells out minimum requirements. The park construction plans, stream buffer and tree loss reports will also be closely scrutinized during a City Council hearing at some meeting in the future.

Helping young men in the City of Dunwoody like Emerson Doolittle to be able to assist veterans is truly a privilege I can not pass up.  Please consider paying it forward with a small donation as he honors those who have sacrificed so much. Thanks  John
Hi, my name is Emerson and I live in Atlanta. I’ve been in Boy Scouts since 6th grade and it’s been my lifelong dream to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest award in scouting.

For my Eagle Project, I will lead a team of Boy Scouts to build 30 memorial flag cases for the families of veterans who can't afford them. I will present them to the families through the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The military burial flag honors a veteran and their surviving family. Both the deceased veteran and the family have made a sacrifice for their country, and the flag is a memorial to that sacrifice.

One of the most requested items at the VA is a flag case to display and honor a loved one’s flag. Many veterans’ families do not have the means to purchase one. For my Eagle Project, I will handcraft 30 cases out of beautiful oak wood as a way to say thank you.

Any donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated to allow me to purchase wood, glass and other supplies. Your gift of $25 buys supplies to build an entire flag case for a deserving family. 

Thank you for considering a donation. The veterans’ families and I appreciate your support.

Friday, February 8, 2019

City of Dunwoody 2019 Retreat Documents and a proposal from Transit X for last mile connectivity.

The Dunwoody City Council along with various members of City Staff sat in a room for several days talking about the past, as well as our intentions for the future.  We were briefed by staff and outside groups on items of importance so that we could set policy moving forward to improve various aspects of our community.  I didn't document every conversation as I was ensuring that I listened attentively to the other council members, and weighed in to effectively to be engaged but I can tell you that both the Dunwoody Crier and Dunwoody Reporter were in the room taking notes and I expect news stories coming out from each.

Being able to sit through numerous conversations with six other decision makers, listening to everyone's opinion and weighing what is best for the city is truly an honor.  There are times in which don't always agree with each other but just knowing that everyone in the room wants what is best for the City, I easily accept their opinion as coming from a position of love and therefore at the end of the day our tweaked final compromised decision is usually a good one.  Thank you to the members of staff, the Mayor and my fellow council members who made this years retreat a valuable exercise.  

Below are the links to the documents discussed the last few days.




Last night in reviewing the jump drive with these electronic documents, I saw that there were a few slides discussing an overview item on a mass transit idea called Transit X that I had never heard of.  After researching quickly on line, I shared via Twitter that we would be discussing this item and then today the Transit X  company replied back to my tweet with a 13 page proposal on what the service could look like within the City of Dunwoody.  I am also sharing that document here even though it was not requested by the City, it was provided blind without knowing on our communities special transportation needs nor has the city council or staff seen this proposal.   They posted it on Twitter making it a public document and therefore figured I would share.

Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting with GDOT scheduled for Sunday 7:30 at the North DeKalb Cultural Center

This Sunday, February 10, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association public meeting will be dedicated to having GDOT's representative, Mr. Tim Matthews explain the proposed toll lanes along the top side of 285, the stage of planning that they are at and hopefully explain the possible impacts to our community as well as how they will address those negative impacts. The meeting will take place Sunday at 7:30 pm in room 4 of the North DeKalb Cultural Center at 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

Several weeks ago the Georgetown community met with GDOT and based on feedback I heard they raised a number of questions to GDOT and hopefully this briefing on Sunday evening with a question and answer session will bring forward more project information as well as possible impacts.

On Friday afternoon the Dunwoody City Council was briefed about the possible transit aspect of the project and learned that the City of Sandy Springs is attempting to block all access to the toll lanes on 285 with no entrances or exits at Roswell Road and Powers Ferry (and possibly no exits on 400 near Perimeter Center) .  This revelation means that local Sandy Springs traffic getting on or off this infrastructure would be routed to the Dunwoody locations exasperating our traffic congestion locally which was completely unacceptable to all on Council.   Planning details of this project have not yet been shared with the City Council and instead, we are hearing bits and pieces of the plan with every public meeting, but with every detail, we learn it raises more concerns over the negative impacts that will be inflicted upon our citizens.

We are all looking forward to hearing more details on the project and long term impacts but some have already heard enough and don't want this project to move forward at all.

Full GDOT Presentation from Oct 2017

Fear rises as GDOT eyes back yards, houses for toll lanes - Dunwoody Reporter

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pebble Tossers celebrates 10 years of serving others with an Anniversary Gala at the Dunwoody Country Club this Friday Night.

Join us as we celebrate 10 years of serving!

The festivities will include an evening of celebration, highlights from the past 10 years, food + cocktails,  and an on-site service project!

  • commemorating 10 years of service
    For our 10th-anniversary festivities, guests can look forward to an evening of celebration. Enjoy highlights of the impact that our dedicated community has had on Atlanta and its surrounding areas over the last decade. We’ll also invite guests to get in on the fun by participating in a mini-service project to celebrate the occasion!
  • eat, drink + celebrate
    This event will feature cocktails + delicious food stations. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Live Auction and Silent Auction.

Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism - Town Hall - Sunday 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Every family should have Washington D.C. on their list for a family vacation (Spring Break is ideal) due to the numerous educational museums and monuments. For me a must stop for my family was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum but if you have no immediate plans for travel to DC, I also recommend the "Anne Frank in the World" exhibit in Sandy Springs.

Dangers of Social Media & Vaping program sponsored by PCMS Foundation is Monday, 2/11 at 5:30

Dangers of Social Media & Vaping program sponsored by PCMS Foundation is next Monday, 2/11. All welcome. Please join us in welcoming renowned Dynamic Influence speaker, Rob Hackenson.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dunwoody City Council planning retreat scheduled for Thursday & Friday followed by regular meeting on Monday Feb 11th.

The Dunwoody City Council will be holding a number of meetings the next few days as it is time for our annual planning "retreat".  I am guessing Thursday's session will be a recap of the year's accomplishments and setting goals / priorities for the future.  On Friday we will also be holding a special meeting of our Facilities Authority (comprised of City Council Members) to listen to a presentation by Bob Kinsey, C.E.O., Spruill Center for the Arts requesting a long term lease of the current space at the Dunwoody Library complex for possible expansion. This meeting will be followed by a full second day of retreat discussions.

Tomorrow morning I am guessing myself and a few other Council members will be attending the State EMS Council meeting to learn about Emergency Medical Service improvements needed within the city.

Thursday Night the Zoning Board of Appeals is hearing a case to add three new restaurants on Crown Point Parkway, near the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday night I will be attending a benefit for Pebble Tossers, Sunday I will be celebrating Congregation Ariel’s 25th Anniversary and on Monday we have our regularly scheduled City Council meeting.


11:30 A.M. - FEBRUARY 7, 2019


7:30 A.M. – FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Presentation by Bob Kinsey, C.E.O., Spruill Center for the Arts - request for long term lease for expansion.


9:00 A.M. - FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Presentation/Update From Comprehensive Program Services (Eric Johnson)
Facilities/Programming Update (Michael Starling/Brent Walker)
Top End 285 Transit Study Presentation (Todd Long, Eric Bosman)

Monday, February 11, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Recognition of Sgt. Blake Yeargin for Award of his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Penn Foster College

Presentation of 4th Quarter 2018 Internal Audit Report

Unaudited YTD Financial Report for December 31, 2018

FIRST READ: SLUP 19-01: Adevco Corporation, on behalf of Shallowford Road Storage, LLC, owners of 4444 N Shallowford Road, request a Special Land Use Permit per Chapter 27, Sec. 27-73 to permit a three story storage facility in the Office-Distribution (O-D) zoning district. The tax parcel ID is 18 344 03 001.

SECOND READ:Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding Stream Buffer Exemptions (Chapter 16)

Funding Authorization for Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Access Road Sidewalk Construction

Approval of Additional Funding for 1266 Redfield Ridge Stormwater Repairs

Resolution to Amend the 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets

Resolution to Amend the 2019 General Fund Operating Budget

Funding Authorization for Final Design of Phase I of the Ashford Dunwoody Commuter Trail

Amendment to BM&K Contract for Construction Management Services for the North Shallowford Building (Eric Johnson)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday January 28, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Proclamation - Recognizing Pebble Tossers Day - 10 Yr Anniv Gala

Recognition of Detective Sergeant Patrick Krieg for Obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Penn Foster College

Presentation by the Dunwoody High School Youth City Council

Update from State Representative Mike Wilensky

Report on the 2018 Pavement Condition Assessment 

Sustainability Committee Update (Michael Cowan)

EMS Update (Chief Grogan)

SECOND READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding Storm Water Maintenance and Plat Procedure (Chapter 16)

SECOND READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding Subdivision Entrance Signs (Chapter 20)

SECOND READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding the Zoning Code (Chapter 27)

Approval of a Contract Extension with Blount Construction for 2019 Paving

FIRST READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding Stream Buffer Exemptions (Chapter 16)

Review and Approval of Private Development Agreement with Grubb Properties

Thursday, January 24, 2019

GDOT shows entrance & exits to I-285 express lanes at Shallowford (Cotillion & Savoy) in Dunwoody

The City of Sandy Springs received a number of briefings from GDOT this week at their annual retreat and their discussion on the express lanes went into depth on the issues surrounding GA-400 but there was a small map on page 17 that showed the entire structure of the express lane system and they identified Cottilion at Shallowford as a possible Westbound entrance & exit and Savoy as a possible Southbound entrance & exit?  The photo above shows the two green & white dots and I'm sure it will be a discussion item at a future meeting.

At first blush, as a local resident I am I happy with the plans for addional highway access but I know with every highway entrance and exit change proposal there are always unintended consequences as to how this will change our current traffic patterns over time

For example, a driver who lives near Holcomb Bridge & Spalding wanting a fast ride to the Cumberland area will now snake through Dunwoody on arterial streets to get to the Shallowford / Cotillion entrance instead of possibly going straight south to Peachtree Industrial to 285 on wider capacity thoroughfares.  Not sure how the Flowers Rd or New Peachtree express lane entrances in Doraville would work for our community therefore they may relieve the pressure to use the Dunwoody entrances but what might help thosands of drivers would be additional toll express lane entrances on Peachtree Industrial whereby you get on at Winters Chapel and it ties you directly into 285 thereby eliminating the backups at that junction.  Unfortunately I don't see those options.

Other discussions that happened at the Sandy Springs meeting and will probabbly also happen at the Dunwoody retereat in February was the idea of Bus Rapid Transit along the top end and possible Marta improvements up 400.