Friday, August 29, 2014

Nancy Jester of Dunwoody considering run for DeKalb County Commissioner


As soon as the announcement that DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer was resigning, names of possible replacements started pinging off the various corners of the internet.   The name at the top of the pile with the best chance of winning and effecting positive change within the County is that of former DeKalb County School Board Member Nancy Jester and in a blog statement copied below she is now considering the position.
The now former, DeKalb County Commissioner, Elaine Boyer is facing Federal charges and likely, a jail sentence, for stealing the public’s money. Recently we also learned that Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton has a proclivity for paying her boyfriend to “consult” for her. Last summer’s indictment of the CEO was, apparently, just the tip of the iceberg. In fairness, other counties and government officials outside of DeKalb haven’t been immune to corruption and bad decisions. But, here, in DeKalb, the sheer volume is proving that incompetence and corruption are the norm rather than the exception.

Many friends, citizens and leaders in DeKalb and around the state, have urged me to run for this vacant seat on the Commission. I am giving this careful consideration. The county as a whole needs sound, disciplined, and effective financial stewardship. The new District 1 Commissioner must work to reestablish public trust. That’s going to take hard work and new ideas about what the public should expect from elected officials and government workers regarding disclosure and transparency.

Confidence in DeKalb government has been shattered. I’m a small government conservative. I also believe that the operations of government should be carried on with a vigorous commitment to competence and credibility. Right now, we have the worst of both worlds; bloated government that has shown to be incompetent and corrupt.

As I consider this office, I have thought about what I would do for the citizens of District 1 and DeKalb as a whole. Of particular importance to me is the need for real-time financial disclosure of government agencies and offices. Other states have implemented on-line check registers that show how your tax dollars are being spent on a daily basis. If I were a DeKalb County Commissioner, I would institute an on-line check register for my office. Had this been in place, it would have been difficult, because of the immediate disclosure, for a commissioner to abuse their p-card by paying for personal expenses. It would also have provided an uncomfortable spotlight on the consulting fee/kick-back scheme as it was happening. It’s simply a good idea for the public to have easy, timely access to how their money is being spent.

In addition to improved disclosure, I would seek to lower the cost of the commissioner’s office and rebate that back to the taxpayer. I would continue my habit of hosting community “Coffee Talk” – something I’ve done for several years both as a citizen and an elected official. I would examine the budget with the same level of scrutiny that I brought to the DeKalb school system. That scrutiny resulted in me being the first person to recognize and document that the school district’s budget was, at best, a weak suggestion on how to spend money and, at worst, a document based on deception. I routinely published my findings on my website. Dealing with the budget and the entrenched opposition to correcting the spending problem was difficult and unpopular. But it was the right thing to do even as it came with consequences that affected me.

Elected offices do not belong to any individual. They belong to you. It is the job of an elected official to do the right thing especially when it is difficult. It is the job of an elected official to protect and, indeed, enhance the credibility of the office. That’s the way it should be and one Commissioner can show the way.

Update from Dunwoody Councilman Denis Shortal

Good afternoon my fellow citizens … the following are some update items of interest …

1. Paving 2014 … All the 2014 paving that was scheduled and, that can be done has been completed. This amount to about 30% of the paving that was scheduled for 2014. Of the roads that were not completed only Vernon Ridge has the possibility of being finished in 2014 … we are awaiting final water line work by DC on Vernon Ridge. The big projects and of course most visual that were scheduled and that will not be completed in 2014 are Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Roberts Dr to Cambridge and Mt Vernon Rd from just east of Ashford Dunwoody Rd to Vernon Oaks. These two projects will be pushed back to 2015. The reason for this is the water lines, many of which run under these roads, must be replaced by DC prior to paving. I don’t like this delay any more than anyone else but we have taken steps to move this process forward. We have signed an Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) with DC to include the roadwork, paving and water line replacement in one bid. The bid will go out as one bid — which we control — but DC will pay for and supervise the water line replacement and the city will supervise and pay for the roadwork and paving. Our thrust is to have the water line replacement completed by the spring of 2015 in order for us to initiate and complete the roadwork and paving. The remainder of this year’s paving funds, approx. $1.4 million will be rolled over and will be in addition to the approx. $2.5 million that will be budgeted for 2015 paving.

2. Cost of Infrastructure Improvements … As the economy has improve we have noticed the construction costs has increased due to contractor being busier than in the last 2 - 5 years as we’ll as the cost of materials has increased.

3. Sanitation … The “once a week pilot” ended July 31 in DC. Until a final decision is made we will stay on whatever pick up frequency that you were on during the pilot program. My “gut feeling” is that DC will go with the once a week pick up as the norm. It appears that the “three/four times a week pick up” may remain as an option but at a higher cost than the current rate of $265/year … (this rate has remained the same for several years). To date we do not know what that additional cost will be. I am doing my own survey so I need your response. Do you favor “once a week pick up” … Yes or No. Secondly, if you are in the “once a week pilot program” give your rating of the pilot program from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. Also include any comments. To answer questions about the size on the containers … DC is considering the current 65 gal can and a 35 gal can (35 gal is the size I was using prior to receiving the 65 gal can from DC). DC is also considering a can for recycling just like the green cans only colored blue. There has been no hard final decisions by DC to date.

4. City Updates … We are putting out updates via our city email list … we have over 11,100 folks signed up to receive these email updates. I recommend you sign up to stay informed. Go to the following website to sign up … https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/DUNWOODYGA/subscriber/new or check our website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov. The City DOES NOT GIVE OUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ANYONE. An unlike my emails, you won’t have to correct the spelling.

5. Dunwoody Village Parkway (DVP) … Like everyone else, I am not happy with the progress of the construction. Yes, we had a lot of rain thru the early months of the year and as we were replacing all storm water pipes we found issues. One such issue was by Mellow Mushroom where the storm sewer pipes were never properly connected … thus as many of you saw we had to dig down 23’, with some of the digging required to be done by hand to correct the problem. On a positive side, since we got the first two lanes paved the progress rate has increased. What you see completed is a 22’ wide strip with 6-8” on aggregate, 3” of base asphalt and about 2” more of adhesive asphalt. There will be an additional 10’ width of paving added. When it is done there will be an additional 1.5” top/finish-coat of asphalt added over the entire paved surface. Outside the curbing on each side will a 6’ landscaping buffer (the trees will be planted here) and outside the landscape buffer will be a 6’ sidewalk. My optimistic estimated completion date is 31 OCT 2014.

6. Coming Events:
SEP 3rd … Walk to School Day at all of our Dunwoody Schools … Even if you don’t have children in school join the walk and meet our great teachers and children.
SEP 4th … 9 AM … DC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony … N. Shallowford and Till Mill booster pump station.
SEP 7th … 7:30 PM … DHA Meeting
SEP 8th … 6 PM … City Council Meeting
SEP 18 … 2 PM … DWC Conservation Dept. dedicating an “Adopt A Bench” to the DWC passed Presidents at the DNC.
SEP 30 … The last date to pay the first installment of you DC Property Tax.
OCT 1 … 9:30 AM - 3 PM … DWC Annual Home Tour.
OCT 19 … “RunDunwoody” …Rotary Club of Dunwoody’s 5K/1 Mile/Tot Trot Fun Run. Most of the proceeds stay in Dunwoody. More info .. www.RunDunwoody.net
NOV 1 … Dunwoody Volunteer Coordination Committee’s annual .. “Clean, Fix and Shine Up Dunwoody Day .. More details later.

 7. That is all from here this afternoon. I trust all of you will be enjoying yourself with family and friends this beautiful Labor Day weekend. Remember we are all neighbors so lets be kind to each other. Please pass this update on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA and anyone you think maybe interested.

If you would like to be added to my update email list just let me know and I will make that happen. I appreciate your thoughts and comments so keep them coming.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1 Mayor Pro Tem
denis.shortal@dunwoodyga.gov PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dunwoody Citizen Connection - meeting with Councilmen Denis Shortal and Terry Nall. Tonight 7 pm at Nature Center


Get Involved and Join the Conversation. 

to hear from you! Become an active part of your local government by sharing your thoughts and ideas at the Citizen Connection Meeting for District 1!

Date: August 28, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Dunwoody Nature Center
5343 Roberts Drive


This is the chance for District 1 residents to participate in authentic conversation with their representatives, Councilman Terry Nall and Councilman Denny Shortal, on pertinent community issues related to District 1. Topics are selected by the participants.

I will be missing this event for a school function that takes priority (three boys in three schools) so I look forward to reading others recaps.  Thanks.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CALL FOR DEKALB COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1


TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF DEKALB COUNTY:

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections do hereby call for a special election to be held on November 4, 2014, to fill the vacancy in the office of DeKalb County Commissioner, District 1. If a runoff is required, it will be held on December 2, 2014. The special election will be held to fill the unexpired term of Elaine C. Boyer, who has resigned.

Qualifying is to begin on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM and end at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The qualifying fee is $1,151.24. Qualifying will be in the office of the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.

The last day to register to be eligible to vote in this special election is October 6, 2014. The special election will be held in all the regular polling places in Commission District 1, DeKalb County, in conjunction with the General Election. The polls will open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM.

If a runoff is required, it will be held on Dec. 2.

This call is issued by the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections.

H. Maxine Daniels, Director
For: The DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections

MARTA discusses Connect GA 400 Transit Initiative with Dunwoody City Council

http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2014/Aug/MARTACityCouncilPresES2_Final_GA400_082514.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esIW1xKBPwo
 Video - go West young man!

http://www.itsmarta.com/north-line-400-corr.aspx

Dunwoody Crier - Residents want MARTA west of Ga 400

AJC - North Fulton homeowners hope to steer MARTA rail west of Ga. 400

Creative Loafing - MARTA eyes North Fulton expansion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peachtree Charter Middle School 5th Annual CV Classic Saturday, October 18th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am This Year's Theme: COMMIT 2B Fit


Join us at the 5th Annual CV Classic here at Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS).  Both courses will start and end on the PCMS track.  5K begins at 8:00 am and 1 mile Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am.

As part of our theme "Commit 2B Fit", Northside Hospital is offering FREE screenings for persons over 18.

Registration forms are available at http://www.peachtreechartermiddleschool.org/cv-classic-registration---2014.html.

Individual registration is $20 by September 5, $25 Sept 6-Oct 18; family sponsorships are available for $100 (includes two registrations). All proceeds will go to the PCMS Foundation to provide a school nurse for our students.

Race Number Pickup: Thursday Oct 16th from 4-6 PM, Friday Oct 17th 10am - 2pm in PCMS gym. Race numbers are also available day of event starting at 7am.

Parking available at Peachtree and neighboring Chesnut Elementary.

Panera Bread, Pinkberry and Varasano's Pizzeria will add dining options to Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.


Full story courtesy of Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta