Friday, April 11, 2014

Dunwoody 2014 Swim Team Schedule - A Tuesday Night Tradition

I lifted the photo above from Rick's Dunwoody Talk Blog - so please repay the favor by checking out his analysis of the upcoming season.

Rick is correct, as per the rules of the Atlanta Swim Association the depth of Dunwoody North's pool is now just below the minimum depth for starting blocks because of a past resurfacing. The team had the option to force all swimmers to start in the water but decided to travel all season so as to not throw off the swimmers who enjoy the starting blocks.

The pool at the Dunwoody North may be corrected this Fall but until then we travel.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Personal Care home discussion to take place on Sunday at Dunwoody Homeowners Association Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, April 13, 2014 @ 7:30 P.M.

DeKalb Cultural Arts Center (Room 4)
5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

1.                Approval of minutes for March 2014
          2.       Presentation to Warren Hutmacher – City Manager
3.        Presentation on Spruill Center Development – Don Boyken
4.       Adopt a Bench Presentation – Meredy Shortal
           5.       Discussion on Personal Care home on Manget Way

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dunwoody explores Tree Canopy Obstacle Course, requests feedback on Spalding, proposed Sr. Living on Old Spring House, new Petco, rezonings and hotels, wild ride and food truck begins.

Would you like to hang out at Brook Run Park a little more this summer?   The City of Dunwoody is exploring options and looking for proposals for a possible Tree Canopy Obstacle Course at Brook Run Park.  No other details except what is on city site.  Thoughts?

I am receiving comments via email on the various intersection proposals for the Chamblee Dunwoody / Spalding Drive intersection.  A meeting with formal presentation took place on Feb 25th and the city staff is still accepting formal comments on which proposal you prefer.  Also take a look at the City of Dunwoody's YouTube page to see four videos of traffic scenarios for the intersection including the one way proposal.

Tuesday the Dunwoody Planning Commission reviews a rezoning on Old Spring House Lane to change land zoned for offices to 120 unit residential complex for Senior Living.

At the Wednesday meeting of the Village Design Review Advisory Committee they are discussing a new sign to be installed in the Dunwoody Hall (Publix's) Shopping Center on Chamblee Dunwoody for what appears to be a new pet store concept by Petco called; "Unleashed for dogs and cats."

At the Thursday morning Sustainability Committee they are discussing a city sustainability plan and possible designated parking for electric vehicles.

At the Thursday evening Community Council meeting they are discussing two possible property rezonings.  The first asks to rezone a piece of property on Crown Point Parkway from a proposed 120 room hotel to instead allow a self storage building in its place.  The second asks to rezone a property on Ashford Dunwoody Road where 257 multifamily residential units are currently allowed and instead allow a 128 room hotel and commercial space for retail or restaurant.
My request for a new ride in 2014.
Lemonade Days - April 23 - 27

May 1st the season starts!
This Friday April 11th is the last fish fry at All Saint's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus are serving meals at a blistering pace, as just this last Friday over 1,400 meals were served in three hours.  Dinner starts at 5 pm.

For those traveling, please enjoy your spring break and for those who remain in Dunwoody please maintain a watchful eye on your neighbors abode as crime doesn't take a holiday for those looking to take advantage of empty homes.

DHS Community Association (aka Wildcat Fund) is hosting a SPRING FLING – NO SHOW BALL and Online Auction

April 1st - April 30, 2014

The 2014 Wildcat No Show Ball is our newest fundraising event; to attend the The Wildcat No Show Ball, purchase $35 virtual tickets. Event tickets can be purchased now via online at

Click the Purchase Ticket icon – Tickets on Sale April 1st thru April 30th

RSVP:  Yes! I will be there in spirit!
When:             Purchase tickets NOW!
Where: Your Favorite Place to Relax
Attire:             Your Choice
The benefits to the attendees include:
·         No need to pay for fancy dresses, tuxedo rentals, hair stylists, etc.
·         One less event to put on your busy calendar
·         The opportunity to support a cause you are passionate about without leaving your home

As a no show backer, you are guaranteed that 100 percent of all funds raised will directly go to fulfill needs at our school and you have the privilege of not attending the event.
Invite family, teachers, alumni, friends and colleagues because the more “no shows,” the better!

Be a Wildcat Sponsor! For 250 dollars – For one year we will post your corporate logo on our website, and all email correspondence in relation to upcoming wildcat foundation events!


Live auction items are available via online. Bidding begins on April 1st at 12:00 noon, and will close on April 30th at 12 noon. Just go to: and click on Silent Auction to start bidding 

Good Luck! 

Winning bids will be announced on April 15th via the website:  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dunwoody Interim City Manager, Two Hotels, Corner Cafe, Construction Update, Starbucks in Brook Run Park, Perimeter Zoning and other tidbits.

Special Called Meeting on April 1st - Resolution to Appoint an Interim City Manager.
I was invited to this special called meeting of the Dunwoody City Council but there is little or no other documentation available therefore I expect that we will be called into Executive Session to discuss a "personnel matter" and if there is an official nomination by Mayor Davis that we will come out to discuss and approve the action publicly. I have no inside information on this though there are a number of City Department Heads who could easily hold the acting position for several months and/or the position could be filled by a "Loaned Executive" or even a person from the community. 
The initial decision is the choice of the Mayor and he may or may not be waiting until the Dunwoody Talk - March City Manager Madness Tournament is complete. Atlanta reports - Hotel Equities plans to break ground this year on a 132-key Hampton Inn and a 124-key Residence Inn. The Hampton Inn will be next to Sterling Point office park off Ashford-Dunwoody Road; the Residence Inn will connect to the current home of the Spruill Center for the Arts. We had a sprawling interview with Hotel Equities' COO Brad Rahinsky yesterday during the Hunter Hotel Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta.  Brad says Central Perimeter is justifying the additional rooms in large part thanks to State Farm, which has tightened the office market and helped supply not only occupancy increases during the week, but on the weekends as well. Hotel Equities owns the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Sandy Springs, where nightly rates have climbed past $200. Plus, to offset development costs, Brad says it's selling four outparcels at its Hampton site, one already slated for a Corner Cafe. “The revenue that would be thrown off on those outparcels will pay for the debt service,” he says. “[The Hampton] starts cash flowing the day we open the doors.

Dunwoody Construction Update
Brook Run Trail
Dunwoody Village Main Street Project
New Perimeter Park at Dunwoody Marta Station
Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. and Spalding Dr. Intersection Improvement
Sidewalk Projects

Kingsley Safe Routes to School Improvement Project

Proposals needed for new concession operator for the Brook Run Skate Park.   Does anyone know if Starbucks, Bruster's or Rita's Italian Ice would like to expand into subcontracting a Skate Rental desk? I don't know about you but I would like to see more than just a skate shop serving the park.

City of Dunwoody starts process to create a new Perimeter Center Zoning District.

Design and plan development for Chamblee‐Dunwoody Road Multimodal Improvements from Cotillion to Peeler Road and improvements to the Intersection of Chamblee‐Dunwoody Road, North Shallowford Road, and Peeler Road

PCID Crosswalk repairs around Mall and Ashford Dunwoody or Textured Option?

State Representative Tom Taylor starts re-election campaign with Sunday meet & greet at Kingsley Swim Tennis.

A note from Dunwoody's State Representative Tom Taylor:

Hi Neighbors!

I have an opponent in the Republican Primary election on May 20th. As the incumbent, I am prohibited from campaigning during the Legislative session. Now that the session is over, I am in full campaign mode. I would appreciate your help deploying my campaign signs.

Sunday, March 30th, I will be distributing my campaign signs at Kingsley Swim and Tennis Club (2325 N Peachtree Way, Dunwoody, GA 30338) from 2 to 6 pm. Come by, have a cool adult beverage, chat with me issues that concern you, and take home some signs for your yard and your neighbors' yards.

If you can’t swing by on Sunday, but have good real estate for my campaign signs, let me know where and how many signs to drop off.

Thank you for your support!

Tom Taylor
State Representative, District 79
Cell: 404-376-7862

My PROVEN and EFFECTIVE conservative leadership have delivered RESULTS to District 79 (Dunwoody and North DeKalb).

* Leading legislative effort to form an independent municipal school system
* Passed legislation to cap State personal income tax at 6%
* Preserved Dunwoody’s representation on DeKalb School Board redistricting
* Founded and was VP and Board Member of Citizens for Dunwoody
* Led legislative lobbying effort that allowed Dunwoody to become a city
* Provided blueprint for Dunwoody Police as Police Task Force Chair
* Elected to first City Council, ramped up City of Dunwoody government
* Successfully promoted legislation that allowed Dunwoody to take control of parks

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher leaves for City of Johns Creek

After serving more than five years as the first City Manager for the City of Dunwoody, Warren Hutmacher today resigned his position.  Hutmacher moves on to become the new City Manager in Johns Creek but remains in his position at the City of Dunwoody until April 25, 2014. 

“Naturally, I have mixed emotions about the decision,” said Hutmacher.   “While my family and I are excited to move to Johns Creek, our time in Dunwoody has been very special.  Leaving a job in a community as extraordinary as Dunwoody is hard, but I am leaving behind an exceptional team of employees.” 

Hutmacher has been with the city since inception and was the first official city employee.  Hutmacher’s significant accomplishments with the City of Dunwoody include the introduction of the “split contract service model”, the city’s Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative and the infrastructure investments made over the last five years.

“We established a solid foundation for future success.  All of the long-range plans for the city are in place and there is a considerable surplus of funds for a rainy day.  There are a number of projects underway that I think will have a long lasting impact on the community.  I am proud of my time in Dunwoody.”

The City of Dunwoody operates under a unique “split contract service model” to provide the most efficient and effective services to its citizens and businesses.  The model uses private sector entities to provide key municipal services.  The city has saved a considerable amount of money by creating a competitive environment for municipal service delivery.

Project Renaissance is a partnership between the city and John Wieland Homes on 35 acres within a key redevelopment zone in the Georgetown neighborhood.  Project Renaissance adds much needed park space, new single-family homes, a multi-use trail, and future potential space for a City Hall and a planned commercial node to serve the greater neighborhood. 

The City of Dunwoody has made significant financial investments over the past five years to pave roads, build and repair sidewalks and rebuild the storm water infrastructure.  All of this was accomplished without incurring any long-term debt.

“As Mayor, I’ve seen Warren’s stabilizing and innovative impact on our community,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis.  “His steady leadership and willingness to take on out-of-the-box ideas has paid dividends for the long-term best interest of the city.  We thank him for his service and wish him nothing but success in his new job in Johns Creek.”

Saturday, March 22, 2014

AJC debate over Dunwoody Cityhood, today's Hazardous Waste Event, child safety seat check, Adopt a Bench, Judge, and Page at Capital

AJC Point / Counterpoint

Cityhood: Be careful what you wish for by Jim Dickson
Dunwoody on road to improved services by Mayor Mike Davis

Household Hazardous Waste Event - Today from 8 to Noon in Decatur

Parents of babies - Mark the Calenders.
Let the Dunwoody Police Department’s Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians check or help install your child safety seat for FREE. Friday April 18, 2014 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Kingswood United Methodist Church 5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

People of all ages visit our parks on a daily basis for athletic sports, playground activities, events, their gatherings and neighborhood activities. Many come to the parks to relax and get away from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. Whatever the reason for visiting our parks, your generous gift of a park bench will be recognized and appreciated by thousands who visit each year.

Dunwoody Searching for Additional Municipal Court Judge - no additional cost to city; we just need to spread the work around a bit mote.

Special thanks to State Rep. Tom Taylor for letting my son Riley work the floor of the House of Representatives.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday March 24, 2014

Monday, March 34, 2014
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 pm - Work Session
7:00 p.m. - Voting Meeting
Watch Live at 7 pm on City Site

Agenda 6 pm & Agenda 7 pm  

Update on the CAD-to-CAD Interface Project (Reply from Interact)

Administer Oath of Office to Officer Jared Bradley.

Special Presentation by Police Department.

Presentation of Award to Officer Danny Tedesco by the Sons of the American Revolution.

Recognition of Officer Anthony "Kerry" Stallings for Earning his Associates in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Chattahoochee Technical College.

Approval of Revision to the Special Event Co-Sponsorship Guidelines to include Food Truck Thursdays as a Premier Level Event.

Adoption of Resolution to Amend the 2013 Annual Budgets.

Adoption of Resolution Revising Stormwater Service Fee Rates.

Resolution Appointing a Member to Serve on City of Dunwoody Design Review Advisory Committee.

Approval of Award of Standby Stormwater Repair Unit Price Contract.

Approval of Contract Amendment for Kimley-Horn for Renaissance Park Design.

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of the Final Segment for Phase III of the Multi-Use Trail. Huge File : 45 MB

Discussion of Possible Text Amendment of Chapter 27 re: Special Land Use Permits.