Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday July 28

Monday, July 28 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

Presentation from Dunwoody Woman's Club to City of Dunwoody.

Presentation of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute Award.

Recognition of Katherine Tate for Certification as Property Evidence Technician

Presentation from DeKalb County Sanitation - Pilot for Automated Trash Collection and
Once/Week Pickup.

Approval of Award of Contract to Resurface the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Parking Lot.
SECOND READ: Amendment to Chapter 2 Administration - Terms of Boards and Commissions.

Approval of Award of Contract Award for Roberts Drive Sidewalk Construction.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on Urban Redevelopment Agency - Marian Adeimy.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on Volunteer Coordinating Committee.

Approval of Award of Contract to Resurface the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Parking Lot.

SECOND READ: RZ 14-061: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance,
Applicant, Marian C. Adeimy, on Behalf of NitNeil Partners, LLC, Seeks Permission to RezoneProperty Currently Zoned Office-Institution Conditional (O-Ic) to Office-Distribution (OD) toAllow for a Change of Previously Approved Use. The Subject Property is Located at 1274
Crown Pointe Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338. The Tax Parcel is 18 349 01 003.

Approval of AJC Dunwoody Winefest Temporary Sign Request.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday is election day and Dunwoody here are your choices.

The General Primary/Nonpartisan Runoff Election is Tuesday, the polls open at 7:00am and close at 7:00pm. Voter turnout will be low, please do your civic duty and vote; otherwise you will have no one to blame when you are not happy with the final selection representing you. 

Note that everyone gets to cast a vote for Sheriff as this specific election is non-partisan.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prepare for delays - Vermack / Womack Road storm water repairs.

Construction Area

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we knew this was coming and following this repair Vermack will be a priority for repaving. 
The City of Dunwoody is replacing damaged and deteriorating storm water structures on Vermack Road near the intersection of Vermack Road and Womack Road. This project will increase the capacity of the lines, replace damaged infrastructure, and help alleviate flooding effecting the roadway and local homeowners.

The project is expected to take four weeks and the city anticipates completion of the project prior August 11. Both lanes of traffic will be maintained on Vermack Road to the best extent possible. There may be limited times the road will be decreased to one lane of travel. Any closures will be limited.

These dates and times are subject to change dependent on weather conditions. We appreciate your patience while the city completes this critical infrastructure improvement.

If you have any questions about this project please email the Public Works Department at or call 678-382-6850.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary crossing guard makes City a proposal to assist with troubled intersection at the High School.

At the Dunwoody City Council Meeting on Monday, Mr. Larry Adams the crossing guard at Dunwoody Elementary presented the City Council with a proposal to assist with traffic control at Dunwoody High School both in the morning and afternoon after his shift at DES.  The DeKalb School System does not pay for crossing guards above elementary school therefore the proposal would need to be paid by the City of Dunwoody.   The sum of $3,100.00 ($18.00 per hour) for the school year is reasonable and I am in favor of taking Mr. Adams up on his offer.  I am guessing this is currently under legal review and then discussions might have to take place with the new Principal Tom McFarrin and the DCSS Administration.   Mr. Adams has requested a formal meeting to discuss the proposal and I hope it takes place soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wanted - City Manager of Dunwoody, GA


The City of Dunwoody, a picturesque community incorporated in 2008, is located on the north side of metro Atlanta with an estimated population of more than 46,000. Dunwoody is home to a large high-end shopping mall (Perimeter Mall), a significant collection of Fortune 500 companies and an affluent residential base. The City has many vibrant neighborhoods, a variety of places of worship, a growing restaurant scene, several neighborhood level shopping centers and office complexes. The City is strategically situated at the intersection of several major highways and sits along 1-285, the beltway surrounding the City of Atlanta. The road network and public transit provide easy access to Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Dunwoody is regarded as a family friendly and convenient location for businesses and visitors.The City of Dunwoody operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Dunwoody City Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Council Members elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for four-year terms. 

Under the City Charter the Mayor appoints a City Manager subject to the consent of the City Council. The City Manager works closely with the Mayor and Council to assist them in formulating policies and programs and is responsible for the efficient ongoing operation of all City services as set forth by the City Council. Dunwoody has a current general fund budget of $25,169,000 and employs 70 FTE’s

To maximize effectiveness and efficiency, Dunwoody contracts with vendors from both the private and public sectors to provide some municipal services. These vendors are responsible to the City Manager.Minimum requirements include education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in public or business administration (MPA preferred) combined with successful experience as a local government manager or assistant manager in a complex community comparable to Dunwoody. 

Ideal experience includes economic development, redevelopment and outcome-based organizational performance measurement. Must understand the elements of economic sustainability in a suburban community. The successful candidate must clearly possess and apply superior communication, organizational management and staff leadership skills and abilities.Highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. 

Residency is strongly preferred but not required. Additional information about the City can be found at the City’s website:

Apply by July 31, 2014 with cover letter, resume and present salary to: Robert E. Slavin

3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
TEL 770/449-4656
FAX 770/416-0848

The City of Dunwoody is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sprouts Farmers Market - Dunwoody opens Wednesday 7 am and reminder of other Restaurant Openings .

WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, at 7 a.m.
WHY: There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new 37,000 square foot store. The public is invited to join the festivities, tour the store and shop for their favorite healthy grocery items. Special events and giveaways include:

· Delicious muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open.
· The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.
· Upon checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring exclusive Sprouts savings.
· One dollar deals throughout the store in addition to Sprouts’ everyday great values.
· Every customer will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

The Grand Opening celebration continues:
Saturday, July 19
· The first 100 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five free sandwiches.

· We’ll be hiding 20 golden tickets on products throughout the aisles. If you find one, you’ll get $20 off your purchase.

Restaurant Openings (jobs available?)

The new Wild Wing Cafe will be located on Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Ashford Place in Dunwoody. The 7,400 square foot space Wild Wing will occupy was built as a Romano's Macaroni Grill

Memphis BBQ Co. will soon open in the former Smokey Bones / Firkin & Gryphon at the opposite end of the same center.

Takorea of Dunwoody is locally owned and will offer a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine.  The restaurant is opening soon in the Georgetown Shopping Center in the old Guthries location.

The Pub is coming to Dunwoody Perimeter Mall, filling former Hudson Grille space. I was at Perimeter Mall today and saw a storefront accepting employment applications.

Union Hill Kitchen is now open in downtown Chamblee at 5225 Peachtree Road, near the Chamblee MARTA station.  The restaurant is being opened by Chef Alexis Hernandez,who hails from Union City, New Jersey.  Research on Chef Alexis Hernandez, indicates that he was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star, season six.

Southbound is a second fine dining establishment in downtown Chamblee at 5394 Peachtree Road that is now open.

FYI, my local casual favorites are still Empire State Pizza for simple sit down and Gyro Gyro for eating on the run.  Local restaurants that I need to try are Carbonara Trattoria and it has been way to long since I was last at McKendrick's Steak House.   We are truely blessed with so many fine choices.

Finally as an add on, the new pet store Unleashed by Petco will open on Monday next to the Dunwoody Publix

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dunwoody Road Closure for Storm Water Repair, Summer Paving Progresses, and Brook Run Trail Nears Finish Line

The City of Dunwoody is currently engaged in several beneficial and exciting infrastructure projects in different phases of active development and construction.

2014 Citywide Paving PlansIn July and August, the city will continue “paving the way” with paving and repair work on the following streets:
Chart 1
Paving Map

The city also has funded paving of the following streets in this year’s budget.  Dunwoody is coordinating the paving of the following streets in conjunction with a water main replacement project by DeKalb County on Mount Vernon Road and Chamblee Dunwoody Road.  Due to the timing of the water main replacement project, Mount Vernon Road, Chamblee Dunwoody Road and the side streets listed below will likely be paved in the spring of 2015 following the completion of the utility work
Chart 2
Road Closure
The City of Dunwoody has a land area of over 13 square miles, accumulating approximately 50 inches of precipitation per year. That is a lot of rainwater and it has to go somewhere. The city completed a survey of the storm water infrastructure system in 2011, identifying 10,289 structures, and 8,377 conveyances. The majority of these structures are close to 40 years old and ready for replacement.
The city will be replacing a deteriorating storm drain culvert that runs beneath Mt. Vernon Road between North Peachtree Road and Jett Ferry Road beginning Friday, July 11 after 7 p.m.  The section of Mt. Vernon Road between North Peachtree Road and Jett Ferry Road will be closed. Traffic will be detoured around the construction; however, residents that live on Mt. Vernon Road, Saffron Drive, and North Peachtree Rd. will have local access via Mt. Vernon Road.
Parishioners of All Saints Catholic Church will be able to access the church for Saturday and Sunday services. Work is expected to be complete before 6 a.m. Monday, July 14.

Work on the latest segment of the Brook Run multi-use trail is about 90 percent complete.  Weather permitting, the city anticipates construction crews will finish the 1.3 mile addition to the multi-use trail at Brook Run Park by the end of July. Once complete, the entirety of the Brook Run Trail will include decorative benches and waste/recycling receptacles along the trail route for beautification and convenience. Stay tuned for details of the Grand Opening!
City inspectors continue close monitoring of all construction activity and work to ensure compliance with Georgia Environmental Protection Division requirements regarding erosion and sediment control.
As future phases are completed in the coming years, the Dunwoody Trailway will run from Brook Run Park to Chamblee Dunwoody Road and will cover 3.3 total miles.

Pernoshal ParkPernoshal Park
On March 8, 2012, the City unveiled a new redevelopment initiative: Project Renaissance – A New Georgetown. This initiative is a revitalization effort to implement the community-developed Georgetown / North Shallowford Master Plan (adopted in 2011) and promote a catalytic redevelopment opportunity for the Georgetown area. Project Renaissance activates 35 acres of land off of North Shallowford Road – a 16 acre parcel and a 19 acre property.
As Project Renaissance continues to promote positive change in the Georgetown area, development of Pernoshal Park is moving forward. The new 5-acre park will be located on the North Shallowford side of the 19-acre property. Development of the construction documents for the park are in the final stages. Once approved, construction of the park can proceed with an expected grand opening mid-2015. Pernoshal Park will feature an open play field with terraced, grassed seating for picnics and casual recreation. A large pavilion will provide shade for small events and family outings and visitors can have fun playing basketball or pickle ball on one of the three sports courts.
John Wieland Homes and Neighborhood’s redevelopment of the 19-acre site will also create a vibrant center of activity in Georgetown. The residential development will be a quiet enclave of single family homes, tucked away from the liveliness of the park and open space, but still very much connected and an essential part of the success of the overall redevelopment.

Construction crews continue to make progress on the Dunwoody Village Main Street project.  The curbing and driveway entrances on the south side of Dunwoody Village Parkway have been completed and crew are finishing up with the sidewalk construction.  Final preparations are being made on the roadway for paving work on the south side.  After completion of the south side paving, crews will shift to commence work on the north side, moving traffic to the south side of the thoroughfare.

The timing of the traffic signals at either end of the parkway (at both Chamblee Dunwoody Road and at Mount Vernon Road) are running on fixed cycles until the construction is completed.  Once work at these intersections is complete, the signals will be re-set to operate via the inductive-loop traffic detector sensors typically installed at signalized intersections.

The shops, restaurants, and businesses located in the Village Parkway area will remain accessible throughout construction.

The city worked closely with the businesses in Dunwoody Village and continues to conduct proactive outreach and communication on the project.  Main Street project information materials, including a store front project poster and point of sale flyers to display adjacent to registers, are available free of charge for Village businesses by contacting Bob Mullen at 678-382-6881 or .
For additional information regarding the Main Street project please contact Michael Smith, Public Works Director, at 678-382-6850 or email

The City of Dunwoody has selected URS to be the consultant to design multimodal improvements for Chamblee Dunwoody Road from Cotillion Drive to Peeler Road/N. Shallowford Road.  They have also been tasked with designing concepts for the intersections of Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Peeler Road/N. Shallowford Road and at Vermack Road as well as for pedestrian connectivity along Cotillion Drive between Chamblee Dunwoody and N. Shallowford Road.  This project scope includes operational improvements for vehicles as well as upgrades and expansion of the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities along this corridor.  It also seeks to enhance the area with the development of a gateway to our city and streetscape design along the corridor. 
The city held a “Kick-Off” meeting earlier this month with URS (the consultant), Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Atlanta Regional Commission to discuss next steps for this important project.  URS will begin a survey of the corridor at the end of July, allowing for more detailed concepts to be presented to the public.  Additional public meetings will be held this fall. Please stay tuned to the City of Dunwoody website and future city emails for exact dates and times.
Questions and concerns may be sent to Mindy Sanders at