Sunday, October 14, 2018

City of Dunwoody Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Denis Shortal - Tuesday October 16th 7:00 p.m.


The City is holding a Town Hall Meeting and we want to hear from you!

Be an active participant in your local community and share your thoughts, questions and ideas at the City of Dunwoody 2018 Town Hall Meeting. The city is collecting public input on potential topics and issues you'd like to have discussed at the Town hall event. To submit topics and issues of interest, please visit www.connectdunwoody.com and let the city know what you'd like to hear about at the meeting.

This is a FREE event and open to the public. The Town Hall will take place on Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall (Dunwoody Hall – First Floor) 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody GA 30338.

This is your chance to participate in authentic conversation focused on pertinent community issues and topics selected by you, the participants. The featured speaker will be Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dunwoody Police / Chatcomm 911 is looking to fill Telecommunicator position in local 911 Center. @IXPCorp


To pre-register and for more information, please email Jill Brown at jbrown@chatcomm.org

This same position also looks to be advertised on the parent company website here.

Telecommunicator
in Sandy Springs, GA

Position Overview
Full-Time / Part-Time - This position is responsible for receiving emergency and non-emergency calls for service over the telephone and by other means, employing appropriate call screening protocols, and responding to those calls by dispatching the appropriate public safety resources.  This position is responsible for interaction with other public safety dispatch centers in the answering and transferring of calls and incident information, and for maintaining communications with field personnel in law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies.  This position is required to respond appropriately to requests for services and information from field personnel. The Telecommunicator will report directly to the Shift Supervisor.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
  • Processes incoming and outgoing emergency and non-emergency telephone calls, ensuring agency policy, procedures and goals are met.
  • Dispatches and communicates with law enforcement, fire and EMS units, ensuring agency policy, procedures and goals are met.
  • Provides Supervisor with input regarding policies and procedures pertaining to the operation of the communications center.
  • Coordinates with Supervisor to implement changes in Center procedures.
  • Speaks English clearly and verbally communicates effectively.
  • Works effectively and calmly in a high stress environment.
  • Maintains familiarity with the general geography of the communities served.
  • Meets all training requirements of the Center.
  • Participates in available professional development for center staff.
  • Communicates in a positive manner with Supervisor and other center staff.
  • Reports commendable performance or deficiencies or liability issues to Supervisor in a timely manner.
Required knowledge/skills
  • Knowledge of accepted call handling practices for public safety call takers with an emphasis on professionalism and high level of customer service.
  • Familiarity with principles and practices of radio communications as well as the proper policies and procedures used in public safety dispatching with an emphasis on professionalism and high level of customer service.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of operations of a public safety communications center.
  • Communication facilities, equipment and management practices as they pertain to the operation of a public safety communications center.
  • Technology systems utilized by a public safety communications center.
  • Operational needs of public safety responders for law enforcement, fire and EMS.
  • Agency’s geographical service areas and relationship/location of public safety responders.
  • Practical working knowledge in public safety communications.
Requirements
  • Successfully complete a myriad of training initiatives and certifications for call receiving and dispatching.
  • Learn to operate a variety of technology including contemporary computer, radio and telephone systems.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work in an environment where multiple activities are routinely underway that influence the performance of the duties assigned.
  • Coordinate multiple priorities and competing demands on time and multi-tasking.
  • Simultaneously process information from multiple sources (verbal, text, and video) and keep information clear.
  • Quickly and accurately recall information, specifically names, numbers and details.
  • Make appropriate decisions based on minimal information.
  • Deal with sensitive information in a discreet and professional manner.
  • Follow prescribed rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Recall details and record information/numbers quickly and correctly.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with co-workers and personnel from customer agencies.
  • Be able to work in a shift-work environment with variable hours of work and schedule over the course of typical work year.
  • Present ideas and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
  • Be reliable, and highly dependable in reporting for work on time and as scheduled, on a consistent basis.
  • Be available for overtime as needed.
Qualifications and Skills
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent).
  • Two (2) years of proven paid experience in public safety communications (preferred).
  • Three (3) years general work experience.​
Must complete/have completed:
  • Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Terminal Operator Certification
  • Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Certification through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).
  • Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD) Certification through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).
  • Emergency Telecommunicator Certification (ETC) through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).
  • General police, fire and EMS operations training.
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Work Environment
  • Shift work environment where hours of work will be driven by the call volume demands of the agency rather than convenience of the staff.
  • Breaks and meals scheduled by Supervisors rather than individual desire.
  • Call back and overtime required.
  • 24/7 operations with work scheduled on days others consider holidays.
  • Work performed at a stationary work station.
  • Occasionally will need to handle hostile or abusive callers in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to perform under pressure and in a stressful environment.
Physical Demands
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate personal computers.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time working at computer keyboards, monitoring a variety of public safety communications systems, completing documentation required of operations.
  • Vision, specifically to include up close, distance, color and peripheral; depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information with emergency callers and public safety personnel.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to ixphr@ixpcorp.com
This position will remain open until filled.

Stage Door Players invites you to celebrate an evening of music with the Tom Woods Jazz Trio featuring vocalist Karen Bryant

To celebrate Arts & Culture Month ……STAGE DOOR PLAYERS PRESENTS

Tom Woods Jazz Trio featuring vocalist Karen Bryant


Tuesday October 16, 2018 - 7 pm social reception to start

Stage Door Players invites you to celebrate Dunwoody Arts & Culture month with an evening of music and mingling, headlined by the Tom Woods Jazz Trio. Jazz Pianist and composer Thomas Woods leads the group on keys, along with Justin Owenhead on acoustic bass, Jared Lanham manning the drums & mandolin, and acclaimed jazz songstress Karen Bryant as guest vocalist.

The $30 ticket price will get you two beverage tickets, light refreshments, and an evening filled with music from jazz standards to pop tunes and everything in between. Doors open at 7pm on Tuesday, October 16th, for an hour of sips and socialization before the show, and the evening will wrap up with additional reception time to bask in the glow of great jazz.

Tickets for the performance are available online at StageDoorPlayers.net or click https://stagedoorplayers.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1097381 or you may call the box office: 770-396-1726 to make a reservation.



Looking for a perfect way to start the evening off, while helping Dunwoody’s own professional theater company? California Pizza Kitchen at Perimeter has partnered with Stage Door Players through their Pizza with a Purpose event - Any item – All Day - October 16th, 20% of your total check will be donated to the theater. Bring this with you or tell your server you are there for the Stage Door Players!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dunwoody Volunteer Day Saturday, October 13th 9:00 am - please join us.


The City of Dunwoody, in cooperation with Trees Atlanta and The Daffodil Project, is hosting a Volunteer Day Saturday, October 13th 9:00 a.m. – noon. Projects include tree plantings at Brook Run Park and Dunwoody Nature Center, daffodil planting at Brook Run Park and along the Dunwoody Trailway, general parks cleanup, and sign cleaning throughout the city.

This volunteer event will help plant thousands of daffodils in Brook Run Park in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support for children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today.

Dunwoody Village Fest Music In The Meadow then Wine Tasting at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm - Saturday


Village Fest Music in the Meadow

Saturday, October 13th
Donaldson-Bannister Farm
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Enjoy local bands, children's area with petting zoo, food court, Moondog Growlers and DHS Academy of Finance business vendors. Bring your historic family photos for scanning and share a memory on video!

Sunset Serenade

Saturday, October 13th
Donaldson-Bannister Farm
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Classical music (Duo Catanza) and Novo Cucina wine tasting with food pairings at $20 per person. Reservations only at sunsetserenade@novocucina.com or 404-414-7374. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trees Atlanta hosts their annual Tree Sale this Saturday in Brook Run Park


Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Brook Run Park
4770 N Peachtree Rd,  Dunwoody, GA 30338

Trees Atlanta is excited to once again be hosting our annual Tree Sale at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on October 13. We invite everyone looking to add a little shade to their yards to come out and peruse our selection of native understory and overstory trees, just in time for planting season to begin.

The sale will feature over 1,000 of the best native and exotic plants available – including more than 100 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials, and tree-friendly vines that provide habitats for our furry and feathered friends.

The Trees Atlanta Tree Sale gives shoppers a chance to talk with experts and certified arborist about why each tree is unique, so that making the decision on which tree to buy becomes easier.

All proceeds benefit Trees Atlanta’s planting and education programs. The trees planted with funds from the annual sale help rejuvenate Atlanta’s tree canopy and contribute to a healthy, diverse forest.

Huge Plant List available for preview.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Dunwoody's Chesnut Elementary walks on Wednesday and then honors Ms. Lee Ann Brunson with letter writing to Military. @TheBertShow

Wednesday is International Walk to School Day



Lee Ann Brunson Day and The Big Thank You

The City of Dunwoody proclaimed October 10th, 2018 as Lee Ann Brunson Day. Our school will recognize Lee Ann Brunson Day with a school-wide letter writing activity honoring service members. The students will write letters to honor service members. The service member letter writing activity was always very important to Ms. Brunson. We will participate in The Big Thank You 2018

Please see the link for details http://thebertshow.com/articles/bigthankyou/.

Dunwoody Planning Commission to discuss 900 condos in Perimeter Center on Tuesday Night


Planning Commission starts at 6 pm, Tuesday Night.

Grubb Properties is seeking to redevelop a largely underutilized and outdated office park into a vibrant mixed use development. As indicated on the submitted site plan, the owner plans to build four residential buildings with a maximum height of 14 stories and eight townhome units. In total, the residential buildings will contain a maximum of 900 new residential units, all of which will be for sale condo units. Two of the existing office buildings (Buildings 41 and 47), will remain. Along the south portion of the site, one five-story, 92,686 square foot office building (Building 53), will be eventually demolished to make way for a new 19-story office tower, containing up to 500,000 square feet of class A office space.

The proposed development will be served by a new east to west primary street connection and a new north to south secondary street connection that will provide internal pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the office, and residential components. As well, a new secondary street connection is proposed along the northern and eastern side of the lot. The submitted site plan also indicates that the existing streets and frontages along Perimeter Center East will be designed to meet the Perimeter Center Overlay requirements for landscape strips, sidewalks, and street trees.

The development also includes more than 2 acres of park space with amenities. The owner has agreed to construct a pedestrian crossing over Perimeter Center East into a newly constructed 12-foot multi-use path that will bisect the subject property, and longer-term could extend to the Perimeter Mall and MARTA. Parking for the development will be shared amongst three parking decks that will not exceed a maximum of five stories. Also, several onstreet parking spaces will be included into the new street designs. Depending on financing availability for the residential units and market conditions, the project will be developed in phases with project build-out estimated to be achieved in approximately 10 years.

City of Dunwoody needs to ensure we are fostering real estate that allows Aging in Place where possible.

https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/plan/planning/aging-in-place-a-toolkit-for-local-governments-aarp.pdf
DUNWOODY LAND USE VISION STATEMENT

The City of Dunwoody strives to be a dynamic, innovative community where individuals, families, and businesses can thrive through all stages of life and career by encouraging a sustainable mix of land uses, facilities, and services.

One of the hot topics in local real estate discussions is finding ways to allow residents to "age in place", by having a mix of housing with various sizes and designs that would serve a wide variety individuals, be it singles, couples, families, but also housing that serves the needs of seniors and those with mobility issues.   Dunwoody real estate agents will tell you that the lack of masters on the main and senior friendly housing is a documented problem for those looking to down size from the big four bedroom home with numerous stairs and more landscaping than they can handle.

Various housing developments are being proposed but will they hit the mark as being desirable to all walks of life, or will they based on their physical design exclude those who can not handle stairs or long walks to their car? The City recently required a town home developer to offer elevators for those who wanted it because the City wanted to offer a possibility for those buying those units the ability to age in place.

When I think of new housing proposals being offered, I think of my 82 year old parents who's circumstances also mirror many of my neighbors who where the original homeowners of Dunwoody back in the 70's.  How would this proposed residential space and the amenities serve the needs of my aging parents and those like them in Dunwoody?  My Mother uses a walker to walk short distances and even uses a wheel chair for longer distances.  Therefore seeing proposed large scale residential developments, I see my parents, I see my neighbors and ask if this housing product would work for those who want to age in place?  As in the case of the proposed town homes, modifications may need to be suggested to improve the possibilities of seniors living there.

My parents successfully downsized from a four bedroom single family home to a two bedroom / two bath condo, with a nice balcony, in unit laundry, deeded in building parking below the building, in building storage units, prewired for cable and internet, elevators and a beautiful outdoor gathering place to be social.  Luckily, their unit as designed worked well for them without major renovations being needed except we did add in grab bars in the shower and a few other minor modifications. 

I see this type of condo development that my parents moved into as a viable option for those seniors who are looking to stay close to family & friends yet downsize to single level living.

Here is a recognized Aging-In-Place Design Checklist for residential units to keep in mind and as we approve new residential units in Dunwoody we should include the practices of Universal Design to foster aging in place.

Not putting these common sense practices into place would be short sighted and detrimental to the entire community.