Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Which baseball layout is best for new fields in Dunwoody?

In October the City released a request for an informal written quote for the design and permitting of the baseball fields to be built at Peachtree Charter Middle School. The scope of work includes preliminary design, final design, construction documents and permitting and construction administration throughout the project. Skyline Engineering and Construction was awarded this contract.

Since that time Skyline has had several meeting with City Staff and Dunwoody Senior Baseball Board Members. From these discussions, several concepts have been created for Councils consideration and are attached to this memo.

Concept 1 allows for a drop off lane on Barclay Drive and a small parking lot of approximately 30 parking spaces. Concept 2 allows for the field to orient more to Brook Run Park and a drop off lane but would not allow for parking on the site. Concept 3, provides for a parking facility on the site of approximately 57 parking spaces and a drop-off lane within the parking lot. In all three concepts, a concession/meeting facility, small covered playground and seating areas are provided in the plaza area.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dunwoody Moms - there is a need for gently used Prom Dresses to be donated to girls in Foster Care. Can you assist?

Formal dresses in sizes 16-30 are in high demand.

A friend of mine volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for kids in DeKalb County foster care and she notified me a very special event entitled Prom-A-Plaooza being sponsored by the Foster Care Support Foundation whereby gently used prom dresses are collected and provided to girls who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise.

Dunwoody Moms if your lovely daughters have dresses in the closet that may forever go unused, or maybe you have don't have any children yet but have numerous bridal dresses that you would love to see used by somebody else, now is the time to clear out the closet.   Formal dresses in sizes 16-30 are in very high demand.

If you would like to make a donation of gently used formal dresses, accessories, makeup or supplies, please contact Yumeka Devereaux at the DeKalb County CASA office at 404-378-0038.    DeKalb CASA is located at 4309 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 and I am sure that the Foster Care Support Foundation located near North Point Mall would also accept the donations as the event is happening there in mid-February.

All donations must be submitted by Feb 1st to ensure participation. Please view the link below for more information about Prom-A-Palooza and what they contribute to the community. Let's make this an unforgettable night for these lucky girls!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dunwoody Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service on Monday, January 16th 9:00 a.m. - Brook Run pavilion

Brook Run Park Pavilion - 9 a.m.

The City of Dunwoody, in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Trees Atlanta and the Dunwoody Nature Center will host a Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service on Monday, January 16th from 9:00 a.m.  until noon.) Volunteers will gather at the pavilion at Brook Run Park (4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.) This is a FREE volunteer event for all ages to lend their time to give back to the community.

Please sign-up here or by following the link below to choose your volunteer location though I am happy to say that many volunteer locations are already full. The morning will start off at the Brook Run Pavilion where volunteers will receive full details on their volunteer opportunity, followed by a ‘MLK Day of Service Community Walk’ around the Brook Run trail loop to get the day started. Then all volunteers will head to appointed locations with a goal of concluding activities at 12:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there! Please sign-up by following this link:

Taste of Dunwoody returns to the Westin Perimeter on Sat Feb 25th

Be a part of our annual 13th Taste of Dunwoody presented by Arrow Exterminators and enjoy an evening of food and fun benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Featuring delicious fare from more than 25 Atlanta restaurants, a silent auction, a cash bar and live music by Band X, the Taste of Dunwoody is always a sell-out event.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My insights into 2017 as requested by Dick Williams of the Dunwoody Crier

2017 will see the finalization of one project and the start of others.

Mr. Dick Williams of the Dunwoody Crier was nice enough to reach out to ask if I wanted to put a few paragraphs togeather outlining my thoughts on the coming year and I provided him the text below (minus at least one typo I found) so I thought I would try to find background links to my statements to provide more background for my readers.

The City of Dunwoody is very blessed to have the weekly Dunwoody Crier as our city legal organ as it is the one news source that hits every driveway, every week and therefore has the eyeballs of every citizen no matter the generation whereby I know my electronic media newsletter is limited at best in reaching all those I serve. Dick thanks for the opportunity and your continued service to the community.

2017 will be a great year for the City of Dunwoody with the completion of several major transportation improvements and there will be extensive paving and sidewalk projects pushed forward as well. The City is now updating the comprehensive transportation plan and we could use your input so please check the city website or my blog for the link. I am excited about future intersection improvements, an innovative pedestrian / bike crossing from Georgetown to Perimeter Center, small connections to our trails and lighted crossings across busy streets where they are needed. New intersections will also bring technological upgrades to possibly speed emergency response vehicles through our busy streets.

2017 will also be a huge year for park improvements as two new baseball fields with artificial turf will be installed on the land purchased at Peachtree MS as well lights and an upgraded football field. Brook Run is slated for up to $3.5M in upgrades, Perimeter Center East park will be expanded and connected to Georgetown, there will be restrooms put in Windwood Hollow & Brook Run. The Parks Master Plan update is coming soon too. The city is assisting to find field space for everyone who needs it and I was overjoyed when Georgia State announced that they will be allowing Dunwoody High Lacrosse teams to use their fields for practice. Council is working diligently to find a way to assist the Dunwoody Nature Center on obtaining long-term funding for a possible major capital project. My hope is that outdoor concerts and festivals will be expanding in 2017 as the Council has funded a new Recreation Programs Supervisor to work this issue and to start to facilitate an active recreation program within the City of Dunwoody.

Dunwoody is blessed with an exceptional quality of life, a very strong and growing economic base, a strong residential real estate market and more importantly a strong sense of community where the City Council is attempting manage both growth, livability and quality living.

Thank you for allowing me to serve on the City Council, it is truly a privilege.

John Heneghan
4624 Buckley Court
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Please take the Dunwoody Comprehensive Transportation Plan Survey

The City of Dunwoody is currently updating its Comprehensive Transportation Plan which outlines the community’s transportation objectives and funding priorities.  This plan was originally developed in 2009.  Since this time, efforts on several of the prioritized projects have begun and some have been completed. The primary purpose of the five-year update is to review and refresh the recommended project list and work program as well as explore enhancements to plan components such as pedestrian and bicycling facilities.

The survey below is a critical component of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan update.  Public feedback and input will help shape the vision for the city’s recommended projects and programs for the next five years.  This survey will be available until January 19th at 5:00 pm.

Take the Transportation Plan Survey

Additional public involvement including a public information open house will occur in early 2017.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The problem in Dunwoody is Ice Ice Baby - note from Mayor Shortal on winter storm weather update.

Yo, man, let's get out of here! Word to your mother!

At 12:30 am Saturday, snow is not the issue but instead it is the ice building up on the trees, many of which have deadwood that can't take the weight, limbs are falling and power lines are snapping.  Dunwoody PD is probably slammed with calls as I know several streets are blocked and the Georgia Power outage map shows widespread isolated issues through out the general Atlanta area.   Stay warm / stay safe.    John

Below is a note sent by the Mayor earlier this evening.

Good evening my fellow citizens … winter storm weather update and one other item …

1. I have just returned from the command center at city hall and these are some of the latest developments ...

            - Over the last 2 hours the temperature has drop 5 degrees (from 34 to 29 degrees) and the rain has changed into sleet/freezing rain. The build on the street of this mixture is over 1/4” and increasing .. and the streets are just starting to get a little slick. I noticed a little sliding in the turns. We have been putting brine on the streets but because of all the rain the brine will have reduced affect. As the temperatures drop the sleet should turn to snow at about midnight and continue until about 4 to 6 AM with the temperature dropping well below freezing .. 22 degrees. The sun is forecast to come out about noon on Saturday but the temperature will stay below freezing. If there is any solar thawing tomorrow it will freeze again tomorrow night as the temperature will drop to 16 -18 degrees with a chill factor of approx. 4 degrees. If the current forecast are accurate we are in for hazard driving conditions for at least a couple of days. 

            - What I am telling you is that the “winter storm warning" is no longer a warning …. the winter storm is here.

            - First and foremost, unless you have a medical emergency or you are a first responder … STAY HOME! Spend the time at home doing some “family bonding" etc. If you are one that absolutely has to go out be sure to drive very slow and take the turns and corners extra slow. Leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. Rear end accidents are the number one type of accidents in these conditions. Coming home from city hall a few minutes ago there was a car following me about 20’ behind my bumper … I just thought it can’t be anyone from Dunwoody because none of us are that dumb. If your car is equipped with anti-skid brakes read the proper operating procedure in your car manual before you go anywhere … that knowlewdge may save your day.

            - As noted above the temperature is going to drop significantly Saturday night. If you have every had problems with pipes freezing in your house I recommend you open cabinet and other doors where water pipes are located. This will reduce your exposure to frozen water pipes. 

            - We have a full continent of Dunwoody Police Officers on duty tonight to assist where needed. 

            - As we can, we will be updating our website and social media concerning conditions. Make sure you check these sources for information prior to coming to our Council meeting on Monday night. 

            - Lets all be safe out there as this should all pass is two days or so. We are all family in Dunwoody so if you neighbor needs some help please offer your assistance. 

2. State of the City Event … Please mark your calendar for the annual “State of the City” event to take place on March 9, 2017 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia. The general reception starts at 6 PM and the ceremony starts at 7 PM. Everyone is invited.

3. That is all for tonight. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA, etc. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for everything each of you do to make us a great city “family" and create an atmosphere of mutual respect and quality of life that we all desire! 

Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Denny Shortal 
Mayor of Dunwoody
C 678-246-9006

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dunwoody City Council Agenda - Monday January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.
6 pm Agenda

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody Year in Review. (Katie Bishop Williams)

Administration of Oath of Office to Officers Courtlen Jones and Ethan Taffar.

FIRST READ: SLUP 17-011: Rhett Roberson, owner of 2347 Brookhurst Drive, Dunwoody,GA 30338, seeks a Special Land Use Permit from Chapter 27, Section 27-168(g)(1) to allowfor a Type B Home Occupation for a physical therapy business. The tax parcel number is 18
354 03 005.

SECOND READ: Ordinance to Convey Real Estate.

Approval of a Subgrant Agreement with MARTA for the Hammond Mid-block PedestrianCrossing.

Approval of an Access and Maintenance Agreement with MARTA for the Hammond Mid-Block Pedestrian Crossing.

Approval of a Supplemental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation forthe Georgetown Gateway Project.

SECOND READ: Ordinance To Amend Chapter 2 re: Adoption of Fingerprint BackgroundCheck Process.

Municipal Services Contract Amendment - Programing Supervisor 

PlanFirst Program Memorandum of Agreement Between the Georgia Department ofCommunity Affairs and Dunwoody. (Jessica Guinn)

Lease Termination Agreement for The Law Offices of William A. Heath, Jr., P.C., 4800
Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite 130.

Resolution Appointing Members to the Dunwoody Board of Ethics.

FIRST READ - Ordinance to Amend Chapter 4 re: Alcohol Special Event Permits.

Approval of MOU for Purchase of SWAT Command Vehicle.