Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017
Dunwoody City Hall

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

Agenda

Update From State Representative Tom Taylor - HR 58 independent school systems.

Update by DeKalb Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling. (Mayor Shortal)

Presentation of Strategic Plan to City of Dunwoody for Partnering in the Arts. (Bob Kinsey)

Approval of Amendment of City Position Allocation and Compensation Chart. (Nicole Stojka)

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 18, Noise. (Steve Foote)

Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with DeKalb County for Infrastructure Projects.

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Optech for Parks and Right of Way Maintenance.

Approval for City Council to Participate in the 457 Cafeteria Plan. (Mayor Shortal) (No documentation available for review? )

Resolution Appointing Members to the Volunteer Coordinating Committee.

SECOND READ: Lang Real Estate Services, LLC, c/o Jacob Lang, on behalf of DAVECHEV, INC, owner of 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, seeks the following Special Land Use Permits from Chapter 27: a.) Section 27-97(g)(1) to exceed the maximum allowed parking in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District; b.) Section 27-97(i)(3) to reduce the pedestrian zone along the abutting sides and rear of the building; and c.) Section 27-97(k)(1)(a) to reduce the pedestrian “build to zone” requirement. The tax parcel number is 18 366 07 008. 

Approval of New Logo for the City of Dunwoody (Bob Mullen)

Monday, February 20, 2017

City of Dunwoody explores raising the Hotel Tax from 5% to 8% in Special Tuesday 8 am meeting

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Watch Live at 8:00 a.m.

Agenda

http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2017/Feb/02212017_Agenda_Hotel_Tax_Increase_proposal.pdf

Heneghan comment - The Dunwoody City Council set the hotel tax rate of 5% back in 2009 and raising it has not been discussed previously.  Other nearby cities are about to offer a bill in the state legislature to raise their hotel tax rate and our hoteliers along with the Dunwoody Convention & Visitors Bureau are favorable of the rate increase here in Dunwoody.   I believe the reason for this special meeting was to pass this reolution to make a state legislature deadline to be added to a tax increase bill being drafted for other cities.  Neither this act or the act of the state will raise the taxes but both together would allow us to come back and set the final rate if appropriate and projects are tied to the revenue.

I will be missing the meeting in the morning but I believe the additional revenue would eventually need to be earmarked on items benefiting the hotel guests, possibly nearby park amenities, dedicated paths to restaurant areas or shopping; if that is not the case per law - it would be my desire to spend the additional revenue benefiting those who pay the taxes. A slide presented to Council during our retreat states that the revenue must be for physical attractions/facilities that are available and open to the public, improve destination appeal to visitors, and used by and supportive of the visitor experience. If that is the case, I would be interested in learning those project details as I do not believe they are completely hammered out.  John

To approve a resolution requesting state to allow Council to vote for authorization to increase the City’s hotel tax rate to an amount not to exceed 8%.

Presently, the City has a 5% hotel excise tax for the room and authorized related charges. For 2016, each percent yielded tax revenues of $533,837 to be used as required by state law. Dunwoody may levy and collect an excise tax of a rate of up to 3 percent or at a rate of 5,6,7 or 8 percent on charges made for rooms, lodging or accommodations furnished by our hotels. Under state law, Dunwoody may do so only after the passage of local legislation authorizing the tax.

As an initial step, after consulting with relevant destination marketing organizations, hotel owners, and others in the tourism industry, any city considering an increase in its tax rate will adopt a resolution stating the proposed new hotel-motel tax rate, the allocation of proceeds, and the projects, if any, that will be funded by the tax. This resolution does not set Dunwoody’s tax rate. Neither will the state legislation being requested by the resolution. It merely adds a tool to the tool chest that allows Council to consider and subsequently adopt an appropriate amount to be used in accordance with state law. That rate and use will be vetted and considered at a later time; allowing vested parties to participate in the process to both set the rate and identify the usage.

Under the new process, the city is required to spend the tax revenues that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent in accordance with the general 5 percent tax rate authorized in O.C.G.A. § 48-13-51(a)(3). At least half of the tax revenues collected in excess of amounts that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent are required to be spent through a contract with a destination marketing organization (CVBD) for purposes of promoting tourism, trade shows and conventions. The remaining revenues, if any, collected in excess of amounts that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent are required to be spent for tourism product development.

ALTERNATIVES
Council may choose to reject or postpone the resolution. Such action will prevent the legislation from being adopted at the state level due to deadlines for advertising and consideration by state  representatives.

RECOMMENDED ACTION
Staff recommends the Council approve the resolution asking the state to authorize the City to adopt a hotel tax rate not to exceed 8% to be used in accordance with state law.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dunwoody City Council Meeting Agenda - Mon Feb 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017
Dunwoody City Hall

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


Agenda

Administer Oath of Office to Officer Kevin Lopez-Licona.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody Year in Review.

Presentation of 4th Quarter Internal Audit Report.

FIRST READ: Lang Real Estate Services, LLC, c/o Jacob Lang, on behalf of DAVECHEV,
INC, owner of 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, seeks the followingSpecial Land Use Permits from Chapter 27: a.) Section 27-97(g)(1) to exceed the maximum allowed parking in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District; b.) Section 27-97(i)(3) to reduce the pedestrian zone along the abutting sides and rear of the building; and c.) Section 27-97(k)(1)(a) to reduce the pedestrian “build to zone” requirement.

Resolution Appointing a Member to Serve on the Sustainability Committee.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on the Volunteer Coordinating Committee.

Lease Termination Agreement for Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage, L.L.C. 4800Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite 200.

Construction Funding Authorization for Winters Chapel Road Sidewalk.

Construction Funding Authorization for the Olde Village Lane Sidewalk.

Design Contract Amendment for Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Spalding Road Intersection Project.

Georgetown Gateway Non-reimbursable Contract for Acquisition of Right of Way with Georgia DOT.

Contract Approval with Taylor Morrison Homes for the Dunwoody Trailway Bridge Abutment Construction.

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Section 27-97, DVO, Dunwoody Village Overlay.

FIRST READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 18, Noise - Administrative Exemption.

Approval of MOU for Traffic Control.

Dunwoody's final layout of two new baseball fields near PCMS

The Dunwoody City Council was notified that all interested parties (PCMS, Dunwoody Senior Baseball & City Staff) have agreed to the following layout of two baseball fields with artificial turf.  Questions were raised regarding trying to save the tree line along North Peachtree Road as much as possible especially near Barclay as the fences seem very close to the sidewalks.  Staff will be looking at options to save the tree line.

Dunwoody residents update City Logo in anticipation of moving to new City Hall


Dunwoody City Hall Layout and Construction Update.

http://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2017/Feb/CityHall_Poilce_layout_Constuction_update.pdf

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Preliminary presentation for the City of Dunwoody Planning Retreat Meeting

http://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2017/Feb/Retreat_Presentation_Dunwoody_2017.pdf


Topics include ...
  • Introduction of Moderator, William Baker, Ph.D., Executive Director, A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service & Research, Kennesaw State University
  • 2016 Accomplishments
  • 2017 Goals and Initiatives
  • Other Items for Discussion
  • Stormwater Management- David Elliott, Stormwater Manager & Michael Smith, Public Works Director
  • Perimeter Zoning Overlay- Steve Foote, Community Development Director
  • Infrastructure Funding Alternatives- Michael Starling, Economic Development Director
  • Dunwoody Nature Center- Alan Mothner, Executive Director
  • Solarize Dunwoody- Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia
  • City Hall Presentation- Eric Johnson, CPS & Liz Hudson, Precision Planning
  • City Branding- Bob Mullen, Communications Director
  • Wrap-up

Items of interest that have crossed my Dunwoody City Council desk.

"Not my real desk, as I work behind makeshift folding tables in my basement."

The City of Dunwoody is holding a two-day retreat planning meeting on Thursday & Friday in an old farmhouse in Sandy Springs as it might inspire us to see what the Donaldson-Bannister house could be someday.  The agenda is sparse and documentation is light but if I get more on Wednesday I will post.

Proposed zoning changes to go in front of Dunwoody Planning Commission on the 14th

1. DRAC responsibility in the Dunwoody Village Overlay.
2. The applicability of the residential infill (contextual regulations).
3. Prohibited variances.
4. Home Occupations.

Dunwoody Project-Program Activity Update  -  City staff and departments are actively managing ongoing projects, programs, and initiatives throughout Dunwoody. From infrastructure improvements to construction projects and departmental efficiency measures, staff is focused on strategic coordination and management. Following is a high-level, bulleted summary of key activities from the past several weeks and being coordinated over the weeks ahead.

Dunwoody High School Student City Council conducts park survey and possible plans for Austin Site.

RFP 17-02 Dunwoody Green Commercial Site Development  -   The Dunwoody Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA) hereby solicits invitations from qualified developers to submit proposals to partner with the URA and the City of Dunwoody for development of approximately 2.5 acres pf property at 4600 North Shallowford Road at the intersection of North Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park. The property is located within the City's designated Urban Redevelopment District.

ITP 17-01 2017 Street Resurfacing

RFQ 17-01  Design And Plan Development for Chamblee Dunwoody Road Multimodal Improvements from Womack Road to Roberts Drive

Dunwoody, Georgia has been selected to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a major study of the health of persons living in the United States. The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting the door to door study to do household interviews and standardized medical examinations in a mobile examination center.  Dunwoody Police is aware and they do not need City permits.

James Dwyer is a Dunwoody stud, a cross country legend and my neighbor who now works at the Southern Company to bring green energy products to Atlanta.

Wrap your head around this... in 2016, the City of Dunwoody had close to 2,300 open records requests.  We also have a position available to be our Records Clerk so if you are interested, please apply. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017