Dunwoody City Council work session started at 7 and executive session ended around 11:15, so it was a long evening.
Key updates - upset to learn that my video failed about 50 minutes into the recording but here is the start of the meeting. I do know that people (including Chris Pike the City Finance Director) were watching online for some if not all of the session. I am really looking forward to someday having the City take over the recording and streaming video of all meetings with a possible replay on Comcast. (I'm told that day is coming but it can't get here fast enough for me.) I would also love to have the streaming video of all Community Council, Planning Commission and ZBA meetings but we will wait to see what the city staff recommends.
Doug Thompson qualified on Monday for the district three City Council seat and I'm interested in seeing if anyone else will step forward. Someone said I scared off anyone who was semi-interested with my blog from yesterday and my reply was if they were only semi-interested then they shouldn't be applying.
Was told that Gov Sonny Perdue signed HB203 into law on Friday allowing the transfer of parks and bond money to Dunwoody. Expect conversations between the city and residents regarding Dunwoody's park and recreation priorities to begin soon. Expect a fight with the County over the funds promised to Brook Run. My first priority for the parks is the safety of the facilities and I was reassured that this is also a priority of the staff once we take over.
Was told that our Safe Routes to Schools grant application that the City and Kingsley Charter Elementary School submitted when the city was less than 30 days old was just approved and it may mean up to $460,000 in capital improvements around the school; i.e. sidewalks. Look at our original application.
In other Safe Routes to Schools news, the next time you drive down Peachford near Peachtree Charter Middle School; take a look at the new ADA ramps that now line the street. Perfect for strollers, little kids on bikes, wheelchairs and those who can't deal with the curbs.
The city's first quarter financial statement looks good and on track.
Improved 911 services could cost the city up to an additional $500,000 to switch to a flat fee service offered by John's Creek and Sandy Springs. Starting our own, could cost even more?
The Dunwoody Comprehensive Land Use Plan was to be discussed but there wasn't the time available to do it justice therefore Council will have a special called meeting for next Monday to discuss just that.
Maybe it's just me but I don't understand the passion that some members of the community have over signs. I missed last meeting where the issue was discussed for two hours and will need to listen to that prior to next meeting where I will be voting on the issue. Tonight's discussion regarding the Art Festival Signs seemed silly to me and would have been completely mute if we the City Co-Sponsored the event as I now believe we should have. That being said, I am interested in hearing from the business community adjacent to the festival as to their personal financial success at the event. Everything I saw and heard from the event was positive but am looking forward to a full analysis. I do know that my family really enjoyed the event.