Update by Councilman Robert Wittenstein which hit my inbox late this evening and is related to this post, therefore decided to attach it here.Dear Dunwoody Friends and Neighbors,I am sorry it has come to this, but this week we filed a lawsuit against DeKalb County in an effort to get them to turn over about $7 million in unspent bond funds earmarked for Brook Run park improvements. When we formed the city, we reconciled ourselves to the fact that we would continue to pay property taxes to retire almost $100 million in county debt from a 2005 parks bond issue. To balance that, we at least expected the county to recognize that the $7 million in unspent funds for Brook Run needed to be spent for the original purpose. We have held multiple meetings with the County CEO and members of the Board of Commissioners but they have dug their heels in. Our last letter in September was completely ignored. So now, both sides will get expensive lawyers and we, the taxpayers, will pay for the litigation expense on both sides. It is truly unfortunate that it has come to this.Speaking of parks, we are in the final stages of developing a Dunwoody Parks Master Plan. This plan will include an updated master plan for Brook Run and highlight opportunities to improve our park offerings. I am very excited about this progress. One of the areas of DeKalb County’s neglect that is the hardest to overcome is the lack of parks they created in Dunwoody. It is easy to hire police and to pave roads but to acquire the land and develop the parks system we should have will be a commitment we will need to undertake over a number of years. The draft plan should be available in late February.We are also making excellent progress on developing master plans for Dunwoody Village and the Georgetown area. These plans will help developers understand what the community would like to see built in these areas and should help guide private redevelopment. I hope that part of the plan will include a traditional ‘town green’ where we can have outdoor concerts and a gathering place for Dunwoody residents.In other Dunwoody news, we will end the year with a slightly larger surplus than expected largely because the Insurance Tax payment from the state will be larger than we budgeted. This is the first time this tax has been paid to us (it is paid a year in arrears) so we had been conservative in estimating the amount.Have a happy and safe New Year!Regards,Robert
John,Thx for posting all the information. As I wrote on my blog today - www.dunwoodyusa.org - Burrell Ellis is forcing Dunwoody taxpayers to file a suit against ourselves in order to get this money. The paper trail is so obvious, I'm disappointed that he has chosen to basically "waste" taxpayer dollars. It's extremely disappointing.
John, you mentioned a month ago you'd do a 2010 recap. that stillin the works?
I keep trying to get out, and they keep dragging me back in.Yes SmartOne, I will try to review all 461 posts to pull out my favorites but please know it is not a big priority with family in town. Thanks.
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