Monday, September 26, 2011
Meet the Candidates: Rick Callihan, Post 4, District 1 Challenger by Dunwoody Patch
Dunwoody Patch published a Meet the Candidates profile on Rick Callihan, one of two challengers in the District One, City Council election. I have again copied the text verbatim below.
Reminder - everyone in the City will have the opportunity to vote in this election.
Neighborhood: Weldstone Manor
Position Sought: District 1, Post 4 (at-large)
Current Job/Company: Director of Operations, AmeriGlo
Education: BA in Business Administration, Thiel College. GA teacher certification, Kennesaw State
How long have you lived in Dunwoody: 13 years
Community organizations: Dunwoody Homeowners Association, Dunwoody Community Garden
Other than the people, what is the best part of Dunwoody? Dunwoody has an excellent location, here at the heart of the Perimeter business district. In just minutes you can transition from quiet residential neighborhoods to the Perimeter CID, home to over 4000 businesses and 29 million square feet of office space. The key to the success and livelihood of Dunwoody is a working relationship between our city and the PCID that promotes job growth.
What are the two biggest issues facing Dunwoody? The city’s biggest expense going forward will not be paving and sidewalks, but stormwater repair. This used to be under control of DeKalb County, but now is Dunwoody’s responsibility. I question the city’s motive for taking on this enormous liability from DeKalb County as it was not required. At the last council work session we were made aware of over $100,000 in repairs needed in just two (of thousands) city locations.
Another issue we constantly need to monitor in Dunwoody is public schools. Of course the city itself does not control the schools, as the DeKalb County school system provides that service. Schools are an important factor in business relocation and for home buyers. We need to develop and maintain a working relationship with the school board and the central office staff. I’ve worked with members of our school board in previous years and can bring that experience to city council.
What is something people may not know about you? I was a 6th grade teacher for a few years in Cobb County