Monday, September 29, 2014

Dunwoody City Council report from Terry Nall

Dunwoody Village Parkway Construction Update

Public Works has advised that weather permitting, the final paving is scheduled to begin in early October and will last about a week. At that point, the heavy construction will be completed. Signage and final striping will follow. Then, the vehicle travel lanes will be relocated to the middle section of the Parkway, where the vehicle travel areas will be easier to navigate than the temporary construction lanes we experience today.  This is also when the dedicated turn lanes at each end of the Parkway will be opened. 

The timing of the tree planting is expected to occur in November. Georgia Power indicates the decorative streetlight installation will likely be in December.

Staff is not aware of any pending snags at this time as long as we have dry weather until the paving is complete.  

Sidewalk Construction Update

On September 22, City Council approved the back-up construction bid to complete the Roberts Drive sidewalk from Aurora Court to the northern city limits.  The original low-bid contractor, Summit Construction, was approved in July, but subsequently failed to post its required payment and performance bonds. The back-up contractor with the second lowest bid is Ed Castro Landscapes. I expect construction to begin as soon as new contractor posts the required bonds.

The delay for this long-awaited sidewalk segment has been unfortunate. However, my thought is that the original low bidder's bonds failure potentially may have averted a less than satisfactory work product in the end.

This project delivers on our objective to have sidewalks on both sides of walk-to-school routes, as it will provide safe pedestrian access to Austin Elementary on the west side of Roberts Drive from our northern city limits.

Sidewalks for Mt. Vernon Way, Hensley Drive, and Peachford Road will have design work and other project issues completed and bid for construction later in 2014.

Flag Display Ordinance Enacted

On September 22, City Council completed the process of changing the Municipal Code to allow an unlimited display of U.S. flags during holiday periods defined as seven days before and after officially designated or recognized city, county, state, or federal holidays, plus election days.  The clarifying initiative was required following a flag display complaint received during the Memorial Day holiday period. I am especially proud this clarification was successfully enacted in time for Veterans Day, which is Tuesday, November 11.  

Speaking of Veterans Day, plan now to attend Dunwoody's observance at Brook Run Park.

City Financial Reports

2014 continues on a positive financial path for our city. For the eight months ending in August, we have more revenues than expenses by $3.7 million. This is largely due to increased revenues from the Homestead Option Sales Tax, building permits, and hotel taxes.

The full financial report and online check register for August, plus prior months/years, is available at this link: 

Volunteer Service Day (November 1)

Our city's annual volunteer day is Saturday, November 1, 9:00AM-12:00PM at Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road.  Volunteers will assemble at 9:00AM in front of the children's playground area to receive project assignments.
This year, we will be planting trees in the park as well as taking care of some general park maintenance.  If you have extra gloves or tools such as rakes, clippers or shovels, these are appreciated. Be sure to bring your own water and snacks (if needed).

Upcoming City Council Meetings 

Monday, October 13  (will include 2015 Budget Discussion)
Monday, October 27  (will include 2015 Budget Approval)
Monday, November 10 (one meeting for November due to holidays)
Monday, December 8 (one meeting for December due to holidays)

Our Work Session begins at 6:00 p.m. and is followed by Regular Session at 7:00 p.m.  Location is the Council Chambers at City Hall:  41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103.  All meetings are open to the public.  Come see your government in action!

Thank you!

If you have input or suggestions on these or other city topics, please contact me.  

I am available and delighted to present to organizations, church groups, neighborhood associations, etc. - please contact me at anytime to schedule. 

Terry Nall
Dunwoody City Council (At Large)

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