Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Update from Dunwoody Councilman Terry Nall

Dunwoody Town Hall Meeting:  Thursday, June 25

Our community's next Town Hall meeting is this Thursday, June 25 at 7:00-9:00pm at Dunwoody Nature Center (5343 Roberts Dr.).  Councilman Denny Shortal and I are the hosts. We hope to see you Thursday!

2015 Millage Rate Same as Last Year (and every prior year)

On June 22, City Council adopted the millage rate of 2.74, which is the same annual millage rate for each year since our city incorporated.  Homestead owners receive a statutory one mil credit against this rate for a net millage rate of 1.74.  Dunwoody remains at the lowest millage rate in DeKalb County. 

Our city property tax digest is not quite back to 2008 city incorporation levels, but when it does exceed it (perhaps this next year?) I will support a property tax reduction initiative.  City Council will soon set legislative priorities for 2016 General Assembly. I've recommended a city charter change that would allow City Council to increase the residential homestead credit beyond our statutory one mil.  I look forward to that discussion with my Council colleagues.

Additional Summer Road Construction Coming

In my prior Update, I listed the streets representing 8 miles of repaving underway this summer, as well as the water main pipe and paving on Mt. Vernon Rd.  I wanted to let you know a similar water main pipe replacement, sidewalk, and paving project is current in the bid process for Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. between Roberts Dr. and Cambridge Dr. The bids will come to City Council for review in July and if approved, construction could begin by the end of August. The project would continue into 2016.

Park Lightning Detection System Turned Off

At our June 22 meeting, City Council instructed staff to disable the lightning detection alert system at Brook Run Park and Dunwoody Park.  We found the horns were going off regularly, which proved to be an excessive noise nuisance for the neighbors and seemed to be ignored by park goers.  Staff is researching what additional adjustments could be made to these systems to make them beneficial without creating a noise nuisance for the neighbors.  

In the interim, please pay close attention to weather conditions. The tornado siren at both parks are unaffected by this change.

Independence Day Parade

The largest Independence Day parade is right here in Dunwoody.  The parade steps off at All Saints Church on July 4 at 9:00 am and proceeds down Mt. Vernon Rd. to Dunwoody Village.  

A special shout-out goes to Dunwoody Public Works for planning the Mt. Vernon Rd. water main pipe replacement project to keep the roadway passable. The department is also trimming the right of way overgrowth and weeds to make the parade route attractive for residents and visitors.  

Thanks go to Dunwoody Homeowners Association (DHA) and the host of volunteers for making this event possible for A Better Dunwoody!

Reminder: DeKalb County Sanitation Going to Once Weekly Pick-up on July 6

The county began distributing the large rolling cans in mid-June.  The county's goal is to have all rolling cans distributed and begin with the one-day-per-week pickup schedule on July 6.  Even if you have not received a rolling can by July 6, your once-a-week pick-up schedule begins that week nonetheless.

Re-Election Announcement

In 2011, I was elected to Dunwoody City Council as an At-Large member. I appreciate the support and confidence of this community over the past several years.

At our June 22 City Council meeting, I announced that I plan to seek re-election to a second term on November 3.  If on that day, Dunwoody citizens ask me to return for another four years, it will be an honor to continue serving the greatest city on earth.
Upcoming City Council Meetings 

Monday, July 13
Monday, July 27
Monday, August 10
Monday, August 24

City Council meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. in 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! 

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