Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Mon December 12th

Monday, December 12, 2016
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.
6 pm Agenda

Proclamation in Memory of DeKalb County Police Officer Thomas S. Atkisson.

Proclamation Recognizing Ken Anderson.

Proclamation Recognizing Bill Grossman.

Presentation on Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority - is DeKalb next? (Glenn Page, General Manager)

Introduction of Dunwoody High School Mock City Council.

Presentation of PlanFirst Community Award. (Adriane Wood)

City Hall Update. (Fred Sheats)

DeKalb Fire and AMR Service Update - 2013 update. (DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum and Ken Simpson, AMR Regional Director, Georgia.)

Report on 2017 Legislative Issues. (State Representative Tom Taylor)

Update on Peeler/Tilly Mill/North Peachtree Road Project. (Michael Smith)

Presentation on Perimeter Last Mile Connectivity.

Presentation on Artificial Turf vs Natural Turf for Athletic Fields. (Brent Walker)

Approval of RFP 16-06 Professional Construction Manager-at-Risk Services for City Halland Police Headquarters. (Eric Johnson)

Adoption of Updates to the Traffic Calming Policy. (Michael Smith)

Reappointment of the Dunwoody Internal Auditor. (Chris Pike)

Resolution to Amend the Dunwoody Green Streetlight District.

Resolution to Adopt Georgetown/ North Shallowford LCI 5-Year Update.

City of Brookhaven MOU - CAD to CAD Interface. (Chief Grogan)

Update to DeKalb County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. (Chief Grogan)

Approval of a Design Contract for the Westside Connector (Michael Smith)

Resolution Appointing a Member to the Design Review Advisory Committee.

Resolution Appointing Members to the Development Authority.

Resolution to Adopt Updates to the Sustainability Plan - Short Term Work Plan

Contract Award for Fully Adhered Twenty Year Roof System at 4470 North Shallowford Rd.

Resolution to Adopt Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session.

SECOND READ: SLUP 16-101: Crim & Associates, c/o Laurel David, Esq., The GallowayLaw Group, LLC., on Behalf of Petroleum Realty I, LLC, Owner of 5419 ChambleeDunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Seeks the Following Special Land Use Permits from Chapter 27: a.) Section 27(g)(1) to Exceed the Maximum Number of Allowed Parking Spaces in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District; b.) Section 27-97(e)(3)(e) to Construct a Building With a non-90 Degree Corner; c.) Section 27-97(i)(1) to Vary Width of Public Improvements Below the Required Minimum; d.) Section 27-97(e)(3)(c) to Increase the 12 Foot Maximum Floor Height to 14 Feet, for a One-story Retail/Restaurant Building. The Tax Parcel Number is 18 366 05 009.

Contract Award for the Design and Permitting of Baseball Facilities at Peachtree CharterMiddle School. (Brent Walker)

FIRST READ: Ordinance to Convey Real Estate - Dunwoody Park to new Austin.

FIRST READ: Ordinance To Amend Chapter 2 re: Adoption of Fingerprint BackgroundCheck Process.

FIRST READ - Ordinance to Amend Chapter 4 re: Alcohol Special Event Permits.

City of Brookhaven requests to use Dunwoody Cad 2 Cad 911 police dispatch system.

The City of Dunwoody worked diligently on this project for more than a year in order to have a state of the art dispatch system for emergency services and the results were worth the work put forward.   Glad that our neighbor the City of Brookhaven will be joining us on the same system as it will be beneficial of both departments.

Dunwoody High to get new artificial turf field & City Council to discuss artificial turf for Peachtree Fields on Monday

On Monday December 5, 2016 the DeKalb County School Board passed the 2017 - 2022 E-Splost List whereby there was a $14 Million line item for upgrades to the high school football fields to artificial turf.

High School Artificial Turf Installation ($14.54 M)
Under this new initiative, artificial turf will be installed on the football/soccer practice field to enhance the athletic programming at each high school. Artificial turf has lower maintenance requirements and provides our schools and communities much greater use of the fields. This is the first step in a long-term strategic improvement initiative to enhance the athletic facilities (e.g., ball fields, tracks, tennis courts, field lighting, etc.) throughout the District.

Artificial turf installation on the football/soccer practice field at Dunwoody High School is budgeted for $790,000.00.

On Monday December 12, 2016 the Dunwoody City Council will be having a discussion on the possibility to put artificial turf on the new baseball fields in the new park land acquired adjacent to Peachtree Middle School as well as on the Peachtree Football field where the City will be installing new lights and a new field to maximize playing time on the 25 year extended lease for use.   The City provided some preliminary talking points regarding initial cost and breakdown on the cost per playable hour.    I am a fan of artificial turf if the budget numbers can work.

A couple of days ago, I sent an email to the Dunwoody Dad's group at Dunwoody High as we have had discussions previously on the subject and most were pushing for the artificial turf but there was that one email that resonates with me that said...  

"John - My concern is for the safety of the kids.  I expect there is a study or two being considered re: the impact on injury rates of artificial turf vs grass for both male and female athletes, and that this is being considered in the decision as well, since the children will be using the fields"

The City memo didn't discuss safety of the product but I did find studies that did state that the materials used were safe and I would have to believe that the flat uniform surface would be safer than heavily used natural field over time.

If you have strong feelings on the subject or want to point out some specific research, please post in the comments.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Every child no matter the challenge deserves to play baseball - Frontier baseball at Murphey Candler Park

Welcome to Murphey Candler Baseball Frontier Baseball! This Spring will be our 7th season of Frontier Baseball! I still cannot believe how Frontier has grown so fast and now means so much to so many people. Parents, I have seen firsthand how Frontier changes these kids' lives. So many parents have commented to me that they never thought they would see their son or daughter on a baseball team. And then they found Frontier. And the unexpected benefits continue to amaze me, from the pride of being able to wear their own Team Jersey on their school's spirit day, or the increase in self confidence in these kids. It is truly a gift.

We look forward to having you and your family at Frontier Baseball at MCLL, and please email me at with any questions you may have.
Adam J. Wickley

Frontier is a low stress, fun baseball program for kids with ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Speech Delays, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder and other executive or sensory challenges. Frontier is exclusively a Murphey Candler Baseball program.

Basic Facts:
  • When: Frontier plays each Spring, generally February through May, with time off for spring break.
  • Where: Frontier is played at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven, Georgia, located just 1 mile off of I-285 at the Ashford Dunwoody Road (Perimeter Mall) exit.
  • How Often: There is only 1 event (either a game or a practice) per week, either a Saturday or a Sunday. Sunday events are always after 12:00 noon
  • Ages: Frontier has three age groups.
    • Frontier I is for 6 through 9 year olds
    • Frontier II is for 10 through 12 year olds.
    • Frontier III is for 13 through 16 year olds.
  • League Size: There are typically 8 to 12 teams in the Frontier League. Approximately 100 kids play in Frontier each Spring Season.
  • Who Can Play: All areas of Atlanta are welcome! Even if you do not live nearby, the 1 day a week program makes it easy to participate. We have families from Peachtree City to Gainesville that play.
  • Experience: NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!! Even if your son or daughter is older and has never played baseball, they are perfect for Frontier.
  • League Structure: Games and Rules are adapted to the needs of the kids. For instance, we keep innings short to keep their attention, the teams small, and use machine pitch so they have a better chance to hit the ball (Frontier III is coach pitch). Also, all of the coaches are Dads with kids that play in Frontier. So they "get it".
  • Fundamentals: Even with the adaptations, we also strive to make Frontier as close to real baseball as possible, implementing fundamental baseball but without the pressure and stress of competitive little league. Frontier also has the same uniforms as the rest of Murphey Candler Baseball.
Common Questions:
  • My son has never played baseball. Is that ok? Absolutely. Frontier was started to give kids a chance to play baseball that have never been able to play before.
  • I am not sure my son can do this, how do I know? It's a common question. Then you see him at the first practice with his friends from school and it all changes. Trust us.
  • Is Frontier co-ed? YES! Frontier had several girls play last Spring.
  • How do I know if Frontier is a good fit for my son or daughter? Generally, we do our best to fit everyone into Frontier unless there is a safety or significant behavioral concern. See our Eligibility Statement below for reference.
Frontier Baseball is ground breaking and unique to anything else as far as we know. The idea was formed in 2011 when its founder, Adam Wickley, was trying to find a place for his son Jackson to play a sport. Like so many kids similar to him (he has ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder), he wanted to play baseball, but the social component kept him from playing mainstream sports. But he also was not a fit for other "Special Needs" leagues. He was caught in the middle with no place to play. So after unsuccessfully finding a place for Jackson, Mr. Wickley and MCLL decided to create a new League for kids just like him, and an idea was born. Four years later it has taken on a life of its own, providing life changing experiences for both parents and kids.

Eligibility Statement:
Murphey Candler Baseball promotes special needs baseball opportunities through both the Challenger and Frontier Leagues. The Frontier League is specifically designed for certain disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Dyslexia, Speech Delays, Auditory Processing Disorders and other challenges that would not require the use of a full time "buddy" on the baseball field as does The Challenger League. Frontier is a machine pitch and coach pitch league, and as such, safety on the field is of utmost importance. Therefore, participation in Frontier requires that a player be diagnosed with at least one of the above conditions, be able to play without the use of a full time "Buddy" and not be a threat to the safety of themselves or others. This determination shall be at the discretion of the Program Director, League Director and Murphey Candler Baseball.