Thursday, March 21, 2019

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday March 25, 2019 - Brook Run Stream Buffer Variance for new playfields, Sidewalks. Trees, Playground Resurfacing, Safety of Wood Buildings

Monday, March 25, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Agenda

Presentation on Safety of Wood Buildings (Chief Joseph Cox).

MC 19-01: Aaron St. Pierre of Lose Design, on Behalf of the City of Dunwoody, Owners of 4770 N Peachtree Road (“Brook Run Park”) Request a Variance From Chapter 16, Sec. 16-78 to Encroach the City’s 75-Foot Stream Buffer for Construction and Grading. The Tax Parcel ID is 18 354 001 005.

ACTION ITEM: MC 19-01: City of Dunwoody, Owners of 4770 N. Peachtree Road ("Brook Run Park") Request a Variance From Chapter 16, Sec. 17-78 to Encroach the City's 75-Foot Stream Buffer

Contract Award ITB 19-02 Brook Run Park Playground Resurfacing

SECOND READ: Permanent Easement Agreement for Palisades, LLC

SECOND READ: Permanent Easement Agreement for Georgia Power Company along Roberts Drive for New Austin Elementary School

FIRST READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 16 re: Trees.

Resolution Authorizing the Use Of Eminent Domain to Obtain Certain Property Interests Located at 4996 Tilly Mill Road for the Public Use and Public Benefit of Constructing a Public Sidewalk

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Brook Run Park Improvements & Site Plan answers some Dunwoody residents questions on Stream Buffer impacts.


This morning I received an email from a resident asking for updates and or the documents related the improvements proposed to Brook Run Park in relation to the stream buffer variance that will be coming in front of the City Council next Monday.  The City Council has not received the meeting packet yet but I have forwarded the resident questions to our Parks Director, Mr. Brent Walker, and Public Works Director, Mr. Michael Smith who provided me with some documents as well as answers to the questions asked.  I have yet to go through the 97 pages of construction documents with a fine-toothed comb but I do see that a total of 437 trees are listed in the demolition plan, and that there will also be two, lit artificial turf soccer/lacrosse fields constructed along with three restroom facilities, a concession stand, a band shell (set among the trees) with a great lawn, numerous new parking spaces and a new back entrance to the facility. 

Not having the full details for the meeting on Monday, I believe the construction plans already approved by Council is basically irrelevant as the question in front of council as we will not be looking at playing surfaces and various improvements for generations to enjoy but instead will be looking at the stream buffers, stream protection, updated hydrology reports, water quality, and water flow through those buffers if a variance is requested. 

By State mandate, no disturbance is allowed within fifty feet of the stream whereby there is a no disturb policy of 25 feet on each side of the stream.  This also correlates with the deed on the property.  The City of Dunwoody has extended the State protections by putting policy into place protecting the next 50 feet of each side the stream which is known as the 75 ft buffer (25 ft State + 50 ft Dunwoody).  When the City extended the required buffer protections, we also put into place a way for the City to grant variances in order to grant relief to those who can prove that due diligence was being done, whereby furthering protections put into place to compensate for the disturbance near a stream (but not closer than 25 ft).  I look forward to reviewing the full packet of information for Monday's meeting (usually received on Thursday?) and will be looking to protect the community from the requested encroachment into the buffer.   Thanks

Brent / Michael,

Can you please provide me the full site plans as requested below if they exist and explain the status of each item if we are still in the planning stages. 

The latest Revision of site plans which Council approved seem not available to the public, and maybe to Council?
Still missing site plans, if they were approved, are the following (as I mentioned in my original attached email.)
1. Pavillion and Parking (across the street from the new Great Lawn, buffer violation ?), Attached images
2. Disc Golf (along a stream, possible buffer violation ?), There will be no land disturbance done within the buffer for disc golf.
3. Maintenance Facility changes (new access driveway on Peeler Rd.), This is shown in the master plan but there is no current construction timeline
4. Zip Line area - storage area ?  We have a small storage yard for public works and parks at the dead end past Treetop Quest.  The master plan calls for a future pavilion there.  Once the construction time line is established for the renovations of the maintenance facility we will move the storage area to the maintenance yard.
5. New sidewalk off Peeler Rd near the Zip Line ? ( the 10' length at the Marta stop to the trail at Cherring is needed)  Once the sidewalk is completed along Peeler Rd we will connect a new sidewalk entrance into the park at that location.

Thanks 

John

Legislative Town Hall tonight at Dunwoody City Hall, 6 p.m. for Sally Harrell Georgia Senate District 40 and Mike Wilensky - State House Representative, HD 79


Town Hall Meeting Dunwoody

Hosted by Sally Harrell Georgia Senate District 40 and Mike Wilensky - State House Representative, HD 79

Tonight - Tuesday March 19th
6 PM – 8 PM 

Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE,
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Friday, March 15, 2019

Video recap of DeKalb School Supt. Dr. Green answering questions at Dunwoody High

Thank you to Dr. Green for speaking to the auditorium filled with concerned parents and teachers. A special thank you to all who spoke up, asked questions or attended.  In my opinion, no earth-shattering news was revealed Thursday night. Dr. Green says he is underfunded and wants more money but also says the system is not too big nor to bloated to function properly. 

Dunwoody High might get a slightly larger addition in the future, DHS baseball field should be repaired over the summer, there are 157 open maintaince problems open in Dunwoody schools with some issues open for an extended time as reported by DCSS, cell phones will remain to be allowed in the classroom, arts and specialty classes need larger spaces but not available now - worse with more students, students need to keep the school clean but mopping up sewer spills are not taught in Home Ec, graduation ceremony will not be local to Dunwoody in 2019, trailers are just temporary but the definition of temporary is up for discussion, recess - we would give you more but we would need to extend the school day, Dunwoody High School is safe even if overcrowded, Dunwoody City Council is offering up old Austin Elemenetary to be used by school system but DCSS hasn't mentioned how it might be used to alleviate student space issues, overcrowding will be reduced by new larger Austin but even after redistricting of elementary seats there will still be 500 Dunwoody students looking for a proper class room. 


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

DeKalb County School District Superintendent, Dr. Green to address Dunwoody Cluster - Thursday March 14 7 p.m. at Dunwoody High


Attention Neighbors:

There is a renewed conversation in the Dunwoody High School cluster to alleviate the overcrowding situation at Dunwoody HS with community members suggesting through various channels, potential solutions.  Thursday night there will be an opportunity for you to add your voice to this important conversation.

With the new expanded Austin Elementary coming online in 2020 there will be community discussions in the Fall of 2019 on the redistricting of the elementary schools to alleviate some overcrowding at that level, but that elementary redistricting will not affect the numbers at Peachtree Middle or Dunwoody High without other more aggressive changes. The School System's construction mechanism for construction funding is bonds that have already been allocated to other projects and even those are possibly way behind schedule and over budget

I expect Dr. Green to be questioned on the appropriateness of the planned Dunwoody High $17.7 million dollar expansion which currently includes a two-story, 29-classroom addition expected to be completed in 2022.  One of the issues being raised is that even after the expansion of the high school with primarily just classrooms, the other facilities like the cafeteria, gyms, band rooms and athletic facilities are then woefully undersized. 

Community members have floated various ideas to their school council leaders to alleviate the numbers slated for Dunwoody High and here are some of the ideas that I have heard in conversations or social media but I am unsure of the direction of the school system on this important topic.  None of the topics below are easy fixes and I am sure that my list is only a small subset of the many options that could be on the table, therefore, I am interested in the community conversations to be had on Thursday on possible solutions.  Possible ideas I have heard are ...
Besides the Dunwoody High overcrowding, I expect Dr. Green to be questioned on facility maintenance like the now unuseable baseball fields as well as a number of other topics but guessing that overcrowding will be spotlighted.

Community invited to share thoughts at the "On The Scene with Dr. Green" event

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. - The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent/CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green invites all students, parents, staff, and stakeholders to the sixth "On The Scene with Dr. Green" event of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, located at 5035 Vermack Road in Dunwoody. Dr. Green will give a brief statement about the state of DCSD before answering questions from the audience.

"On The Scene with Dr. Green" is an opportunity to learn more about your schools and to have your concerns addressed. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, Dr. Green will visit seven total locations.

To learn more, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org/on-the-scene.
WHAT: "On the Scene with Dr. Green" community conversation event
WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019
WHERE: Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Friday, March 8, 2019

Saturday Night dining suggestion - Marlow's Dunwoody benefiting Dunwoody Baseball - Fix the Field Fundraiser


A combination of rain, broken drainage pipes and 14” deep sinkholes threaten to make the Dunwoody High baseball field unplayable this season for safety reasons.

Dick Williams retiring from ‘The Georgia Gang’ on Fox 5 after nearly 40 years


Dick Williams, Editor of "The Dunwoody Crier", past executive editor of the AJC, longtime columnist with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, author of a book on a possible future Presidential candidate, longtime high school basketball referee, Grand Marshal of the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, former first-husband of the City of Brookhaven, father to two wonderful girls, and longtime TV Personality / Moderator of the Georgia Gang on Fox 5 will be filming his final appearance on the Georgia Gang today because of unspecified health issues.

Dick Williams has left an indelible mark on Atlanta Journalism & Politics over the last 40 years.  As a political junkie, I never miss a showing but I use to watch the Georgia Gang on Sunday morning with a phone in my hand watching the live Twitter feed initiated by early social media mavens and websites like Peach Pundit.  Now with no one watching anything in real time, the live Twitter feed has died out but I am guessing that I will be watching this Sunday's show live for old times sake.

Everything comes to an end or changes and I hope that Dick is walking away from the endless hours of Thursday evening prep time and Friday filming to focus on his health.  He and Rebeccca have served this community and their home of Brookhaven well and I wish them much happiness in what looks to be a slowing down and a semi-retirement for Dick.

On the Georgia Gang, one of the highlights of the show is the list of Winners and Losers for the week presented by each panel member as the show is wrapping up.  Dick Williams, let me be the first to say that you will be listed as a winner.   Thank you.

City of Dunwoody announces that Vermack Road is scheduled to be closed on Friday


The City of Dunwoody's contractor needs to close Vermack Road one more time in order to complete utility backfill that was suspended by last Sunday’s rain. Weather permitting, the north end of Vermack Road (between Dunwoody Square and Mount Vernon Road) will be closed at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8th. DeKalb County Schools are closed on Friday, which will help reduce the impact of this closure. Detour signage will be in place to redirect traffic. 

The work is subject to favorable weather conditions. We will keep you posted if the schedule changes. This is part of the Intersection Improvement Project at Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road/Manhasset Drive. We appreciate your patience as we make progress on this project.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Do you have a question for Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan?


Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question but just didn't know how? Well here's your opportunity! Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan invites YOU to an A.M.A (Ask Me Anything) Facebook LIVE session on Wednesday, March 6th at 3:00 PM. This is a rare opportunity to hear from the Chief of Police and get all of your questions answered! You don't want to miss this!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In a deadly shooting, the Binkley family from Dunwoody finds a mission. Maura's Voice rally at the Georgia Capital on Monday to effect change & honoring memory of Maura Binkley.

 Ideas before ideology. Research before rhetoric. Policy before politics.

Full AJC Article honoring Maura & outlining the lack of research funding over the causes of gun violence.

"Maura Binkley grew up as part of a generation scarred by mass shootings.  Days after a gunman killed 17 students and staffers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year in Parkland, Fla., Binkley joined thousands at Florida’s Capitol for a rally. The Florida State University senior and Dunwoody native, who wanted to be a diplomat, felt compelled to find a way to stop gun violence, friends and her father said.

Less than nine months later, Binkley’s life was cut short by the same gun violence she had pledged to fight. A man who police said hated women positioned himself behind Binkley during a class at a Tallahassee yoga studio, pulled a pistol and shot and killed Binkley and 61-year-old Dr. Nancy Van Vessem. The gunman wounded five others before killing himself in a spasm of violence that shook Tallahassee.

On Monday, on what would have been Binkley’s 22nd birthday, her parents, Jeff and Margaret Binkley, friends and Florida State administrators and students will unveil a nonprofit dedicated to understanding the causes of gun violence and funding research to inform policy and other responses to reduce gun deaths.

Jeff Binkley said Maura’s Voice Research Fund will fill a gap where state, federal and nonprofit dollars currently don’t go, and back research to better understand the connections between mental illness, hate and violence and how it all affects public safety.

Maura’s Voice also will delve into issues of violence against women.

Binkley sums up the nonpartisan group’s mission as “Ideas before ideology. Research before rhetoric. Policy before politics.”

 Mon, March 4, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Location - Liberty Plaza of Georgia Capital - Capitol Ave SW Atlanta, GA 30334 


Maura's Voice Research Fund (Maura's Voice) will serve to realize the vision of deepening the scientific understanding of and effective responses to the epidemic of gun violence in America. Maura's Voice will champion a unique and robust focus on researching and responding to the complex causes and effects of firearm violence. The Fund will develop knowledge for and test innovative approaches to forensic evaluation, management, treatment, and prevention strategies, as well as for sound policy development and implementation.

The FSU College of Social Work is committed to developing and testing "real world" approaches that change lives and communities through effective practices and policy reforms. Maura's Voice will synergize and build upon the College of Social Work and Florida State University's current research initiatives with a targeted focus on firearm violence, particularly the interacting phenomena of gun violence and behavioral health.

Dunwoody community stalworth., Mr. Jim Redovian named to MARTA Board by DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond

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DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has nominated Jim Redovian to serve on the MARTA board of directors representing the North DeKalb MARTA district post.

Jim is the Board Chair for the Cowart Family/Ashford Dunwoody YMCA, and is a past member of the Executive Board of the Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association.  Jim is the Chair of the Deacons at Dunwoody Baptist Church and enjoys teaching Sunday School to its 10th-grade boys. Jim is a past president of Dunwoody Stage Door Players, a past member of the DeKalb County School Board and a retired Georgia District 9 Administrator of Little League Baseball.  He is also a great guy and will represent us well on the MARTA Board.  Thank you Jim for stepping up to the plate once again!!

City of Peachtree Coners hosting a Community Meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Gwinnett County Transit Referendum


Peachtree Coners is hosting a Community Meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the upcoming Gwinnett County Transit Referendum. The meeting will be held at the Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, 5105 Winters Chapel Road, Peachtree Corners, GA. The keynote speaker for this meeting is State Senator Brandon Beach, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senator Beach was vital in the creation of the Atlanta-Region Transit Authority (ATL), which helps direct regional transit growth, as well as provides funding to Metro-Atlanta transit. The bill that set up the ATL is the same as the one that facilitated the upcoming Gwinnett County Referendum. If passed it will expand public transportation in Gwinnett.

“It is important that citizens are educated about Gwinnett’s proposed solutions for improving traffic, so they can make an informed vote about the Transit Referendum,” said Councilmember Phil Sadd.  “This meeting will help prepare voters to decide if Gwinnett's transit system and services should expand based on its plan and contract with MARTA through a one-cent tax.”

The meeting is open to the public and will include an open Q&A session giving citizens an opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions about this very important topic.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dunwoody Traffic Alert - Vermack Road Temporary Closure & Isolated water outages

Avoid Mt. Vernon & Vermack if possible.

The City of Dunwoody's contractor is currently completing major utility tie-ins at the Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road Intersection project. Road closures will begin on Friday morning, March 1st, at 8:30 a.m. They will continue for the next 72 hours.

The north end of Vermack Road (between Dunwoody Square and Mount Vernon Road) will be blocked during this 72-hour period. Detour signage will be in place to redirect traffic.

The City of Dunwoody Public Works Department is in direct contact with DeKalb County School officials and administrators at Dunwoody High School and Vanderlyn Elementary School, as well as the staff at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Weather permitting, normal traffic will resume on Sunday evening, March 3rd

Isolated water outages are also planned for Saturday, March 2, as tie-ins occur on Vermack Road. Flyers were posted at all homes this morning that will be affected by the water outage on Saturday. 
We appreciate your patience as we make progress on this project.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Few places around Dunwoody you might find me.


All Saint's Community Bingo, Tonight - Thursday, Feb 28th - 6:30 doors open for free dinner - games at 7:30


Dunwoody Wildcat Theatre presents Once Upon a Mattress
March 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7p and March 3 and 10 at 2p 

Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. It opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to Broadway. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Tickets are available at:


Caffeine and Octane is this Sunday, March 3 [8am-11am] Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody GA


Community Bike Ride on Sunday 2:45 - starts at Village Burger


Dunwoody Dad's Meeting at Dunwoody High

·  When: Wednesday, March 6th, 7am-8am in Room #2122
·  Guest speaker: Eric Linton, City Manager, City of Dunwoody
·  Mr. Linton will share and discuss the policies, goals and vision for the city of Dunwoody

Monday, February 25, 2019

City of Dunwoody, GA offers strong opposition to Georgia #HB302 & #SB172 violating Home Rule and jeopardizes residential safety. #gapol

Full Press Release

Dunwoody’s Mayor and City Council voted unanimously Monday night to oppose Georgia House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172, which would prevent local governments from enforcing and regulating building design elements for residential homes. Members of Dunwoody City Council have been in close contact with our elected State Representatives, Senator Sally Harrell, Representatives Mike Wilensky, and Matthew Wilson, all of whom have taken strong stands against these proposals. The City has been in discussions with the Georgia Municipal Association, the DeKalb Municipal Association and has been in constant contact with our lobbyist in opposing these proposed actions.

Ten years ago the City of Dunwoody was created to allow us the right of self-determination and it is my opinion that this over reach proposed by the State Legislature not only erodes the home rule doctrine in the Georgia Constitution, which allows municipalities to have self-government over building and housing codes; but it completely eliminates the municipalities allowance of home rule.

Dunwoody Council Member Lynn Deutsch introduced a resolution respectfully requesting that the General Assembly oppose the bill. The Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution during Monday night’s City Council Meeting.

We do not take this decision lightly. Most housing in the City of Dunwoody would be impacted by this,” said Council Member Deutsch. “This is an issue of local control. We have set minimum building standards that protect the safety of our residents and enhance the quality of construction.”

“This is an encroachment that is unbelievable to me,” added Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal. “We became a city to keep decisions close to home. This bill strips us of the rights to keep Dunwoody the way the citizens want it.”

Council Member Pam Tallmadge encouraged concerned residents to e-mail lawmakers who are backing the bills (Georgia House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172.

http://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2019/Feb/2019-02-05_Resolution_Opposition_HB302_SB172.pdf

Friday, February 22, 2019

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday Feb 25, 2019 - Austin Elem road / traffic signals, Storage Unit, Resolution against H.B.302 and Public Comment at meetings

Monday, February 25, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Agenda

Funding Authorization for Storm Drainage, Curb and Sidewalk Construction for the new Austin Elementary School - $760,750.00

Approval of a Contract for Traffic Signal Installation at the New Austin Elementary School - $171,660.00

SECOND READ:SLUP 19-01: Adevco Corporation, on behalf of Shallowford Road Storage, LLC, owners of 4444 N Shallowford Road, request a Special Land Use Permit per Chapter 27, Sec. 27-73 to permit a three story storage facility in the Office-Distribution (O-D) zoning district. The tax parcel ID is 18 344 03 001.

Resolution in Opposition to H.B. 302 - Preemption of Local Building Design Standards (Lynn Deutsch)

Rules and Procedures For City Council Meetings: Modifying the Order of City Council agenda items to move Public Comment to the beginning. (John Heneghan)
In a representative government trying to figure out what the citizens want, allowing and listening to what they have to say is an important concept of proper govenence, therefore the City of Dunwoody has always allowed public comment near the begining of our City Council meetings.  After several instances whereby the citizen public comment period was delayed for well over an hour because of various proclamations, reports and presentations; I am proposing that public comment be moved in front of these items.

Knowing that we sometimes have new Dunwoody Police Officers being swarn in and police officers recieving recognition, I am also proposing that because police shift change is at 6 pm (meeting start time) and that officers want to be in attendance to support their fellow officers, I have also suggested an item to make this happen so that our dedicated police force can either get out on the streets or go home to their families ASAP.   My proposal is a modest one whereby most nights like this Monday, public comment will be towards the very begining of the meeting becuse there are no proclamations, reports or presentations, but it corrects the issue in such a way that so that everyone no matter what is on the agenda can count on open public comment at the start of the meeting in a uniform and consistant manner.  John

Thursday, February 21, 2019

DeKalb School System provides enrollment forcasting and redistricting information for Dunwoody Cluster.

I attended the meeting last night at Kingsley with about 100 neighbors, parents, school charter representatives, teachers and various DeKalb school administrators in attendance.  Meeting started about 6 and the first half discussed the process of enrollment forecasting and the second half started to get to the discussion on overcrowding but was cut short as the meeting was scheduled to end at 7 pm.

Long story short, little short term relief may happen at the elementary level because of Austin redistricting but capacity issues still abound. DHS enrollment continues upward with little improvement in sight.  Financial issues and build schedules were touched upon but no definitive information or answers were given. 

Here is the full Powerpoint presentation from last night.






Monday, February 18, 2019

DeKalb School System to provide update on Dunwoody High & PCMS construction plans - Wednesday Feb 20, 6PM at Kingsley Elementary at Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools meeting.

Update on DHS & PCMS expansion plans.

Kingsley Elementary - Media Center
2051 Brendon Dr, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
6:00pm

I saw a notice for a community meeting on Wednesday evening being sponsored by the Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools on DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester's Facebook PageThe meeting's purpose is to discuss issues that affect the Dunwoody community specifically and is intended for Dunwoody parent leadership inside the local schools.  There are lots of interesting comments on Nancy's page regarding the planned classroom addition at Dunwoody without adequate resources (expanded lunch room, band room, gym space and other ancillary needs besides just classrooms that students will need) vs the idea of a new Doraville area high school that might reduce the attendance zone of Dunwoody therefore reducing the total attendance.

In case you don't remember, back on 2016 the school system vetted various options for District-wide feedback and our local Peachtree Middle School Foundation and Dunwoody High School Council both pressed hard for the additions at Dunwoody & Peachtree Middle School to reduce the overcrowding issues in the cluster as well assure that the cluster remains intact.

If you are interested in what’s going on with the plans for the additions to Peachtree Middle School & Dunwoody High School - please go to the Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools meeting on Wednesday where Mr. Dan Drake, DeKalb County School District COO will be presenting.



Friday, February 15, 2019

Dunwoody's Glow plays at Jimmy's, Volunteers needed Saturday for t-shirt help, Roberts Rezoning, crosswalk on Mt. Vernon, Brook Run Stormwater, help fallen Vets.



Saturday morning volunteers wanted - St. Baldrick's Tee shirt processing, All Saints Catholic

We will process ( unpack, fold, roll and wrap) surplus 2018 St. Baldrick's Tee shirts.  The tees will be given to spectators during the Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade.  If you would like a set of Tees for a sports team or for your St. Baldrick's event, let me know.  Schedule times are approximate, please arrive when convenient.   Location All Saints Catholic Church 2443 Mount Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338.  We will be in the gym in the lower level parking lot.


5328 Roberts Rezoning Plans - discussed and deferred at this weeks Planning Commission. I personally attended this meeting as I know there are lots of issues regarding water flow, historical stormwater & sewer easements, topography, a lack of fencing, and other issues.  Protection of existing neighbors from proposed community improvements seems to be a thread lately.

New Crosswalk on Mt. Vernon is in preliminary planning stage & Brook Run Playground will be resurfaced this summer.


Lots of discussion over Brook Run stream buffers and hydrology reports at the Dunwoody City Council meeting on Monday - guessing this item will be in the news for the next several months.  Here are a few important docs, 2013 hydrology report, the new preliminary hydrology report, and park deed that spells out minimum requirements. The park construction plans, stream buffer and tree loss reports will also be closely scrutinized during a City Council hearing at some meeting in the future.

Helping young men in the City of Dunwoody like Emerson Doolittle to be able to assist veterans is truly a privilege I can not pass up.  Please consider paying it forward with a small donation as he honors those who have sacrificed so much. Thanks  John
Hi, my name is Emerson and I live in Atlanta. I’ve been in Boy Scouts since 6th grade and it’s been my lifelong dream to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest award in scouting.

For my Eagle Project, I will lead a team of Boy Scouts to build 30 memorial flag cases for the families of veterans who can't afford them. I will present them to the families through the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The military burial flag honors a veteran and their surviving family. Both the deceased veteran and the family have made a sacrifice for their country, and the flag is a memorial to that sacrifice.

One of the most requested items at the VA is a flag case to display and honor a loved one’s flag. Many veterans’ families do not have the means to purchase one. For my Eagle Project, I will handcraft 30 cases out of beautiful oak wood as a way to say thank you.

Any donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated to allow me to purchase wood, glass and other supplies. Your gift of $25 buys supplies to build an entire flag case for a deserving family. 

Thank you for considering a donation. The veterans’ families and I appreciate your support.