Sunday, January 13, 2019

Modern Dunwoody, DHA Annual meeting on Sunday, Nature Center, Rec Guide, Yellow Dot, What's Up podcast, other updates.

I've seen a few people posting old and new profile photos on Facebook and figured I would share an old profile of Dunwoody from 1991 that was once highlighted in a news program.  What was once old is new again.

“We like the look of the Williamsburg look here in the middle of Dunwoody Village, but I guess since I’m a child of the ’70s it bothers me that everything would have to be exactly the same. When Turtle’s built a new building they had a purple awning on it and some of the Dunwoody people are fighting it, and I just think there’s so many more important things to fight about than a purple awning to wreck the Williamsburg look. I just say relax about it.”

Dunwoody Homeowners recaps 2018 at Sunday's annual Meeting starting at 2 pm - located at Dunwoody Nature Center Pavillion.  A Beautiful room - worth visiting the Nature Center if you haven't recently.

Michael Cowen

Talking of the Dunwoody Nature Center, Mr. Michael Cowan has been named the new Executive Director of the DNC and will lead the next stage of growth, in support of their mission.  Michael is a grad of Georgia Tech, has an MBA from Emory and has served on the Dunwoody Sustainability Commission.  Welcome to the Dunwoody Nature Center Michael, I know you will be doing wonderful things.

Did you receive your Discover Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Guide?  Here is a copy.

The guidebook mailed most residents shows many of the activities going on in the parks the next few months and it highlights the new park amenities coming to Brook Run and other locations in the coming year.  Here are a few upcoming January events.

January 18th: Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild Artist Talk featuring Denise Kovnat-
“Echo Weave and Turned Taquete,” North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 8-9pm
January 19th: Chiefs Futbol Club Free Play, Brook Run Park Baseball Fields, 10-11:30am
January 19th-21st: Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild “Extended Parallel Threading
Loom” workshop with Denise Kovnat, North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 9am-4pm
January 21st: 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service, Brook Run Park, 9am-12pm
January 25th: “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” opens, Stage Door Players, 8pm
January 26th: Chiefs Futbol Club Free Play, Brook Run Park Baseball Fields, 10-11:30am

Dunwoody woman saved from diabetic emergency thanks to Yellow Dot program.  Georgia’s free Yellow Dot program helps first responders know if a patient has a medical condition.

Have you had the chance to hear Mayor Shortal on the What's Up Dunwoody podcast?  Nicely done interviews from a couple of regular Dunwoody guys talking to people in the area to learn more about this great town.

The city has so many public works projects in the pipeline all at various levels of planning and construction that I asked for an update of all capital projects - here is the list.

 GDOT won’t release property acquisition info ahead of toll lane meetings

Austin Elementary / Roberts Drive signal and transportation plans - construction bid package is on the street. Notice to Proceed is expected to be given in February 2019 and the contractor shall mobilize within 10 days of receiving the notice to proceed. Work shall be completed within 180 calendar days.

Big things are going up on Hammond next to the Mall & Marta.  1224 Hammond Office building & the Hyatt Place hotel will be tucked in just behind it.

The City has had crews on the streets filling potholes on the main streets - please use See Click Fix to report any public work issues.

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs to Host Father-Daughter Dance, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30306 on Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Most comments wanted better enforcement of current requirements.

Last week I posted a question from a concerned mom asking for increased traffic enforcement and speed reductions in school zones and there was quite a bit of feedback mostly asking for better traffic enforcement of the current regulations.  Dunwoody police were active on the roadways, working at schools and even citing 12 people on Thursday for not stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk. There are no easy answers on these types of problems but the City will keep working the issue, researching best practices and approaches including looking at engineering fixes for lighting and crosswalk signaling where it needs to be improved.

Social media sites like NextDoor and private neighborhood Facebook groups are great ways to share information to a limited group but I always wonder if there is a better medium to share this information to the Dunwoody Police because I don't believe they see much of it as it is usually limited to a specific geographic area?  As a City Councilman, I read numerous Dunwoody related posts, tip off the Dunwoody Police where warranted and raise issues publicly on my blog where it makes sense but it makes me question how our resident/city communication practices can be improved?  Continuous improvement should always be a goal.

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