Saturday, April 6, 2024

Dunwoody City Council Meeting for Monday April 8, 2024 (Clean Air / Smoking Regulations, Winter Chapel 12 ft Path, State Farm complex apartments, Chief Grogan)

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,
https://dunwoodyga-gov.zoom.us/j/84919972403 or  phone +14703812552,,84919972403#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance 

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.

City of Dunwoody Proclamation for Chief Billy Grogan

City Manager's Monthly Report

First Read & Public Hearing: RZ 23-03, 245 Perimeter Center Parkway: Rezone from PDc to PDc to amend the zoning conditions of case RZ 15-072 to allow the development of a mixed use project including office, hotel, and multifamily residential with associated retail, restaurant, amenity space, and structured parking

Approval of Conversion of Contracted Positions and Creation of New City Position for the Technology Department

Approval of Amendment of Position Allocation and Compensation Chart and Market Adjustment for City Employees

Agreement for Managed Networking Service Provider

Funding Authorization for 5695 Trowbridge Drive Storm Repairs

Contract Award for Parks and Recreation Sign Package

Contract Award for North Shallowford Annex Maintenance Repairs

First Read: Review and Consideration of a Text Amendment to Update the Clean Indoor Air Regulations, Chapter 24

I am not a smoker but I have attended "late night business meetings" in an establishment that focused on Bourbon and Cigars. The place of business I visited had a negative pressure air filtration system whereby my clothes didn't smell of smoke when I left.  I believe this proposed ordinance brought to us from the American Heart Association and placed on the agenda by staff or council is an overstep of regulations and I am unsure what we are fixing.  I would like to know the complete impact of the proposal prior to voting on it especially when it may limit a niche business model that could bring a successful establishment to our city.  I understand the intent of protecting all employees from second-hand smoke but when the establishment (or private club) can protect employees an exception needs to be explored.  I will be asking staff to review Gwinnett, Houston and other jurisdictions looking for best practices allowing exceptions.  A cigar bar exception could include the following ...

“Cigar Bar means an establishment operated by a holder of an On Premise Beer and Wine
Permit or other Alcohol Beverage Licensing Permit that:
1. Does not sell food;
2. In addition to selling beer and wine, annually receives 15 percent or more of
its gross revenue from the sale of cigars, and tobacco-related products, except from the sale of
cigarettes. A cigar bar shall not discount alcohol if sold in combination with
cigars or other tobacco products and tobacco-related products;
3. Has a walk-in humidor on the premises;
4. Has a high capacity, negative pressure air cleaning ventilation system, located in such a manner to control second hand smoke exposure to non-smokers.
5. Only permits the smoking of cigars, and does not permit the smoking of cigarettes; and
6. Does not include any establishment which is primarily a bar or restaurant and
which undertakes to make retail offerings of tobacco products as a means of
circumventing the purposes of this article.”

Contract with AECOM for North Shallowford Road Path Project Concept Design

Contract with Practical Design Partners, LLC for Winters Chapel Path Phase 2 Design

On November 7th, the Citizens of Dunwoody voted down a bond referendum for Parks & Paths development and on November 8th an RFP was released for the Winters Chapel Path design which mandates that the path will be 12 feet wide, even in front of the single family residential properties.  This item is now on the agenda for discussion.

Description: Winter Chapel Road Path Phase II. The project consists of a 12-foot shared-use path (SUP) along the west side only of Winters Chapel Road between Charmant Place and Peeler Road in the cities of Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners. In addition to the shared-use path, the project will add lighting and street trees along the corridor. The project connects residential areas on the north end of the project to a MARTA bus route and commercial node at the south end of the project.

Request for Pre-Construction Funding for Real Time Crime Center

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday March 25, 2024 (4.25% raise, IT position conversion, Park Signs, New Crosswalks, LPR's in PCID)

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,
https://dunwoodyga-gov.zoom.us/j/86390235645 or  phone +14703812552,,86390235645#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance 

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.

Dunwoody High School Youth City Council (Michael Berry)

Retreat Recap

SECOND READ: MMSP 24-01: Review and Consideration of a Major Master Sign Plan for 4896 N Peachtree Road (Kingswood Church)

SECOND READ: MMSP 24-02: Review and Consideration of a Major Master Sign Plan for 4553 N Shallowford Road - Emory Healthcare  (Wall Sign - lights out 10:30 to 5:30)

Approval to Apply Additional Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Funds to the 2024 Paving Contract

Approval of Flock Safety Two Year Contract for LPRs, Surveillance Cameras, and Gunshot Detection in the PCID Area

Approval of a Contract with Sunbelt to Install Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons on Perimeter Center West and North Peachtree Road

Discussion of Conversion of Contracted Positions and Creation of New City Position for the Technology Department

Discussion of Amendment of Position Allocation and Compensation Chart and Market Adjustment for City Employees  - 4.25% Raise

Contract Award for Parks and Recreation Sign Package

Contract Award for North Shallowford Annex Maintenance Repairs

Discussion on Approval of Agreement for Managed Networking Service Provider

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

2024 City of Dunwoody Retreat Recap from Councilman John Heneghan (Park Plans, Financial Future, Police Priorities and maybe a few paths too)

The City of Dunwoody hosted a "Retreat" for Council & Staff to sit in a room for two days to discuss our past, present & future. Financial realities were brought forward that we have a large capital reserve, but operating expenses are slowly outpacing revenue, commercial property is strong, hotels are thriving, and apartments are full with high rents; on the downside, office vacancies are currently at 25%, with most of that in several large complexes and residential taxes are locked, frozen and low. We are presently funding police expansion and ambulance service with Federal funds; we are still looking at compensation raises by year's end, and in 2026, we will be renegotiating city contracts for services that will rise in price because in 2021, we received low bids because of COVID.

Parks discussions were had regarding build-out plans for Wildcat (on Roberts) and Homecoming (on Vermack), with some council members wanting to put a bond on the November ballot. However, it was decided to maintain these parks as open fields just as they are and to install portable restrooms (better than porta potties) at each park. It was also decided that there will be no parks bond in 2024.

Everyone on Council (including me) agrees with building the trails in the Perimeter Center Business District as the PCID is matching funds and other monies are coming from our hotels. There is still disagreement on the construction of 10 to 12-foot wide paths in front of single-family homes, but the current Council (excluding me) has the will and votes to move forward on Winters Chapel and Mount Vernon.

In other park news, when the slides for park priorities failed to mention the turfing of the PCMS field with the track, I asked for an update. I was told DeKalb County School System didn't see it as a priority and was worried about equity to other schools in the district who don't have turf. As a reminder, the DCSS was bound to rebuild Austin Elementary School on its original site when the City proposed a a win / win solution to the County so that our families and children wouldn't be inconvenienced. In October 2016, we proposed a land swap for the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields; in order to make that happen, the City purchased the land where the ball fields sit from DCSS and executed a 25-year lease for nighttime use of the football field. The City later installed lights for night time use on the field, installed a facility storage building and would now like to turf that field in order to maximize usage. Without that turfing of the field, it is overused and almost unplayable without adequate care. The City of Dunwoody set aside 1 Million dollars in our 2024 budget with the hopes to pay for the turf installation but the required construction approval from DCSS has not been received. Unsure of all logistics, but maybe there will be some movement soon?

I have been very open regarding my concerns about the long term stability of City Finances and they will be a huge topic of conversation in the coming months because we are currently at our maximum millage rate and based on everything I am hearing, in 2026 our operating revenue will not be keeping up operating expenses. This is a separate conversation from dedicated Capital funds for stuff like parks and paving as we can not use those funds for operating costs.

Based on the intention of the city founders and charter, if taxes were to be increased over our current maximum millage limit, a referendum would be needed to remove the cap. We have operated under those constraints for the last 15 years, but financial pressures are building. We know there is possibly a technical workaround by placing the entire City into a special tax district for safety (Police, Ambulance, and maybe a supplemental charge to 911 costs over current phone taxes) to raise taxes for those services, but doing so without a resident vote is contrary to the founding plans of the City. If a referendum were to be held to raise operating funds and it were to fail, would we want to cut police services that are needed based on the growth and crime stats?

Right now, I anticipate a slowdown of some capital projects (Parks and Paths) in order to preserve high fund balances in the coming year so that we can attempt to get a good handle on finances from the spending side. These fund balances include both Capital and some Operational that we are saving for a rainy day or a golden opportunity should one arise. That being said, there are some capital projects and improvements to the police department going forward (again with one-time federal funds) because the safety our community is the primary goal of government. 

Below are the documents from the retreat provided to council for discussion.

https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/06%20Dunwoody%202035.pptx

https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/03%20Budgets%20Finances%20Millages%20Trends.pptx


 https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/02%20Parks.pptx

https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/01a%20Commercial%20Real%20Estate.pptx

https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/05%20Police.pptx

 https://www.jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2024/03/Retreat/01b%20Sangster.pptx

Sunday, March 10, 2024

DeKalb / Dunwoody area Elections for 2024 - New DeKalb School Board Member & CEO with other interesting races to follow.

Link to photo above - here

 https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/qualifying-candidate-information

Apologies if I missed anyone in a local contested race (as the website is not the easiest to navigate) and congratulations to those serving our community who are running unopposed (not listed). 

Thank you to those who have served and decided not to run for re-election; we appreciate your service.
Special thanks to Anna Hill & Michael Thurmond.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday March 11th and notice of Dunwoody Retreat on Tuesday & Wednesday in Clarksville, GA

DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday March 11, 2024 - 6:00 PM

DUNWOODY CITY HALL - DUNWOODY HALL
4800 ASHFORD DUNWOODY ROAD
DUNWOODY, GA 30338

Agenda 6 pm - City Site Agenda

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,
https://dunwoodyga-gov.zoom.us/j/84919972403 or  phone +14702509358,,84919972403#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

City Manager's Monthly Report (Eric Linton)

Perimeter Brand Strategy (Ann Hanlon)

FIRST READ: MMSP 24-01: Review and Consideration of a Major Master Sign Plan for 4896 N Peachtree Road (Kingswood Church)

FIRST READ: MMSP 24-02: Review and Consideration of a Major Master Sign Plan for 4553 N Shallowford Road (Emory Healthcare)


SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 2, Sec. 2-253 re: Board of Ethics

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 4, Sec. 4-70 re: Alcohol License Review Board

Funding Authorization for 1302 Center Drive Emergency Storm Repairs

Funding Authorization for 2707 Wood Hollow Drive Storm Repairs

Resolution for Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year 2023

Approval to Purchase Signal Poles for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Installations on Perimeter Center West and North Peachtree Road (Chesnut Elementary)


Retreat Notice - Open to the Public & Live Streamed

DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

2024 STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT

MARCH 12 & 13, 2024 - 9:30 AM/ 9:00 AM

GLEN-ELLA SPRINGS INN (CONFERENCE ROOM)

1789 BEAR GAP ROAD

CLARKSVILLE, GA 30523

 

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2024 Strategic Planning Session over two days.
(Sorry no read ahead documents available to Council or Public)

March 12th Agenda - City Site
March 13th Agenda - City Site

Dunwoody Commercial Real Estate Review
Parks
Budgets, Revenues, Expenditures, Millages and Trends
Council Meetings
Public Safety
Dunwoody 2035

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Dunwoody's All Saints Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Annual Lenten Fish Fry is back on Friday Nights - Baked Salmon, Fried Shrimp and the Clam Chowder are my favorites!

I believe this might be one of busiest restaurant in Dunwoody?

All Saints Catholic Church / Knights of Columbus Fish Fry's are back for 2024 Lent!
Skip the cooking and come enjoy a delicious seafood meal with your friends, family & neighbors.   
2024 Friday Fish Fry Schedule (5PM – 8PM):
March 1, 8, 15, & 22

My family attends All Saint's Catholic Church and I'm a member of the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization dedicated to providing charitable services.  The Knights biggest fundraising event is our “WORLD FAMOUS” FISH FRY which started a few weeks ago and continues for four more Friday nights with the last serving occurring on Friday, March 22nd.

As a member of the Knights, I can tell you that fresh food is prepared & served with love, the three hour event gets very busy but the service is incredible.  At one point last year we were serving a meal every 13 seconds and all of the funds were pushed back into community charity work.

Knights of Columbus
 All Saints Catholic Church - Gym
Lower Parking Lot
Friday's from 5 pm to 8 pm
2443 Mount Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

The meals will be served in the gymnasium at the church. Eat in or take out is available. Entrée choices: fried cod or shrimp and broiled cod or salmon; sides include made-from-scratch New England clam chowder, fries, macaroni and cheese, roasted red potatoes, coleslaw, green beans and hush puppies. Kids meals are available. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted for meals. Desserts are available nightly (cash only). Iced tea and water are complimentary; cash bar for beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water. Proceeds benefit the charities of the Knights of Columbus.  

This event is open to the community. Everyone is welcome!

Video from 2011 - not much has changed except the prices are up a little.