Saturday, May 25, 2019

Dunwoody Memorial Day Service, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd, Monday, May 27, 10:00 AM

The City of Dunwoody will host its Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Brook Run Park's Veterans Memorial (4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody). We hope you will join us for this special Dunwoody tradition as we honor soldiers who sacrificed everything for our freedom.

As a side note, this is an event for the entire family, and I encourage families to bring their children to the ceremony to learn the meaning of sacrifice and service.  Today with many other area Boy Scouts my 13-year-old son Declan placed 100's of flags in front of the graves at Marietta National Cemetery which was an eye-opening experience for him and he now looking forward to the event on Monday.

We all need to be reminded and thankful for those who have sacrificed their tomorrows for the many privileges we enjoy today.  Please join us in the park for an hour, the ceremonty starts at 10 a.m.  Thanks

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Community Conversation with GDOT on Top End I-285, Wed, May 22, 6 pm at Dunwoody City Hall

Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This is the City of Dunwoody meeting to discuss the express lane idea and tell them what we want, what we don't and if it moves forward what protections we need.  

Please attend this meeting if you are able to give your opinions.   Thanks

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday May 20, 2019 - GIS, Ashford Dunwoody Grocery Store, Restaurants, Gas Station, Roberts Drive Rezoning & Unlawful Discrimination / Hate Crime

Monday, May 20, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Agenda - Dunwoody Facilities Authority - Special Called Meeting 5:30 pm

Naming request for Eco Classroom after Dennis Crean

Agenda - Regular Dunwoody City Council Meeting - 6:00 pm

Administration of Oath of Office to Officer Timothy Brown

Presentation of Certificates to Citizens Police Academy Graduating Class

Recognition of Officer Juan Lopez for Receiving his Associates of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University

Presentation of Convention and Visitors Bureau Q1 Financial Report and Strategic Plan Initiatives

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Presentation (Andy Summers, Keiyonna Lighten-Solomon)

FIRST READ: MA 19-01: Laurel David, Attorney on Behalf of Branch Ashwood Associates, L.P., Owner of 1250 Meadow Lane Road, and 500, 600, and 700 Ashwood Parkway, Seeks a Major Modification to Conditions of Zoning. The Tax Parcel Numbers for the Site are 18-350-02-001, 18-350-02-003, 18-349-01-037, and 18-349-01-046

Resolution Designating The Crier as an Additional Legal Organ

Approval of 4-year Stormwater Inventory and Survey Contract

Approval of Contract for Street Sweeping Services to Sweeping Corporation of America (SCA)

SECOND READ: RZ19-01: J. Ethan Underwood, Attorney for RRR 2018, LLC, owner of 5318 and 5328 Roberts Drive, Seeks to Rezone the property from its current R-100 (Single-dwelling Residential) District Zoning Classification to an R-50 (Single-dwelling Residential) District

FIRST READ: Amendment to Chapter 24 (Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions) to Add Article VIII, Unlawful Discrimination, and Article IX, Hate Crime Training and Documentation

Grocery Store, Restaurants and a Gas Station proposed on Ashford Dunwoody Rd, with a new road to be constructed to improve traffic and serve a future hotel.

City of Dunwoody proposes ordinance targeting discrimination and hate crimes. #gapol

The mission of the City of Dunwoody is to provide the highest quality of life for those who live, work, or play in our community and to foster an environment where business can prosper. We will serve all stakeholders in a transparent manner with resourceful, efficient, progressive, and professional leadership.

As City Council members, we serve a very diverse community of residents, businesses, employees, and customers of those businesses. As a community, we are a melting pot of races, colors, religions, genders, national origins, sexual orientations, ages, disability, marital, and family statuses. We as human beings are all equals. Unfortunately, case law is not entirely settled in this area and in the eyes of the State of Georgia as well as the Federal Government there are not equal protections of the law against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This discrimination has both an economic and human cost to our society, therefore, I, along with Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge propose protections against discrimination for employment, housing or the provision of goods and services for those in our community whom state and federal law does not provide equal protection.

We as a city should let it be known that we stand not only for equality but against all forms of hate therefore in this proposal, we have included language whereby the Dunwoody Police Department will develop guidelines for the identification, investigation, documentation, and reporting of hate crimes committed within the corporate limits of the City of Dunwoody. We will also train our staff, start collecting standardized data and then report such data to the FBI. Our police department already does a beautiful job in fostering a sense of community where hate is not tolerated, but I have already reached out organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center to see if they can assist us in fostering the message of tolerance within our community and ending hate.

The cities of Atlanta, Chamblee and Doraville have recently passed similar non-discrimination legislation and when an active & engaged Dunwoody resident asked what we were doing to protect his family, Pam and I reviewed the background laws and ordinances of Dunwoody and the other cities, we reviewed our internal EEOC and non-discrimination policies, we have discussed the issue with staff including community development, legal, economic development, as well as the police department; and only after being fully vetted have we decided to put forward this proposal for Council consideration.

Our proposed anti-discrimination ordinance is straight forward whereby an aggrieved person may file a complaint with the City Clerk alleging discrimination against a holder of a business license.  After a legal review determines that there are no other legal remedies being offered under Federal or State Law, it which starts a process of non-binding mediation between the two parties and if not successfully settled in mediation, a hearing officer will adjudicate the matter on the evidence provided. Once a finding is determined, the mediator or hearing officer’s fees shall be assessed to the non-prevailing party. Parties adversely affected by the final decision regarding the complaint may appeal to the Superior Court of DeKalb County. The maximum penalty of the first violation is $500.

We believe that this proposed City ordinance fosters equal treatment by upholding the values of equality, inclusion, and diversity for all within the City of Dunwoody and though it does not replace Federal or State Law, it is a start in the right direction.

Don't miss Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill this Sunday evening at Dunwoody United Methodist Church - Benefiting @actioningeorgia #EndingHunger
"My Bride & I attended last year, loved the show and this year we are bringing guests!!"
John & Kristin Heneghan

An evening of traditional Irish and folk tunes, with internationally known artist, Emmet Cahill and selections with the choir.


Join Ireland's most exciting young tenor Emmet Cahill for a night of songs and stories as he performs music from his brand-new album for the very first time!

Having made his sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2018, Emmet is back on tour across the states and Canada on his biggest tour to date. Experience this young Irish tenor performing classic Irish songs, beloved church hymns, Broadway favorites and a very special performance with the church choir also.

Emmet will of course be including his popular "request medley" which often brings some surprises from the audience.

Don't miss out on a wonderful evening of music that will leave you and your loved ones with memories that will last a lifetime!

Concert proceeds benefit Action Ministries.
Action Ministries

Organizer of Our Concert For Hope Featuring Emmet Cahill - Benefiting Action Ministries

Action Ministries mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education. We envision communities in which the cycle of poverty is broken and everyone has the tools needed to reach their full potential.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Community Conversation with GDOT - Top End I-285 plans - Tuesday in Doraville & Wednesday Noon @ St. Lukes

Wednesday from Noon to 2 pm.
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1979 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA

First of two public forums in Dunwoody to explain details about plans for I-285's top end express lanes.

According to GDOT, express lanes will Contribute to reducing 6,000+ hours of delay each day on the Top End Provide more reliable trip times and free access for transit and vanpools Improve mobility as one of the initial 11 large-scale Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects in Georgia's metro areas.

According to many others this is an improper road widing that will deprive people of thier homes and will negatively impact communities.

DeKalb School Board Member Stan Jester Community Town Hall Meeting

Meeting Tonight - Tuesday

When: May 14th @ 7pm
Where: St. Luke’s – 1978 Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody
Room: Chapel – From the Manhasset entrance, turn right in the lobby

As we approach the end of the 2018-2019 school year, we have a lot to talk about. No speeches here … let’s discuss what’s going on.

What’s going on? Off the top of my head, E-SPLOST projects are running out of money, the school district is squeezing more and more children into our schools and the school district will be asking for a loan of up to $250 million soon.

Furthermore, the Dunwoody, Chamblee, Brookhaven and Doraville areas will see some redistricting over the next few years as new schools come online.  Come one, come all. I will also invite various representatives from our other local governments to join us.