Friday, December 6, 2019

City of Dunwoody to buy Waterford Swim Tennis for park land and future trail system connecting neighborhoods.

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of Property from the Waterford Neighborhood Association

City staff has performed all due diligence for the purchase of two land parcels located 4565 Dellrose
Drive, Tax Parcel No. 06-310-01-035 (3.39 acre parcel), and 2371 North Peachtree Way, Tax Parcel
No. 06-310-01-005 (3.77 acre parcel), from Waterford Neighborhood Association for a total of 7.16

Staff respectfully requests that Council (1) authorize the purchase of the lots located at 4565
Dellrose Drive and 2371 North Peachtree Way for the sum of $125,000 (2) authorize the City
Manager to execute the necessary documents following satisfactory review by legal counsel.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday December 9, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Acknowledgment and award presentation to Officer J.B. Tate for 30 years of service to law enforcement.

Proclamation - "Terry Nall Day"

Resolution Adopting the Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement

Resolution Amending the Budget - Reeves/Young contract change order for Brook Run Park

Resolution Amending FY2020 Budget and Approval of Facilities Custodian and Management Contracts

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapters 24 and 25 re Clean Indoor Air

Approval of the Parks and Right of Way Maintenance Contract

Approval of an Agreement with the Chiefs Futbol Club

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of Property from the Waterford Neighborhood Association

Resolution Amending the 2019 Budget to purchase Waterford

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with Gwinnett County for Radio Access

SECOND READ: Text Amendments Regarding Telecommunications Regulations (Chapter 27)

Approval of Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement With the City of Chamblee, Georgia

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Blount Construction for 2020 Paving

Resolution Declaring Furniture and Equipment Remaining from the City Hall Move as Surplus Property and Authorizing the City Manager to Dispose of the Property

Award of Contract for Purchase of Properties at 4553 and 4555 North Shallowford Road

Approval of a Contract with ConnectSouth

SECOND READ: RZ 19-02: Kathy Zickert, attorney for the Owner, on Behalf of GMC Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC, Owner of 11 Ravinia Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346 Seeks the Following to Rezone the Property From its Current OCR (Office, Commercial, Residential) District Conditional Zoning Classification to an PC-2 (Perimeter Center) District

SECOND READ: MA 19-02 Laurel David, Attorney for the Owner, on Behalf of JSJ Perimeter, Owner of 84, 130, and 140 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody, Georgia seeks a Major Modification to Conditions of Zoning

Resolution Establishing a Temporary Moratorium on the Acceptance of New or Revised Applications For Special Use Approval, Permitted Use Approval, or Building, Land Disturbance, Site Plan and Design Review or Other Permits For Any Construction in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District

Discussion of Public Art

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas for Kids is in the final stretch for donated toys, please assist Dunwoody’s under-privileged children.

Christmas For Kids Program


The City of Dunwoody Police Department brings the Dunwoody community together to collect new and unwrapped gifts for deserving Dunwoody children from newborns to age 15 years old.

The Dunwoody Police Department Christmas for Kids (CFK) program began in 2009 with the goal of bringing our community together to collect new and unwrapped toys and gifts for Dunwoody’s underprivileged children between the ages of newborn to 15 years old.

Officers work together with I Care Atlanta, Inc. to hold a Christmas celebration at a local facility where Santa and his Elves (along with a toy soldier or two!) arrive to greet deserving kids and their parents and enjoy a festive celebration complete with gifts and activities for the kids as well as snacks for the whole family.

Our event is the second week of December so please don't wait...we need those toy donations! You can drop off your donations at the police department at any time.

If you have questions feel free to email Lt. Fidel Espinoza at

Christmas for Kids is a community effort and is only made possible by the generosity of our citizens, businesses, and other local organizations.

Please donate unwrapped toys to Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA 30338

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Light up Dunwoody is this Sunday from 3 to 5:45 at the Farmhouse, new Mayor and Council to throw the switch, Christmas for Kids needs your toys.

First Mayor and Council lighting the farmhouse

November 24, 2019 3:00 – 5:45 pm
between the Cheek-Spruill House at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Light Up is Dunwoody’s traditional community event to welcome the holiday season! Festivities begin surrounding the Cheek-Spruill House at 3:00 pm and conclude with the lighting of the tree and menorah just after sunset at 5:30 pm. The seven members of Dunwoody's 2020 city council, including Mayor elect Lynn Deutsch will be throwing the switch at Light Up Dunwoody. The Dunwoody Police will be collecting toys for Christmas for Kids.  Local musical and dance entertainment perform throughout the afternoon. Santa will be on the lawn of the Cheek-Spruill House ready for visits and photos, along with his sleigh and live reindeer! Face Painting, Cookie Decorating & more merriment await attendees.

Free, family friendly event! Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Thank you to the sponsors of Light Up Dunwoody!

Presented by:

Dunwoody Preservation Trust

Deck the Halls Sponsor

Elves Magic Sponsors

Jingle Bells Sponsors

Santa's Helpers

Friday, November 22, 2019

Councilman Heneghan raises questions on the process of selling the Shallowford property in Dunwoody

As I said last week when this item was added to the City Council agenda, this new back 3-acre piece is being added into the sale of the front piece (2 acres and the Emory building) and I just don't like the manner in which it is being done.
  • I voted against putting this piece of property up for sale on Monday and not on the merit of it being excess property that the proceeds could go towards green space or redevelopment funds for another corner of the city but on the principal of the details of the sale.  The Emory medical building at 4555 N. Shallowford property has been on the market since July and the bid opening date was just pushed back, it appears to join another piece up for sale.  City Council announces on Monday that 4553 Shallowford buildings sitting on the three acres behind the 4555 building is now for sale and the city tacks the sale into the sale of the 4555 building bid whereby the combined bids will be opened on the 4th of December.  
  • Having the back parcel advertised for just two weeks, compared to the other parcel for many months seems wrong.  I am able to see that not one additional person or company had downloaded the sale packet for the new property since we approved the additional land sale, therefore, I question if this larger parcel which is prime for redevelopment is getting the visibility that it should?
  • The back parcel is larger than the front, yet it is a tack on the smaller property offering with no advertising together that this is a large 5-acre piece of land.  
  • The formal zoning for both pieces is Planned Development whereby the city intended to put civic spaces there (if we didn't find a good city hall somewhere else) therefore the land has little or no zoning allowances without coming back to the city to rezone. 
  • The City had no price on the front piece and stated an asking price of $2.268 Million for the back.   Why?
  • Without zoning being in place someone might buy it for future townhomes when maybe the desires of the community and council prefer a 5-story medical or office complex?  Council hasn't discussed this matter, therefore, buyer beware.
  • This real estate transaction may be fully legal as it is being advertised but I believe it has the appearance of not being completely above board, not transparent enough for me; therefore, I raised many of these questions on Monday and voted against it as did Mayor-elect Deutsch. 
  • It will be interesting to see the bids, who knows maybe the DeKalb County School System would want to buy this property for a new school?

City of Dunwoody proposes sale of 5 acres of medical office buildings close to 285.

Dunwoody Mayor Denny Shortal was honored with a proclamation at volunteer appreciation dinner.


WHEREAS, Denny Shortal has been an involved member of the Dunwoody community for 36 years, including volunteer Athletic Director for eight years at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School, a community pitching coach at St. Pius High School, has participated in athletic activities at the Shepherd Center, served as a member and current president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Georgia, and as a faithful volunteer building homes for Habitat for Humanity with the Knights of Columbus; and 

WHEREAS, Denny Shortal served an integral part of the development of the City of Dunwoody. He was a founding board member and co-chairman of Citizens for Dunwoody, Inc., leading the organization and providing strategic direction that ultimately culminated in the community’s overwhelming approval of the incorporation of the City of Dunwoody; and
WHEREAS, Denny Shortal was elected during Dunwoody’s first municipal election on September 16, 2008, and served with distinction as one of the first Councilors of the City of Dunwoody until January 2015, when he was elected as Mayor. During his tenure on council he spearheaded initiatives that have provided a strong foundation for the City of Dunwoody by balancing competing projects and priorities while maintaining the tax millage at 2.74 mills; and  
WHEREAS, as Mayor, Denny Shortal is known for staying true to his principles,  working through critical issues by careful consideration of all angles and relevant information, he is also  known for his quick wit and astuteness when the occasion warrants, an "Oorah!" for his beloved U.S. Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, in addition to his exemplary performance as  Mayor of the City of Dunwoody, Denny Shortal has demonstrated his commitment to the community through his influential membership in civic organizations in Dunwoody and across metropolitan Atlanta; and 
WHEREAS, after leading the City through incorporation and laying a strong foundation for the future, Denny Shortal’s decision not to seek re-election will allow him the opportunity to spend more time traveling and enjoying life with his family.  In all these pursuits, the City anticipates that Denny Shortal’s devotion of his time, talents, and energy will continue to be to the betterment of his community; now
NOW THEREFORE, I, Lynn Deutsch, Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, do hereby recognize and commend Denny Shortal for his selfless service to the City of Dunwoody.  I hereby proclaim November 14, 2019 as


in the City of Dunwoody and urge all citizens to join me in recognizing Mayor Denny Shortal for  his accomplishments, his professionalism and contributions to the community are an example and inspiration to his colleagues, his friends, and to his family. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, to be affixed, this 14th day of November 2019.
                                                                             City of Dunwoody

                                                                      Lynn Deutsch, Mayor Pro Tempore

Monday, November 18, 2019

City of Dunwoody proposes sale of 5 acres of medical office buildings close to 285. @colliersatl @emoryhealthcare @NorthsideHosp

On July 8, 2019 the Dunwoody City Council declared the front 2 acres containing the updated Emory building as surplus and therefore up for sale and on the November 18th agenda there is an item to declare the back 3 acres of the property, containing older one-story medical buildings as surplus; therefore putting the entire 5 acre block on the market.

With the Emory surgical center being completely updated a few years back and having a lease that expires in 2024, I am guessing they would be interested in obtaining control of the property.  The back 3 acres are prime for redevelopment.

The land was purchased for park and civic uses, therefore, I will be pushing that any proceeds from the sale, if it moves in that direction, would be reinvested into some other civic use to be used by the citizens.

Mayor Denis Shortal's Final Dunwoody Town Hall Meeting - Tuesday November 19th 7pm at City Hall

Tuesday Night   7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, Georgia

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal will hold his final town hall on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road. All members of the community are invited.
The meeting will start with a presentation by Mayor Shortal, followed by a transparent and informative dialogue. Questions or comments can be submitted in advance by emailing Notecards will also be available during the meeting for questions.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

City of Dunwoody Public Open House - Zoning update for the Dunwoody Village Master Plan

Johnny needs to go on a diet.

November 16
Community Meeting
Zoning update for the Dunwoody Village Master Plan
Vintage Pizzeria
2-4 p.m. (drop-in anytime)

The City of Dunwoody is updating its Village Master Plan for 2020 and beyond! The update will look at connectivity, public spaces, and the character of future development.  This open house is a drop-in format that you can join at any time. An overview of the effort will be provided along with details on the proposed changes to the Dunwoody Village zoning.

I wonder if news of new possible restaurants will be announced?