Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dunwoody Residents Rick Callihan and Al Tiede are named to community panel to select next DeKalb School Superintendent.

Congrats to Dunwoody High School parents, Al Tiede and Rick Callihan.

Mr. Stan Jester  District 1  Rick Callihan Al Tiede
Mr. Marshall Orson District 2 Carolyn Finnerty Betty Willis
Dr. Michael Erwin District 3 Urcel Ray Fields Katherine Kelbaugh
Mr. James McMahan District 4 Michelle Penkava Al Edwards
Mrs. Vickie Turner District 5 William Boone Eliezer Velez
Dr. Melvin Johnson District 6 Lance L. Hammonds John Evans
Dr. Joyce Morley District 7 Gwen Johnson Kerwin Lee, Senior Pastor

As per the AJC: The DeKalb County school board has named the members of a community panel that will help select the district’s next leader.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s contract expires in June, and the board has hired the firm PROACT Search to lead the hunt for a successor. Responding to pressure from residents, the 7-member school board is also empanelling a 16-member community liaison group.

PROACT will find 20-25 candidates, and the community group will recommend anywhere from nine to a dozen of them to the board, according to the plan to be presented at the board’s work session Monday afternoon. The board will then whittle the list to two to four candidates to be put through an extended interview process.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dunwoody Update from Councilman Denny Shortal

 My fellow citizens of our fine city of Dunwoody … the following are some items of interest…

1. City Council's Meeting Format Change … In an effort to make our City Council meetings more efficient we have changed the format somewhat. First just to verify, the dates have NOT changed … the meetings will be still held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The basic change in the format is that instead of having a work session at 6 PM followed by a council meeting at 7 PM we will only have a City Council meeting and it will start at 6 PM. The old Work Session has been Incorporated into the City Council meeting itself. The effort is to make the meetings flow smoother and thus get everyone home at a more reasonable hour. In summary, starting with our City Council meeting on March 9 all City Council meetings will start at 6 PM and there will no longer be a meeting entitled “Work Session.”

2. Mt Vernon Rd Water Pipe Replacement and Paving Project … as you already know, we set up an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County to combine the water pipe replacement Into one bid to move this project along. We have been unable to pave Mount Vernon Rd and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd the last two years as the water pipe replacement that needs to be done by DeKalb County must be done prior to paving. Your city council approve this IGA contract in December, 2014 and send it to DeKalb County. With the help of our DeKalb County Board of Commissioners representative, Nancy Jester, this was approved by DeKalb County at their meeting last Tuesday. Construction to replace the water pipes should commence within 1 to 2 weeks. During this time there will be some temporary lane closures. All of us will have to exercise patience during the construction period. This waterpipe replacement will take from 6 to 8 months and extends from Ashford Dunnwoody Road to Vernon Oaks Dr. Our push is to get the waterpipe replacement completed and still have optimum weather conditions in 2014 to do the repaving on Mount Vernon Rd. During this entire project there will also be sidewalks installed along this area on Mount Vernon Rd.

3. Other 2015 Paving Projects … Other than the paving on Mt Vernon Rd and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd the Request For Proposal (RFP) for paving all other streets on our 2015 Paving Plan will be released in March and the City Council should vote on the selected paving contract at our April meeting. Paving of all these streets is scheduled to start in conjunction with schools closing for the summer to cut down on traffic congestion. As above, during the paving process patience will by required be all of us. 

4. Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Rewrite … All cities are required by law to have a CLUP and it must be updated every 5 years. This is a legal document that projects the vision of what we want our city to be over the next 20 years. The Dunwoody CLUP  is up for rewrite this year. We are seeking input from all our citizens in the rewrite of our CLUP. Last night we had our first "Shape Dunwoody” citizen meeting concerning the CLUP rewrite and approx. 100 citizens showed up to have their views heard. My thanks to all those that participated. The second such meeting will be this Monday, March 2nd at the Dunwoody Library starting at 6:30 PM … make plans to attend and let us hear your future vision of our city. There will also be an on-line survey on our city website in the late May or early June time frame. 

5. Follow Up …. In NOV, 2013 I sent out the below update concerning the Dunwoody E-news Blast. To date, over 11,000 citizens have signed up. I encourage everyone to sign up. The Dunwoody Email Blast is informative and concise. Just this last week it was use for information on street conditions, weather conditions and closure of City Hall due to inclement weather. Instructions on how the sign up are below ... 
 Dunwoody E-news Blast List ... To keep everyone better informed of what is going on in our city we now send out a "city weekly e-news blast." This goes out to all our citizens who are on the city email list. The following is the official information on why the e-news blast and how to sign up… "The City of Dunwoody is committed to encouraging and facilitating active citizen engagement. To keep up with everything going on in Dunwoody, you can sign up for weekly email updates at
or check our website at

6. Upcoming Events:
Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting …     March 3 at 7pm …     City Hall
City Council Meeting ...                          March 9 at 6 PM …    City Hall
Planning Commission Meeting …          March 10 at 7 PM …  City Hall
Sustainability Committee Meeting …    March 12 at 7:45 AM …    City Hall
Perimeter Center Zoning Project Meeting … March 19 at 6 PM … City Hall

7.  That is all for today so I best end this update. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember, that each have stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets treat each other with respect and kindness.
Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1
Mayor Pro Tem
PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

Dunwoody Police Explorers Program Open House - March 5th 6:30 pm

Gain insight into fun and exciting careers in the field of law enforcement.

Have you ever wondered what law enforcement really is and wanted to get an idea of what it really entails? Law Enforcement Exploring is a great way to investigate this career opportunity. Exploring is a structured program promoting integrity, leadership and teamwork. Exploring is open to boys and girls, ages 14 to 21, which have completed the 8th grade.

Come join the Dunwoody Police Explorer Post 702 on March 5th for live demonstrations, pizza and fun. Spend the evening with us from 6:30-8:00PM at the Dunwoody Police Department located at 41 Perimeter Center East

The Police Explorers Program is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are between 14 and 21 years old. The Police Explorers Program is governed by Learning for Life which is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Dunwoody Police Department’s Explorer Post (#702) was established with a $2,000 donation in 2009 from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.

The Police Explorers Program helps participants gain insight into careers in the field of law enforcement in a learning environment with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development. The Dunwoody Explorers meet weekly to train in different aspects of law enforcement and volunteer at community special events and functions.

Participants in the Dunwoody Police Explorers Program are also eligible to compete for Learning for Life and Boy Scouts of America scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. The community service hours also make Dunwoody Police Explorers eligible for other scholarships and nationally recognized awards.

You can learn more about the Dunwoody Police Explorers program on our Facebook page, view images in the photo gallery, or checkout the PowerPoint presentation about the program.

If you are interested in becoming a Dunwoody Police Explorer, fill out the Explorer Application Packet [document: Explorer Application Packet] and please contact Sergeant Furman at 678-382-6920 or

If you are a Police Explorer you can also consider applying for the Georgia Law Enforcement Explorer Academy.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Dunwoody City Council Retreat Powerpoint presentation that lasted for 8 hours.

Mr. Eric Linton the new City Manager for the City of Dunwoody lead an 8 hour discussion for planning the future activities for the Dunwoody City Council.  We reviewed our 2014 activities, items already under way in 2015 and those items or projects which are about to start.  From there we tackled specific topics that he and City Council members believed to be important, allowing in depth conversations to take place.

Looking back on the 148 slide PowerPoint, those 8 hours went by very quickly and it was a very rewarding experience for all involved.

Dunwoody / Peachtree Corners - Winters Chapel Project Update and Documents

Winters Chapel Road serves as the approximate border between the cities of Peachtree Corners and Dunwoody. In 2014, Elected Officials from both cities agreed to jointly fund a Study aimed at improving the stretch of Winters Chapel Road from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Spalding Drive.

The study will explore ways to improve pedestrian safety, increase road safety and enhance the appearance of the 2.5 miles of road that runs from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Spalding Drive.

On Tuesday, February 24 residents and business owners from Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners met for a public workshop to study a series of maps and use the maps to jot down the improvements they would like to see incorporated into the plan for the area.

After the study is complete, Pond & Company will present its study findings to the Planning Commissions of the two cities, during a City Council work session then will go before the two City Councils for approval.
WintersChapel_Enlargement1- Internal Plot.pdf
WintersChapel_Enlargement2- Internal Plot.pdf
WintersChapel_Enlargement3- Internal Plot-Revised.pdf

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Large Crowd attending Peachtree Corners / Dunwoody community meeting.

This evening over one hundred residents of the two neighboring communities gathered to review possible improvements to the Winters Chapel corridor which runs from Spalding Road (the border of Sandy Springs) south to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.  The meeting tonight outlined the various characteristics and the options for improvements to sidewalks, streetscapes, pedestrian lighting and possible pocket parks. 

House Education sub-commitee to review HR 4 to allow municipalities to form independent school systems

The House Education Sub-Committee on Academic Innovations will meet Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00PM in Room 403 CAP. The agenda will be as follows: 1. HR 4 – Representative Tom Taylor - Municipalities; establish by local law an independent school system; authorize

It is unknown if this meeting with will be live streamed but check here on Wednesday.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dunwoody Area Meetings - Nancy Jester at Dunwoody North on Tuesday along with Dunwoody PD, Winters Chapel Community Workshop same night.

Nancy Jester
Tuesday Feb 24th

Dunwoody North Civic Association Annual Meeting
 Dunwoody North Driving Club Clubhouse
4522 Kingsgate Dr. 30338
When: Tue, February 24, 2014
6:00pm Officer Fecht and 7:00pm for Nancy Jester

Dunwoody Police Officer Timothy Fecht will be on hand to discuss the new on-line service, “Next Door Neighbor” and the “Smart 911” emergency system.

Q&A with Nancy Jester, new District 1 Commissioner for DeKalb County starts about 7

Tuesday Feb 24th

Winters Chapel Road Community Workshop
Winters Chapel United Methodist Church
5105 Winters Chapel Road
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday Feb 26th

Shape Dunwoody Workshop 
Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Meeting held in room 212 (Community Life Center)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Per the AJC, City of Dunwoody looks to be holding the line on growth in government and in population.

The Sunday AJC has an interesting article written by Mark Niesse entitled "New cities could further split Atlanta region" and in there he highlights various issues like the growth of local governments and increased population.   It is hard to say that about the City of Dunwoody as the City Council works hard to watch both aspects of city hood very closely and below are a few graphs that are very telling.  (Granted if we started a Fire Department like Sandy Springs & Johns Creek; our numbers might mirror some aspect of government growth as I do not believe the author took that fact into consideration?)

Another important item to consider is that on the day the City of Dunwoody incorporated back in 2008, DeKalb County's tax rate was 16.31 mils and Dunwoody adopted it.   Today Dunwoody still has a tax rate of 16.31 mills and Unincorporated DeKalb has raised their taxes up to 21.21 mills.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All Saints Catholic Church - Knights of Columbus Friday Night Fish Fry will run until March 27th from 5 to 8 pm

The All Saints Knights of Columbus have planned for their greatest Lenten Fish Fry ever. The Frys will take place the six next Fridays nights. The events start at 5 PM and last until 8 PM in the gym.
The "early bird" one dollar pricing discount for seniors 60+ on every senior meal will again be honored from 5 PM to 6 PM. Being in line at that time will also ensure the senior discount. A special takeout line will be featured as in the past.

All profits go to the many Knight charities where I am proud to say that I am a member.

(770) 393-3255
2443 Mt Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA  30338

Get Directions and Map for All Saints Catholic Church

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday Feb 23rd (Nature Center Playground and Georgetown townhomes asks for 30 day deferral)

Monday, February 23, 2015
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Watch Live at 6:00 p.m. - Work Session
Watch Live at 7:00 p.m. - Voting Meeting

Approval of Appointment of New Member to Dunwoody Development Authority 

Georgetown Townhomes on Old Springhouse have asked for a 30 day deferral (probably to work on a few items Council discussed?) and this will return March 23rd.

Dunwoody Nature Center's new playground is on the City Council Agenda for Monday.

Here comes another investment into our community as Dunwoody Park playground (located back among the trees of the Dunwoody Nature Center) is scheduled to be completely upgraded for $225,000.00

Details for the Monday Night City Council agenda. 

Dunwoody City Council planning retreat scheduled for Friday Feb 20th at the Embassy Suites

I don't call 8 hours sitting in a meeting room a "retreat" but I am looking forward to some great discussions with our new City Manager, Mr. Eric Linton.   As with all City Council meetings, this is open to the public so please feel to join us.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

St. Baldrick's comes to Dunwoody Tavern on March 15th raising money for childhood cancer research.

It has been a few years since I have actively participated in St. Baldrick's (other than donating) but it is a great charity event for a very worthy cause.  This year on Sunday March 15th, many brave shavees will be sitting in barbers chairs at Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern and as I do not like to ask for charity donations (nor political donations); you will not see me in a chair.

It will be a fun, fulfilling, family friendly way to start off St. Patrick's celebrations.  There will be Irish music from the Atlanta Junior Ceili band and Irish dance from The King O'Sullivan school of Irish Dance.

Here is a blast from the past.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Will there be snow next week in Dunwoody?

There is a little boy in my household who just let out what I can describe as a huge burst of excitement over the thought that the forecast models for snow next week as shown by Tropical Tidbits could possibly be true!  The Weather Channel gives it a low possibility but when a little boy chants "Snow Day, Snow Day, Snow Day", I figure anything can happen?

Go buy some milk and bread before the shelves are cleared as the weatherman in my house has spoken.   Please try to stay warm this weekend too as it is going to be very cold.

Wednesday Feb 18th

Friday Feb 20th

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Leadership & Legacy of the City of Dunwoody by PCMS 6th grader Miss Lauren Fitzgerald

A 6th grade class at Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody, GA is participating in the National History Day Contest where the theme for 2015 is "Leadership and Legacy in History".  Miss Lauren Fitzgerald asked if she could interview me for a class project whereby she video taped the interview to use in her 10 minute documentary on the creation of the City of Dunwoody.

Lauren's documentary turned out wonderfully and her family has agreed to allow me to share it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What is the future of the Winters Chapel area of Dunwoody? Meeting Tuesday Feb 24th - 7 pm at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church

Winters Chapel Road Community Workshop

Tuesday February 24, 2015
Winters Chapel United Methodist Church
5105 Winters Chapel Road
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winters Chapel Road serves as the approximate border between the cities of Peachtree Corners and Dunwoody.   In 2014, Elected Officials from both cities agreed to jointly fund a Study aimed at improving the stretch of Winters Chapel Road from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Spalding Drive.  The Study includes a Community Workshop designed to share concept plans and gather input from community residents on ideas for improvement.

The Community Workshop is open to residents from both cities and will be held at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, 5105 Winters Chapel Road, Peachtree Corners, GA 30360 from 7 - 9 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.

Cyber safety discussion for Parents tonight at Dunwoody United Methodist Church

Tonight - 7 pm
Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1548 Mount Vernon Road,
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Detective Jenny Miller, DeKalb County Police Department will speak to two groups at Dunwoody United Methodist Church about cyber safety.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:05 p.m., in the Wesley Room, Det. Miller will speak to parents of teens about what they can do to monitor and assist their children in staying safe in the cyber world.

On Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Youth Area, she will talk to 6th – 12th graders about how to remain safe the cyber world, and will also answer questions about the subject, general and specific. Det. Miller will talk about creating profiles, cyberbullying, sexting, GPS location and on-line exploitation.

Contact the church for questions, 770-394-0675.

DeKalb County Water Bill problems primarily hits Dunwoody & Doraville with promises of corrections coming soon.

From today's Dunwoody Crier - Did you get a water cutoff notice from DeKalb County in January, but no bill in December? You are not alone. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said this impacted about 8,500 customers and he’s working to rectify the issue. The plan is to give a credit on a future bill for any late fees, said May. When asked about fees incurred through using an online bill pay, May said that any fees paid due to the county’s mishap would be credited.

County Commissioner Nancy Jester is aware of the issue and is asking that residents contact her directly at 

Perimeter North Village plans to assist Dunwoody area residents to age in place - Meeting Sunday March 1st at 3:30 pm

I received an invitation from a new Dunwoody based non-profit by the name Perimeter North Villages which will be focusing towards assisting senior citizens to remain in their home.  They will be holding an initial meeting on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 pm at 4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Suite 320, (just inside Perimeter), Atlanta 30341 to discuss their programs.   Based on everything I read and saw, I thought that this was worth sharing with my readers.

Perimeter North Villages
Mary Louise Connor, Executive Director
5054 Nandina Lane
Dunwoody, GA 30338  470-223-2768

It Started with an Idea In 2013, some Sunday School class members were concerned that people their class were having to leave their friends and their church when they moved into a retirement community or into assisted living. The class members thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could provide the services so that our friends to stay in their own homes as long as possible?” So members began researching different options, and they found the “village movement” as a way let their friends stay independent and connected.

What's a "Village" ?

A “village” is a network of friends and neighbors connected through a computer program that simplifies communication and organization to help our older adults to meet their goal of remaining safely in their homes. The needs are met through a mix of volunteers and carefully selected vendors within the community. The “village” is built using people-hours rather than bricks and mortar.

The first village was started in 2001 on Boston’s Beacon Hill by a group of friends who wanted to age in place in the neighborhood they loved but recognized that they might need support to do that. What started with a group of Boston residents has evolved into a national movement with its own village-to-village network. There are now over 120 villages around the country, each independent, each controlled by their own members, each providing services unique to their situation.

What’s Perimeter North Villages? Perimeter North Villages was formed in August 2014 and will open in April 2015. We have a grant from the Georgia Division of Aging to get us started. We cover five cities: Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs. PNV is a non-profit organization with a paid full-time executive director. Our office is at 5054 Nandina Lane, Dunwoody, GA 30338 and our phone number is 470-223-2768. Our email is We would love for you to join us, as a member, volunteer and/or service-provider!

Membership Organization We are a membership organization for seniors age 50 or better
Living in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, or Sandy Springs.
Join with individual or household annual memberships
$400 per year for an individual
$200 per year for each additional member of the household
Limited number of scholarships are available

Supported by Volunteers Free member services are supported by volunteers
Volunteers are screened and trained
Our goal is a rewarding experience for our volunteers
Contact us at if you would like to be a volunteer

Services by Selected Professionals Fee-for-service professionals provide services not available from volunteers
Vendors are screened and complete a background check
Many vendors provide a discounted fee to members
Contact us if you would like to be fee-for-service provider

How does it all work The PNV office acts as a coordinator for member requests and activities information. Members can make requests through the PNV web page or by phone. The office will organize a way to meet the request using volunteers or service providers and will contact the member with details on the filled request. The PNV web page also is a bulletin board of available activities. Members can sign up for PNV activities through the PNV web page or by phone. Activities sponsored by other organizations will be listed and a link will be there to directly to the sponsoring organization where the member can sign up.

Links to Additional Information
An AARP fact sheet on Aging in Place:

An AARP story on livable communities

Friday, February 6, 2015

DHA to discuss new Dunwoody Village Parkway townhomes on Sunday night

Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, February 8, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
DeKalb Cultural Arts Center (Room 4)
5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Dunwoody Village Parkway townhomes – CypressCommunities, Carl Westmoreland

Back in December Cypress Communities met with the DHA regarding new townhomes in Dunwoody Village and after discussions with the residents and the DHA Cypress has modified its plan and will again come in front of the DHA on Sunday.   At this meeting there will be quite a bit of discussion on the changed plans to see if it fits with the visual “Williamsburg” style of Dunwoody Village that could include inviting outdoor seating facing DVP through the use of either porches, patios or balconies that would encourage a sense of community.

Below are the proposed changes by the developer but having the right look and feel of the first residential development within the village will be very important for the DHA to agree to enter into an agreement of support for its construction.   I am guessing that statement might also be very true for those serving on the Dunwoody City Council.

1.       The property will be rezoned to the RM-100 classification, subject to the site plan dated January 12, 2015 and attached as Exhibit A.
2.       Elevations will be similar to those attached as Exhibit B and no two adjacent units will have the same façade design.
3.       No more than two adjacent units will share the same façade plane; others will have a minimum two foot offset at the front and back of the units.      
4.       All end units facing the neighborhood to the east will have an appearance similar to that shown on the elevation attached as Exhibit C.
5.       Units will comply with the Dunwoody Village Master Plan and related documents with regard to design, materials and color.
6.       All units will be designed so that, if requested, they could accommodate elevators.   
7.       Exterior lighting will be designed to control any off-site illumination to the single-family residential area to the east.
8.       Landscape material of the type depicted on Exhibit D will be installed in three staggered rows (located to allow optimum health for the plants) on the property parallel to the entire line dividing the property from the single –family area to the east to provide screening.
9.        A limitation of the number of rental units in the development at any one time to eight units will be incorporated into the Homeowners’ Association documents and provided to the City of Dunwoody Community Development Department prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the development.                                   
10.   Construction within the development will comply with the hour and date limitations of applicable Dunwoody ordinances.

Job Available - Treetop Quest Operations Mgr at Brook Run Park

Treetop Quest is a fast paced, fun, and exciting environment that requires high-energy people with excellent communication and customer service skills.

Please see below our job opportunities.  Please email your resume to
Click HERE to view: Operations Manager

The Operations Manager oversees and manages the daily activities of the park, develops effective methods of improving the company’s operations, and reports directly to the Regional Manager.
Click HERE to view: Assistant Operations Manager

We are seeking a motivated and professional Assistant Operations Manager. This position requires a high energy person who can provide outstanding customer service and staff management in a fast paced environment. He/she is directly under the Operations Manager and assists him/her on the day-to-day operations of the park.  Click HERE to view: Front Desk Clerk

The front desk clerk is the first person people meet so he/she will be a key employee, reflecting our company’s image!

The Cashier provides information to customers, complete sales transactions and answer phones while maintaining the highest level of customer service.
Click HERE to view: Course Technician and Operator

The Technician is in charge of the general maintenance and improvements of both parks in Georgia.
Click HERE to view our Job Offer: Treetop Obstacle Course Operator

Dunwoody's Brook Run Dog Park is closed for major renovations - expected to reopen in March.

While the Brook Run Dog Park is undergoing its makeover for the next month or longer, here are some off-leash parks in greater Atlanta.

PINCKNEYVILLE (just about 6 miles up Peachtree Industrial from Brook Run)
  1. Exit Brook Run park and turn LEFT onto N. Peachtree Rd.
  2. At red light, turn RIGHT onto Tilly Mill Rd.
    Continue for 1.4 miles
  3. Under bridge, bear LEFT onto access road and continue onto GA-141 North (Peachtree Industrial Blvd.) for approximately 5 miles
    When road forks, bear RIGHT to stay on Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
  4. Turn RIGHT onto S. Old Peachtree Rd. NW
  5. Turn RIGHT into the Pinckneyville Sports Complex.

The address is 4758 S. Old Peachtree Rd., Norcross, GA 30071.
Pinckneyville has two dog parks, one for smaller dogs and one for large dogs.



Dunwoody City Council Meeting for Mon Feb 9 2015 - new playground, new police Majors, Georgetown redo, roundabout & townhomes.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Watch Live at 6:00 p.m. - Work Session
Watch Live at 7:00 p.m. - Voting Meeting
5 PM Special Called Meeting -  For the Purpose of Personnel Discussion.

2014 - A Year in Review for ChatComm. (Michelle Allen)
Discussion of Contract Award for the Replacement of the Dunwoody Park Playground 

Discussion of Amendment of City Position Allocation and Compensation Chart - Assistant City Manager, Police Major and Police Lt pay scale changes.

Discussion of Appointment of New Member to Dunwoody Development Authority 
Discussion of Georgetown Gateway Conceptual Design.
  • Alternate C: Multiuse Trail and Sidewalk Hybrid
  • 10’ wide travel lanes separated by a 13’ wide shared turn lane
  • 12’ wide multiuse paths and 5.5’ wide landscape buffer on both sides
  • Path narrows to 10’ on the east side south of Dunwoody Park
Discussion of Intersection Improvement for Chamblee Dunwoody Road at North ShallowfordRoad - Roundabout.
Discussion of a Contract for Construction Management. (Michael Smith)
Discussion of Revisions to Terminology Used In Planning and Zoning Fee Schedule

FIRST READ: RZ 15-022: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance, Applicant,
the Providence Group, c/o Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP, on Behalf of JH Holdings, Inc.,
Seeks Permission to Rezone Property Currently Zoned Local Commercial (C-1) District andOffice-Institution (O-I) District to Multi-dwelling Residential (RM-100) District to Allow forConstruction of a 40-Unit Townhome Development. The Subject Property Consists of Two
Parcels: Tax Parcel 18-345-003-006 Located at 1745 Old Spring House Lane, Dunwoody, GA
30338 Zoned (O-I), and Tax Parcel 18-345-003-010 Located at 4536 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd,
Dunwoody, GA 30338 Zoned (C-1). ORDINANCE 2015-02-XX) (Steve Foote).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dunwoody and the Great Gigabyte Oversight

By Mayor Mike Davis published in the Dunwoody Crier

Google recently announced the future launch of “ultra-high-speed broadband service” in nine metro Atlanta cities. But remarkably, Dunwoody was not on the list.

The company’s announcement, similar to recent proclamations from AT&T, didn’t reveal much more than a future promise of gigabyte speed service. While the “when and how much” are to be determined, the real question coming out of the flurry of media activity is “Why isn’t Dunwoody on the list?”

Measuring the number of letters and calls I received, it’s clear there’s broad interest in having these services offered in Dunwoody. And to address those inquiring minds – YES, the City of Dunwoody shares your interest and has actively pursued inclusion on the list of cities.

In fact, our efforts go back to 2010 when we ambitiously submitted the city’s original application for the Google Fiber project. Since Dunwoody was not included in Google’s initial announcement last year, we’ve persistently reached out to Google Fiber, as well as the cities that were shortlisted, to help determine how and when the company planned to bring this technology to the Atlanta area.

The question of “Why not Dunwoody?” has not been addressed precisely. When asked, we were informed: “…we wanted to make sure we didn't bite off more than we could chew. So, we had to draw the line somewhere.”

This is especially perplexing given our application and adjacency to selected cities, some of which did not exist or apply when the original RFI was issued.

We also reached out to AT&T regarding their U-verse with GigaPower initiative. The City has met with AT&T and provided all requested information as they too are considering which cities to add to their final targeted list for expansion.

I strongly believe Dunwoody is an appealing market for an array of broadband service providers. Our city has a streamlined construction permitting process and collaborative policies and procedures which make Dunwoody an attractive community for broadband companies to provide service.

Future interest in making connections available in Dunwoody will grow as companies move forward with identified plans. But it’s also important to remember this is not an overnight process.

Neither of the companies has shared details of their official selection criteria with us but as they study the neighboring communities, Dunwoody will be taking advantage of this opportunity to fully demonstrate itself as community prepared and ready for the technologies of the future. Our adjacency to selected cities, as well as the presence of existing fiber in parts of Dunwoody, bodes well for future service offerings and expansion.

While Google Fiber currently is not expanding its list of area cities, from observing the process unfold in Kansas City it’s highly likely their service provision expansion will ultimately continue once they have a foothold in the Atlanta market.

I’ll leave you with a call to action to run in tandem with the city’s efforts. Google may roll out service based on potential demand, so I would recommend interested Dunwoody residents follow the city’s energies and reach out to Google to let them know we’re here and we’re ready.

Visit to log in your address and get updates on the future of Google Fiber. You can call (residential inquiries: (866) 777-7550 or Small Business inquiries: (855) 418-8326) or just send a letter to Google Fiber Customer Support 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, California 94043.

Let’s show a little Dunwoody pride and demonstrate how our voices, when brought together, can make a difference.