Saturday, May 30, 2015

Today - DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s Annual Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House!

If you have never done this event - I highly recommend it!

There is no admission fee to Good Neighbor Day; parking is $10.00 per vehicle regardless of the number of occupants. All Good Neighbor Day access is only through Dresden Drive via Clairmont Road. Please note that parking spaces are limited.  If unfamiliar with area use 2038 Dresden Drive for your GPS

In the interest of safety and security, all containers such as backpacks, coolers, etc. are subject to search and may, if unattended, be removed from the premises. Also, anyone wanting to purchase a ride on an airplane or helicopter will be subject to the same security restrictions placed on airline passengers. We regret the inconvenience, but safety & security is important for a wonderful and fun Good Neighbor Day.

Pernoshal Park and Brook Run Trail extention groundbreaking on June 4

Award of Contract 15-01, Construction of Dunwoody Trailway Phase III and Park on Pernoshal Court.
Trail Dunwoody Trailway Ph. 3 Bid Set.pdf   30 MB
Trail Pernoshal Park Bid Set.pdf   59MB
Trail ITB 15-01 Dunwoody Trailway Phase 3 and Pernoshal Park Construction.pdf  5 MB
Trail ITB 15 - Addendum 1.pdf
Trail ITB 15-01 Addendum No 2.pdf
Trail ITB 15-01 Bid Responses.pdf

Estimated Park opening January 2016
The city of Dunwoody is hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, for Pernoshal Park, the City of Dunwoody’s newest park. The five acre park, located on the 19-acre Project Renaissance property,  will feature a terraced lawn, leading to an open play field, a basketball court and two smaller sport courts, a pavilion, and a .3 mile segment of the Dunwoody Trail. The park is located at 1959 Pernoshal Court and the event begins at 12:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for this special occasion!

Dunwoody selects Jessica Guinn for Assistant City Manager - I expect great things from this talented lady!

Jessica Guinn

The City of Dunwoody appointed Jessica J. Guinn as the city's first Assistant City Manager. Guinn will report directly to Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton and will assist with administrative, managerial, and day-to-day operational duties.

Dunwoody, Ga. – May 28, 2015 – The City of Dunwoody appointed Jessica J. Guinn as Assistant City Manager. Guinn will report directly to Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton and will assist with administrative, managerial, and day-to-day operational duties. Ms. Guinn begins in Dunwoody on June 1, 2015 and will help the City Manager coordinate activities with City officials, departments, outside agencies, organizations, and the public.

A recipient of the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) designation from the American Planning Association, Guinn most recently served as the Director of Community Development for the City of Woodstock, Ga. where she oversaw a staff of planners, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, GIS specialists and permit technicians.

The city reviewed more than 153 applicant submissions for the Assistant City Manager position. Guinn was selected based on extensive government experience including planning, program management, and development of comprehensive plans, area studies, revitalization plans and zoning overlay districts.

“Jessica brings more than a decade of strategic local government capability to the Dunwoody team,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. “We were very impressed with her first-hand experience with various Livable Centers Initiatives, knowledge of land use and master planning services. All of these skills will help our city as we seek to strengthen the quality of life and superior services enjoyed by our community.”

In addition to ascending numerous leadership roles in the private sector for a consulting services firm, Guinn was a planner in the Henry County Planning and Zoning Department. She was selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the top “40 Under 40” for 2010 and was a member of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2009-2013. She received both her Masters of Public Administration and her Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State University.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

DeKalb Sanitation one-day-a-week collection ‘go-live’ date set for July 6

DeKalb Sanitation one-day-a-week collection ‘go-live’ date set for July 6

DeKalb County, GA, May 11, 2015 – by The Post Reports – With the upcoming one-day-per-week sanitation collection service change implementation program drawing near, DeKalb County Sanitation Division Associate Director, Billy Malone says there is a plan and the program will be officially launched on May 28, 2015.

On or about May 29, the County will begin door hanger delivery to notify residents of their new day for one-day-a-week sanitation collection service. This project will take approximately three to four weeks.

Following the notification, roll cart delivery to residents will begin during the week of June 21. There is a possibility – depending on the speed in which the door-hanger notices are delivered – the program may begin a week earlier.

Malone says the roll cart delivery process will take up to eight weeks to complete, but could be completed in six weeks if all goes well.

The “go live” date for beginning one-day-a-week collection service is July 6 for customers who will have Monday as their new collection day, July 7 for customers who will have Tuesday as their new collection day, July 8 for customers who will have Wednesday as their new collection day, and July 9 for customers who will have Thursday as their new collection day,” says Malone.

Malone notes, the one-day-a-week collection service will begin on July 6 even if certain customers have still not received their roll cart. These customers will be allowed to continue using their own provided garbage containers until they receive their county-issued roll cart.

As far as the City of Dunwoody is considered, we have many residents in the trial pilot project area and though I have heard a few complaints I don't have the sense if the community would want to contract out differently then the one day a week pick up therefore I am ready to test the proposed change to see if it is right for the community.  If it is decided that we could do better for sanitation, the city has options to make changes.

Shape Dunwoody Workshop on Thursday, May 28 - 6 pm at City Hall

Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meeting in Council Chambers Suite 103

Workshop format includes at-your-own pace, feedback activities beginning at 6:00, a brief presentation at 6:30, and small group discussions from 6:45-8:00.  Activities will:
Build on input collected at the four preceding Shape Dunwoody workshops held earlier this year;  
Provide opportunities for feedback on draft plan content developed in response to public input to date, specifically priority needs and opportunities for the city’s future as well as the vision and priorities for the city’s unique character areas; 
Give special focus to community topics that require further exploration and community discussion, including community services, economic development, sustainability, and the important connection between land use and transportation; and
Ask community members to help identify the role that the city and its partners should play in implementation.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DeKalb awards City of Dunwoody $4 million for dropping parks bond lawsuit.

This is a good outcome for all the residents of Dunwoody & DeKalb as both sides were paying lawyers for a dispute over bond funds going back to 2001 & 2006.

Well before the City of Dunwoody was created, I was a neighbor to Brook Run Park and was unhappy about the DeKalb County's lack of fulfilling the promises for needed improvements to the park even after 11.5 million dollars was promised.  I started attending county meetings in order to ask about missing bond funds, I pointed out numerous deficiencies in the parks that needed fixing, I did open records requests and then would blog on the subject posting the public county documents for all to see.

The long document below from the 2006 bond parks report and maybe more impotently the Excel file created by DeKalb County employees were very important documents for our case and I was glad that I had them.   Now that this unpleasantness is over, Dunwoody will receive $4 million of the $7 million that we were suing for and this is a fair settlement for this to now be over.

The city had budgeted 3.2 million for the new park on Shallowford where the Emory hospital had been and now DeKalb will be paying for that improvement from the 2006 parks bond that we will still be paying for the next 20? years.  The City will be in charge of construction and when complete, DeKalb Commissioners will help us cut the ribbon as this park is as much a DeKalb park as it is a Dunwoody park.  DeKalb will also be paying for the City of Dunwoody to update the City Parks Master Plan as well putting forth funds for the Great Lawn.

All in all, this is a glorious day as both Dunwoody and DeKalb are back in the business of improving our communities instead of just paying lawyers.

A special thank you to CEO Lee May, Commissioner Nancy Jester and the entire DeKalb BOC for making this happen along with the Dunwoody team of Mayor Davis, Councilman Doug Thompson & everyone else who was involved.

Below are few historic records and other than that I am looking forward to putting this matter past us so that we as a community can start thinking about the update to the Parks Master Plan and what would be best for our community moving forward.

July 16, 2007 Accounting of 11.5 Million, Shade/Benches, Speed

Feb 12, 2009 DeKalb County Parks Bond Fund Status Report - 2006 Parks Bond

I have obtained the January 2009, DeKalb County Bond Fund Status Report which shows that Brook Run Park in Dunwoody has been slated to receive $11.5 Million dollars from the last parks bond referendum and that there is still a fund balance just shy of $7 Million dollars that is still owed to the park.
April 20, 2010 Legislature proposes transfer of parks to Dunwoody along with all bond proceeds.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Huge Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Tuesday 6 pm

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

6 pm Agenda - Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.

CAD-to-CAD Interface Project Update. - delayed

CP 15-051: Cypress Communities, LLC applicant on behalf of CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, seeks permission to amend the Dunwoody Village Master Plan section oftheComprehensive Plan Land Use Map from Small-Scale Office to For-Sale Residential, to allowfor the construction of townhomes at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, tax parcel 18 366 060 65, as part of an 81-unit townhome development with 1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, tax parcel 18 366 060 61, to the north.

RZ 15-021: Cypress Communities, LLC, applicant, on behalf of owner, CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, seeks permission to rezone property currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I)District to Multi-dwelling Residential District (RM-100) to allow for construction of an 81-unittownhome development. The subject property consists of two parcels: tax parcel 18-366-060-61 located at 1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, and tax parcel 18-366-060-65 located at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

FIRST READ: RZ 15-021: Cypress Communities, LLC, Applicant, on Behalf of Owner, CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, Seeks Permission to Rezone Property Currently Zoned Office-Institution (O-I) District to Multi-Dwelling Residential District (RM-100) to Allow forConstruction of an 81-Unit Townhome Development. The Subject Property Consists of Two Parcels: Tax Parcel 18-366-060-61 Located at 1530 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, and Tax Parcel 18-366-060-65 Located at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

Amendment to Chapter 27 - Zoning, of the Code of Ordinances re: Meeting Process.

FIRST READ: Ordinance of the City of Dunwoody Revising Certain Provisions of Chapter 27,Zoning, of the City Code by Removing Community Council from the Zoning Process andDissolving the Community Council.

Contract Approval for Shade Structures at Georgetown Park Playground.

Approval of a Contract for the Hammond Drive Corridor Study.

Information Technology Vendor Selection for Municipal Service Providers.  InterDev

Public Relations and Marketing Vendor Selection for Municipal Service Providers. Jacobs

Community Development Vendor Selection for Municipal Service Providers. Clark Patterson Lee

Public Works and Parks Vendor Selection for Municipal Service Providers. Lowe Engineering

Vendor Selection for Finance & Administration Municipal Service Provider. Severn Trent

Approval of Amendment of City Position Allocation and Compensation Chart.

Approval of Funding for Stormwater Rehab at Hidden Branches Drive.

Contract Renewal with Sentinel Probation Services, LLC.

SECOND READ: SLUP 15-021: Andrew M. Halloran, Representative of Cornerstone Site
Consultants, LLC, on Behalf of Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop, Roman
Catholic Diocese of Atlanta, Owner of 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Seeks
the Following: a Special Land Use Permit for the Expansion of an Existing Place of Worshipand Accessory Uses. The Tax Parcel Number is 18 373 02 002.

FIRST READ: Ordinance of the City of Dunwoody Amending Chapter 2, Administration, toRevise Council Meeting Times and Delete Community Council from list of City's Boards andCommissions.

Discussion of Tilly Mill Road Sidewalk Concepts. 

New Member to Dunwoody Ethics Board - Stephen Moss

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dunwoody Memorial Day Ceremony - Monday 10 am at Brook Run Veterans Memorial
Video - a rockin little ditty.


Brook Run Park
4770 North Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Veterans Memorial

Seating is limited. Please consider bringing a chair.

Featuring Guest Speaker
Colonel Rick White, USA Retired

Colonel (Retired) Richard “Rick” H. White, a Georgia native, enlisted in the US Army as an Airborne Infantryman in 1966. He received his commission through Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1967 at the age of 19. He deployed twice to Vietnam for a total of 24 months serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader in the 4th Infantry Division and as an Airborne Infantry Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Combat Infantry Badge. During 31 years of active duty, he commanded 13 units (2 Brigades, 2 Battalions, 6 Companies, 3 Platoons) in Infantry, Special Forces, Aviation, and Recruiting. In 1997 he retired from active duty and was later inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel White is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance preparing future business leaders by Steve Fortenberry

One of the most important missions that a high school has is to properly prepare our students for the ever increasingly competitive global workforce.

The Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance looks to fulfill this mission and graduate students who are focused and ready for the challenges that await them. The DHS Academy is a two year program (11th -12th grades) in which students are exposed to many facets of the business environment. It is likened to a “mini” MBA, as students take courses in corporate finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, personal finance, AP macroeconomics and international business. Further, the course is heavy in group projects, team competitions, and interaction with many local business leaders that sharpen the students networking skills. It is a program that provides students with unique experiences and a real world curriculum that allows them to begin to focus in on their potential career path.

The Academy is in its 16th year at Dunwoody. Teaching is a second career for me, having left the business world after 10 years to pursue my passion of teaching. I returned to my alma mater to establish the Academy of Finance after the parent organization, the National Academy Foundation, selected Dunwoody High School to have an Academy. It started with a small group of students in 1999, and has now grown to an Academy that has 95 juniors and 90 seniors.

The class is heavy on project based learning and the students are part of a number of group competitions in which they will compete against their peers. Projects range from establishing an NFL franchise to starting and designing a restaurant to developing a new product and giving a 90 second elevator pitch. Also, the students are to start their own business in the community. There were a number of strong Internet businesses started in this school year. The final competition has the students selecting a Fortune 500 company and developing a business plan for a brand extension into a new industry for that firm.
Examples from recent years include Samsung developing an app allowing young diabetes patients and their parents to better monitor their health and Under Armour starting a line of women’s athletic and hygiene products. All of the competitions are judged by business leaders in the community which raises the stakes for the students and also allows for networking and relationship opportunities take hold as the students follow up and meet with the leaders after the competition.

For example, with the NFL franchise project, members of the local media, as well as executives of the local teams, including the Falcons and Hawks, came to judge the competition. Students loved interacting with media members like Bob Rathbun, Fred Kalil, Brandon Leak, Jason Pullman, Matt Chernoff and Kendyl Moss.

The Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance is a program that has provided many unique experiences, sharpened career focus and developed leadership skills.

One of the best parts of the job for me is seeing so many former students enjoying great success in their chosen career.

The Academy is looking to continue to grow and add new experiences and student run business opportunities in the coming school year.

 Steve Fortenberry is director of Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance. This item was originally published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I Care Atlanta is a local Dunwoody Area charity that assists our police department and they could use your help for a special cause.

I Care Atlanta is a charity that routinely assists and works with the Dunwoody Police Department and it is run by a Dunwoody resident Mr. Anthony Delgado whom I have highlighted previously.  

One of our Dunwoody Police officers stopped to talk with a veteran who was observed soliciting on the side of the roadway. It just so happened that an "I Care Atlanta" van was driving by and its driver offered to help. The gentlemen received a large box of food to tide him over until other services could be contacted. I Care Atlanta have been wonderful community partners for the Dunwoody Police. Thank You…I CARE ATLANTA and great timing!
I Care Atlanta now needs your help!

We have run out of leasing options and can purchase the Refrigeration Truck we currently operate on for $8,500. We need to this truck to continue to serve our community. The food donation pick-ups, and dropoffs would not happen without this unit!

Each day, 365 days a year, I Care Atlanta collects food donated by supermarkets, grocery stores, and other generous businesses in and around the city. This year we are on track to deliver well over 500 tons of  food donations,  I Care Atlanta provide the link between the stores who have the food and those who need it.

Any dollar amount counts towards our goal! Help us keep our truck moving!! Without the help of our charitable donors we would not be able to continue our efforts.  Please donate to today if you are able to do so.   Thanks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday at Brook Run Park

5.14.15 @ Brook Run Park                       5:00 PM till Dark

Sponsor: MJCCA       Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta 

Musical Guests and Performers

Play it again Sammy (DJ)     Ron Anglin (Juggler / Street Performer)  ;  Band and Choral Performances by Teens from The Weber School; Glass Slipper Entertainment (Princesses); The Dunwoody Mermaids (Face painting); Dance Performance (MJCCA Dance); Gymnastics Exhibition (MJCCA Perimeter Gymnastics)   

Adult beverages: Moondog Growler

Dinner Trucks: 

Keith’s Corner BBQ

Goodfriend’s Grill

Incrediball Falafel

Bento Bus        


Crepe Suzette


Pup Truck


Tasting Maine 

Pressed For Time   

Dessert Vendors:

Rita’s Water Ice

Cotton Cravings Organic Confections

King of Pops              

Tracy's Tasties       

DaddyO's Irish Ice Cream


Monday, May 11, 2015

These are the Dunwoody voices missing from most City Town Hall meetings.

I had a quick meeting with Dunwoody High Principal Tom McFerrin today to discuss holding a Dunwoody Town Hall meeting specifically targeted at Dunwoody High School Students.

Long story short, I would like to find a way to open the lines of communication to a demographic of our community that I believe is under represented in most City of Dunwoody meetings.

So far nothing but positive feedback and we are already looking at calendars for August (the first month of school).    Stay tuned for more information.

Congrats to Miss Ansley Heavern @MachoMansley on becoming a Dunwoody High State Champion.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dunwoody Bear Sightings - Oh My!

Actual Photo of Bear taken by Dunwoody Resident

Great Meal at Union Hill Kitchen in Chamblee w Food Network Chef @Campcreekfarm

5336 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 458-6252

After a long day separated by various events including the Dunwoody Arts Festival, my family gathered together at the Union Hill Kitchen in downtown Chamblee along the railroad tracks for an elegant meal.  The food was skillfully prepared by Chef Alexis Hernandez of the Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen.   The Heneghan's highly recommend! Happy Mother's Day to All.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dunwoody Art Festival 2015 - A Mother’s Day tradition this Saturday and Sunday

A Mother’s Day tradition in the City of Dunwoody, the crowd-pleasing Dunwoody Art Festival is on the move to Dunwoody Village Parkway and will celebrate its sixth dazzling show on May 9 and 10, 2015. It's Rain or Shine on May 9 from 10am to 6pm, and May 10 from 11am to 5pm.
Free parking and shuttle are available at the satellite lot located Calvary Church of Atlanta, 5067 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Shuttles run regularly between Dunwoody Art Festival and Calvary Church. Look for the “Festival Parking” signs. Hours for the shuttle are Saturday from 10AM to 7PM and Sunday from 11AM to 6PM.

Parking for those with disabilities
Parking for visitors with motor scooters or wheelchairs is available in the Dunwoody Village shopping center, next to Starbucks and Smoothie King.  Look for the Handicapped parking signs.

Hydrology report is now submitted for All Saints Catholic Church, needed for Special Land Use Permit.

All Saints Catholic Church Hydrology Study Plan Set.pdf
All Saints Catholic Church Stormwater Management Report.pdf Very Large.

Back in March the City Council deferred to a latter date the application of a Special Land Use Permit for All Saints Catholic Church until which time that the Approved Stormwater plan could be included into the packet of documents.   It was recently provided to the City Council and a City Engineer reviewed the report and confirms that the post construction runoff will be significantly less of an impact on the adjacent property.   I am guessing that the packet is now complete that it will be added back on the Cities Agenda for decision at some point in the near future.

DeKalb school day will be extended until every child has been transported by bus or picked up by a parent or guardian.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee will soon be exploring solar options for implementation.

Important note: This media release is not currently real. But it could be. 

Pattie Baker wrote it this morning following a brainstorming session we attended last night with the Mayor, Councilman Riticher and a few members of the Sustainability Committee who will be researching options for consideration by the City Council.


May 7, 2015 -- Dunwoody, GA -- In anticipation of recently-passed State of Georgia House Bill 57 going into effect July 1, 2015, the City of Dunwoody, GA took a statewide leadership role by announcing The Sunwoody Project, a triple-bottom-line sustainability initiative designed to educate citizens and businesses, demonstrate best practices in action, and provide ease of access for implementation of solar technology and jobs creation throughout the city.

"City of Dunwoody solar barriers were eliminated in our very first set of ordinances," stated City Council Member John Heneghan, a city founder and council member from day one. "Therefore, we differ from other cities in that we don't need to rewrite our rules to allow solar. That means we are ready for action immediately. We now want to provide the community service of helping facilitate the adoption of solar power by citizens, businesses, and nonprofit entities such as places of worship, community centers, and schools."

The City has decided on a three-pronged approach that maximizes its potential impact while minimizing government involvement.

"The best way to prepare a home or business for solar is to make structures as energy efficient as possible beforehand," stated Lee Peterson, a solar industry expert who is a member of the city's Sustainability Committee (which, originally called a commission, was the first citizen group formed by the City of Dunwoody, just three weeks after the city started operating on December 1, 2008).

Therefore, the City will kick off The Sunwoody Project with tips about increasing energy efficiency and encouragement of free home energy audits provided by Georgia Power. Through expedited permitting procedures, it will also encourage green remodeling of the older housing stock throughout the city to make homes more attractive to younger home buyers who are seeking these health-enhancing and money-saving attributes.

Next, the City will offer a group purchasing opportunity for home solar systems to citizens in a pilot project similar to the Solarize Tybee initiative in Chatham County, GA, and related programs in about 100 communities nationwide. It will also host a forum for solar companies to offer solar system leasing options direct to homeowners and businesses (which is now legal in Georgia for the first time, due to HB 57). Concurrently, through its newly-formed Veterans Committee, the City will encourage its veterans of war returning home from service to pursue job opportunities with solar companies, as about 50 percent of all new hires in the solar industry nationwide are veterans.

Third, the City will create three demonstration solar roofs at its largest public park, Brook Run Park.  These will be on its skate park concession stand (which serves predominantly youth), on the greenhouse as part of the Dunwoody Community Garden (where organic vegetables are grown for sale to the community and for its outreach initiative to a local food pantry), and on a soon-to-be-built new restroom facility (conveniently located to serve dog park visitors as well as people of all ages, especially seniors and parents with children while out walking or riding bikes on the park's new multi-use path). Additionally, the City will add solar charging stations for electric cars at all of its parks that currently have parking lots as well as encouraging the inclusion of these stations in all its commercial centers. Local schools (including the middle school, which is directly across the street from Brook Run Park) will be encouraged to visit to learn more about solar technology. (Note: the City does not currently own the schools but will work to coordinate with the county to encourage this educational experience.)

Fourth, the city will showcase the new solar features on the currently-under-construction global headquarters of State Farm Insurance Company (which is seeking LEED certification for the building). These are expected to include a solar walkway to the MARTA bus and rail station and solar panels over parked cars on the top level of the parking garage.

Finally, the city (which currently leases its City Hall space) aims to utilize solar significantly in its future city hall. It already has a government policy to seek LEED certification for any city-owned buildings.

"As a certified Gold-level Green Community with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), we are now looking ahead to achieving Platinum status," said Rebecca Keefer, the city's director of sustainability. "We believe these initiatives will enable us to attain points for both solar improvements as well as innovation on the ARC Green Communities checklist."

"Even more importantly," added City of Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, "these combined efforts will enable our city to maintain its leadership role as a social, environmental, and economic sustainability example of what's possible in metropolitan Atlanta and the State of Georgia, and will make us even more attractive to new businesses and residents. We also believe that having a secure and affordable source of power, such as the abundant gift of sunlight in our beautiful city of Dunwoody, increases our resiliency as a community."

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday May 11

Monday, May 11, 2015
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

6 pm Agenda - Watch Live at 6:00 p.m.

Announcement by Community Development Director Steve Foote.

Update on Lake Hearn and Peachtree Dunwoody Intersection Improvements Project. (Yvonne Williams)

Presentation of Internal Audit Report. (Bill Mulcahy)

YTD Financial Report for March 31, 2015.

2015 General Assembly Legislative Update.

Cypress Communities; 81-unit townhome development

Resolution Appointing a Member to the Dunwoody Board of Zoning Appeals.

Resolution Appointing a Member to the Dunwoody Planning Commission.

Intergovernmental Agreement with Doraville to Install a Mid-Block Crosswalk on Tilly Mill Road.

Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with DeKalb County for Storm Water Repairs at 5450 Bunky Way

Discussion of Vendor Selection for Municipal Service Providers

Harry Geisinger, one of the nicest guys at the Capital - Funeral on Saturday

Harry Geisinger

The picture above may not show it but Representative Harry Geisinger was a really nice guy whom I had the pleasure of chatting with several times.  In 1971 he introduced the first bill for the creation of the City of Dunwoody and I am told that several years later in 1974 he introduced youth soccer as a sport in Georgia.  He was an innovative and tenacious legislator who will be deeply missed under the gold dome.

Reviewing old videos, I found a few doozies which shows this man's legacy but it is the one above that struck the deepest cord with me.  Above Harry describes two bills both of which attempt to correct wrongs from many years ago.  The first bill would affect the entire Atlanta metro area if not two States and the second bill corrects an injustice that on the surface only affects one individual but the matter is much deeper and affects the entire state.   It's only 4 minutes long - give it watch.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening, May 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Northside Chapel. The funeral will also be Northside Chapel on Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 PM.

Northside Chapel is located at: 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075.

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays featuring the Highbeams starts at 5 pm.
Highbeams - Professional Working Musicians

5.7.15 @ Brook Run Park           5:00 PM till Dark
Sponsor:  The Dunwoody Crier
Musical Guest:   Highbeams
Adult beverages: Moondog Growler
Dinner Trucks:
Angelfire BBQ         
Genki noodles and Sushi
Mac the Cheese        
Mobile Marlay                
Pressed for Time
Dessert Vendors:
King of Pops     
Chay J's Candies
Vintage Custard

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Whole Foods Market announced for City of Chamblee at Peachtree and Johnson Ferry Rd

Whole Foods Market has announced another Metro Atlanta location in Chamblee, Ga. S.J. Collins Enterprises of Fairburn, Ga. has recently signed a lease with Whole Foods Market to anchor their “Peachtree Crossing” development located at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Peachtree Boulevard. The former Oxford Chemical site will be redeveloped into an 11 acre lifestyle center. Jeff Garrison, Partner at S.J. Collins Enterprises, worked closely with Chamblee’s Planning and Zoning staff, and the Chamblee City Council to obtain approvals for the Planned Unit Development. “This project is a perfect example of how public and private interests can align to help revitalize a former industrial section of Atlanta. We look forward to continuing our work with The City of Chamblee to create a new standard for retail development,” said Garrison.

According to Mayor Eric Clarkson, “The City of Chamblee has long been the forefront of working to achieve good development with smart growth design principles. The Peachtree Crossing development anchored by a top quality natural grocer, Whole Foods, exemplifies these standards.”

Jay Leslie, broker for Atlanta Land Group worked for 10 years with the owners to clear the way for the development. “I am proud to bring such a high quality development to my community,” said Jay. “This project will transform the Peachtree Boulevard Corridor.”

Mayor Clarkson states “I am very proud of the efforts of the city staff, architectural review board, and city council, working closely with S.J. Collins and Whole Foods Markets, to make this development a reality. I am excited to welcome this development to our great city.”

Whole Foods Market has over 414 stores in the US, Canada and the UK. Whole Foods Market employs more than 87,000 team members, has $14 Billion in sales, and has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune Magazine for eighteen consecutive years.

Video of the the Dunwoody Town Hall with Mayor Mike Davis & City Manager Eric Linton

Theater dominates town hall by the Dunwoody Crier


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dunwoody tidbits worth sharing.

Positive Tweet worth sharing - stop iphone tracking.

Brook Run Park is being remade under Dunwoody management
Dunwoody Parks Director Brent Walker said Brook Run Park’s master plan, written in 2010, will be updated next year. Feedback from the community will tell the city what kind of amenities to add to the park.

DeKalb-Peachtree Airport upgrades facility as it seeks more business
People living near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport who are concerned about noise “have nothing to worry about,” says its newly appointed interim director, even as the airport strives to bring in more business.

DHA discusses police issues
Grogan said crime was up 6 percent this year in Dunwoody, citing an increase this year in domestic-related cases, particularly on the east side of town.   “You have a higher level of crime in apartment communities,” he said, “because of the transient nature.”   He also mentioned crimes such as car break-ins around Perimeter Mall.

Dunwoody Police Chief says all officers wear body cameras, ‘most like it’
After a bit more than a month after outfitting all Dunwoody officers with chest-mounted cameras, Grogan said most of them like it.      But officers at first acted warily about the body cameras, Grogan said, just like he saw when training officers to use the then new dashboard cameras as a lieutenant for Marietta Police.     “People were just raising Cain,” Grogan said, “with an ’I don’t want the bosses watching me’ kind of mentality.”
 Opening Soon and now hiring staff -

Friday, May 1, 2015

The downsizing of DeKalb County is under way.

This report was just released but it suggests recommendations for cost cutting across all operations including Fire Rescue.   Phase 2 of the report which will be released at a later date will focus specifically on impacts of municipal annexations & incorporations but looking at the first report the DeKalb Police Department looks to already be under going a major downsizing.