Saturday, August 21, 2021

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday August 23rd - Welcome Ardy Bastien, First Read on Village Rezoning, Shallowford Path, Signs, Cares Funding Non-Profits

August 23, 2021

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Agenda - City Site Agenda 

PUBLIC COMMENT - in person only now that COVID-19 special operation rules are not in place.  Come make your public comment at City Hall.

Appointment of Villard "Ardy" Bastien to City Council Post 1 to Fill the Unexpired Term of Pam Tallmadge

Administration of Oath of Office to Villard "Ardy" Bastien by the Honorable Judge Stacey Hydrick

FIRST READ: RZ21-01: Rezoning of 5500 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd & 1244 Dunwoody Village Parkway from the Current C-1 Conditional (Local Commercial) District and Dunwoody Village Overlay District to the DV-4 (Village Center) District.

FIRST READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments to Amend the Dunwoody Village Regulating Map and to Delete the Regulations for the Dunwoody Village Overlay District

Approval of a Resolution of Support for the North Shallowford Road Path Project Application for the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative Project Solicitation

Authorization for Additional CARES 2 Grant Funding to Not for Profit Agencies (Up to $100,000)

Discussion - Overview Sign Lighting Types

Discussion - Text Amendment to Chapter 24, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions - Relating to Illicit Sex Acts for Hire

Friday, August 20, 2021

Dunwoody get ready for heavy traffic on East / West Connector Streets for the next year as commuters avoid 285 construction & lane reductions down to three lanes.

285 will be cut down to three lanes in each direction for the next year and Dunwoody surface traffic will be impacted!

Traffic at one of the most congested interchanges in metro Atlanta is about to get dramatically worse as construction peaks at I-285 and Ga. 400.

The weekend after Labor Day, the Georgia Department of Transportation will shrink the Perimeter from five lanes to three lanes in each direction from Roswell Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road, creating a colossal headache for hundreds of thousands of motorists. And it won’t be a short-term hassle.

“This is going to be a long-term, monumental (traffic) shift to get things finished,” GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale said. “Do you really need to go through this interchange?”

The next phase of construction involves replacing I-285 bridges over Glenridge Drive, Ga. 400 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The weekend after Labor Day, GDOT will reduce I-285 from five lanes to three in each direction through the area.

Reducing the number of lanes by 40% will have a dramatic effect on traffic, and GDOT hopes people will avoid the area if they can.

GDOT now says the I-285 lanes will be reduced through June 2022.

PS: what the article doesn't tell you is that after this phase is completed the bridge over Chamblee Dunwoody will also be replaced which may also reduce 285 lane widths therefore the date of June for a return to normal traffic flow for us may not be accurate. 

Six Candidates register to serve on the Dunwoody City Council - Catherine Lautenbacher, Terry Nall in District 1, Rob Price and Jim Riticher in District 2 and finally Tom Lambert and Brian Sims in 3.

The next General Election for the City Dunwoody will be held on November 2, 2021 for the purpose of electing three (3) members of City Council: Council Post 1, District 1; Council Post 2, District 2, Council Post 3, District 3.   These are the three locally elected representatives up for election in this cycle with the Mayor and the three At Large Representatives (Harris, Heneghan & Seconder) up for City wide vote in 2023.

All Dunwoody Residents vote in this election, but you only vote for one of the two candidates running in the district in which you live.

The three voting districts split the city into thirds running north south with District 1 being the far West Side of Dunwoody (Redfield, Mill Glen, The Branches, Dunwoody Station or in an apartment near the mall) the you only get to vote for Catherine Lautenbacher or Terry Nall.  

District 2 is located in the middle third of Dunwoody (Dunwoody Club Forest, The Woodlands, Oxford Chase, Meadowlake, Springfield, Village Mill, North Springs, Georgetown, Chateau Woods, Dunwoody Green, Heritage at Dunwoody or one of the apartments in the center) then your only voting choice is that of Rob Price or Jim Riticher.

District 3 is located on the far East Side of Dunwoody (Dunwoody North, Kingsley, Brooke Farm, Waterford, Fountainbleau Forest, Four Oaks, Lockridge Forest, The Madisons, Briers North or one of the many apartments on the West Side) then your only voting choice is between Tom Lambert and Brian Sims.

Qualified candidates for Nov. 2, 2021 General Election:

Council Post 1, District 1:
Catherine Lautenbacher
Terry Nall

Council Post 2, District 2:
Rob Price
Jim Riticher

Council Post 3, District 3:
Tom Lambert
Brian Sims

The Mayor and Dunwoody City Council have contracted (and paid) the DeKalb Board of Elections to offer early voting at the Dunwoody Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays from Oct. 12 to Oct. 22, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.  This is a long standing policy of Council as the City of Dunwoody wants to offer this service for all elections big or small.

In other election / city council news, Mayor Deutsch has nominated to Council for decision on Monday for Mr. Villard "Ardy" Bastien to fulfill the unexpired term on Pam Tallmadge in District 1.  Ardy lives in District 1, has been a long time member of the Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals, is active with the Dunwoody Rotary and will do a great job until the new Councilmember takes office in January.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Dunwoody Lemonade Days carnival & community festival starts Wednesday 4 pm and runs through Sunday at Brook Run Park

 Lemonade Day's Festival starts Wednesday

Dunwoody's Annual Spring Festival, Lemonade Day's presented by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust remembering the tornado of 1998 that flattened sections of our community, snapped trees like twigs and took a mans life has been moved to the late summer this year and I am hoping the weather cooperates as this event is needed in so many ways!  We are once again making Lemonade from Lemons and am hopeful for a sweet event.  A personal thank you to Hope Follmer and all the volunteers & sponsors who assist in making this a fabulous event.

Based on past experience, I can tell you that Wednesday & Thursday are the best days to purchase a wristband for unlimited rides as the crowds are light and the lines extremely short. If your children don't have after school commitments on these days you may want to visit plus Wednesday looks to be the best day weather wise.  A large number Middle School Students will make a bee line to Brook Run after school on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday as there is a secure book bag check in area at the festival to ensure those Chromebooks do not get lost.  Middle Schooler's running in packs at Lemonade Day's without direct parental oversight is a right of passage for many as the park is safe because the crowd is all local until about 7 pm on Friday when the carnival area is taken over by teenagers & college kids with cars.  Friday night usually gets busy and then on Saturday and Sunday the park is over run with visitors from near & far.  Parents, please note that there is now a dedicated drop off / pick up point on Barclay between the two Baseball Fields as this location has easy access into the park, a small well lit parking lot and a restroom in the field house right there.

Besides the carnival rides, the food choices for festival goers will include everything from hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and BBQ to foods with an Asian, Italian, Indian and/or Hispanic flair. For those just wanting a snack, there will be popcorn, funnel cakes and pretzels and for a cool treat yogurt, Italian ice and ice cream. Cold craft and domestic beer and delicious wine are also available.

Another highlight of the festival is the Children's Petting Zoo & Pony Rides; the various vendors at the County Store selling arts & crafts and then there is the Dunwoody Idol music competition happening on Friday & Saturday.   

If you see me at the event, please pull me aside to introduce yourself as I would love to chat to hear what is on your mind.   Thanks    John Heneghan


Welcome to the 21st annual Lemonade Days Festival – a premier Dunwoody signature event. As our largest annual fundraiser, it makes all of our other activities possible, with all proceeds used within our community for historic preservation, community celebrations and education.

Featuring more than 30 full-scale carnival rides (daily wristbands for unlimited rides are available – $20/day Wednesday & Thursday Family Nights; $25/day Friday-Sunday), more than 20 fabulous food and beverage vendors, two days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest. Lemonade Days has become a highlight of the city’s calendar and its most popular family event of the year.

New this year, we will be hosting Life South’s Blood Mobile on Sunday, August 22nd. They will be taking blood donations between 12noon-6pm.


Wednesday 4pm – 10pm
Thursday 4pm – 10pm
Friday 4pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am -10pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

For daily specifics and map, click here.

Lemonade Days is held at Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

Admission to Lemonade Days is FREE!

Individual ride tickets are $1.25 each

Buy UNLIMITED daily ride passes (wristbands) for just:

$20 on Wednesday & Thursday – FAMILY NIGHTS

$25 per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Wristbands valid for day of purchase only

For weather updates, volunteer opportunities and insights into this year’s festival, please follow us on Twitter @Lemonadedays, Instagram or Facebook.


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Special Called Dunwoody City Council Meeting, Monday 10:30 am to sell two medical buildings on Shallowford for $7.75 Million


AUGUST 02, 2021 – 10:30 A.M.

View meeting on Zoom:

Agenda - Agenda on city Site

Public Comment is now in person only.

Purchase and Sale Agreement for Agreement for 4553 and 4555 North
Shallowford Road


In other news, Monday is the first day back to school for DeKalb County; please have lots of patience as this will be a new routine for many.

Tuesday Night the Dunwoody Police Department will be at Brook Run Park from 6 pm to 9 pm for the National Night Out event supporting our police department. Bring the kids and climb the SWAT vehicle.

Lemonade Days starts Aug 18th.

Dunwoody Nature Center Butterfly Experience starts Aug 19th.