Wednesday, December 21, 2022

DeKalb Warming Center closest to Dunwoody is now open & available at the North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 3034

The closest DeKalb County Warming Center to Dunwoody is now open at the North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 3034 located very near the Chamblee Marta Station entrance on Peachtree Road.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

@AJC identifies four Dunwoody apartment complexes among the 272 most Dangerous Dwellings in the metro area. @bridgeinvgrp @TheSterlingGrp @TrinityPmTweets @RelatedCos @GAA_Tweets

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has had a year long investigative report on Dangerous Apartment Complexes in the Atlanta metropolitan area and this week they released their list of the 272 most dangerous apartment complexes.  Unfortunately the City of Dunwoody had four complexes listed in the report and they were listed because of crime risk, murders, code enforcement compliance issues, fire risks, and because a gas explosion leveled a building.

The series is well written as it shows the pitfalls of being a renter in a State where leases favor the owner and the lessee has little legal ramifications without bringing suit. It describes the lack of code enforcement in some jurisdictions and no minimum State standards requiring owners to maintain their rental properties, much less to keep them decent, safe or habitable.  The series highlights complexes that are Unsafe, Unhealthy, and Unlivable because of lack of regular maintenance and crime that happens in these areas.  

I will admit that Dunwoody has a few complexes with questionable reputations but crime has taken place in every complex in town but the Dunwoody Police Department is aware of criminal hot spots and is monitoring issues with both patrols, cameras and other technology.  The residents living in these complexes are hard working families with children living in the most affordable lodging they can find, in a school system that will offer their children a better opportunity then their parents had.  Much of the crime (and murders) happen because of outsiders traveling into the complex that are up to no good.  Dunwoody Police's manpower issues are improving and City Council continues to invest in our Department which hopefully is providing proper coverage ensuring everyone a safe place to live.

Dunwoody seems to be doing better that some other jurisdictions on code compliance oversight as in 2010, just two years into incorporation we set minimum standards, visited every apartment complex to educate management as to expectations and law; then we started to code compliance sweeps bringing them into compliance.  This year, we just increased the staffing level from two code enforcement officers to three in order to escalate the frequencies of these apartment inspections.

The Dunwoody City Council believes that every resident living within our borders should have a safe and livable home therefore our Multi-Family Code Compliance program does a regular comprehensive inspections (both exterior by City Staff & interior by certified inspectors) to evaluate code and life safety compliance.

City Council reviews the findings of Apartment Sweep's as completed by our code enforcement staff and I won't attach it in this blog post in case there is on going enforcement matter related to the report, but one of the complexes above had two code enforcement specialists there for close to a week and the final report is 90 pages long, 11 Mb in size with numerous code compliance issues documented with photos. The violations identified were cited and required to be repaired with our code enforcement following up with citations to be handled by Dunwoody Municipal Judges if issues were not corrected in a timely manner.  We do this to every apartment complex in the city limits, no matter the age, demographics or price point.

About a month ago, the City Council was provided a briefing by Code Compliance which highlights our apartment sweep program, vacant property maintenance, and short-term rental enforcement.

Code Enforcement Introduction and Overview (Shane Peeples)

I questioned whether I wanted to post this story, whether I wanted to name the complexes named (as there are others I am also concerned about) but in the end it is about transparency and self corrective behavior.  I want better oversight from the owners (that is why I tagged them in the title for Twitter to notify them of this post).  I want self reflection from the City of Dunwoody Administration both Police, Code Enforcement and City Council to ask what more could we be doing.  Finally I would like the State Legislature to review the laws that sometimes allow anonymous LLC's to take advantage of the most vulnerable segment of our society.  

I am hopeful that the issues identified at troublesome apartment complexes are addressed & the quality of life improves as no one deserves to live in an Unsafe, Unhealthy, and Unlivable apartment complex.


PS: I am still not endorsed by the Atlanta Board of Realtors or any other trade organization.

Dunwoody Glen
6800, 6750 and 6806 Peachtree Industrial, Dunwoody

Dunwoody Village
2311, 2313 and 2325 Dunwoody Crossing, Dunwoody

LaCota Apartments
6664 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and other addresses from 6646-6698, Dunwoody

The Heights at Dunwoody, formerly Arrive Perimeter
2000 Asbury Square, Dunwoody

AJC’s Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein is joined by the reporters Alan Judd and Willoughby Mariano, who led the Dangerous Dwellings investigation.  They discussed how this project got started, what thye found, and potential laws that could improve the situation.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Dunwoody City Council votes to give girls softball program life during previous Dunwoody Senior Baseball time slots - Dunwoody Reporter Newspaper


A couple of weeks ago the Dunwoody City Council did an annual approval of our Facility Usage Agreements with the Athletic Association Partners which raised the usage prices for upkeep of the artificial turf fields.  As the City Council and Staff have been looking to find a place, or space for the new Peachtree Girls Softball Team to play; the best decision that floated to the top at least temporarily was to allow the girls to practice and play games on the west baseball field at Brook Run for several months in the fall, for several hours for four days per week. 

On Monday after staff discussions with DSB and the softball program, we the City Council approved the Facility Usage Agreement with Dunwoody Senior Baseball which not only raised the hourly rate but also reduced the playing field availability for Fall baseball to allow some time for softball. Dunwoody Senior Baseball will be negatively impacted as it reduces field time for that organization by four game slots per week.  More weekend games may need to be scheduled or a few lesser teams may be able to be registered in the Fall, but there is time to review those logistics.

Another sticking point among field use is field conversion back and forth as the boys use a pitching mound and the girls do not, the base lengths are shorter in softball as well as other minor field differences.  Questions were raised as to the speed of the conversion from a girls field to the boys field in order for the boys to play soon after the softball use was completed.  City staff said that there are numerous logistics to be worked out but they will work towards a smooth transition with both organizations.  Council was also told that the softball use schedule was yet to be determined whereby the days and hours may be scaled back to allow more time for DSB.

I believe the girls softball team does need some equity and the Dunwoody Senior Baseball program has expanded their use over years as there are no field resting periods to let the grass grow, almost no rain outs or make up games as compared to the natural turf fields back on the old location where Austin Elementary sits, therefore I voted to approve the field agreement as DSB has yet to plan or schedule Fall use and/or the changes can hopefully be worked in. 

Another point I raised during discussion was the historical perspective from the start of cityhood whereby there were established sports programs in various neighboring municipalities and existing non-profits that we the City of Dunwoody didn't need to duplicate their efforts.  Murphey Candler (in Brookhaven) has numerous fields where it offers both youth baseball & softball for many Dunwoody kids (as well as Atlanta Colts Football & Cheerleading) and in order to reciprocate, the City of Dunwoody continues to offer Dunwoody Senior Baseball to all participants who age out of the Murphy Candler Program. We do not differentiate where a participant lives in order to participate, nor do we charge more if they live outside Dunwoody and there was the gentleman's agreement made many years ago between ourselves and the various municipalities.  To me making sure Dunwoody Senior is viable is also making sure that Dunwoody children can play at Murphey Candler, the Atlanta Colts, Chamblee T-ball, the Atlanta Flames and many others.

Compared to our neighbors, the City of Dunwoody has not only kept Dunwoody Senior Baseball viable but we expanded our soccer offerings in the back of Brook Run and then with the possibility of turfing the football field at PCMS where we have a 20 year lease from DeKalb School System and have already installed lights; there is already an easy path to increased sports opportunities for both genders.  Once that field is built out (it is at the top of the Citizen's Capital Review Board List) our children's middle school (and high school) sports of football, flag football, ultimate frisbee and lacrosse programs; can easily be expanded. 

I just get a little worried of a forced contraction (or reshuffling of game times) for one season of Dunwoody Senior Baseball, a Dunwoody sports institution that has been in place for 50 years; as I see it as a slippery slope. At the same time I am excited for the possible growth of a girls softball program here is Dunwoody for those girls who graduate from the Murphy Candler program. 

Hopefully both programs can thrive.   John

Dunwoody City Council to allow girls softball programs at Senior Baseball Fields

"The Dunwoody City Council at its Dec. 12 meeting approved a facility use agreement that will allow for girl’s softball programs to practice and play at the city’s Dunwoody Senior Baseball (DSB) fields next fall  – a move that DSB officials say will force the organization to cut the number of baseball players significantly. 

The facilities’ agreement also increases by $10 an hour the standard hourly rate for any fundraising tournaments hosted by DSB. 

A memo regarding the changes also says the “west field will be excluded from their (DSB) use during August 1-October 31 from 4 p.m. -7 p.m  Monday-Thursday, unless otherwise approved by the city. This will allow the Dunwoody High School Softball Booster Club to utilize the field during that time frame.”

Full Article 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday December 12, 2022

December 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,  or 
phone +14702509358,,89515181655#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.


Administration of Oath of Office to Officer Jared Bradley

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.

City Manager's Report

Annual Report from the Non-Profit Program Partners

FIRST READ: RZ 22-02 & SLUP 22-02: Request for a Rezoning to amend the conditions of zoning associated with cases RZ 18-02 & SLUP 18-02 and a Special Land Use Permit to allow a Group Living use

Resolution Appointing Member to Serve on Discover Dunwoody Board

Funding Authorization for 4517 Dunwoody Club Drive Storm Repairs, 5583 Glenrich Drive Storm Repairs, 4954 Vernon Oaks Drive Storm Repairs

 Review and Consideration of Discover Dunwoody Budget (Ray Ezelle)

Approval of a Facility Usage Agreement with Dunwoody Senior Baseball

Contract with Ogletree Enterprises for Landscaping at Spalding Drive and Chamblee Dunwoody Road 

American Rescue Plan - Not for Profit Funding

Discussion of Mutual Aid Police Agreement between Georgia State University and City of Dunwoody

Public Art Project - Womack Road Retaining Wall

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Dunwoody Trail Master Plan Open House - Wednesday December 7th - 6:00 pm City Hall to discuss desired trail routes, destinations & trail types.

Brook Run Park (shown above) is an appropriate place for a 12-foot trail and it is what I believe people think of when our surveys say residents want more trails.  Wednesday night at City Hall there is a meeting to discuss trail / path options, routes, and trail types in our community.  Unfortunately the meeting agenda does not discuss funding priorities (that comes later), nor are there discussion topics regarding the trail impacts to the neighbors or possible tree/shade coverage when the current proposed 12-foot concrete paths are shoe horned into the existing right of way in front of single family homes. However, based on some of the feedback posted on social media regarding this meeting, I believe several of these topics will be raised by citizens.

To me many of the negative consequences I see could be alleviated by a simple reduction in path size in our single family zoning areas to include dedicated plantings of trees & bushes to foster both the beauty of our community and improve transportation options.   Think Peeler Rd Path along the Waterworks.  We could keep 12 feet where appropriate in the Perimeter area, do 8 feet along major thoroughfares and 6 feet within the neighborhoods.  A plan on proper sidewalk / path / trail build-out focusing on reasonable safety improvements might garner wide support?

Once the community (or elected officials) comes to a consensus on paths, there will be funding discussions to set priorities and lately I have been arguing to my fellow Council Members that these 12-foot paths may not be at the top of the list for the entire community.  We have many needs in this community, I know that pedestrian improvements are needed near schools where hundreds of children walk, we have intersections that need to be improved, we initiated a Citizen Capital Committee that listed numerous community wants and desires that are not these paths and in the coming months we as a community will need to have a serious conversation over finances, desired community amenities/improvements and the ongoing maintenance/operational costs of running a city.  As I said previously when talking about the City Budget, the baby is ugly and I have concerns.

I don't want to get too negative on trails & paths as I do see benefits too but the devil is always in the details, therefore I encourage the entire community to attend the Wednesday evening meeting in order to listen to what is presented, give feedback as to your desires & concerns.  

I am sorry to report that I will not be in attendance Wednesday but I will obtain information as to the meeting outcomes, listen to social media, talk to neighbors who attended, read newpaper articles and listen to anyone who wants to give me (or Council) their opinion by sending an email to    Thanks, John.

The City of Dunwoody is partnering with the PATH Foundation Team to develop a city-wide trail master plan. This project will verify trail opportunities and feasibility, develop branding and design standards, and outline strategies for implementation.

Help kick off the Dunwoody Trail Master Plan by attending the first Open House on Wednesday, December 7 at Dunwoody City Hall. Stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. to learn more about upcoming events and project timeline, and share your thoughts in this initial phase.

Consultants from the PATH Foundation will be asking participants to share ideas about the following:

  • Potential destinations
  • Desired trail routes
  • Preferred trail types

There will be at least one additional public meeting later in the process.

Learn more:

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday November 28, 2022 (Report of Citizen Capital Planning - Parks, Transportation & Paths)


November 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,  or 
phone +14702509358,,85175664383#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.


Administration of Oath of Office to Officer Jared Bradley

Award Presentation to DPD's Officer and Employee of the Third Quarter, Christopher Irwin and Lynndora Anderson

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.

Report from Citizen Capital Committee

Capital Project Closeout and Reallocate Funding

Funding Authorization for 1240 Dunwoody Knoll Drive Storm Repairs

Funding Authorization for 5617 Woodsong Trail Storm Repairs

Funding Authorization for 2389 Welton Place Storm Repairs

SECOND READ: Consideration of a Text Amendment to Chapter 4, Alcoholic Beverages, to Adjust Alcohol Licensing Requirements

Funding Authorization for 124 Perimeter Center West (Phase I) Storm Repairs

Contract with Ogletree Enterprises for Landscaping at Spalding Drive and Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Friday, November 25, 2022

U.S. Senate Runoff Advance Voting starts Saturday at Dunwoody Library 7 a.m., continues Sunday and all next week.

I hope your Thanksgiving was spent with those you love as my family reflected upon all that is good in our lives, the people we hold dear, the people we miss and the many blessings we need to appreciate every day.

Vote - For the next week, we are given an opportunity to vote for the US Senate Runoff race and starting Saturday early voting will take place at the Dunwoody Library and it will continue there through Friday Dec 2nd.  Actual election day is December 6th at your regular polling place.

Saturday, November 26, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Advance voting at Dunwoody Library
Sunday, November 27, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Advance voting at all locations
Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Advance voting at all locations

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Wait Times and Counts

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Before You Go

If you are a voter with a physical disability or are 75 years of age and older, you do not need to wait in line. Just walk to the entrance and a poll worker will assist you in casting your ballot.

Restrooms are available, if needed, at many of our Advance Voting locations.

Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. We encourage you to be a good neighbor while waiting in line.

What to bring with you for in-person voting:

  • A valid ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or voter identification card
  • A mask to help ensure your safety and the safety of the poll workers and voters around you.
  • Chair, water, and snacks if the location has a long wait line
  • Your absentee ballot if you are wanting to vote in-person instead. If you do not have your absentee ballot, you will need to sign an affidavit stating that you are instead casting your ballot in-person.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Light Up Dunwoody is a Community Tradition that continues on Sunday

Free photos with Santa start Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Dunwoody Village! Come early and beat the lines! Light Up Dunwoody will be running from 2pm - 6pm     5468 Chamblee Dunwoody Road!


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday November 14, 2022

November 14, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,  or 
phone 14702509358,,81098228615#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.


Administration of Oaths of Office to Officer AbuBakarr Savage.

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed. 

City Manager's Report (Eric Linton)

Code Enforcement Introduction and Overview (Shane Peeples)

Approval of Establishing a Sinking Fund Reserve for Artificial Turf Fields

Approval of CARES 2 Budget Amendment

Approval of Proposed Legislative Agenda (Ted Burdo, Terminus Strategies, LLC)

Approval of a Project Agreement with the Perimeter Community Improvement District for the Ashford Dunwoody Path Phase 1 Construction

Approval of Funding Authorization for Construction of Ashford Dunwoody Commuter Trail Phase I

Approval of Lighting Agreement with Georgia Power for Ashford Dunwoody Path Phase 1 Streetlights

Approval of Facility Usage Agreements with the Athletic Association Partners

Adoption of Technology Policy (Ginger LePage)

Approval of Second Round of Qualified Grant Recipients - American Rescue Plan

FIRST READ: Consideration of a Text Amendment to Chapter 4, Alcoholic Beverages, to Adjust Alcohol Licensing Requirements  (Paul Leonhardt)

Approval of Funding Authorization for 5252 Trowbridge Drive Storm Repairs (Carl Thomas)

Capital Project Closeout and Reallocate Funding

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Bingo tonight (Thursday) at All Saints Church in Dunwoody

Bingo is back at All Saints with dinner (Pasta Fagioli) and refreshments available.  Doors open at 6:30 with limited seats going fast, have some dinner and then the games start at 7:30.

All Saints Social Hall, 2443 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Holiday Festival at Dunwoody United Methodist Church scheduled for Saturday November 12th

Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1548 Mt. Vernon Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

If you are new to Dunwoody, this is a special event that you don't want to miss as there is something for everybody here!  Photos with Santa slots are available for walk up and I suggest you get there early for the best Attic Treasures and Casseroles as they always sell out!  John

The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Holiday Festival is a one-day, indoor event that features a juried show of beautiful arts and crafts items by talented artisans, in addition to a wide variety of other venues. We offer Attic Treasures, Book Nook, Casseroles to Go, Children’s Activities, Gourmet Shop, Photos with Santa and more. Our 80+ talented participating artists have been carefully selected from a long list of applicants.

With our growing reputation as one of the best indoor holiday festivals in the area, we are fortunate enough to attract vendors from all over Georgia and even as far away as South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. Booths are located in the Fellowship Hall and Gym. This is a great opportunity to shop for “one of a kind” handmade items.

All proceeds from the festival benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. The money raised will support DUMC’s 32nd Habitat build, which will benefit another deserving family in 2023.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Dunwoody Homeowners Association to meet Sunday Night to discuss Light Up Event, Dunwoody Nature Center, possible development proposals and the Tilly Mill Path.

The monthly Dunwoody Homeowners Association is this Sunday evening at 7:30 in the main meeting room at 4470 N. Shallowford (near Peachford Rd and next to the storage facility).   

There are a number of interesting items on the agenda & I sorry I'm going to miss it but maybe they will be live streaming it to Facebook for later viewing.

The DHA hosts Light Up Dunwoody scheduled for Sunday November 20th from 2 to 6 pm with Santa Photos, Live Reindeer, Holiday Dancers, Choral and Musical Performances, Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting!  NEW LOCATION - Across the Street!  Shops of Dunwoody, 4537 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Dunwoody Nature Center reps are coming to talk to the DHA on Sunday and I'm unsure of the topic but looking at their calender it could be a discussion on Yoga, Night Hikes, Bird Walks, Fall Family Overnight Campout, or the one that peeks my interest, Forest Bathing with a certified Forest Therapy guide.  It might not be a discussion on any of those topics but hey, you now know some events happening at the Nature Center.

It appears that there are community discussions regarding several developments, one looks to be the demolition & possible redevelopment of a house on Mt. Vernon and the other is the proposed Grubb Condo / Office tower project proposed for the old city hall site that now wants to add a medical building. It also appears that the Grubb matter will be coming in front of the Planning Commission on Tuesday for their review.

The last item on the agenda is a conversation requested by the Briers North Community to discuss possible plans to put a 12 ft concrete path on Tilly Mill and as they have an open public petition against that path; I am guessing they are looking for support from the DHA?  Just a guess.

City of Dunwoody releases 2023 Paving Bid. (Oxford Chase, Renfroe Lake, Dunwoody North, North Springs, Delverton, Fontainbleau, Georgetown, Winters Chapel)

Link to Full Size Map of 2022 & 2023 Paving

2023 Street Resurfacing Project

  • Category:Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Finance, Purchasing, City Manager, Human Resources, Information Technology, Community Development, Communications, Police, Economic Development, Courts
  • RFP Number:ITB 22-09
  • Start Date:11/03/2022 2:00 p.m.
  • Close Date:12/08/2022 2:00 p.m.

The City of Dunwoody is soliciting competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors for the 2023 STREET RESURFACING PROJECT for the Department of Public Works.

To review the ITB, click on the link below.

ITB 22-09 2023 Street Resurfacing Project

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Dunwoody's "ugly baby" of a budget passed but I am still not sure our capital priorities are in order. Video Recap of October 24, 2022 City Council Meeting.


After 13 years on the Dunwoody City Council, I think I do a pretty good job of raising issues and explaining what is coming up on the next City Council agenda. What I believe is inconsistent on my part is the explanation of what happens after the meeting, the discussions between council members, and the decisions made.   On the positive side the city has taken over video recording all council meetings and making them available on Facebook which is huge improvement over me doing it on my own eleven years ago.

In the past, reporters (and Dick Williams in particular), would document in detail what the Council was doing, would add historical perspective, quote Council members and would even write opinion pieces to provide perspective on what was transpiring at City Hall. The Crier, the Neighbor, the Reporter and even the AJC would have dedicated stories on the actions of the Council. There were numerous bloggers who would analyze, report, ridicule, and possibly exaggerate but also give blow by blow recaps of the actions of the Council. Today there is only one Dunwoody centric blogger left who analyzes what is happening in local government, so let me acknowledge. Because these various outlets reported what they saw, I rarely needed to provide a recap. 

The news business is always changing, and as much as I am thankful for all the reporting that is being done, sometimes I think the details are missing from some of the media outlets. As a City Councilman, it is my job to know the reporters and I bend over backward to get to know them, I share my cell phone number and encourage them to ask questions. Cathy Cobbs of the Dunwoody Reporter has covered our community for many years and I am especially thankful to her dedication and coverage of the Council meeting, as I will be quoting her stories a few times in this blog.

Last Monday, we were scheduled to vote on the 2023 budget that eats into our reserves by 2 million dollars in order to be balanced; therefore, I met with the Mayor and staff for two hours to find ways to balance the budget without cutting into Police or Parks operating funds. After two hours of staff discussion going line by line, and me proposing to cut Capital (project) funds that I thought were excessive and/or items that the community doesn't want; I was informed that those cuts were not operational therefore wouldn't assist in balancing the budget in the eyes of the auditors. 


If you would like to watch the City presentation on the 2023 Budget here is the start of that video segment.  In the end I argued for cuts, especially on the proposed 12-foot trails in front of single-family homes that I don't believe a majority of the citizens want but I couldn't get traction for the other Council members to remove the expenditures.  

Last Monday, we approved the budget as presented but if you review the video of the Council Meeting, you can see my ugly baby comments where I propose changes to capital expenses as I believe the community would rather have other projects vs the proposed 12 foot paths.

Dunwoody dips into reserve funds for 2023 ‘hold-the-line’ budget, - Cathy Cobbs / Dunwoody Reporter

"Councilman John Heneghan likened the 2023 budget picture to “an ugly baby.”

“The baby picture is ugly, and the toddler picture doesn’t look like it’s going to be much better,” Heneghan said. “This structural deficit has me concerned.”

Heneghan said he met with key members of the budgeting team, including Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch, before the council session “trying to find $2 million” so the reserve wouldn’t have to be touched, but conceded that the meeting did not produce any viable alternatives.

“I’m just concerned that we are funding things that the public doesn’t want and not funding things that they do want,” he said. “I’m particularly concerned that we have sidewalk projects in this budget when we have heard from citizens that they want to slow down on them.”

Vinicki reminded the Council that the budget can, and will, be modified throughout the year to reflect changes in revenues and expenditures.

We also had on the agenda the final plan approval of our two newest parks, Roberts Drive & Vermack Rd  as they were deferred from a previous meeting as there was controversy over Roberts new turf field being shown as only a soccer field and Vermack Park having a last second connecting trail from the park into the neighborhoods behind them. Staff quickly changed the drawings of the multi-use turf field to remove the soccer overlay to include only tic spots for all sports (Soccer, Lacrosse & Football) and I was personally lobbying for all three sport lines to be over laid into the final design but I lost that argument. 


If you review the Council Meeting Video, you can listen to our discussions on the field markings, our desire for the field at Peachtree Middle School to be converted to a turf field for dedicated Lacrosse & Football and my desire for all three sport markings to be permanent on the new Roberts field.

For Vermack, we listened to numerous public comments regarding the connecting trail directly behind residents homes and then when it was time to discuss the matter the item was tabled by district representatives without ability to comment or discuss; therefore the residents who attended the meeting were forced to sit there on a Monday evening for almost two hours were not given the opportunity to hear from their elected representatives. I was disappointed at the move and said so at final Council comment of the meeting. My hope is that this tabling procedure without Council comment never happens again.

Dunwoody Council passes park plan for Austin property, tables Vermack - Cathy Cobbs / Dunwoody Reporter

During council comments at the end of the meeting, Heneghan said he was disappointed that the Vermack issue was not discussed.

“[At the last meeting], we took the word ‘transparency’ out of our mission statement and I’m not sure that was the right decision,” he said. “I really wish we would have had the chance to comment among Council the item that was tabled. I think we could have had some worthwhile discussion, and we could have been transparent to the 50 people who were in the room listening.”

The 2023 parks budget does not include any funds for construction, which have been estimated to be $10.5 million for the Roberts property and about $4 million for the Vermack property. The Council had discussed funding Vermack, Roberts and other parks improvements with a $30 million parks bond, but in September decided not to put a parks bond referendum on the ballot in November.

Discussions about putting a parks bond referendum on the ballot in 2023 are ongoing.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Early Voting is going on at the Dunwoody Library - please review sample ballot, take advantage of short lines at early voting, and avoid possible polling place change come election day.

Dunwoody Library
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, Ga 30338

Monday - Friday (Oct. 17 - Nov. 4)    7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturdays (Oct. 22 & 29) 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sundays (Oct. 23 & 30) noon - 5 p.m.

Pull this link up - Composite Sample Ballot

Dunwoody Votes in the US Senate Race, District 4 Federal House of Representatives and all Statewide elections on the ballot as well as Senate 40, and either House 80 or 52.

Congressional Districts - District 4

Georgia Senate Districts - Senate 40

Georgia House Districts - House 80 or 52

Commissioner Districts - District 1 not up election.

Super Commissioner Districts - District 6 not up for election.

Board of Education Districts - District 1 not up for election.

There are a couple of Proposed Constitution Amendments on the ballot that seem straight forward.

Special Notice - On November 8, 2022 the polling place formally at the Dunwoody Library will be moving to the Church at Chapel Hill - Dunwoody Campus at 5067 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

Based on the precinct voting maps, a number of neighborhoods in side the green circle may be surprised on November 8 to learn that that their polling pace was moved down the street.  Please be aware.


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Several Thursday Night Events in Dunwoody - Last Food Truck Thursday with Kids Halloween event or Bingo at All Saint's with little old ladies who will cut you if your chatter makes them miss a number. Both are actually fun!

Last Food Truck Thursday & Dunwoody Truck or Treat event for the kids

On the last Thursday in October, Brook Run Park in Dunwoody will be crowded with princesses, superheroes, and maybe even a few goblins and witches. Truck or Treat, the final Food Truck Thursday of the year, promises a festive time and free admission for everyone, complete with costumes to admire, local cuisine to nosh, and plenty of Halloween candy.

Dunwoody Parks and Recreation, Dunwoody Police, and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association will host Truck or Treat on Thursday, October 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. This event will close out the 2022 season of Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays and feature music from the Adrian Duke Project, which plays a funky mix of Motown and soul, jazz and swing, and rock-n-roll.

During the event, Dunwoody Police will give away safety flashers to promote the department’s “See & Be Seen on Halloween” initiative. Kids are encouraged to clip the flasher on their costumes on Halloween to make themselves more visible to drivers. Officers will also wear costumes, decorate police vehicles and hand out treats to kids.

The concert will take place on the front field near N. Peachtree Road. The police department’s treat trucks will be located along the edge of the field. Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays is sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. It typically runs from May through October, bringing savory and sweet food trucks to Brook Run Park.

 Bingo - win Cash money

Bingo is back at All Saints with dinner (Pasta Bolognese) and refreshments available.  Doors open at 6:30 with limited seats going fast, have some dinner and then the games start at 7:30.

All Saints Social Hall, 2443 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Dunwoody Citizens Advisory Capital Improvements Committee agenda for Wednesday includes Path Foundation presentation, conversations on future path plans and a discussion on completed scoring of parks plans.


OCTOBER 26, 2022 - 6:00 PM




Full Agenda Packet for the Wednesday Evening Meeting

Tonight (Wednesday) at 6 pm the Citizens Advisory Capital Improvements Committee will be meeting at City Hall to discuss their parks scoring priority recommendations to City Council and as these meetings are not recorded I also plan to be attending to hear first hand, their recommendations & conversations. The committee is made up of citizens recommended by City Council and the Mayor; Councilman Tom Lambert, is Chairing the committee and the members are... Remi Bullard, Su Ellis, Steve Ellet, Bob Fiscella, Brian Gee, Joe Martinez, Sarah Smith, Abby Lesorgen, and Mereca Smith.  I would like to thank these members for their time and dedication being put forth.

I'm very glad I attended the last citizen meeting as I raised in public comment that the committee packet was mistakenly missing the Peachtree Middle School Turf project as the City has a 20 year lease on that property and a contract to maintain the field whereby turfing the field would improve playable hours and reduce maintenance costs, thereby being a win / win situation.  Looking at the scores below it appears that the committee agrees with me that this is an important project for the City as all seven member voted for the project and it also has the highest over all weighted score.

Review of Parks Scoring

At tonight's meeting there will also be a discussion on Trails / Paths within the City and the Path Foundation will be presenting what looks to be that same high level presentation given to Council on August 8th.   During the contracting of PATH in August, I questioned how "Greenway Paths" are able to be constructed when we are shoehorning 12 feet of concrete in front of single family homes by clearing the vegetation and leaving it with little or no shade, trees or beauty.  This scenario not what I believe the citizens of Dunwoody want when they say they want trails.

Dunwoody City Councilman Heneghan thoughts on 12 foot city paths and delaying possible bond referendum for improved list of projects. July 11, 2022

Dunwoody Councilman John Heneghan questions Path Foundation regarding 12 foot concrete "greenways" in Dunwoody neighborhoods. August 8, 2022 @PATHFoundation  Aug 15, 2022

Below is the path list I am guessing the citizen committee will be discussing, with most paths being in commercial areas and several like Tilly Mill & Peeler paths being in Residential areas where I have the greatest concern. 
There is also an item on the list identified as Nancy Creek Tributary Path that I believe follows a few creeks, unfortunately much like the idea of having a trail across the city under the power transmission lines; I believe that the property for the Nancy Creek Trail is owned by residents and is in the back yards of the people who live there.    Looking at this transportation map that was not included in the packet, it appears there are trail plans (dotted Orange lines) from Dunwoody Elementary down though the Village Oaks neighborhood behind Brook Run which I believe follows the creek and may be the Nancy Creek Tributary Path?  There is also a path near the Walmart and unsure if both of these together are the Nancy Creek Paths?   Unsure if details, but the main question for me remains - whose property are we planing on building a trail upon and will every land owner along the trail path give us an easement to put this trail on their property, usually behind their homes?   In the case of the power transmission line the answer was very clear - no.

Anyway this should be an interesting meeting that is only available in person starting at 6 pm and there is public comment available at the beginning and end of the meeting if you would like to say a few words.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday October 24, 2022. Final 2023 Budget Hearing, Vermack & Roberts Park Approval, Cherry Hill to Eidson Trail, Dunwoody Village Street Grid, IT Policy, enpanded Alcohol.

October 24, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,  or 
phone 14702509358,,86164354468#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.


Administration of Oaths of Office to Officers: Elvin Arias, Emma Baukhages, Prince Greene

Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.


Approval of "Improving Neighborhood Outcomes in Dis-proportionally Impacted Communities" Grant Application  - Trail Connection on Cherry Hill to Eidson
  •  DHS Boys Soccer Booster Club INC - Dunwoody, GA
  •  Dunwoody Wildcats Soccer LTD - Dunwoody, GA
  •  Dunwoody Gridiron Club, Inc. - Dunwoody, GA
  •  Dunwoody High Stix Club, Inc. - Dunwoody, GA
  •  Dunwoody Senior Baseball - Atlanta, GA
  •  Atlanta MABL, Inc. - Smyrna, Ga
  •  Rush Union Soccer - Tucker, GA

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Dunwoody Scout Troops 477 & 1919 host Halloween Farm Festival - Sat October 22nd at Donaldson Bannister Farm ($2 coupon)

 It’s back!!!!

Come enjoy Scout Troop 477’s annual Halloween Farm Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, 12:00 to 6:00pm at Donaldson-Bannister Farm at 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.

Kids of all ages can go on the “Trick or Treat Mystery Adventure” and help solve the mystery of the missing candy!

Enjoy games with prizes, crafts, a petting zoo, music, and an outdoor food court with fresh grilled burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and more.

Admission is free and activities range in cost from 50 cents for games to $4 for entry to the Petting Zoo. Unlimited Game Bracelets are available along with a Family Adventure package.

Don’t miss Dunwoody’s favorite fall tradition. Costumes are Welcome!

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday October 10, 2022 (Budget, Roberts & Vermack Park Plans, City Mgr Report,American Rescue Plan assistance to non-profits, Womack Wall Art, Mission & Vision)

October 10, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Agenda 6 pm  - City Site Agenda 

City Council meetings are live-streamed on the City of Dunwoody’s Facebook page

They are also available for viewing (no two way communication) on Zoom,  or 
phone 14702509358,,84033391097#

You can access the video after the meeting on the City of Dunwoody’s YouTube page.


Public comments - in person 3 min each / 30 min max with additional at end of meeting if needed.

City Manager's Report (Very Informational)

Public Hearing - First Read of the proposed 2023 City of Dunwoody Budget

Dunwoody MARTA Station Mural (Michael Starling)

Resolution to Declare Obsolete Equipment in the IT Department as Surplus

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on the Planning Commission Scott Brown

Approval of 2023 City Council, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Schedules 

Approval of Update to City of Dunwoody Mission and Vision Statements

To Authorize Contracts with Not for Profit Agencies Regarding Direct Assistance Funding with the American Rescue Plan 2

Park Master Plans for 5435 Roberts Dr. and 4809/4819 Vermack Rd

Discussion - Winters Chapel Path Phase 1 Streetlight Agreement with Georgia Power

Discussion - Public Art Project - Womack Road Retaining Wall

Discussion - Amendment to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Budget

Dunwoody's Groovin’ on the Green Series Finale is Tonight at Brook Run featuring - Elton Live! The Elton John Experience

Dunwoody's Groovin’ on the Green brings back Elton Live! - The Elton John Experience after a wonderful show last year, please don't miss this event as the show is fantastic!

Saturday October 8th at 6 pm

Groovin' on the Green is back and bigger than ever! Join us for the series finale, featuring Elton Live! — The Elton John Experience.  Guests are encouraged to walk or ride bikes to the concerts. Bring your own picnics or pick up dinner from a featured food truck. Dogs (on a leash!) are also welcome.

About the band: Elton Live! — The Elton John Experience offers the most complete & authentic reproduction of Sir Elton John’s live concert performance in the world. Their shows are the most accurate representation of Sir Elton John in his absolute prime of the 1970's, 80's, 90's & beyond! Elton Live is NOT an impersonator act. Elton Live is ALL about the music & bringing Elton John's incredible studio recordings to life! Lead vocalist & the band’s founder Steven Dodd brings you an unmatched emulation of the depth & timbre vocal style of the classic Sir Elton John sound. The Elton Live! band is a group of professional musicians from incredible touring acts like Sugarland, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Corey Smith & the legend himself Sir Elton John! The Elton Live band is the driving force behind a spectacular live performance & sheer rock-n-roll wall of sound.

Food trucks:
Fresh Corn Everythang
Aunt Betty Halal Soulfood
My4boys Jamaican Cuisine
Big Burgers and Wings 
Moondog Growlers
King of Pops
Top Job Beverages

Groovin' on the Green is a free series held at the Brook Run Park amphitheater. All concerts begin at 6pm and are family friendly. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) announces I-285 Lane Closures to be in place for six or more months.

Transform 285/400: I-285 Lane Reductions Overview

The City of Dunwoody is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Perimeter Connects, and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) to make everyone in our city aware of big changes to I-285 as part of the Transform 285/400 project. The impact on interstate and local traffic will be profound, and it will last for many months. It will require planning and patience.

GDOT's I-285 lane closures website

The first phase:

Beginning as early as THIS Saturday, October 8, the contractor for GDOT will close the two innermost eastbound lanes on I-285 between Roswell Road and Ashford Dunwoody Road for bridge demolition and reconstruction at Glenridge Drive, State Route (SR) 400, and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. 

Two weeks later - currently planned for October 22 - the two innermost westbound lanes along that stretch will be closed.

These lane closures will continue 24/7 for roughly the next four months. Then, the interior lanes will be reopened and closures will move to the two middle lanes in each direction for approximately four more months. 

*Click on the image below for a larger view.

only one side 285 closure

The overall plan:

GDOT contractors are planning a major reduction in lanes on the top end of I-285. The impact on traffic will be significant. Traffic in both directions will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes from Roswell Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road 

The closures will allow crews the space they need to replace I-285 bridges over Glenridge Drive, GA400 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. GDOT estimates the bridge replacements and associated I-285 eastbound and westbound lane closures will take at least eight months to complete.

*Click on the image below for a larger view.

I-285 Lane Reductions Phase 1 Graphic - small for web

“The traveling public should expect major disruptions to their daily commutes and driving routines during this time and should be prepared for profound delays on I-285, potentially adding an hour or more to daily commutes,” Georgia DOT Alternative Delivery Program Manager Marlo Clowers, P.E., said. “We urge motorists to leave earlier, utilize navigation apps to select alternate routes to stay away from the construction area, and consider alternative commute options. If traveling through the area, always pay attention and use extreme caution.”

Lane closure schedule confirmation will come after certain I-285 construction milestones open to traffic, ensuring motorists know what to expect and when. These anticipated openings will provide some additional capacity for vehicles and maximize all new connecting lane availability outside of the existing interstate lanes.

Key milestones include:

  • I-285 westbound connecting lane from Peachtree Dunwoody Road to past Roswell Road 
  • SR 400 northbound and SR 400 southbound to I-285 eastbound connecting lane to past Ashford Dunwoody Road

The lane closures are expected once these key milestones are open to traffic and updated signage is in place.

  • Phase 1: Inside lanes will close on I-285 in each direction between Roswell Road to Ashford Dunwoody Road, so crews can reconstruct the interior portions of the I-285 bridges over Glenridge Drive, SR 400, and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. A minimum of three lanes will be open in each direction. This phase will take approximately four months.
  • Phase 2: Traffic will shift to the inside lanes providing width for three travel lanes and the existing outside lanes will close to traffic so crews can demolish and reconstruct the exterior portions of the bridges. This phase will take approximately four months.

Dates may change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are advised to expect delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Additional project information is available on the project website.  

Sign up for email updates directly from GDOT.

The GDOT video linked below is very helpful. it provides a detailed overview of the project.

Why can’t GDOT close just one lane in one direction or close lanes just at night?

Constructing the bridges with a single-lane closure would prolong the bridge construction. It would also result in traffic (with a high percentage of trucks) very close to the work zone. Additionally, closing the lanes just at night isn’t possible due to the amount of construction activity and equipment taking place in the closed lanes.

Will there still be nighttime closures?

Yes. The construction team will continue to perform work at night, which often requires additional closures. There could be just one lane open in a single direction during the nighttime hours. 

Perimeter Connects has great resources for local workers managing these lane closures.

Ask for options:

Take a minute to Ask for Options using a simple web form created by Perimeter Connects, which will help you explore every possible alternate route based on where you live and work. Perimeter Connects will even cover the cost for you to try it out.

Share the ride:

Perimeter Connects can help you find a carpool buddy who works in the same area, lives nearby and has something in common with you. Try to carpool once, and you'll get $50.

Plan ahead and skip the red:

The graph below shows the highest volume times going to and from I-85 at the N. Shallowford Road underpass at I-285. Green denotes normal speeds. The darker the red, the slower the traffic.

*Click on the images below for a larger view.

average speeds shallowford

The next graph shows the highest volume times going to and from I-75 passing over I-285 at Northside Drive.

average speeds northside

GDOT has some additional ways to lessen the impact:

  • Choose an alternate commute: MARTA and Xpress serve the Perimeter area and are great alternatives to driving through the area. If possible, work remotely to avoid taking trips throughout the corridor. Reach out to Georgia Commute Options for help finding alternative commute options or for help planning alternate routes.
  • Use a wayfinding app: Free traffic and GPS apps can keep you informed about slowdowns in real-time and suggest alternate routes. Use GA 511 or your favorite navigation app when preparing to drive in the area.
  • Plan ahead: If you must travel through the area, give yourself as much time as possible in anticipation of heavier congestion.