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.