Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chesnut / North Peachtree Crosswalk


Standing on a corner in Dunwoody GA in front of Chesnut Elementary School, working with school representatives and public works to determine the best place for a crosswalk.

Update: This afternoon I met with Devin Ramo and Lori Hummel of the Chesnut Parent Teacher Council, Mrs. Williams the Principal of Chesnut and Mrs. Mindy Sanders the City of Dunwoody Capital Projects Manager to discuss all possible crosswalk options and the pros and cons of each option.

In the end after much discussion and sensing the frustration of Mrs Williams, I point blank asked her with all of your knowledge of the school and the flow of your students where would you want the crosswalk? She stated near the bus lane (now called Dr. Richard Reid Circle), just north of the current crosswalk.

We thought that the crosswalk should ideally end on school property with no other crossings where vehicles transverse, be located near the front of the school but also needed to be in a location with only two lanes of traffic where there was no car pool lane. Since the car pool lane was troubling the design, we sketched an idea to bring back to the traffic engineers whereby concrete would be added to add a pedestrian landing / moving the start of the car pool lane and placing the main crosswalk to Chesnut at that location.

Below is a photo of what the traffic engineers and safety professionals will be reviewing.


I explained to Mrs. Williams and the PTC members that we would need to revert back to a status quo for the start of the school year but in the end there will be an upgraded crosswalk with lights engineered safety improvements that everyone can be proud of. Somethings just take time.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday July 28

Monday, July 28 2014
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 pm - Work Session
7:00 p.m. - Voting Meeting
Watch Live at 7 pm on City Site

Agenda 6 pm  &  Agenda 7 pm

Presentation from Dunwoody Woman's Club to City of Dunwoody.

Presentation of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute Award.

Recognition of Katherine Tate for Certification as Property Evidence Technician

Presentation from DeKalb County Sanitation - Pilot for Automated Trash Collection and
Once/Week Pickup.

Approval of Award of Contract to Resurface the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Parking Lot.
SECOND READ: Amendment to Chapter 2 Administration - Terms of Boards and Commissions.

Approval of Award of Contract Award for Roberts Drive Sidewalk Construction.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on Urban Redevelopment Agency - Marian Adeimy.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on Volunteer Coordinating Committee.

Approval of Award of Contract to Resurface the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Parking Lot.

SECOND READ: RZ 14-061: Pursuant to the City of Dunwoody Zoning Ordinance,
Applicant, Marian C. Adeimy, on Behalf of NitNeil Partners, LLC, Seeks Permission to RezoneProperty Currently Zoned Office-Institution Conditional (O-Ic) to Office-Distribution (OD) toAllow for a Change of Previously Approved Use. The Subject Property is Located at 1274
Crown Pointe Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338. The Tax Parcel is 18 349 01 003.

Approval of AJC Dunwoody Winefest Temporary Sign Request.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday is election day and Dunwoody here are your choices.

The General Primary/Nonpartisan Runoff Election is Tuesday, the polls open at 7:00am and close at 7:00pm. Voter turnout will be low, please do your civic duty and vote; otherwise you will have no one to blame when you are not happy with the final selection representing you. 

Note that everyone gets to cast a vote for Sheriff as this specific election is non-partisan.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Prepare for delays - Vermack / Womack Road storm water repairs.

Construction Area

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we knew this was coming and following this repair Vermack will be a priority for repaving. 
The City of Dunwoody is replacing damaged and deteriorating storm water structures on Vermack Road near the intersection of Vermack Road and Womack Road. This project will increase the capacity of the lines, replace damaged infrastructure, and help alleviate flooding effecting the roadway and local homeowners.

The project is expected to take four weeks and the city anticipates completion of the project prior August 11. Both lanes of traffic will be maintained on Vermack Road to the best extent possible. There may be limited times the road will be decreased to one lane of travel. Any closures will be limited.

These dates and times are subject to change dependent on weather conditions. We appreciate your patience while the city completes this critical infrastructure improvement.

If you have any questions about this project please email the Public Works Department at public.works@dunwoodyga.gov or call 678-382-6850.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dunwoody Elementary crossing guard makes City a proposal to assist with troubled intersection at the High School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFEDTI9ZIQ4

At the Dunwoody City Council Meeting on Monday, Mr. Larry Adams the crossing guard at Dunwoody Elementary presented the City Council with a proposal to assist with traffic control at Dunwoody High School both in the morning and afternoon after his shift at DES.  The DeKalb School System does not pay for crossing guards above elementary school therefore the proposal would need to be paid by the City of Dunwoody.   The sum of $3,100.00 ($18.00 per hour) for the school year is reasonable and I am in favor of taking Mr. Adams up on his offer.  I am guessing this is currently under legal review and then discussions might have to take place with the new Principal Tom McFarrin and the DCSS Administration.   Mr. Adams has requested a formal meeting to discuss the proposal and I hope it takes place soon.


https://twitter.com/dunwoodynorth/status/488825783155425280

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wanted - City Manager of Dunwoody, GA



DUNWOODY, GEORGIA
CITY MANAGER

The City of Dunwoody, a picturesque community incorporated in 2008, is located on the north side of metro Atlanta with an estimated population of more than 46,000. Dunwoody is home to a large high-end shopping mall (Perimeter Mall), a significant collection of Fortune 500 companies and an affluent residential base. The City has many vibrant neighborhoods, a variety of places of worship, a growing restaurant scene, several neighborhood level shopping centers and office complexes. The City is strategically situated at the intersection of several major highways and sits along 1-285, the beltway surrounding the City of Atlanta. The road network and public transit provide easy access to Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Dunwoody is regarded as a family friendly and convenient location for businesses and visitors.The City of Dunwoody operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Dunwoody City Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Council Members elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for four-year terms. 

Under the City Charter the Mayor appoints a City Manager subject to the consent of the City Council. The City Manager works closely with the Mayor and Council to assist them in formulating policies and programs and is responsible for the efficient ongoing operation of all City services as set forth by the City Council. Dunwoody has a current general fund budget of $25,169,000 and employs 70 FTE’s

To maximize effectiveness and efficiency, Dunwoody contracts with vendors from both the private and public sectors to provide some municipal services. These vendors are responsible to the City Manager.Minimum requirements include education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in public or business administration (MPA preferred) combined with successful experience as a local government manager or assistant manager in a complex community comparable to Dunwoody. 

Ideal experience includes economic development, redevelopment and outcome-based organizational performance measurement. Must understand the elements of economic sustainability in a suburban community. The successful candidate must clearly possess and apply superior communication, organizational management and staff leadership skills and abilities.Highly competitive starting salary and excellent benefits negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. 

Residency is strongly preferred but not required. Additional information about the City can be found at the City’s website: www.dunwoodyga.gov

Apply by July 31, 2014 with cover letter, resume and present salary to: Robert E. Slavin

SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
TEL 770/449-4656
FAX 770/416-0848
Email: slavin@bellsouth.net


The City of Dunwoody is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sprouts Farmers Market - Dunwoody opens Wednesday 7 am and reminder of other Restaurant Openings .


JULY 16 GRAND OPENING EVENTS
WHEN: Wednesday, July 16, at 7 a.m.
WHY: There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new 37,000 square foot store. The public is invited to join the festivities, tour the store and shop for their favorite healthy grocery items. Special events and giveaways include:

· Delicious muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open.
· The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.
· Upon checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring exclusive Sprouts savings.
· One dollar deals throughout the store in addition to Sprouts’ everyday great values.
· Every customer will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

POST-GRAND OPENING EVENTS
The Grand Opening celebration continues:
Saturday, July 19
· The first 100 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five free sandwiches.

· We’ll be hiding 20 golden tickets on products throughout the aisles. If you find one, you’ll get $20 off your purchase.

Restaurant Openings (jobs available?)

The new Wild Wing Cafe will be located on Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Ashford Place in Dunwoody. The 7,400 square foot space Wild Wing will occupy was built as a Romano's Macaroni Grill

Memphis BBQ Co. will soon open in the former Smokey Bones / Firkin & Gryphon at the opposite end of the same center.

Takorea of Dunwoody is locally owned and will offer a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine.  The restaurant is opening soon in the Georgetown Shopping Center in the old Guthries location.

The Pub is coming to Dunwoody Perimeter Mall, filling former Hudson Grille space. I was at Perimeter Mall today and saw a storefront accepting employment applications.

Union Hill Kitchen is now open in downtown Chamblee at 5225 Peachtree Road, near the Chamblee MARTA station.  The restaurant is being opened by Chef Alexis Hernandez,who hails from Union City, New Jersey.  Research on Chef Alexis Hernandez, indicates that he was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star, season six.

Southbound is a second fine dining establishment in downtown Chamblee at 5394 Peachtree Road that is now open.

FYI, my local casual favorites are still Empire State Pizza for simple sit down and Gyro Gyro for eating on the run.  Local restaurants that I need to try are Carbonara Trattoria and it has been way to long since I was last at McKendrick's Steak House.   We are truely blessed with so many fine choices.

Finally as an add on, the new pet store Unleashed by Petco will open on Monday next to the Dunwoody Publix