Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dunwoody Residents Rick Callihan and Al Tiede are named to community panel to select next DeKalb School Superintendent.

Congrats to Dunwoody High School parents, Al Tiede and Rick Callihan.

Mr. Stan Jester  District 1  Rick Callihan Al Tiede
Mr. Marshall Orson District 2 Carolyn Finnerty Betty Willis
Dr. Michael Erwin District 3 Urcel Ray Fields Katherine Kelbaugh
Mr. James McMahan District 4 Michelle Penkava Al Edwards
Mrs. Vickie Turner District 5 William Boone Eliezer Velez
Dr. Melvin Johnson District 6 Lance L. Hammonds John Evans
Dr. Joyce Morley District 7 Gwen Johnson Kerwin Lee, Senior Pastor

As per the AJC: The DeKalb County school board has named the members of a community panel that will help select the district’s next leader.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s contract expires in June, and the board has hired the firm PROACT Search to lead the hunt for a successor. Responding to pressure from residents, the 7-member school board is also empanelling a 16-member community liaison group.

PROACT will find 20-25 candidates, and the community group will recommend anywhere from nine to a dozen of them to the board, according to the plan to be presented at the board’s work session Monday afternoon. The board will then whittle the list to two to four candidates to be put through an extended interview process.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dunwoody Update from Councilman Denny Shortal

 My fellow citizens of our fine city of Dunwoody … the following are some items of interest…

1. City Council's Meeting Format Change … In an effort to make our City Council meetings more efficient we have changed the format somewhat. First just to verify, the dates have NOT changed … the meetings will be still held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The basic change in the format is that instead of having a work session at 6 PM followed by a council meeting at 7 PM we will only have a City Council meeting and it will start at 6 PM. The old Work Session has been Incorporated into the City Council meeting itself. The effort is to make the meetings flow smoother and thus get everyone home at a more reasonable hour. In summary, starting with our City Council meeting on March 9 all City Council meetings will start at 6 PM and there will no longer be a meeting entitled “Work Session.”

2. Mt Vernon Rd Water Pipe Replacement and Paving Project … as you already know, we set up an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County to combine the water pipe replacement Into one bid to move this project along. We have been unable to pave Mount Vernon Rd and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd the last two years as the water pipe replacement that needs to be done by DeKalb County must be done prior to paving. Your city council approve this IGA contract in December, 2014 and send it to DeKalb County. With the help of our DeKalb County Board of Commissioners representative, Nancy Jester, this was approved by DeKalb County at their meeting last Tuesday. Construction to replace the water pipes should commence within 1 to 2 weeks. During this time there will be some temporary lane closures. All of us will have to exercise patience during the construction period. This waterpipe replacement will take from 6 to 8 months and extends from Ashford Dunnwoody Road to Vernon Oaks Dr. Our push is to get the waterpipe replacement completed and still have optimum weather conditions in 2014 to do the repaving on Mount Vernon Rd. During this entire project there will also be sidewalks installed along this area on Mount Vernon Rd.

3. Other 2015 Paving Projects … Other than the paving on Mt Vernon Rd and Chamblee Dunwoody Rd the Request For Proposal (RFP) for paving all other streets on our 2015 Paving Plan will be released in March and the City Council should vote on the selected paving contract at our April meeting. Paving of all these streets is scheduled to start in conjunction with schools closing for the summer to cut down on traffic congestion. As above, during the paving process patience will by required be all of us. 

4. Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Rewrite … All cities are required by law to have a CLUP and it must be updated every 5 years. This is a legal document that projects the vision of what we want our city to be over the next 20 years. The Dunwoody CLUP  is up for rewrite this year. We are seeking input from all our citizens in the rewrite of our CLUP. Last night we had our first "Shape Dunwoody” citizen meeting concerning the CLUP rewrite and approx. 100 citizens showed up to have their views heard. My thanks to all those that participated. The second such meeting will be this Monday, March 2nd at the Dunwoody Library starting at 6:30 PM … make plans to attend and let us hear your future vision of our city. There will also be an on-line survey on our city website in the late May or early June time frame. 

5. Follow Up …. In NOV, 2013 I sent out the below update concerning the Dunwoody E-news Blast. To date, over 11,000 citizens have signed up. I encourage everyone to sign up. The Dunwoody Email Blast is informative and concise. Just this last week it was use for information on street conditions, weather conditions and closure of City Hall due to inclement weather. Instructions on how the sign up are below ... 
 Dunwoody E-news Blast List ... To keep everyone better informed of what is going on in our city we now send out a "city weekly e-news blast." This goes out to all our citizens who are on the city email list. The following is the official information on why the e-news blast and how to sign up… "The City of Dunwoody is committed to encouraging and facilitating active citizen engagement. To keep up with everything going on in Dunwoody, you can sign up for weekly email updates at
or check our website at

6. Upcoming Events:
Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting …     March 3 at 7pm …     City Hall
City Council Meeting ...                          March 9 at 6 PM …    City Hall
Planning Commission Meeting …          March 10 at 7 PM …  City Hall
Sustainability Committee Meeting …    March 12 at 7:45 AM …    City Hall
Perimeter Center Zoning Project Meeting … March 19 at 6 PM … City Hall

7.  That is all for today so I best end this update. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember, that each have stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets treat each other with respect and kindness.
Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1
Mayor Pro Tem
PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

Dunwoody Police Explorers Program Open House - March 5th 6:30 pm

Gain insight into fun and exciting careers in the field of law enforcement.

Have you ever wondered what law enforcement really is and wanted to get an idea of what it really entails? Law Enforcement Exploring is a great way to investigate this career opportunity. Exploring is a structured program promoting integrity, leadership and teamwork. Exploring is open to boys and girls, ages 14 to 21, which have completed the 8th grade.

Come join the Dunwoody Police Explorer Post 702 on March 5th for live demonstrations, pizza and fun. Spend the evening with us from 6:30-8:00PM at the Dunwoody Police Department located at 41 Perimeter Center East

The Police Explorers Program is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are between 14 and 21 years old. The Police Explorers Program is governed by Learning for Life which is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Dunwoody Police Department’s Explorer Post (#702) was established with a $2,000 donation in 2009 from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.

The Police Explorers Program helps participants gain insight into careers in the field of law enforcement in a learning environment with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development. The Dunwoody Explorers meet weekly to train in different aspects of law enforcement and volunteer at community special events and functions.

Participants in the Dunwoody Police Explorers Program are also eligible to compete for Learning for Life and Boy Scouts of America scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. The community service hours also make Dunwoody Police Explorers eligible for other scholarships and nationally recognized awards.

You can learn more about the Dunwoody Police Explorers program on our Facebook page, view images in the photo gallery, or checkout the PowerPoint presentation about the program.

If you are interested in becoming a Dunwoody Police Explorer, fill out the Explorer Application Packet [document: Explorer Application Packet] and please contact Sergeant Furman at 678-382-6920 or

If you are a Police Explorer you can also consider applying for the Georgia Law Enforcement Explorer Academy.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Dunwoody City Council Retreat Powerpoint presentation that lasted for 8 hours.

Mr. Eric Linton the new City Manager for the City of Dunwoody lead an 8 hour discussion for planning the future activities for the Dunwoody City Council.  We reviewed our 2014 activities, items already under way in 2015 and those items or projects which are about to start.  From there we tackled specific topics that he and City Council members believed to be important, allowing in depth conversations to take place.

Looking back on the 148 slide PowerPoint, those 8 hours went by very quickly and it was a very rewarding experience for all involved.

Dunwoody / Peachtree Corners - Winters Chapel Project Update and Documents

Winters Chapel Road serves as the approximate border between the cities of Peachtree Corners and Dunwoody. In 2014, Elected Officials from both cities agreed to jointly fund a Study aimed at improving the stretch of Winters Chapel Road from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Spalding Drive.

The study will explore ways to improve pedestrian safety, increase road safety and enhance the appearance of the 2.5 miles of road that runs from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Spalding Drive.

On Tuesday, February 24 residents and business owners from Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners met for a public workshop to study a series of maps and use the maps to jot down the improvements they would like to see incorporated into the plan for the area.

After the study is complete, Pond & Company will present its study findings to the Planning Commissions of the two cities, during a City Council work session then will go before the two City Councils for approval.
WintersChapel_Enlargement1- Internal Plot.pdf
WintersChapel_Enlargement2- Internal Plot.pdf
WintersChapel_Enlargement3- Internal Plot-Revised.pdf

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Large Crowd attending Peachtree Corners / Dunwoody community meeting.

This evening over one hundred residents of the two neighboring communities gathered to review possible improvements to the Winters Chapel corridor which runs from Spalding Road (the border of Sandy Springs) south to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.  The meeting tonight outlined the various characteristics and the options for improvements to sidewalks, streetscapes, pedestrian lighting and possible pocket parks. 

House Education sub-commitee to review HR 4 to allow municipalities to form independent school systems

The House Education Sub-Committee on Academic Innovations will meet Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00PM in Room 403 CAP. The agenda will be as follows: 1. HR 4 – Representative Tom Taylor - Municipalities; establish by local law an independent school system; authorize

It is unknown if this meeting with will be live streamed but check here on Wednesday.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dunwoody Area Meetings - Nancy Jester at Dunwoody North on Tuesday along with Dunwoody PD, Winters Chapel Community Workshop same night.

Nancy Jester
Tuesday Feb 24th

Dunwoody North Civic Association Annual Meeting
 Dunwoody North Driving Club Clubhouse
4522 Kingsgate Dr. 30338
When: Tue, February 24, 2014
6:00pm Officer Fecht and 7:00pm for Nancy Jester

Dunwoody Police Officer Timothy Fecht will be on hand to discuss the new on-line service, “Next Door Neighbor” and the “Smart 911” emergency system.

Q&A with Nancy Jester, new District 1 Commissioner for DeKalb County starts about 7

Tuesday Feb 24th

Winters Chapel Road Community Workshop
Winters Chapel United Methodist Church
5105 Winters Chapel Road
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday Feb 26th

Shape Dunwoody Workshop 
Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Meeting held in room 212 (Community Life Center)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Per the AJC, City of Dunwoody looks to be holding the line on growth in government and in population.

The Sunday AJC has an interesting article written by Mark Niesse entitled "New cities could further split Atlanta region" and in there he highlights various issues like the growth of local governments and increased population.   It is hard to say that about the City of Dunwoody as the City Council works hard to watch both aspects of city hood very closely and below are a few graphs that are very telling.  (Granted if we started a Fire Department like Sandy Springs & Johns Creek; our numbers might mirror some aspect of government growth as I do not believe the author took that fact into consideration?)

Another important item to consider is that on the day the City of Dunwoody incorporated back in 2008, DeKalb County's tax rate was 16.31 mils and Dunwoody adopted it.   Today Dunwoody still has a tax rate of 16.31 mills and Unincorporated DeKalb has raised their taxes up to 21.21 mills.