Friday, February 17, 2017

Roswell GA GIS Viewer Full of Features

The City of Roswell, GA, a city full of parks and the real Canton Street, recently launched a new GIS web site.  And the Roswell version is much better than the product offered by Dunwoody.

The Roswell viewer is HERE.  It's packed full of features.  Want to see bike lanes?  No problem.  MARTA stops, routes?  Yep.  How about crime spots for the past 30 days?  Yes, it has that as well. New to the area and want to find playgrounds?  The Roswell site has that as well.





The City of Dunwoody GIS, HERE. is easy to navigate and load, but does not have nearly as many layers (features/amenities) as the Roswell version.  Fulton County (Roswell) may have better data for Roswell to use, but Dunwoody should be able to have access to MARTA routes and stops.  Dunwoody could also add walking trails and bike routes, as these are added.  Hopefully Dunwoody's IT staff and can take a peak at Roswell's GIS and improve Dunwoody's version.






Friday, February 10, 2017

City of Dunwoody - Georgia's Largest HOA

Well, the battle is over.  Chief Grogan has decided to restrict parking around Dunwoody High School, on public streets.  Any other neighbors not wanting public parking on 'their' street are encouraged to whine, complain, and harass 16 and 17 year old girls on a daily basis, then demand the police chief take action. 

Next week look for a ban on pink flamingo yard ornaments within 100 feet of a senior citizen's home.  City council agenda for March lists a proposal to ban children from parks due to complaints that some adults could see and hear said youth. 

DeKalb School District is saying they can't/won't cover the pond, adding additional parking, until construction at DHS is over.  That will be a couple years away, at the earliest.   The 5th graders at the feeder schools will most likely be the first to park in the new lot.

We've reviewed dozens of emails between city council members, the police chief, and neighbors.  We could not find any specific incidents reported relating to safety of homeowners or students.  This appears to be an issue of neighbors not wanting to look at cars from their home windows.  





From: "B. Grogan"

Subject: RE: DHS Parking
During the last two weeks, I have driven around Dunwoody High School numerous times and have observed about a 50% reduction in the number of student cars that are parking on some of the streets around the school including Corners Drive.  Although I believe that is a significant reduction, I understand there is still some concern in the community.

Therefore, I have asked our Public Works Director, Michael Smith, to install No Parking signs on both sides of Corners Drive.  Parking will be restricted between 8am-2pm, Monday-Friday.  We anticipate there will be six signs installed; three on each side of the road. 

Unfortunately, it will take several weeks to have the signs installed.  They have to be fabricated and a utility survey has to be completed since we are sticking posts in the ground.

At this time, these are the only No Parking signs that will be installed.  We plan on notifying the students parking on Corners Drive about the No Parking signs being installed and will strongly encourage them to park at St. Lukes.  If other streets experience a student parking problem after the No Parking signs are installed, we will move swiftly to address those issues.    

Sincerely,

Billy Grogan
Chief of Police
Dunwoody Police Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100
Dunwoody, GA 30346
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Subject: DHS Parking

Thank you to everyone who attending the meeting at the Fxxxxxx's home a few weeks ago.  We discussed giving the high school two weeks to address the situation before installing restricted parking signs and today marks two weeks.  There are still students using Corners Drive as a parking lot on a daily basis.  I walked by St. Lukes yesterday at 1pm and there were only nine student cars parked in their lot.  Can we help with the process of having the signs approved and installed?  What time frame are we looking at?  

Thanks again for your time and persistence-
Linda