Using a typical tactic from Leftist groups on the national scene, local residents have attached themselves to 'groups' with names that are meant to touch our Dunwoody hearts. After all, who in their right mind opposes any group with 'Save' or 'Friends' in the title?
Here are a few gems of the past - all with such touching names:
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Farm Security Act
Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act
American Jobs Bill Act
Citizens for Dunwoody
And now we have Save Dunwoody and Friends of Brook Run. For those of you members of the Red Shirt Posse, go to the 9:30 mark of video from Monday's Work Session and see your leader on video
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29208778 You followers with signs in your yard must be so proud of Jimmy.
During Jimmy's egress rant, he makes a comment that the police chief is probably at home, as he is not a "citizen" (did Jimmy mean Chief Grogan is here illegally from Mexico or not a resident of Dunwoody?). I've heard a couple of remarks questioning if our police chief should be required (as a condition of employment) to reside in the city limits. Residency requirements have held up in court as long as the city can display some rational basis for such a provision. What rational? Perhaps emergency calls is a top issue. We don't really have bad weather here so not much worry of the chief or police officers not being able to make it to work due to a blizzard. Many people think having the chief and police officers living in the community, being an integral part of the community they serve and protect. One person recently asked me if police officers had their own children walking across busy streets in front of schools would we have Dunwoody police in front of schools? I don't think that's the case. The chief says there is not enough staff to have an officer at each school in the morning. If council said they wanted an officer at each school, there would be no police anywhere else during that time, based on current staff levels.
I have no issue with the chief not being 'a Dunwoody citizen' as Jimmy phrased it. If the chief and the other officers choose to live in the city - great. Bottom line is the chief can do his job no matter if he lives in Dunwoody, Douglasville, Dalton, or Dahlonega. If they choose not to live in Dunwoody - no problem with that either. The officers have take-home cars so not sure if there is a mileage limit or not. We don't require our school principals or teachers to live in the city or county, so no need for law enforcement to live here.
Jimmy, please know there is always an officer at council meetings and work sessions. And should you fail to be respectful and keep your mouth closed (except for your three minutes of public comment) I hope you are removed from every meeting. Most people are not entertained by your antics and most are not believers in your message.Now that the issue of the chief being a citizen is over, let's get back to the Saviors. First, Friends of Brook Run. A friend is one attached to another by affection or esteem. So those of us wanting improvements to Brook Run are not 'friends' of the park? Many residents do care about the 100 acres referred to as a park, and these residents want to be friends with a park, but it's hard to be friends with a moldy old theater, a trashed dormitory, and a polluting dog park filled with canine-urine soaked leaves. It's been discussed here before - the REAL reason a small group strongly opposes the trail at Brook Run is because trees will be cut. And these trees are near their homes. 1000+ signatures? I'll need an auditor to review those. Probably 200 or so people who pay taxes in Dunwoody - leaving 49,800 who did not sign it.
And why do certain media give coverage to a random group of folks who met once and posed for a picture in front of someone's house? Is that all it takes to become a news source and expert on deciding the fate of our city's largest 'park'? Maybe I will throw a keg of Hoegaarden on ice, make some of my excellent salsa, sync my i-phone with my Sonos 5, invite my fantasy Football buddies over (yes, I am the 2012-13 champion, thank you), elect a president, treasurer, and secretary, then make up a group name. Maybe Families for Brook Run or Dads of Dunwoody or FunWoody Fans. We can take a photo in my backyard of our group, then send press releases to The Crier, Dunwoody Patch, The Neighbor, and the Dunwoody Reporter. And may as well send the press releases to our cut n' paste bloggers for extra coverage. Our group will be in favor of improving Brook Run, in favor of intersection improvements, and perhaps favor some economic development.