Friday, October 7, 2016

Dunwoody Police training Exercise at Perimeter Mall

Per Dunwoody Police Dept:

The Dunwoody Police Department will be conducting a training exercise at Perimeter Mall on Sunday, October 9th from 7-11am.  Participants in this training exercise include multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS providers in our area.  General Growth Properties has graciously allowed their property to be used for this exercise prior to Perimeter Mall opening for business on Sunday.  As a result, you may see a large number of emergency vehicles, observe police activity and hear noises associated with a police operation at Perimeter Mall early Sunday morning.  Please do not be alarmed.  This is a training exercise only.   This exercise should be over no later than 11am.  Please check out the Dunwoody Police Department social media channels for updates.  If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Belt at or by phone at 678-382-6933.

Sgt. Aaron Belt
Community Outreach / North Metro SWAT
Dunwoody Police Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Direct Line: (678) 382-6933
Fax:(770) 396-4655

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dunwoody Tries New DIY Government

The City of Dunwoody, from day one, has used non-traditional methods in governing its residents.  Like our big apartment city next door, Sandy Springs, many city jobs are outsourced.  The out-sourcing model has now been perfected by the Smart folks of Dunwoody.

Code Enforcement / Goat Control
Long gone are the days of SeeFixClick and emailing Tom about code enforcement issues.  And don't bother calling DeKalb Animal Control for that coyote that just ate your cat like it was a $1 Wednesday taco.  Livestock?  Dunwoody has you covered.  Simply contact assistant city attorney / goatherder Lenny at city hall.

"For months, a large red neon sign was glowing 24/7 in the Village Over-paved District, and I got nowhere with code enforcement," commented Alfred Jets, a local advocate for actually enforcing codes. "I got creative, and tied a goat to the neon sign.  Within minutes, Lenny came speeding down the street on his Big Wheel, pulls the brake handle, throwing the plastic three-wheeler into a spin, spreading a shower of cinders everywhere."  

"You can't have a 24" neon sign or goats in the Over-paved District," shouted Lenny.  "You'll have two citations tomorrow.  And get rid of those goats before the sustainability folks see them and start milking them in front of the children."  You can read more about Lenny the Goatherder HERE and  HERE
Lenny the Goatherder

Crosswalk Enforcement
Dunwoody PD is known worldwide for their savvy Twitter skills and for strict enforcement of teenagers parking on residential streets.  With a major shopping mall, kids parking on Corners Cove, and an active MARTA stop in the city, often times staffing needs fall short of demand.  No fear.  Our mayor is now conducting crosswalk stings, according to the Dunwoody Crier.  See story HERE. From the article: Shortal added that the police have run stings at that site and that he ran his own personal sting there. Most drivers stopped, he said.  No word on what the mayor did when cars didn't stop for him.  (In all seriousness, please stop when you see people at a crosswalk!)

Dunwoody's Convention and Visitors Bureau has been spending tens of thousands of dollars a year trying to put 'heads in beds'.  The CVB has given up hope on the Girlfriend Shopping campaign and discontinued their Tinder in Perimeter meet and greets. Instead, all visitor efforts have been handed over to the Parks and Rec department where family reunions can now book the pavilion at Pernoshal Park for $50.  BYOBH (Bring Your Own Bouncy House)

Parks and Rec
Same as before. Dunwoody continues to encourage all residents to drive their kids to Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Roswell for any and all outdoor activities.  In a special Governmental Agreement, Dunwoody welcomes all metro Atlanta dog owners to bring their pup to the Henry Jones Dog Park at Brook Run Park. We welcome your dog poop and dog pee, just don't bring your kids (unless you want to pay $50 to ride on a zip line, many yards above said dog poo poo).

BONUS Section
The Spruill Center for the Arts is hosting a special gallery called Ruination: A Study of Consequences.  See HERE. Ruination explores the impact of mankind's intervention in the natural world.  Local artists reveal the ruination of acres of land in Dunwoody.  Each artist confronts a different topic within the larger theme of commercialization over conservation.  Topics include cutting trees for a hotel and a Fogo de Chão steak house, while local elderly folks are forced by their grandchildren to make pottery in a former schoolhouse.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

New Austin to be Built at Ball Fields?

Speculation is running high that Dunwoody's Special Call Meeting this week is for city leaders to sign on the dotted line, doing a land swap of Dunwoody Park and the current Austin school site.  No word on how well the city negotiated, but let's all hope we did better than with John Wieldand Homes.  I found it comical that this article referred to Project Renaissance as a future "mixed-use wonderland".  It's a wonderland of unused construction materials and a prime example of why local Government shouldn't be in the real estate development business.  All 35 acres of this project should have been park space.  Dunwoody Sr Baseball would have three turf fields, we'd have a lacrosse field, girls softball, and people outside having fun.  Instead, we have a half-completed cluster home neighborhood with piles of trash.  Instead, the park portion of the wonderland is mostly known for inflatable jumpy tents setup for family reunions.  Such a missed opportunity by the City of Dunwoody. Soon we will know if the City acquired the land across the street (the former school site) or let that opportunity slip away as well.  

But let's get back to Austin. 

We've written many posts about Dunwoody schools and Austin.  Look HERE for a blog post from over three years ago, informing our readers that Austin would move to the baseball fields.

Please know the Austin folks didn't want a new school.  They simply wanted a remodel.  But a remodel wasn't good enough for some others in Dunwoody. The fine folks at DES penned a letter to the school system, insisting Austin be a new, 900 seat school.  If the Dunwoody Sr Baseball supporters want someone to blame for losing their current site, the 2015 DES school council is one of a few places to look. Read the DES letter for a good-ole 'we aren't happy, and so everyone should be unhappy as well' letter.  There is still a small faction of unhappy former Vandy (now DES) parents among us, and they believe a new Austin somehow evens the score. 

And here is the Kingsley letter, written to the same tune.  At least the Kingsley folks had the courage to sign their letter.

Yes, school councils can be brutal.  We have local political activist(s) disguised as school council members, leading misleading a mission to make DHS and PCMS even larger, affecting ALL Dunwoody residents for decades.  That post is still under construction, but you Save Dunwoody folks better get in action and demand a traffic study because DHS is getting bigger, with more and more cars, a huge parking deck, and did we mention more cars?  The upcoming DHS remodel will have you thinking the round-about at WoVerMack was a great idea.  

Hey, Vandy Posse, we can't write a post without mentioning our great Vikings friends.  Early word on the street is Vandy may be knocked down in three years, making room for the Dunwoody High expansion.  County school district leaders will deny it, of course. (But take a look at our prior years of school posts, and we are on target most of the time.)  Since our school councils FAILED to support Option A, and instead went way beyond Option B (by asking for an expansion not only at DHS but at PCMS as well) the high school needs to somehow add hundreds and hundreds of more seats, more parking spaces, and have some room for trailers as Perimeter and Doraville continue to grow residents, for now.

Or, imagine a Dunwoody where  more kids go to private school or home-school, and/or we have less high school aged kids living here.  Imagine a 2100-seat high school that has 200 or 300 empty seats.  Those seats WILL NOT stay empty.  You will see hundreds of kids traveling here from other areas of DeKalb, increasing traffic even more.  Next to Tucker, Dunwoody is the smallest high school campus in our district (even when Vanderlyn is knocked down).  It's in the middle of a residential neighborhood.  This is not a good spot for a 2100-seat school.  Yet the DHS council, with very little input from homeowners, if any,  approved of this deal.  Same for Peachtree Middle, set to hold 1,700 kids.  And this deal was also 'approved' by the PCMS Foundation.  Not sure if the PCMS school council voiced an opinion on this issue.  If someone knows, please email us so we can update this post.  Of course Kingsley supports this expansion plan as well.  We haven't seen anything from Austin, Vanderlyn, or DES, in letter form, supporting Option A or B.  We encourage these schools to meet quickly and submit a letter, supporting something/anything.  Staying quiet on such an important issue is not an option.

Here at DunwoodyTalk, we want the city to postpone any Austin deal, and introduce the school system's plans on expanding DHS and PCMS into the mix.  It's not too late.  And it's not too late for elementary school councils, and the PCMS and DHS councils to revise (or simply have a response) their responses to DeKalb.  In summary, the plans for school expansions in Dunwoody put forth by a few political activists in Dunwoody, disguised as school council members, are bad for students, parents, and homeowners. 

Dunwoody City Council members still have time to voice opinions on this issue.  Email them here: 

Don't accept an answer from your mayor and council saying it's not their area or not their issue.  This issue does involve our city and the elected officials need to get involved now.