Monday, January 31, 2011

Dunwoody Park, Update from Councilman Wittenstein, New Pastor at All Saints

Click on the photo to learn more about the plans for Dunwoody's parks.
 Update from Councilman Wittenstein

Dear Dunwoody Friends and Neighbors,
There is a lot going on in Dunwoody right now but none of it is more important than the parks master plan that was just released in draft form. This plan aims to be a blueprint for parks development in Dunwoody—which up until now has been a virtual parks desert.
The conceptual drawings can be viewed at Parks and Green Space Master Plan.
One of the most exciting elements of the plan is the proposal to build a greenway along the high tension power lines that run through Dunwoody from Sandy Springs to Gwinnett. The greenway could connect our parks into a network of paths for walkers, runners and bicyclers. Also outlined are potential ‘makeover’ plans for each of our parks with an emphasis on transforming Brook Run from a “diamond in the rough” to a jewel.
The plan is still in draft form. If you have feedback, please post it on the newly opened discussion board Dunwoody Parks Plan Discussion Board.
Not in the plan, but something we should all keep in mind, is that this would be an ideal time to acquire property for parks in those areas of Dunwoody where we don’t have park properties today. Buying new properties would require an investment but with land prices lower than they have been in years, it would be a shame not to take advantage of what is sure to be a limited window with depressed prices.

In other news, we have received revised proposals for 911 service from both DeKalb County and ChatComm. As an illustration of the value of competition, ChatComm has lowered their price and DeKalb has offered to improve their service level. The ChatComm proposal is now very close in cost to the DeKalb proposal and ChatComm is still offering a substantially higher level of service. I think this makes what was a difficult decision (to spend more to get more) an easier decision. DeKalb’s 911 service is our weakest link in the public safety response chain and I’m looking forward to our increasing our ability to respond more quickly and more consistently.

New Pastor at All Saints
I have learned from sources that the Archdiocese of Atlanta is set to name a new pastor at All Saints Church replacing Monsignor Donald Kiernan, who retired after 25 years (but remains at All Saints in his retirement). 
I believe parishioners at All Saints will be pleased, as Monsignor Kiernan's replacement also carries the title of monsignor, and is almost as witty!   I won't let the cat out of the bag, and instead let the church make the announcement, which will likely come by this weekend.

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