Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Update From Councilman Wittenstein; Vanderdash

The following is an update from Dunwoody Councilman Robert Wittenstein, who touches on the city's purchase of land, the green way and 911 service. A lot of folks have been talking up Chatcomm for our 911 service, but at the end of the day it will cost us a significant amount of money over the first 3-year period as opposed to sticking with DeKalb County.  I'll have more on this in a future blog.

Dear Dunwoody Friends and Neighbors,

First, I want to welcome quite a few new recipients to my monthly e-mail update. If you got this by way of a forward or post and would like to be added to my e-mail list, please e-mail me at If you are receiving this monthly update and would rather not, please let me know at the same e-mail address.
It has been an important month for Dunwoody.
We have signed a letter or intent to purchase the 16 acres of vacant land just north of Georgetown Shopping Center affectionately known as “The PVC Farm” for a future city park. The purchase price of $5 million was half of what the property was on the market for two years ago and it represents a great deal for the city and a tremendous investment for us. It gives us the opportunity to provide a park in an area that desperately needs one, eliminates an ugly eyesore and prevents the construction of several hundred of new apartments.
We continue to discuss and investigate alternatives for 911 service. This is an important decision and there are differences of opinion on the city council. ChatComm offers a superior level of service and an opportunity to work closely with the Sandy Springs police department, but at a higher cost. Any additional general funds spent on 911 are funds that are not available for road repaving or parks so we are working to validate the costs involved. If we can keep the cost modest, I am leaning strongly towards signing a contract with ChatComm. I think the higher level of service justifies the additional expense.
We are in the final stages of approving a Parks and Greenspace Master Plan. I had supported creating greenways throughout Dunwoody, including along the power line easement that runs through Dunwoody. It is clear, however, that the residents who live along the power line easement have come to the conclusion that this won’t enhance their property values or their quality of life. We cannot build a greenway without community support—which we clearly don’t have. As a result, I expect the Greenway to be pulled from the Parks Master Plan prior to passage.
The long range plans for Brook Run, the Dunwoody Nature Center and the other parks in Dunwoody is tremendously exciting. We have an opportunity to make a dramatic improvement in the quality of life in Dunwoody and create a sought-after enclave with parks and greenspace for use by our children and grandchildren.


Vanderlyn's annual fundraising run, the popular Vanderdash, is rapidly approaching, on March 26. For more information, click on Vanderdash.


Chip said...

Councilman W:

Recognizing that the City of Dunwoody doesn't have to abide by its own laws, but don't you think that the City should "lead by example" vis-a-vis the Sign Ordinance that you so vigorously defended and approved?

I'm speaking of the Public Hearing signs that were placed around the proposed site of the Chick-fil-A before Thanksgiving, announcing a hearing on Dec. 9, 2010. The hearing never happened, and it's been well over 90 days for these "temporary signs" to have been removed.

As I've written you before, there is no point in passing an ordinance if you do not intend to enforce it!!


Anonymous said...


This is just another sign (no pun intended) of how our Community Development contractor is not the right contractor for this Dunwoody function.

The CD contract with Clark Patterson & Lee is up for renewal at year-end. My hope is Councilmembers take a very hard look at this contractor and replace them. We deserve better service that what we've received over the last 2 1/2 years.

Just ask anyone who has been on the receiving end of our Community Development department.

I said...

Glad to see the city planning to acquire PVC farm for two reasons -- (1) we have more than enough MF housing in the area, and (2) it is a great space.