Thursday, May 5, 2011

Update From Councilman Shortal

Good evening my fellow citizens. Just a short update with more to follow next week.

1. First and foremost a Happy Mother's Day wish to all of our Mothers! You are indeed a very special and giving group. I think we can all say the same thing ... "My Mother was definitely the best."
2. A reminder of some up coming events:
.. This weekend - May 7th and 8th - is the second annual Dunwoody Art Festival. This is back after a very well received event of last year. The location is on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Dunwoody Village Parkway to Mt Vernon Rd. Chamblee Dunwoody Rd will be closed, on this location, all Saturday and Sunday but there will be access to Mt Vernon Rd and into Dunwoody Village via Dunwoody Village Parkway. I recommend anyone living in the area should walk or bike to the festival.
.. On May 13th from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM the Dunwoody Nature Center (DNC) is having it annual "Monarchs & Margaritas Gala" event. This year's event is being held at beautiful Glenridge Hall. You can get your tickets on line at or by contacting any DNC Board member. This is the major fund raising event for the DNC. Tickets are $100 each but for this you get heavy appetizers, two drink tickets as well as an opportunity to purchase items in the silent and live auction ... all while supporting our own DNC. The live auction will be conducted by our own Sen Fran Millar. The ever popular "Margarita Man" is back by demand. Watching Fran and the Margarita Man by itself is worth $100 and because DNC is a 501.3c you get to deduct a portion of the $100. Meredy and I hope to see you all there.
.. On May 14th from 9 AM - 12 PM there will be a free "Bike Safety Rodeo" at Brook Run Park.... This is open to kids of all ages which includes folks like me and the Mayor that still think we are kids. This will be an outstanding event and I highly recommend you put it on your calendar. This is an all volunteer project under the leadership of our own bike expert ... Joe Seconder.
.. On May 21st we are having a first ... to celebrate the start of the "school" summer season (school gets out on May 20th) we are encouraging everyone to leave your car in the garage and "Walk or Ride Your Bike" to whatever Village or other venue in our City that you need to go to shop, eat, etc. This is great timing as gas is approaching $4/gallon. You will not only save money but will also enhance your health at the same. See you on the walk and bike ways!
3. Paving ... Make your calendars ... our city's 2011 $2 million paving project will start in August .... in addition to some neighbor streets, Roberts Dr, Shallowford Rd and N. Peachtree Rd are on the paving list this year. As you know we are allocating about 75% of our annual paving budget for major roads/streets with remainder for neighbor streets. After living here for 20 years and watching our street deteriorate I am fully aware of the condition of our streets. You can see our street evaluation (this was done electronically to keep the politics out) on our website ... ... under Departments click on "Public Works", on the left side of the page click on "City-Wide Pavement Evaluation."
4. My thanks to Mel Browning for doing the "grunt work" in replacing two DC Police Watch signs with Dunwoody Police Watch signs on Dunwoody Knoll Dr. If you see any of the old DC Police Watch signs in your neighbor just let me or your council representative know and we will get you new Dunwoody Police Watch signs ... you will just need to provide the necessary "grunt work" to put the signs up (pls use stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers). While on the subject of signs I notice a lot of our street signs that we cleaned during "Clean, Fix & Shine Up Dunwoody Day" in 2009 are in need of a little cleaning. If there are street signs near your home that needs cleaning please grab a bucket and ladder and clean the dirty signs. You will have a personal pride factor in clean sign/s by your house and knowing that you did the cleaning ... as well as being a great enhancement to the appearance of out City. My thanks to everyone.
5. That is all for tonight. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, members of you HOA and/or anyone who maybe interested. Thanks for your continued support and involvement in our City.
Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1
Mayor Pro Tem
PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

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