Saturday, June 2, 2012

Soap Box Derby, Shortal Update, Ethics Board

Update from Councilman Shortal

My fellow citizens .... the following is a short update of items of interest ...

1. Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) ... The DDI is getting the final work completed this weekend. This is the DDI that is being installed at the Ashford Dunwoody Rd / I-285 intersection. Timelines follow:

-Friday, 1 JUN 2012 at 9 PM Ashford Dunwoody Rd bridge over I-285 will be closed and will remain closed until 5 AM Monday, 4 JUN 2012. All the on and off ramps located here to/from I-285 will remain open during this period.
-From Friday, 1 JUN 2012 at 9 PM until Monday, 4 JUN 2012 the DDI lanes and markings will be painted and new traffic signals will be installed and tested.
-Monday, 4 JUN 2012 at 5 AM - weather, etc permitting - the Ashford Dunwoody Rd / I-285 bridge will be opened and the DDI will be fully operational and in use.
-For those of you that weren't at the test run of the DDI on 19 MAY 2012 I recommend you go to the following website to study the traffic flows particularly visualizing the specific lanes you will be using for your travels thru the interchange. This is a continuous flowing website. The website is ... ...… copy and paste this to you browser.
-From 5 AM Monday until approx. 1 PM on Monday, 1 JUN 2012 there will police officers at this intersection and bridge to assist. Like any change of this magnitude it will take some "getting use to" but by just follow the lane markings and stop lights and you should handle this with relative ease. I recommend allotting a few extra moments on the first few days that you use the interchange.
-The DDI is a relatively low cost method of improving traffic flow as well as safety.
-We will all need some extra patiences the first few days of operations until everyone becomes familiar with the interchange. This will be the first of several DDIs built in Georgia. Yes, you can DDI !

2. Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse Celebration. This Sunday, 3 JUN 2012 form Noon to 4:30 PM the Dunwoody Preservation Trust present a "Preservation Celebration - Back in Time" at the Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse (DBF). Admission is free and open to the public. It is going to be a celebration and fundraiser for the DBF. This is a great introduction for all of our citizens to become familiar with one of the "historical gems" of our great City. So bring your family, friends, neighbors and blankets and chairs and come on over for a good time ... no coolers or pets please. There will be Bluegrass Music, tours, kid's crafts, 3-legged races, horseshoes, petting farm, cake auction (you may know the auctioneer), and food truck. If you are interesting in helping .... you can call 678-641-1186 to register/donate a cake for the auction or call 404-863-2743 or go on line at ... ... to just volunteer for a wide range of tasks ... yes, help is needed. The DBF is located at the corner of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd and Vermack Rd in Dunwoody. The celebration will happen ... Rain or Shine. See you there this Sunday! Mayor Davis and his partner are challenging all comers in the 3-legged race!

3. Security .... In my updates I continually warn everyone NOT to leave anything of value in plain sight in your cars. Here is a little statistic for you .... from 27 APR 2012 to 8 MAY 2012 there were 21 vehicle break-ins (larcenies from vehicles) and yes they had valuables articles in plain sight for the would-be thief who happens to be walking along looking for an easy target. It only takes a thief 10 - 15 seconds at the most to break out your window, take the item and move on. Not only does this damage your car, take up your time getting your car fixed and replacing the item lost but it also uses value police time that could be used for a lot of other police priorities. Please, for you own safety, keep your valuables in your car out of sight and keep your car lock.

4. Greater Perimeter Business Expo .... I attend this Expo today and I pass my thanks to all those that did all the work and the businesses that had booths at the Expo. This was the first joint Business Expo put on by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. The Expo was well attended and from the feedback I received from the vendors and attendees is was a great success. This is another example of the excellent cooperation between our two great cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.

5. It is time for me to do some of the items on my "husband-to-do-list" so I best end this update. I will have more update info later. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember that each of us are the 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

Ethics Board to Hear Complaint

By Jason Massad
Dunwoody Patch

Dunwoody city council members have signed a formal complaint against Councilwoman Adrian Bonser, asking that a city board that deals with ethical violations look at allegations she leaked confidential information.

The letter, dated May 29, says that Bonser violated a city ordinance and a city charter provision that prohibits disclosing privileged information "to advance the financial" or "other private interest" from the city's executive sessions.
Click Dunwoody Patch to read full story.

1 comment:

DunwoodyMan said...

Councilman Shortal has a great point in his security update: if you leave your GPS in your car and someone commits a crime by smashing your window to take it – it’s YOUR fault. And don’t bother wasting our city’s police department’s time, because they should be busy with more important things (like collecting revenue from people on I-285 for driving 15 miles over the speed limit). Using the dates Shortal has cited for 21 vehicle break-ins, the Dunwoody police were busy writing speeding tickets on I-285 to 38 people. Not sure how that is a priority to keeping crime down in Dunwoody neighborhoods. And though a direct correlation can not be drawn between the statistics, it is clear that an officer busy sitting on the side of the highway on our city’s outskirts is not likely to prevent car break-ins. [And no, I have never had a speeding ticket in my entire life, luckily.] Police wrote 55 percent more tickets for speeders on I-285 than dealing with victims of theft from cars in our city between April 27 – May 8, but Shortal says that the thefts are wasting time from other police priorities… like writing speeding tickets on the highway?

Oh yeah, along the same reasoning of our councilman, now that it’s summer, wondering why he didn’t offer this bit of advice: if women wear “skimpy” clothes, they should be at fault if they are attacked; again, please don’t waste valuable police time for reporting something that could have been prevented.

Without my sarcasm, I think he could have worded his advice better, simply reminding residents of safety tips and the crimes we have in our city, rather than blaming residents for being victims of the crimes and calling the police. But, I don’t think he will ever acknowledge any faults in our city.