The Dunwoody City Council was to return to the routine business of the city Tuesday night, but only after terminating Brian Anderson, the city attorney. Before The Crier went to press, Anderson said he didn't have the votes to re-claim the job from which he had been suspended last week after the motion to fire him was deferrred to allow council to read the final report. He resigned Friday.
The council voted 6-1 to give Anderson his severance. Shortal opposed. Nall tried to get Bonser to recuse herself from the vote by asking the assistant attorney what the legalities were around the vote. He said unless there was some financial gain to a council member over the issue, then all council should vote.
They didn't vote to terminate because he had already resigned.
Anderson and City Councilor Adrien Bonser were named in the $50,000 report by special investigator Bob Wilson as the people who leaked confidential information from council's executive sessions on the deal for a land swap in the Georgetown area that will lead to Project Renaissance. Anderson denied he leaked the information to The Crier, as does the newspaper's editor. In fact, The Crier was beaten to the story by Bob Lundsten, a community activist who writes a blog.
Bonser returned fire late last week, saying she fundamentally disagreed with the findings and believed the integrity of the investigation is highly questionable. A key part of her response is her assertion that the e-mail she wrote to constituents came eight days after the council voted to proceed with the project and hers was an effort to to respond to constituents "based on information that by that time were in the media and public domain."
Lundsten, for his part, wrote a scathing attack on Bonser's statement, calling it "political dribble (sic)."
"Even if someone else violates executive session," Lundsten wrote, "it does not mean that another councilman is free to discuss the meeting in public....The proper response should have been, the meeting was held in executive session and I am not at liberty to discuss it. Even if the project has been announced publicly the content of the executive session is still privileged.)"
The Bonser question in all likelihood be forwarded to the city's Board of Ethics, though what it can with the matter isn't clear. Former city councilman Danny Ross said last week he believed the leak questions should have gone to Board of Ethics in the first place.
Despite the tension of he personnel matter, the council had a long agenda Tuesday night. Many city streets are about to be paved and intersection improvements were on the table for Womack and Vermack roads and Tilly Mill and North Peachtree roads.
The public works department brought to the council a proposal and bids on "full depth reclamation" for Tennille Court, Vernon Oaks Drive, Tichenor Court, Broughton Court and Tundall and Arnaud courts.
The council was to award a contract for milling, deep patching and an asphalt overlay on Ashford Center Parkway, Perimeter Center East, Winters Chapel Road (two sections, Ashley Court, Sanlee Lane, Arrie Way, Lakesprings Circle. Lakesprings court, Coharmant Place, Joel Place, Joel Court, Joel SLane and West Fountainbleau Court. Those projects will cost about $1.1 million.
Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker asked council to approve a contract to contstruct a multi-use recreational trail in Brook Run Park. The project is to cost about $420,000, with $140,000 of that coming from a parks grant match of a state grant for trails.
The council also was to consider a zoning change to allow the expansion of space and parking at Congregation Ariel on Tilly Mill Road.
Several items advancing Project Renaissance near Georgetown also were to be heard.