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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:15 am

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.

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  • Chip Bagman posted at 10:30 am on Mon, Jun 4, 2012.

    Chip Bagman Posts: 35

    Bob L.:

    With any luck, I'll have just enuf time to respond before this article is swept away by the next edition of "The Crier".

    The shadows? I'm writing in the major news organ of Dunwoody, read by more Dunwoody residents than your "DunwoodyFarmerBob.com" blog on most days, I'd imagine.

    As to you venting, I was trying to give you some helpful advice. Ms. Bonser, ever the victim, was trying to demonstrate bias on your part in your actions. Your blogpost, while accurate and helpful, only played into her hand by demonstrating that you had strong feelings, and weren't entirely disinterested or dispassionate in your approach to her. That's all.

    Now, Mr. William's brave speech at the City Council failed to acknowledge that even if he "deduced" from Warren Hutmacher's public statements about the PVC farm, that having a conversation about "details" with Brian Anderson may not have constituted a "leak" per se (note to DTOM about per se) but was still a violation of the Executive Session rules. Mr. Wilson's report makes that distinction quite clearly.

    This leaves us, again, with the commentary on our esteemed City Manager and his "complicated real estate deals" that oddly, Dunwoody Farmer Bob has been noticeably silent on questioning.

    Please read another "shadowy" comment on "The Other Dunwoody" who actually says what needs to be said about this whole affair, and doesn't just report on emails he gets 2nd hand.

    Thank you for your service, Bob, but you're not a victim here, either.


    Ps. I noticed that you weren't at the City Council meeting; was sort of expecting you to be there to claim your "victory prize".

  • Bob posted at 10:04 pm on Thu, May 31, 2012.

    Bob Posts: 8

    Chip Bagman.. Giving advice from the shadows. You may feel Mr. Willims has not been hard enough on this issue and I have be "venting" to much, but you know that is what it is.
    At least we stand up , comment and take the heat. We have had this discussion before, step out of the shadows and take the heat and the credit for what you say. It is tougher to do that in the full light than the dark shadows of secrey of the internet.
    Take a look at what I posted after this story broke


    The story is out. Never would have hit the light of day unless I broke it. But now read the codeand you decide if the ethics code and the code of this city were violated. I am amazed that our city of activists seem content to sit back and do or say nothing. That does everyone a disservice

  • Chip Bagman posted at 11:46 am on Tue, May 29, 2012.

    Chip Bagman Posts: 35

    Looks like the City Attorney is going out the door; the informed sources at The Crier are reporting it in advance of the meeting. That makes it a done deal, fersure!

    Bob Lundsten would be better off staying moot on this issue, his comments are often incendiary and for all his good intentions, he does himself a disservice by venting. He sets the stage for allegations of bias that may be hard to refute.

    Overall, The Crier is taking a very "hands-off" approach to this affair, which begs the question of their involvement and/or independence in the whole affair. When the Ethics Board is convened, I don't think anyone involved is coming out smelling like a rose!

    I, for one, would like to see The Crier exhibit more independence from and less camaraderie with the city administration. I recognize that revenues from legal notices may be at stake, but The Crier's primary editorial obligation is to serve the people of Dunwoody.

    After this, I wonder if that will be possible.


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