Georgia Perimeter College’s president told Dunwoody officials last week that he was very interested in a plan to allow the city to create a walking path from the Village North subdivision to Dunwoody Elementary School. Dr. Anthony Tricoli, however, sounded decidedly less interested in calls by city residents for off-campus student parking and a shuttle bus system.
The remarks came in a meeting with the city’s town and gown committee, an effort by the college and the city to foster closer relations. At a meeting last year, Tricoli had been pressed on several issues, including a transportation plan aimed at getting students’ cars off the two-lane roads around the GPC campus.
Tricoli has insisted that students will resist shuttle buses.
“We’ll do a more formal survey this fall,” he said, “but even if they loved the idea, we don’t have the money.”
Tricoli said the college would work with the city’s transportation planning form as it drafts a comprehensive traffic plan for a 20-year period.
Dunwoody’s police chief, Billy Grogan, said he had received fewer complaints about college traffic this fall.
As to complaints from neighbors about lighting and noise issues, GPC’s public safety director, Nick Marinelli, outlined a series of steps the college has taken to decrease squealing tires and loud radios. Tennis court lighting has been reduced and new systems are being explored.
Tricoli gave the group an enrollment update as of October 5. On the Dunwoody campus, 9155 students are enrolled. That’s an increase of 1.8 percent since last fall. Overall, GPC has 26,862 students, the most ever. More than 9800 students are taking classes on line, making the Internet GPC’s largest campus.
The proposal by City Councilman John Heneghan for a walking and biking trail across a slice of the GPC campus from Village North to the new elementary school drew a favorable reponse. College officials are to look into environmental questions and issues of liability. City officials are prepared to build it.
As is his custom, Tricoli outlined GPC’s successes over the last year, including four major grants in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a potential of $3.5 million.
In November the Dunwoody campus will salute World War II veterans with a weeklong symposium open to city residents. Residents also are invited to a Fan Appreciation Day at a GPC soccer game this Saturday.