Some of the contentious issues of the last year in Dunwoody bled into the generally congratulatory annual meeting of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association.
When the outgoing president, Bill Grossman, called for questions and answers, the meeting took on the atmosphere of public comment at recent city council meetings. There were questions and comments opposing the city’s three hot-button issues: the re-design of Dunwoody Village Parkway, traffic solutions for Womack and Vermack roads and the path to be constructed in Brook Run Park.
But the annual meeting itself spotlighted the year’s activities for the DHA, Dunwoody Nature Center and Stage Door Players.
The DHA’s citizen of the year award was presented to Police Chief Billy Grogan for his department’s community outreach and use of social media as well as its help with big events, including the DHA and Crier July 4 parade and Light Up Dunwoody.
In his annual report, Grossman seized on zoning successes, including the fight against a 240-student daycare center fronting on Mt. Vernon Road across from Brook Farm, the removal of an acre of dirt from Glaze Drive and an agreement on the Berman Commons retirement facility on Womack Road.
Grossman said he looked forward to working with the city on its zoning re-write, especially toward home-based businesses, and he said a new Chick-fil-A will open in the Williamsburg shopping center in May.
Grossman also highlighted the DHA’s sponsorship of such events as Lemonade Days, poll banners for the Memorial Day observance, support of the Vernon North neighborhood in moving the Brook Run Dog Park and support of the Nature Center.
For his part, the nature center’s executive director, Alan Mothner, offered nothing but positives, including 10,000 participants in DNC programs and classes, 10,000 volunteer hours, more than 1000 attendees to concerts in the park and a garden for Austin Elementary.
He also highlighted the DNC’s grants and volunteers from Doosan Infracore and Georgia Development Partners to restore the meadow at the center.
Stage Door’s Robert Egizio announced that in five years, the theater company has doubled its season ticket budget to 1,000 ticket holders in its 39th anniversary season.
Mayor Mike Davis gave a preview of his state of the city address. In 2012, he said, the city repaved 14 lane miles of streets, added bike lanes, replaced more than 20 stormwater pipes, extended the sidewalk program and brought in 1,300 jobs, $50 million in capital investment and 750,000 square feet of commercial leases.
He signaled a renewed focus on enforcement of older apartments.
Davis said the city would inspect one of the city’s 52 apartment complexes each month this year. Such inspections took place in 12 complexes last year, netting 8,000 safety warnings.
Other positive reports came from the parade and Light Up chair, Pam Tallmadge, and representatives of the Dunwoody Community Garden.
Grossman concluded by floating the idea of city government to limit campaign contributions in city elections to $100 and to ask candidates to agree not to accept donations from those who don’t either live or work in Dunwoody.
After the annual meeting, the executive committee met to elect new officers. Grossman moves to secretary after two and a half years as president. Stacey Harris is the new president, with Heyward Wescott as vice-president and Joe Tuttle as secretary.