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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:09 am

The Dunwoody City Council took on a light agenda Monday night, perhaps talked out after it’s daylong retreat Friday.  The major items Monday night were tweaks in the city’s five-year paving plan and changes in the 2012 paving plan deferred from a meeting two weeks ago.

Public Works Director Michael Smith noted four versions of the 2012 plan have been presented and he asked for council approval of any of the four.

For 2012, he noted that the city has $2.35 million available, plus state funds of $190,000. 

Smith offered cost figures on retrofitting five streets for bicycle lanes to follow the city’s “Complete Streets” policy as streets are repaved. On Ashford Center Parkway, lane widths would be reduced to add a bike lane. On Chamblee Dunwoody Road, the east side of the road would be widened by six feet to allow bike lanes from Vermack to Womack roads. Also on Chamblee Dunwoody, right turn lanes would be eliminated to widen and place bike lanes from Cambridge Drive to Valley View Road.

The Chamblee Dunwoody projects would cost about $700,000.

The other projects are on Mt. Vernon from the Sandy Springs line to Ashford Dunwoody in which the south side of the road would be widened by two feet to add bike lanes, Perimeter Center East, which would see its outside travel lanes converted to bike lanes and widening the east side of Spalding Drive by five and a half feet to add bike lanes.

Smith recommended moving forward with the Ashford Center Parkway project because of minimal costs involved with restriping after a planned repaving. He also suggested coordinating the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts on the Perimeter Center East project.

At Friday’s retreat, Police Chief Billy Grogan presented to council a five-year staffing plan with a recommendation to add 18 positions to the department over the next five years. 

Grogan said he had in mind “a strategic balance” between the city’s financial constraints and what he believes his department needs. For 2013 he recommends adding a sergeant and three officers on a crime response team at a total additional expense of $480,622. 

That would take the police share of the city’s projected budgets from 27.6 percent to 31.8 percent. If all five years of his proposal were implemented, the police share of the budget would rise to 34.9 percent in 2017.

The chief also presented charts showing that Dunwoody has far fewer sworn officers per 1,000 residents than most similar cities in the metro area. At 0 .99 officers per 1,000 citizens, Dunwoody is far behind Sandy Springs with 1.35 officers. Grogan said the additional workload could lead to deteriorating morale in the future. He said he would like to see a staffing ratio of 1.56 officers per 1000 residents, still below the national average and below the seven metro cities he surveyed.



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