Dunwoody Excessive hosts Metropolis Council for first time | Dunwoody Information

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Greater than 100 college students, dad and mom and neighborhood members attended the primary Metropolis Council assembly held at Dunwoody Excessive Faculty Jan. 22 to see native authorities up shut.

What they bought was a tutorial in monitoring cash and a lesson in the price of sustaining a metropolis.

“This can be a historic occasion, our first council assembly on the street,” Mayor Lyn Deutsch mentioned. 

Representatives of the Youth Metropolis Council, concerned within the planning and execution of the occasion, spoke throughout public remark to open the assembly. 

Valentina Cloitre, Youth Metropolis Council co-president, thanked Michael Berry who teaches social research at Dunwoody Excessive Faculty and sponsors the membership. 

“Thanks, all college students and councilmembers, for taking trip of your day to take part with us,” Cloitre mentioned.

Whereas Dunwoody college students from the Air Power JROTC program offered the colours, excessive schoolers within the mass communication program ready a information section for his or her Friday broadcast.

“It’s such an honor to have the primary Metropolis Council assembly right here,” Principal Tom Bass mentioned. “Dunwoody Excessive Faculty is all about relationships…neighborhood, we’re so lucky to dwell within the nice neighborhood of Dunwoody.”

Finance Director Richard Platto discusses capital challenge closeout and funding reallocation with Councilman John Heneghan within the Dunwoody Excessive Faculty Auditorium Jan. 22. Whereas Heneghan spoke towards particular challenge allocations, the Metropolis Council accepted the merchandise 6-1. 

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Monitoring price range cash

Earlier than the Metropolis Council voted to approve the consent agenda, Councilman John Heneghan motioned to take away an merchandise regarding capital challenge closeouts and funding reallocation.

Councilmembers Heneghan and Joe Seconder mentioned they needed clarification from Finance Director Richard Platto about the place the cash has been reallocated.

“We’ve recognized tasks which were accomplished… some had funds accessible, some overran the price range,” Platto mentioned. “The web impact for all funds impacted by these tasks is zero, so it’s all reallocating inside every given fund.”

Funds have been reallocated from the Coronavirus Help, Aid and Financial Safety Act; Dunwoody’s lodge and motel tax; the DeKalb County Particular Objective Native Choice Gross sales Tax; and capital enchancment tasks. 

Heneghan’s questions on funding spanned from street paving to radios for the Police Division.

“We’re transferring nearly $2 million value of expenditures right here on this memo,” Heneghan mentioned. “You actually didn’t have a price range assembly, and also you most likely ought to have primarily based on the quantities we’re speaking about.”

In the course of the dialog, Heneghan confirmed town allotted $480,000 in SPLOST funds and nearly $300,000 in capital challenge funds into the second part of the Winters Chapel Multi-Use Path. 

The Metropolis Council celebrated completion of the primary part of the Winters Chapel Path challenge Aug. 28. The $1.6 million, 12-foot-wide path runs alongside the west facet of Winters Chapel Street between Dunwoody Membership Drive and Charmant Place. It was funded largely by way of town’s portion of DeKalb County gross sales tax revenues. 

The second part will prolong from Charmant Place south to Peeler Street with a bit of the trail passing by way of Peachtree Corners. 

“We’re placing cash in the direction of paths, which I’m undecided the neighborhood is conscious of,” Heneghan mentioned. 

Whereas funding for the second part of the Winters Chapel path was accepted within the 2023 capital enchancment plan, the $480,000 in gross sales tax funds will function town’s match to federal funds acquired for the challenge. 

Heneghan referenced the failure of the Nov. 7 bond referendum and pushback on paths from residents in his dialogue with metropolis employees. 

“Later tonight, we’ve paths up which might be for dialogue on Mount Vernon [Road]…to broaden 12-foot paths in entrance of single-family houses,” Heneghan mentioned. “I simply wish to ensure that this $2 million price range, transferring of cash, is nicely vetted.”

The Metropolis Council accepted capital challenge closeout and funding reallocation with Heneghan casting the lone dissenting vote. 

When the contract modification to increase the 12-foot path on the north facet of Mount Vernon Street got here up, Councilwoman Catherine Lautenbacher requested if the households had been contacted concerning the extension.

Public Works Director Michael Smith discusses the 2023 Pavement Situation Replace and subsequent 5-year paving plan Jan. 22. Smith mentioned employees will current a 1-year extension with town’s pavement contractor on the Feb. 12 assembly. 

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Public Works Director Michael Smith mentioned they weren’t contacted concerning the design change. 

The contract adjustment requires extending the challenge westward by 700 ft from Corners Drive to Vermack Street in entrance of 4 single-family residences, Smith mentioned.

Metropolis Supervisor Eric Linton and Mayor Lynn Deutsch agreed to ship the contract modification again to metropolis employees for additional examine.  

“Once we put it out to the general public, we weren’t going that far,” Deutsch mentioned. 

Native avenue repaving

In different enterprise, Public Works Director Smith unveiled the outcomes of the 2023 Pavement Situation Replace, which makes use of an index to fee each city-maintained roadway.

The town contracted with KCI Applied sciences to develop its index, score surfaces from 0-100 primarily based on elements that have an effect on roadway efficiency.

The score elevated from 69 in 2018 to 75 in 2023. 

“I feel it tells an actual success story for town,” Smith mentioned. “And, how the Metropolis Council has continued to care for sustaining one in all our largest infrastructure belongings.”

Whereas the annual funding for street resurfacing is $2.91 million, KCI Applied sciences advisable $3.6 million per yr to keep up the 2023 pavement situation index.

A map exhibits the five-year paving plan for 2024-2028. Following the outcomes of the 2023 Pavement Situation Replace, the plan recognized the roadway segments in jeopardy of fast deterioration.

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On account of the examine, a five-year paving plan for 2024-2028 has been developed primarily based on the up to date pavement rankings.

Smith mentioned Public Works plans to pave 62 roadway segments in 2024, adopted by comparable paving schedules by way of 2028. 

“This system we use doesn’t essentially decide the worst rated streets first,” Smith mentioned. “It truly is taking a look at the place these break factors are and attempting to select essentially the most cost-effective ones.”

A graph exhibits a comparability between the pavement situation index in 2018 and 2023. The pavement situation index, which weighs and combines elements affecting every roadway section, elevated from 69 in 2018 to 75 in 2023. 

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Paving is finished in the summertime months as a result of elevated temperatures assist easy asphalt and there may be much less site visitors, Smith mentioned. 

The examine revealed 15 % of the pavement in Dunwoody is in poor, very poor or severe situation. That’s the bottom degree of dangerous roads within the metropolis’s historical past.

Smith mentioned the plan is for the Metropolis Council to vote on a 1-year extension with town’s pavement contractor on the subsequent assembly Feb. 12. 

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