City and county officials found a way to pave of a troublesome segment of Tilly Mill Road on Dunwoody’s border.
The Dunwoody City Council could not come to a consensus about how to handle a portion of Tilly Mill that borders Dunwoody and sits in the city of Doraville and unincorporated DeKalb County.
Some council members backed using city funds to pave the part of the road that abuts Dunwoody homes, while some other council members felt that there are too many roads within the city limits that need paving to spend money on a road outside the jurisdiction.
But City Councilman John Heneghan said he was able to work with Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman and Bob Lundsten, chief of staff for DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, to get funding from the county to pave approximately 950 feet of the road. “It worked out really well,” Heneghan said. “It was an awesome ending to a problematic piece of road that split several jurisdictions.”
The paving cost about $50,000, Lundsten said.
The city of Doraville has an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County that says the county is responsible for road maintenance within the city limits, Lundsten said, so Lundsten called Ted Rhinehart, DeKalb’s deputy chief operating officer for infrastructure departments, to look at the road.
“Ted said, ‘It’s 950 feet. We’re going to get it out of the way because it benefits everyone,’” Lundsten said. “It’s a win-win-win.”
The county added the project to a current paving contract to get the work at a lower price.
“I think the county did the right thing,” Lundsten said. “It was an orphaned piece of road and there was an opportunity to pave it at a discount. The overriding factor of it was, we are going to have to pave it, it’s our responsibility.”
The corridor of the city is in many ways a no man’s land, with the borders of two cities and a county island creating confusion for residents and businesses.
Heneghan is also hoping to work with the city of Doraville to have a crosswalk installed at Stonington Drive at its intersection with Tilly Mill.