Council considers crosswalk outside city limits

Dunwoody City Council is considering installing a crosswalk at Tilly Mill Road and Stonington Drive, even though the area is technically outside the city limits.

Residents of the Dunwoody North subdivision first requested about a year ago that the city install a crosswalk in the area to provide more pedestrian access for the neighborhood, which is divided by busy Tilly Mill Road.

But council members split over the project because the intersection is just over the city’s border with Doraville.

At the council’s April 9 meeting, Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith said the crosswalk would cost about $30,000. The city would install a system allowing pedestrians to push a button when they are ready to cross, setting off blinking LED lights that will alert drivers.

Councilman Terry Nall said he thinks funding for the project should be split between Dunwoody and the city of Doraville or DeKalb County. “I just think there’s a can of worms we get into if we spend taxpayer dollars outside the city of Dunwoody,” Nall said.

But Councilman Doug Thompson said the street’s position on the city border makes it a unique situation. “This is clearly a project that helps our citizens,” he said.

Mayor Mike Davis said he would speak with the mayor of Doraville in an effort to share the cost of the project.

Sandy Springs, Dunwoody chambers to host Perimeter Business Expo June 1

More than 100 exhibitors from the Perimeter area are expected to take part in a business exposition sponsored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 Greater Perimeter Business Expo is scheduled for June 1 at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway.

“The Dunwoody/Sandy Springs/Perimeter area is the metro area’s premier business district with more office space than downtown Atlanta – giving businesses an outstanding opportunity to get exposure and enabling attendees to see a quality mix of businesses,” EXPO chair Cory Jackson of PNC Bank said in a press release.

For more information: www.gpbe.org or contact the Dunwoody Chamber at 678-244-9700 or the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber at 678-443-2990.

New limits on dirt to be dumped in neighborhoods

City Council approved an amendment to its land disturbance permit rules that would limit the amount of dirt that can be dumped in a residential neighborhood to 20 trips per day with a dump truck, up to 1,000 cubic yards of material. The changes were made in response to complaints from Glaze Drive residents upset by a land disturbance permit issued in their neighborhood that allowed a contractor to dump more than 5,000 cubic yards of dirt from a construction site onto a lot. “I appreciate the opportunity to participate in a civics lesson. We spoke up and you gentlemen and ladies listened,” Glaze Drive resident Larry Adams said.

Sale of ‘growlers’ is approved

Council members voted to allow the sale of growlers, the glass containers used to package craft beers. Dunwoody businesses can now sell growlers if they have a full-service kitchen and a license to pour alcohol or they get 75 percent of their sales from beer and wine. The ordinance would exclude package stores that sell liquor.