City debates matching funds

City officials are debating whether to spend $10,000 to match funds from the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce to connect the businesses interested in helping the city.

Councilman Terry Nall said he wants to make sure the city has a way to connect the businesses interested in helping the city, but he said he wasn’t sure at this point if the chamber was the right partner.

City Finance Manager Chris Pike said the chamber would either hire or contract a professional community outreach person, and the Chamber would be responsible for raising $10,000 before city officials agree to match it.

“We’re looking for someone who’s committed to this project who’s willing to put their money where their mouth is and raise the funds first before we commit tax dollars,” Pike said.

Pike said the council members could agree to leave the money for the program in the budget and discuss in the future who should be its partner.

“I’m not sure it’s necessary to spend money on this,” Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said.

Council adopts state definition on care homes

City Council remains divided on concerns with plat subdivisions in its code for zoning and land development, but the language concerning the city’s proposal for personal care homes has reverted to reflect the state’s description.

Language used by city staff in the personal care homes code states medical care and treatment should not be included in a dwelling intended “to provide or arrange for housing, food service and one or more personal services for two or more adults not related to the owner unless the state would grant a license for such services.”

An additional description of a child-caring institution includes “any institution, society, agency, or facility, whether incorporated or not, which either primarily or incidentally provides full-time care for children through 18 years of age outside of their own homes, and that is licensed by the State Department of Human Resources as a Child Caring Institution.”

Chick-fil-A requests public improvements waiver

Council on Oct. 13 approved a waiver request for public improvements, with a provision that Chick-fil-A build a sidewalk as part of its site plan for a restaurant at 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith said Chick-fil-A has a unique condition with its application for a land disturbance permit because it cannot control an easement grant.

The fast food chain wishes to demolish the existing auto service center at Perimeter Mall and build a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, but to do so, it must meet streetscape standards from the Perimeter Center Improvement District.

‘Sounding Board’ appointments to be voted on

Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis submitted seven names for what he calls a “sounding board” for zoning projects in the Perimeter area. Resumes for Alex Chambers, Stacey Harris, Bob Dallas, Jennifer Harper, Cheryl Spitalnick, Tony Torbert and Robert Miller have been sent to council members to review. A vote will take place at the next city council meeting, scheduled for Oct. 27.