In the wake of a $2.8 million paperwork-error dispute between Sandy Springs and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, the cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody say their reviews have found no similar problems with their PCIDs deals.
Dunwoody spent $4,000 on a special audit to make sure, according to city spokesperson Bob Mullen, while the city of Brookhaven says it regularly conducts such reviews.
PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams declined to comment.
Sandy Springs is considering a lawsuit against PCIDs for errors and omissions in federal grant paperwork for Peachtree-Dunwoody Road streetscape improvements carried out several years ago. After a 2014 audit, the federal government discovered the various filing errors and demanded its $2.8 million in funds back from the Georgia Department of Transportation, which in turn demanded the money from the city, which had acted as the grant’s fiscal agent. Pending any resolution to the situation, GDOT is deducting the money from the city’s annual paving fund allocation, according to city attorney Wendell Willard.
The PCIDs are two jointly staffed self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center. The organization frequently partners with Perimeter Center cities on projects.
Mullen said that last year, Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith and Finance Director Chris Pike ordered internal and external reviews of PCIDs deals “and found everything to be in order as it pertains to Dunwoody.”
For the external review, Mullen said, Dunwoody spent $4,000 to hire Mulcahy Accounting & Risk Consulting to review and audit the “grant management process” for PCIDs-related grants.
As for Brookhaven, city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill said, “The city continuously reviews projects to ensure we’re adhering to all applicable guidelines.”
Meanwhile, Sandy Springs is continuing an internal review of its other PCIDs contracts, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.