Action plan proposed for Dunwoody’s school issues
Ribbon-cutting for improved intersection as school begins
Mayor Shortal and City Council Members cut the ribbon on Dunwoody’s improved intersection at Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road/Manhasset Drive.
Formal and public declaration of an EMS emergency in Dunwoody
“Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall has long advocated for better EMS services for Dunwoody, and he remains concerned about ambulance response times, even with improvement since last fall’s agreement with the county… [He] called for a ‘formal and public declaration of an EMS emergency’ in Dunwoody. Nall said national response times should be 9 minutes for 90 percent of calls but in Dunwoody the response times in 2017 averaged nearly 15 minutes 90 percent of the time.”
Dunwoody Schools Memo of Understanding
The Dunwoody City Council issued a Memo of Understanding with the DeKalb County School District to clarify roles and responsibilities for how construction projects at Dunwoody schools would proceed. The Memo was a response to the school system regularly avoiding state requirements to work with local governments on permitting (including land disturbance), fire safety, and Certificate of Occupancy. The City has therefore acted to issue a “stop work order” whenever DCSD fails to comply with state regulations, including the lack of site plan for additional trailers at Dunwoody High School and erosion violations at the new Austin Elementary School construction site.
Nall gains nearly 70% in 2015 re-election
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier hosted a candidate forum at Dunwoody High School on October 11, 2015.
Letters to the Editor: October 14, 2015 in the Dunwoody Crier
To the Editor: On Nov. 3, citizens of Dunwoody will have the opportunity to exercise one of our greatest freedoms, that of electing our government representatives. I am pleased to write a letter of support for a friend, Terry Nall. Even if you are new to Dunwoody, I am sure you have heard Terry’s name. As the incumbent, seeking re-election to the At Large Council Post, Terry has worked tirelessly over the last four years to help Dunwoody operate in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with the wishes of its citizens. Terry brings a long, distinguished record of leadership both in the Dunwoody community and in the banking industry. No one has worked harder to make sure he understands the issues and the views of his constituents. His conservative, common sense, and honest approach to tackling our city’s issues is in stark contrast to what we often see and hear at the county, state, and national level. Terry has worked to make sure that our community is safe, that our home values have been protected and that our spending is prioritized and within budget. As the economy begins to recover, we need experienced leaders like Terry to continue the growth of our city in a manner that maintains the character of Dunwoody. I urge you to check out his website (Terrynallfordunwoody.com) to view his specific accomplishments and vision for the next four years and then vote to re-elect him on Nov. 3.
To the Editor:
We have known Terry Nall since he was elected to his current position. Terry has been extremely responsive to several requests we have made no matter how small. He is always ready to discuss current issues whenever and wherever he is approached, including a local restaurant my wife and I frequent. Frankly, we believe Terry is well qualified for a higher office, but he is dedicated for now to carry out his plans for Dunwoody in his current position. He has the valuable experience to do so. We will cast our vote for Terry and recommend others do the same
Bill and Jean Lawrence
To the Editor:
I am writing to voice my support to re-elect Terry Nall for Dunwoody City Council Member At-Large. I met Terry during his original (and successful) run for office four years ago at a neighborhood “meet and greet” event. I was struck then by his straightforward approach and his sincerity. I walked away from the event knowing he had my vote. Of course, no one can predict the future, and little did I know that my life-and the lives of my family and my neighbors-were about to be impacted by the interactions of parties outside our community with the city of Dunwoody.
In March 2014, my neighbors and I found ourselves with the most unpleasant of surprises. A medical treatment company bought my neighbor’s home and was within days of opening its doors for business to serve patients. Yes, this is the story of my family and my Manget Way neighbors.
I won’t take the time to re-hash what happened after that. It has been chronicled by the Crier and other local and regional media exhaustively. What has not been covered is my account of what has taken place since March 2014.
Most of us never engage with the day-to-day activity of our local government. When this happens to you or your neighborhood, you get engaged, reaching out to your elected representatives and anyone else that you believe can assist. That’s one of the principles of our government—representatives of “We the People”.
My neighbors and I reached out to any and all elected officials to make our case and ask them to look into the matter with the city government. To this day–almost 18 months later–only one responded personally and listened to our concerns. That representative was Terry Nall.
Terry made sure that our concerns were heard by the council and the city manager. Having been through his own neighborhood zoning issue as a citizen, he helpfully laid out how he and his neighbors responded to their issue and gave us the benefit of his neighborhood experiences.
Throughout the myriad process of the machinations relating to local government, every time my neighbors and I appeared before any city body (Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Committee, and, of course, the city council itself), Terry was there. Beyond the council meetings, I thought it was a bit unusual. No other elected representative was there; why was he? He confided to me one time that “I always want to see how the average citizen is being treated when dealing with the city government”. His concern for his constituents was not spoken, as is the method of most typical politicians; it was demonstrated based on his actions. I later learned that Terry does this and so much more, from ride-alongs with our Dunwoody Police Officers to personally inspecting re-paving plans to ensure that “worst get repaired first”.
Once our matter made its way into the court system, the community went back to the city council to help shore up our existing ordinances to ensure a “Manget Way” never happened to another unsuspecting neighborhood. For the average citizen, supporting a point of view and ensuring it is enacted with city ordinances is beyond challenging. Yet Terry was there for the community — at every meeting, every hearing—and personally led the effort to ensure Dunwoody’s neighborhoods were heard and represented. Although I am a layman, I’m confident that had our new ordinance —which was passed based on Terry’s leadership—been in place prior to the approach from the outside party, we would not have ever found ourselves in this position.
In short, Councilman Terry Nall is the shining example of what an elected representative should be–representing citizens and their best interests. Our community would be well served to re-elect Terry Nall–and we’d be a better place if all our elected representatives in Dunwoody served our community as Terry does.
Mark S. Collins
Online survey offers early numbers, Crier poll for local race next week
Dick Williams, Dunwoody Crier
A poll on a Dunwoody website serves as an interesting precursor to a poll planned by The Crier in the next few weeks. The Aha! Connection asked about presidential politics, but our eye was drawn to the numbers for Dunwoody’s two contested council races. For city council District 1 at large, the incumbent, Terry Nall, led with 64.5 percent, while newcomer Becky Springer won 19.5 percent of respondents. No response came from 15.8 percent of those answering.
Letters to the Editor: September 29, 2015 in the Dunwoody Crier
To the Editor:
Since the day I first met him, Terry Nall has stayed true to his commitment to our community. For this reason, I’m writing to encourage Dunwoody voters to re-elect Terry for city councilman at large.
He is steadily visible and approachable. At every encounter, he has discussed issues that are important to me with honesty and concern. In addition to his transparency, his sincere interest in our community is unmistakably noticeable.
Case in point: On Sept. 25, he posted on Facebook immediately when there was an accident on I-285 at Ga. 400 that affected Dunwoody’s traffic. He continued to post updates on the situation.
I also appreciate Terry’s conservatism in all matters.
To the Editor:
Terry Nall is finishing up his first term as City Council Post 4 (District 1 At Large). I have been very impressed with his dedication and zest for the task.
Although Terry and I don’t always agree, he is always open to discuss and explain his reasons.
As someone who has served in an elected capacity, I know how difficult it is to please everyone. We all tend to feel everyone thinks like we do; however, there are always different sides to each story.
I believe Terry uses his experience and and his love of the city of Dunwoody to make his decisions and support his re-election in November.
Dunwoody Candidates Focus on Paving, Police, and Parks
Ellen Eldridge for the Dunwoody Reporter
Dunwoody voters have at least two chances to see candidates for mayor and City Council meet face-to-face before the Nov. 3 election.
Letter to the Editor: September 22, 2015 in the Dunwoody Crier
To the Editor:
I would like to express my thoughts on Terry Nall who is running for re-election as city council representative, District 1 At-Large. His track record has proven his ability and willingness to research issues above and beyond the normal expectations of a typical city council representative. Our city needs to have someone like Terry on our side.
Having a 12-year-old son, I like the idea that Terry is trying to develop fields and courts at Brook Run Park. This is something the city needs with the amount of children living here. There was no need for us to have to drive to Sandy Springs or Brookhaven to play ball. Dunwoody could definitely support their own fields and Terry is working towards that.
With a child in the DeKalb public school system, I was so thrilled with Terry’s efforts in achieving accreditation for our high schools. He works tirelessly to accomplish this and it should not go unrecognized.
Therefore, when it comes time to vote in November please vote for the person you feel has the most passion for this city. My vote will be for Terry.
Terry Nall for Dunwoody Meet & Greet
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Kingsley Racquet and Swim Club. Stop by any time for this casual gathering with Terry Nall, where you can learn more about promises made and kept during his first term in office and hear his vision for the next four years.
- Tony and Maria Barnhart
- Dennis and Marie Crean
- Bill and Louise McCahan
- Bill and Barbara Robinson
- Jan Slater
- Bryan and Johanna Tate
- Windy and Bev Wingate
- Stefan and Lisa Victory
Terry Nall first to qualify for November 3, 2015 election
On the ballot this fall are the races for mayor, three at-large council seats and a special election for the now vacant District 1 seat.
Terry Nall, an at-large Dunwoody city councilman, said Monday he would seek a second term in the Nov. 3. election.
Nall, an active CPA and financial services executive, has outlined an ambitious platform that focuses on expanding paving, improving police services, park improvements and the possibility of property tax rollback.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for local schools
On Thursday August 27, 2015 the Dunwoody Woman’s Club in partnership with the Lord Wedgwood Charity presented Dunwoody High School and Peachtree Charter Middle School with new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Shown in photo: Jan Slater, Co-Chair Public Issues Dunwoody Woman’s Club; Terry Nall, Dunwoody City Council; Thomas McFerrin, Principal Dunwoody High School; Floyd Larkin, consultant to Lord Wedgwood Charity; Scott Heptinstall, Principal Peachtree Charter Middle School; Sherry Murphy, President Dunwoody Woman’s Club; Maria Barnhart, Co-Chair, Public Issues Dunwoody Woman’s Club.
Dunwoody police gain access to gated communities
“Thanks to the efforts of Dunwoody Councilman Terry Nall and the Dunwoody Police Department, public safety vehicles will soon be able to gain immediate entry into all gated Dunwoody communities without keys or the use of call boxes when there is an emergency. With the implementation of the Emergency Vehicles Access to Gated Communities ordinance, gated communities will be required to install and maintain SOS Gate Trigger Devices. Such devices will greatly increase emergency vehicle response times.”
Dual Accreditation for Dunwoody Schools
When DeKalb County Schools’ SACS accreditation was placed on probation, led the effort to lobby the Board of Education to adopt a dual accreditation path with the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Dual accreditation protected the HOPE scholarship and the accredited high school college application process for Dunwoody students.
Independent School System for Dunwoody
In 2012, Terry initiated Dunwoody City Council legislative priority with the 2013 General Assembly session to explore Dunwoody School District and collaborated with Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS) to help support legislative lobbying each year since.