Accomplishments

Promises Made. Promises Kept Through Two Terms in Office.

Streets, Sidewalks, Trails, and Pedestrian Safety

Promise Made: Pave the worst streets first and invest in multi-use trails across Dunwoody, connecting neighborhoods.

Promise Kept: Aggressively advocated for additional funds for paving, targeted toward neighborhood streets. Adhered to objective rankings of laser analysis performed on all city streets to determine priority of “worst first.” By the end of 2019, 60% of Dunwoody streets will be paved. Supported funding for sidewalks and pedestrian safety plan for school routes and other heavily used areas. Supported multi-use trail network, including facilitating hotel-motel tax funding.

Dunwoody Schools

Promise Made: Advocate for Dunwoody Schools in DeKalb County and the State of Georgia.

Promise Kept: Initiated Dunwoody City Council legislative priority beginning with 2013 General Assembly session to explore Dunwoody School District. Successfully lobbied DCSD BOE to adopt a dual accreditation path via Georgia Accrediting Commission due to the “probation” status to SACS accreditation. Supported the land swap deal that allowed a new Austin Elementary School to be built in the same area, preserving the network of Dunwoody neighborhood schools. Regularly meet with Principal Advisory Councils and other school support groups to hear concerns and needs of each local school from ES-MS-HS.

Taxes

Promise Made: Keep taxes low and protect against risks and excessive debt.

Promise Kept: Millage rate remained  unchanged. No long-term debt incurred.

Police

Promise Made: Maintain appropriate level of police protection.

Promise Kept: Advocated for initiatives to keep more officers available to citizens through addition of civilian prisoner transport officer; false alarms reduction; Crime Response Team for targeted, proactive policing, such as in school zones; and automated gated communities’ access for improved response times.

Growth

Promise Made: Measured approach to balanced mix of growth and development.

Promise Kept: Protected traditional homeowner values against higher density lot sub-divide requests. Sought negotiated improvements to prior county zoning entitlements, including a reduction in planned apartment units. Led initiative for more rigorous building code requirement of concrete and steel for buildings over three stories, including 2019 stepped-up improvements for life safety of multi-family housing units.

Parks

Promise Made: Enhance parks incrementally with budgeted funds.

Promise Kept: Annual improvements and additions to existing parks and new parks added without incurring debt and behind the higher priorities of police and paving. Supported improvements to Dunwoody Nature Center and Windwood Hollow Park, addition of two new parks (Georgetown Park and Pernoshal Park), and significant investment in Brook Run Park, including the largest investment in the history of the city, totaling $7.5 million.

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