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► Controversial Dresden Village development approved PAGE 2 ► Perimeter Center bus, shuttle lanes proposed PAGE 4


Mayor: MARTA-city relationship ‘needs total reset’ BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net


City Hall was packed with residents wearing red shirts and holding plenty of signs to show their opposition to the proposed MARTA transit-oriented development at the Jan. 24 City Council meeting. Vote on the project was delayed to Feb. 28.

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Mayor John Ernst had strong words for the developers of the proposed MARTA transit-oriented development that he said would become the young city’s center and represents “Brookhaven’s future.” The mayor says the proposed project lacks vision and “needs a total reset” of relations between the developers and city officials. Ernst also cut off talks between the city and MARTA’s developers over tax incentives for the multimillion-dollar, mixed-use project. The developers aim to build hundreds of apartments, shops, a hotel, an 8-story office building and a small park on 15 acres that now mostly is covered by a little-used Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA See MAYOR on page 12

City Council discusses debt to pay for major projects BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

City officials are discussing possibly using general obligation bonds or other debt financing to pay for more than $122 million in projects outlined in plans the city has adopted. Assistant City Manager Steve Chapman said the bonds would be needed to keep from “nickel and diming forever” to pay for the projects. “If we want to get everything completed in a timely fashion, we have to go See CITY on page 13

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Despite strong neighborhood opposition, a mixed-use development on Dresden Drive got the green light from the Brookhaven City Council at its Jan. 24 meeting. “This is really a sad day in Brookhaven,” resident Kathy Veitch said. “We see that developers trump individual rights and citizens’ rights. It’s all about the money.” The council voted unanimously to rezone the slightly more than 3 acres of property where the DeKalb County tag office is currently located to make way for a mixed-use development named Dresden Village. The development includes four stories of apartments over one story of retail fronting Dresden Drive, a 6-story parking deck, seven for-sale townhouses along Caldwell Drive and a restaurant planned by local resident and renowned Atlanta chef Scott Serpas to be called the Dixie Moon. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin this fall. After the vote, many of about 100 people in attendance, some wearing red shirts to show opposition to the development, stormed out of the council chambers. Some called the council members “traitors.” Councilmember John Park defended the vote by saying that while many residents living near the proposed project objected to it, the developers had met all required city ordinances and the city’s planning staff and the Planning Commission recommended approving it. “We have to provide a fair hearing. This is not mob rule,” Park said. “We have to follow the law. This has been a tough one. I know I’ve made a lot of people unhappy, but I know in my heart of hearts I’ve done my job. “Personally … as a neighbor I don’t like it, but at same time the applicant does have rights for the property,” Park said. J.R. Connolly, CEO of Connolly Investment & Development, developers for Dresden Village, said he was excited to move forward with the “right project” for the area located near the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station that will complete the “pedestrian experience” planned for the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Serpas told council members he knew it was a “tough decision” for them and that it was also tough for him, because as a Brookhaven resident he knows many people who oppose the development. “But I’ve been dealing with this [trying to build Dixie Moon] for five years and J.R. did the best he could to make compromises,” he said. “I’m glad I hung

in there.” Many spoke out against the project, saying, as they said for nearly a year after the plan was first proposed, that the development’s proposed density was too high for Dresden Drive and that it’s surrounded by single-family neighborhoods. Opponents said the development did not fit the Dresden Drive “village feel” people wanted and that the addition of a fifth story would create a “concrete canyon” when added with other apartment complexes on the popular road. They also said the already busy area will become more congested with traffic. “The level of density does not work on Dresden Drive,” said Karen Dernavich. “They have not brought their A-game. How many bites at the apple are we going to give them?” Several people spoke in favor of the project. “Dresden Drive is a destination. This project is in line with that,” said Neville Allison. “There are two sides to every story. I think there is a very large contingent of residents in support of this project ... but they are afraid to speak because of the fearmongering [by the opposition].” The developers said dozens of meetings with residents led to a better project that included several revisions to the site plan. In December, Connolly said they were lowering the density from 194 apartments to 169, going from about 60 units per acre to 45 units per acre. Connolly also added 10 for-sale townhouses with rooftop decks, but just days before the council vote reduced the number to seven townhouses to make room for more green space. In the very first proposal from nearly a year ago, developers were seeking to build 206 apartments with no for-sale townhouses. Commercial square footage approved for the project is right at 20,000 square feet. There are 473 parking spots planned for the entire development and about 180 will be open to the public for shopping and for Dixie Moon diners. Dixie Moon will be two stories to fit in with the mandates of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Serpas and the developers said they will make the new building work. “We are working with our architects on the design. It will comply with the overlay,” said Brian Fratesi of Connolly. Construction is expected to take two years to complete. The townhomes are expected to sell for $700,000 to $800,000 and the one- and two-bedroom apartments to rent for $1,400 to $2,300.The parking garage structure will not be started until the DeKalb tag office is relocated and a timeline for that has not been determined.


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Plans in works to guide development along Buford Highway BY DYANA BAGBY

tion of Emory’s planned massive mixeddyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net use development for Executive Park. Gebbia said these indicators should attract City officials believe redevelopment is quality development and businesses to the coming soon to Buford Highway. popular corridor known for its ethnic di“I really feel we are going to have a run versity and restaurants. on real estate in two years,” City Council“I can see this as a great opportunity member Joe Gebbia said, of what he calls for a business to bring in their headquarthe city’s “crown jewel in the rough.” ters. The main point is to incentivize busiAt City Council’s Jan. 22 retreat, city ofness and to create employment. This is one ficials said they believe the potential use more way to entice development along Buof “opportunity zones” and a new Buford ford Highway,” he said. Highway Livable Centers Initiative, known “CHOA is going to announce soon as an LCI, will improve the chances. its plans for a world headquarters [in Opportunity zones, offered through Brookhaven] and then Emory’s mixed-use the state Department of Community Afdevelopment is going to fairs, are designed to reinclude a hotel and a convitalize older commercial ference center,” he said. and industrial areas. They “But we don’t want the offer tax credits of up to developer to dictate to us. $3,500 per job that a busiI think the council has the ness wants to bring into responsibility to ensure the area. They are only ofquality development,” he fered in areas considered said. “blighted” and where povThe city is also using erty rates are 15 percent JOE GEBBIA past reports it has conor higher according to U.S. CITY COUNCILMEMBER ducted on Buford HighCensus figures. way to complete an LCI Brookhaven officials to tie into similar districts hired consultants and recently undertaken by Chamblee and looked into opportunity zones for Buford Doraville. Highway in 2013, said Gebbia, but the pro“The city’s application also will piggycess is an arduous one and, with delays and back on the joint LCI study currently bebudget cuts, the chance was missed. ing completed for Buford Highway by the “There are areas still that still qualify as cities of Chamblee and Doraville.” Commublighted according to the 2010 Census Bunity Development Director Patrice Ruffin reau and with a new city manager and new said in an email. director of Georgia Department of EcoGebbia said he hopes Brookhaven’s LCI nomic Development ... we’re going for anon Buford Highway can be completed this other review,” Gebbia said in an interview. year so it can be used in the future to ap“It’s time. ply to the ARC for grants to use on Buford “We feel like we can get something in Highway. the near future and we certainly do quali“Buford Highway is our crown jewfy,” he added. el in the rough,” he said. “It’s got room to Executive Park near Buford Highway is grow. It’s a six-lane highway and it can hanundergoing substantial development, indle growth. This is pristine ground and cluding the addition of a new sports trainwe have to create the standards by which ing facility for the Atlanta Hawks and Emowe get the quality development we are dery Healthcare, the expansion of Children’s manding.” Healthcare of Atlanta, and the construc-

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A network of road lanes dedicated to buses and shuttles is a main new proposal in a “Last-Mile Connectivity” study for Perimeter Center, whose rough-draft ideas were presented at a Jan. 26 open house at the Northpark Town Center complex in Sandy Springs. The study by Gresham, Smith and Partners was jointly commissioned by the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. It began last summer and the team aims to present a final report by March. Much of it is a housekeeping effort to create a plan of plans, consolidating dozens of previous planning documents, but the planners also are putting forth some new ideas, such as the dedicated, or “managed,” bus lanes. The idea, said planning team member Erin Thoresen, is figuring out “how to consolidate projects or kind of blend them together,” as well as kill old ones that “just don’t make sense anymore.” Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal was in the audience. In an interview, he said the “limited lanes” in Perimeter Center make him question the dedicated lanes idea, but he wants to hear more information and says the area needs more transportation options. “I believe that mass transit is going to have to be part of the answer,” Shortal said. The “last-mile connectivity” of the study title refers to getting commuters out of cars by making sure it’s easy to get from mass transit stops to local destinations across the gap of the “last

mile” or whatever the distance may be. That connection could take any number of forms: another type of transit, a sidewalk, a multi-use trail, a taxi. In addition, Thoresen said, the planners decided to broaden the study scope to include improving Perimeter Center’s regional transportation options to nearby neighborhood centers or “nodes.” Those areas include Sandy Springs’ City Springs, the Brookhaven/ Oglethorpe MARTA Station area, and Dunwoody’s Dunwoody Village and Georgetown. Thoresen said the team reviewed more than 60 existing city and PCIDs plans, then focused on more than 40 of them containing more than 600 individual transportation projects. Many overlap or compete; as one example, she said, they found “at least eight different projects planned for Hammond Drive.” The study’s main goals, she said, are creating a unified project list and a look at “opportunities to introduce transit into the area.” To help prioritize projects, it will update cost estimates for projects and suggest funding sources, which are likely to involve both public and private money. The list will include not only infrastructure projects, Thoresen said, but “also policy recommendations and strategies” for alternative transportation. And the study will include placing all of the projects into a single mapping system that all of the cities can use. Thoresen said the study will include proposing or reviewing corridor studies for several specific key streets, such as Hammond Drive and Glenridge Drive.

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The big new piece is the dedicated “Last-Mile Connectivity” study has dislane system for private shuttles, MARcarded rail options as expensive and foTA and GRTA buses, and maybe even cused on buses, though the right of way cars hired via taxi services such as might remain. Uber and Lyft. Those lanes would act as Tochie Blad of the Sandy Springs a circulator system through a grid mostly in the business center along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, but also venturing into such areas as Pill Hill and Brookhaven’s Perimeter Summit. The lanes might be limited You can’t say, ‘I’m Dunwoody’ to such vehicles only during peak hours and usable by regular vehior ‘I’m Brookhaven’ or ‘I’m cles the rest of the time. Sandy Springs and I’m in A similar idea was recently proposed in Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” my own little world,’ because land-use planning, which has a subwe’re all in this together. plan for that city’s piece of Perimeter Center. It included dedicatDENIS SHORTAL ed transit space that could be used DUNWOODY MAYOR for buses, but also allowed the possibility of a streetcar or more exotic options, such as a monorail. The

Council of Neighborhoods asked how the planners would handle the differences in the cities’ policies and guidelines on border-crossing projects. Thoresen acknowledged that’s a “fundamental challenge of the project. ... One jurisdiction’s priority is not [necessarily] going to be another jurisdiction’s priority.” Joe Seconder of the advocacy group Bike Walk Dunwoody said in an interview that recommendations should start with “carrots and sticks” to encourage people to not use cars. “Until you change the policies and/ or laws, I wouldn’t spend a dime on infrastructure. Otherwise, you end up with the Atlanta Streetcar,” he said, referring to the downtown Atlanta streetcar that has had low ridership since opening in 2014. Shortal said that traffic tie-ups related to the upcoming I-285/Ga. 400 in-

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Voices from the community I think if offenders have more than one or two offenses, they should have a harsher punishment. I know there is a lot of overcrowding in jails, but they shouldn’t be allowed back on the street. You also find a lot of juveniles doing the crime, so more serious consequences for them, too.

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Why Trump order inspired my first political protest es, ethnicities and sire to move to the United religions, and placStates and our attitudes toes that attract peowards outsiders that I now ple of all races, ethhave a paycheck. Last week, nicities and religions the Brookhaven City Counbecome more attraccil appointed Michael Diaz, tive. It’s a virtuous a native of Colombia who cycle. Whether it’s is a Brookhaven resident German-owned Merand involved community cedes Benz moving member, to the Brookhavits North American en Planning Commission. headquarters to SanWhile my family has been dy Springs, or a new in the United States for genrestaurant concept erations, we can trace our like the Halal Guys heritage to both Ireland and opening its doors China, a combination that’s on Buford Highway possible here in the United in Chamblee, you never know States in a way it isn’t in most countries. where the next great business Diversity, openness and inclusiveopportunity will come from, but ness is our strength, both economicalthere’s a good chance it’ll come ly and culturally. We can either accept from abroad. that, and all of the opportunities and While I earn my living as an challenges that go along with it, or we SPECIAL investment manager and busican reject it and accept the certain stagThe Jan. 29 protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as seen by Conor Sen. ness writer, this isn’t just a busination that accompanies it. ness view for me; it’s also personal. My BY CONOR SEN in a way that other communities in business partner happens to be an imConor Sen is a portfolio manager for the state and South do not. We’ve creOn Jan. 29, I did something for the migrant. His father was a technology New River Investments, a columnist for ated an open, inclusive environment first time in my life — I attended a poexecutive in Mexico, and business took Bloomberg View and a member of the that people want to move to where othlitical protest. their family to Florida. They lived here Brookhaven Planning Commission. He ers have not. In the 21st century, attracAlong with thousands of other metfor years on a green card before becomresides in Brookhaven with his wife and tive places will attract people of all racro Atlantans, I stood outside of Hartsing citizens, and it’s thanks to their dedaughter. field-Jackson International Airport to protest the Trump administration’s executive order impacting refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. I attended the event both to register my opposition to the executive order and to affirm my support for the values that have defined the growth and progress of metro Atlanta over the past century. Atlanta owes its blessed position as the capital of the New South to two factors: having the greatest airport in the world and a reputation for being a beacon of civil rights and inclusiveness. Both were threatened by the Trump administration’s executive order. A successful airport is both a function of infrastructure and civic planning, something within Atlanta’s control that we’ve done well, and market forces — is a city a place people want to Visit us today to learn how fly in and out of, or not? you may qualify for a Airports in northern Kentucky and Memphis once were thriving hubs, yet due to changes in demand and market forces no longer are. A thriving airport, and the economic activity it generates, is a privilege, not a right. By increasing restrictions and increasing uncertainty on who’s allowed to come to the United States, and hence fly into the Atlanta airport, you’re negatively impacting the economy and business environment here. 7455 Trowbridge Rd, NE | Sandy Springs, GA 30328 As for civil rights, there’s a rea404-255-0640 | www.sewellappliance.com son why metro Atlanta, and particularly our part of the region, has thriving businesses and high home values

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“With land-use issues, too many folks conclude we are not listening,” Sigman said. “There is way too much talk about process.” He said there should be a standard response policy for emails sent to councilmembers or city staff. What that response policy may look like hasn’t been determined, but the purpose is to make sure a response is sent within a few days, he said. People who write the city may also have

The city is ready to hire a communications and public engagement director as well as undergo a website redesign as part of a renewed effort to better communicate with residents. “We know we have a communication problem,” City Manager Christian Sigman told council members at the Jan. 22 retreat held at the law offices of Greenberg Traurig. “My focus this year is going to be on communications.” The city once had a communications director, but that job has been vacant since April 2015 after DYANA BAGBY Rosemary Tyler was fired followBrookhaven City Councilmembers, from right, John Park, Bates Mattison, Mayor John Ernst, Linley Jones and Joe Gebbia along ing a dispute at with City Clerk Susan Hiott and City Attorney Chris Balch the city’s Cherry listen to discussion during the council’s Jan. 22 retreat. Blossom Festival with a photographer who alleged racism. Another city their names and contact information put employee, Communications Manager into a data file so staff and council can Ann Marie Quill, has been handling all track communications, said Sigman. of the city’s communications alone and Councilmember Bates Mattison sugwill remain in her job. gested information coming from the The city has always intended for two city also be in Spanish to ensure the expeople to work in communications, Sigpanding Latino and Hispanic residents man said, and hiring a new person will are also informed. greatly help in getting the word out to resThe website design will include a FAQ idents about City Council votes and city for each department and will be easier to events as well as provide direction on ways understand as well, he said. to best engage the public. Long-term plans to be finished this For example, council members and year include developing a communicastaff are regularly bombarded with tions strategic plan and establishing a emails from residents concerned about process to thank citizens for speaking the latest development. at public meetings.

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DeKalb schools superintendent hires high-powered law firm Dentons BY DYANA BAGBY

Also questioning Green’s executwanted the council to “know what their ing the contract without informing the taxpayer money was being spent on” and board were members Marshall Orson that he was opposed to the hiring of the DeKalb County Schools Superintenand Joyce Morley. law firm. dent Stephen Green has hired high-pow“I would like to know as a board, what Jester’s public comments to the Dunered law firm Dentons to represent the services are we getting?” Morley asked woody City Council followed the coundistrict at the state Capitol during the Green. “What are they lobbying for? I cil’s December meeting when state Rep. 2017 legislative session. want to be in the know if I’m to be on this Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) informed Green hired the firm in January for board – I would want to know even as a the council that the school district had six months for $99,900 — just under taxpayer.” hired former state lawthe $100,000 threshold that requires Green told board maker Edward Lindsey, full school board approval of an expenmembers he had hired who now works for Denditure. The official dates of the contract the firm last year and tons, to specifically fight are Jan. 15 through June 15. The contract was pleased with their his independent school was signed by Green and Thurbert Baker, efforts so he rehired What were they hired district bill. Jester did a former state attorney general and forDentons to represent to do? I’ve looked at tell the Dunwoody City mer state representative. the school district again Council he doesn’t beSeveral school board members asked to advocate on the agen- the contract and it lieve Taylor’s indepenabout the contract between the school da the board sets, such is pretty vague. dent schools district legdistrict and Dentons at the Jan. 9 meetas legislation dealing islation is on the radar ing, according to a recording of the meetwith funding or testing. STAN JESTER of the school district and ing. “They send me a DUNWOODY that Dentons was not SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Board member Stan Jester of Dunweekly report and then hired to specifically stop woody said the price “looks strange” besend a final report,” that bill, cause it was just under the board approvGreen said, adding that Lindsey is listed as the al threshold. He asked why the board was Dentons lobbyists also inform Green on board secretary for the Brookhaven Innot informed of the contract before it any legislation “that pops up” that may novation Academy, a state charter school was signed. affect the school district. he helped found and that originally was “What were they hired to do? I’ve Jester attended the Jan. 23 Dunwoody proposed by city officials in Brookhaven. looked at the contract and it is pretty City Council meeting to inform the counBIA now is an independent entity and is 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 vague,” Jester said. cil that Green had hired Dentons and located in Norcross. dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Mayor: MARTA-city relationship on development ‘needs total reset’ Continued from page 1 station parking lot. “The MARTA TOD project needs a total reset in relationships,” Ernst said in a statement at the Jan. 24 meeting, during which City Council postponed until Feb. 28 a vote on the rezoning needed for the project. “The city needs to have a stronger working relationship with MARTA directly on this redevelopment because the city/MARTA relationship is more enduring than with the development team,” Ernst said. “As an elected body, our relationship on this city center project is not just the immediate neighborhoods, but with the city as a whole,” Ernst said. “While the rezoning process will continue, the city, and, more specifically, our elected leadership need a more active role in defining the city center directly with MARTA, similar to what other cities have in DeKalb County.” Art Lomenick, president of Integral’s Real Estate Development Division and a developer of the MARTA TOD, said Jan. 30 he and MARTA officials are waiting to meet with the mayor and city manager “to better understand next steps.” No date for the meeting had been set.

Ernst went on to say that redevelopment of the MARTA station is coming, whether in the immediate or long-term future. “As mayor, I am proud of our efforts to be inclusive and comprehensive in reviewing the MARTA TOD project proposal, and I think it is important for citizens to understand the great lengths the developers and MARTA have taken to listen and incorporate community input,” he said. “But this is our city center and I am not comfortable that the efforts to date have reflected this perspective and have too narrowly focused on the MARTA property alone. This is not just another development project at a MARTA station … it is Brookhaven’s future.” More than 100 people attended the Jan. 24 meeting. Many wore red shirts to show opposition to the development and applauded Ernst’s statement. The postponement will also give the city Planning Commission and City Council time to create a Design Review Board that will be in charge of upholding architectural standards and is being created specifically to oversee the

Art Lomenick, center, a MARTA developer, stands among more than 100 opponents to the project.

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Manager Christian Sigman said. “The numbers kept changing from the developer,” he said. “And you can’t wrap a policy around a moving target.” How much money the developers themselves are putting into the project remains unknown, Sigman said. “There are a lot of moving parts and missing pieces,” he said. Sigman also backed the mayor’s assertion that the MARTA developers are not proposing a development that can be defined as a true downtown, or true city center. MARTA officials have said the development will add $200 million to the city’s tax digest, but dangling dollar signs is not good enough, he said. “MARTA and its developer have been very myopic in their vision,” he said. “This is our city center. Where is the value added to our city? A good developer sells on vision, not on $200 million in taxes. And we couldn’t get that through to them. The city center is a city-wide legacy issue. And MARTA is looking at it as more of a neighborhood initiative.” City Council members also supported Ernst in his statement, acknowledging the process has frustrated city officials and residents. “I was really glad the mayor held the developers’ feet to the fire,” said City Councilmember Linley Jones. “Having a great TOD is a good idea. We just aren’t there yet.” City Councilmember John Park said he backed Ernst “100 percent.” “The project is too important to do it in the way we are doing it. This is the soul, the heart, of our city. We really need to take a hard look at it ... and not let it be decided for us.” “We need to be taking a bigger view of our downtown,” added Councilmember Joe Gebbia. “We all agree with [Ernst].”


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City Council considering debt to pay for major projects Continued from page 1 into debt,” Chapman said in an interview. At a Jan. 22 leadership retreat Chapman said a conceptual 10-year capital plan using available revenue sources shows the city would fall more than $70 million short in funds needed for completing major projects, such as those included in the Peachtree Creek Greenway Master Plan or Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Strategy. “Our revenue sources are about $94 million ... and we determined there would be about a $70 million shortfall in projects” over 10 years, Chapman said. “We will always be working on the parks master plan every year. Bottom line, based on current funding sources, we will be working on these projects for the foreseeable future.” Chapman explained that rising construction costs mean planned projects get more expensive the longer they are delayed. For example, when the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan and Site Specific Plan originally was approved last year, it outlined projects expected to cost $29 million. Now the cost to complete the plan is expected to reach $35 million. Also, President Donald Trump recent-

ly cut money from the Environmental Protection Agency, a funding source the city was counting on to help pay for the Nancy Creek Watershed Improvement Plan, City Manager Christian Sigman said in an interview. Sigman and Chapman have proposed to council members that the city go to voters with a referendum for two bond issues that would raise a total of $63 million. The first, for $42 million, could go to voters in 2018 and yield funds in early 2019. “We really put together a capital plan for discussion purposes,” Sigman said in an interview. “These are all policy decisions that need to be made by the council.” General obligation bonds are not the

only possibility for financing the major projects. Taking out other kinds of loans are on the table as well. “We can also hold bake sales every weekend,” Sigman said with a laugh. The conceptual capital financing plan laid out for council members shows that through issuing bonds the city could complete projects in the Nancy Creek Watershed Improvement Plan by 2020; the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Site Specific Plan by 2021; the Peachtree Creek Greenway Master Plan by 2023; the Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy by 2024; and the Comprehensive Transportation Plan by 2025. The long-term phases of projects


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Sunday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Spruill Center for the Arts’ Ninth Annual Student & Instructor Jewelry Market features handcrafted jewelry in precious metals, glass, beads, gemstones and more at prices for every budget. Glassblowing demonstrations and workshops for all ages are included in this fundraising event for the Spruill Center and the Spruill Metals Jewelry Program. Free. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts. org or 770-394-3447.


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Friends of the Brookhaven Library hold a “Mini Book Sale.” Park behind the library and enter at the lower level. 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404-848-7140.


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7-8 p..m.

Philip and Matt Moulthrop discuss the art of wood turning using native Southeastern woods, a craft practiced in their family for three generations. An exhibit of their work, “Moulthrop Vessels: A Selection from the Firestone Collection,” is on view through June 11 at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Adults $5; free for children under 12 and OUMA members, students with Petrel Pass and members of military and their families. Info: museum.oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8555.


Saturday, Feb. 11, 6:30-11 p.m.

The Stage Door Players theater company presents its largest fundraiser of the year with food, entertainment, casino gaming and a silent auction. Tickets $125. Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: stagedoorplayers. net or 770-396-1726.


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WOMEN IN BUILDING Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:15 a.m.

Cindy Cepko, outgoing chair of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council and founder and co-owner of Pennsylvania-based Granite Homes, is keynote speaker for the quarterly luncheon of the Atlanta Chapter of Professional Women in Building, a council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association. Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd., Brookhaven. PWB members $35; non-PWB members $45; non-HBA members $55. Register: atlantahomebuilders.com or 770-938-9900.

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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Heritage Sandy Springs continues its educational programs for adults, promoting local stories of the South on the first Tuesday of each month. This month’s program is “A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia,” presented by archival consultant Kaye Minchew. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 x2.


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:45-8 p.m.

“The Sunday Philosophy Club” by Alexander McCall Smith will be discussed at the Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-512-4640.

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Celebrated chefs share recipes and cooking tips at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. On Feb. 8, cookbook author Cynthia Graubert presents Southern cooking, and on Feb. 15, former “Top Chef” contestant Eli Kirshtein teaches about winter vegan dishes. $50 per class for MJCAA members; $65 per class for the community. Advance registration required. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: atlantajcc. org or 678-812-3798.

Lee Fisher, president and CEO of CEOS for Cities, will speak about CEOs as catalysts for community change at Leadership Sandy Springs’ third annual Live Learn Lead event. $25 for LSS alumni donors; $30 for LSS alumni and the public. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway N.W., Sandy Springs. Info/ registration: leadershipsandysprings.org.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated Jan. 22 through Jan 29. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

POSSESSION AND DUI 3900 block of Peachtree Road — On

Jan. 22, in the early morning, a woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and having a bloodalcohol content higher than .08 three hours later. 1400 block of Windsor Parkway — On

Jan. 22, in the morning, a man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. 100 block of Lincoln Court Avenue —

On Jan. 23, just after midnight, a city ordinance was violated and a man was arrested on charges of public intoxication and consumption. 3500 block of Buford Highway— On

Jan. 23, a city ordinance was violated and a man was arrested on charges of public intoxication and consumption. 3100 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 28, in the morning, a man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and having a blood-alcohol content higher than .08 three hours later.

from a parked car.

rested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

1500 block of Lake Hearn Drive — On

3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 23, in the early morning, police responded to an entering auto call. 100 block of Ex-

ecutive Park West Drive — On Jan. 24, in the early morning, there was a forced entry burglary at a non-residence.

2700 block of Bu-

2600 block of Buford Highway — On

3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 27, around noon, a man was arrested on burglary charges.

Jan. 24, a man was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle without a tag.


100 block of Brookhaven drive — On

3500 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 22, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with rape.

ARRESTS 3700 block of Buford Highway — On

1200 block of Becket Drive — On Jan.

3200 block of Buford Highway — On

A Brookhaven man has been arrested on federal charges accusing him of carrying out an email “spoofing scheme” that cost a Kansas county $566,000, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas. George S. James, 48, is charged with one count of wire fraud. An FBI agent’s affidavit alleges that investigators followed an electronic trail that led them to James after Sedgwick County reported the theft of funds that were intended to pay Cornejo & Sons, LLC, for work done on a road project, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall. The criminal complaint alleges that on Sept. 23, 2016, Sedgwick County received an e-mail purporting to be from the CEO of the Cornejo company and with a form attached requesting payments be made electronically to a new account at a Wells Fargo Bank in Geor-

3100 block of Buford Highway — On Jan. 23, a man was arrested on a battery charge.


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1400 block of Dresden Drive — On Jan. 23, in the morning, a man and a woman were arrested on charges of fraud.

ford Highway — On Jan. 26, a man was arrested on burglary charges.

Jan. 22, in the early morning, a man was arrested on a charge of driving without a driver’s license.

22, in the evening, items were stolen

Jan. 23, in the early morning, a man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Jan. 22, in the morning, a man was ar-

gia. Payment was made on Oct. 7, 2016, after which time the county learned that Cornejo did not receive the payment and did not send the email to the county. The complaint accuses James of fraudulently receiving the payment through an account he held at a Georgia bank in the name of Rapid Repairs and Consultants. The complaint alleges the scheme involved providing false information over the internet to the county’s Automated Clearing House. The fraudulent email caused the county to change the information it kept on file as the Cornejo company’s financial institution and bank account. If convicted, James faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $25,000. The FBI, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wichita Police Department investigated. To date, Sedgwick County says its recovered $22,471.14 of the approximately $566,000 lost, according to a report by KWCH 12 in Kansas.

On Jan. 25, at night, a man was arrested on a charge of soliciting without a permit. 3800 block of Buford Highway —

On Jan. 27, a woman was arrested on a charge of driving without a driver’s license. 2800 block of Caldwell Road — On

Jan. 27, at night, a man was arrested on a charge of driving without a driver’s license. 3500 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 28, in the early morning, a man was arrested on a charge of driving without a driver’s license. 3300 block of Clairmont Road — On

Jan. 28, in the morning, a man was arrested on a charge of using a suspended or revoked driver’s license. 1600 block of Briarwood Road — On

Jan. 28, in the afternoon, a man was arrested on a charge of simple battery.

Jan. 24, in the early evening, a man was arrested on a charge of driving without a driver’s license.

2200 block of Lake Boulevard — On

2900 block of Clairmont Road — On

3600 block of Buford Highway — On

Jan. 25, in the evening, a man was arrested on a probation violation charge. 2000 block of Johnson Ferry Road —

On Jan. 25, at night, a man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. 2000 block of Johnson Ferry Road —

Jan. 29, in the morning, a man was arrested on a charge of simple battery. Jan. 29, in the early afternoon, a woman was arrested on a charge of family violence.

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S 1800 block of Briarwood Road — On

Jan. 22, at night, a criminal trespass warning was issued.

Police charge man with commercial burglaries Brookhaven police announced they have arrested a man suspected of involvement in numerous local commercial burglaries in recent weeks. Michael Goldberg, 54, of Atlanta was arrested Jan. 24 after an officer noticed him behind a closed Brookhaven business, according to a media release. Goldberg is charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of criminal attempt burglary. He is being held at the DeKalb County Jail with no bond. Goldberg is believed to be connected to other area burglaries and additional charges could be filed, police said. “During the course of the investigation, BrookhavMichael Goldberg en police investigators were able to connect Michael Goldberg to five incidents within Brookhaven in just the last two weeks,” police stated. BK

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Surveillance photo at a Brookhaven apartment complex shows three suspects believed to be involved in a rash of mail thefts.

P OL I C E S EEK S US PEC T S IN R A S H OF M AI L TH EF T S Brookhaven police are seeking three suspects in a rash of mail thefts that have been taking place at local apartment complexes since December. Two arrests in the thefts have so far been made in connection with the thefts. Regina Sutton is charged with theft by taking and identity fraud and Antwan Manuel is charged with stealing a motor vehicle, police announced Jan. 19. Sutton, 34, of Atlanta, was arrested in December, police said. Manuel, 25, also of Atlanta, was arrested by Atlanta police and accused of driving a vehicle reported stolen from Brookhaven, according to a press release. Sutton was released Jan. 14 on $2,000 bond from the DeKalb County Jail, according to court information. Manuel is held at the Fulton County Jail, according to police. Anyone with information on the three suspects in the photos is asked to contact the Brookhaven Police Department at 404-637-0600 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta (www. crimestoppersatlanta.org) by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Here about the poll ture. Nearly two-thirds and local interest. being considered Here are two Page 18 being considered are two and local comments That will mean topics of state Act rejected. in be of the 200 respondents state LegislaRestoration reactions to the on page 11. ► said the bill should said the bill should “more accuracy, law. Read more Religious Freedom on page 11. ► of 200 respondents be rejected. Here more about the poll local comments Page 18 are two accountability, and local comments ture. Nearly two-thirds more about the poll and ” Sanders said, on page 11. ► law. Read adding it will also give reactions to the firefighters hands-on I’m so sick of Georgia edge of where knowlthe city’s hydrants BY DYANA BAGBY case they need looking like backward are in Even having a BY JOE EARLE to find them rnewspapers.net proposal I’m so sick of Georgia dyanabagby@rep in an emerbufgency. joeearle@reporte orternewspapers.n foons. This is just of a religious freedom a proposal having et city’s Even the 18 looking on Even off But Page those inspections law having a proposal law like backward sound legalized discrimina seems to be a step City officials to are where the The chance to bufdepartment’s 120 people are preparing fire of a religious freedom I’m so sick of Georgia buffoons. This is just of a religious freedom direct control more than to look for a new city manager in the plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the of the crucial parks drew on Jan. 12. safety devices law to replace Marie seems to be a step start looking like backward library branch ends. The 2,910 legalized discrimina to start seems to be a step rett, who held GarDunwoody’s hydrants to room, standon city streets the job since isn’t enough, it’s If that having more considerBrookhaven’s into a meeting are actually owned inception. right direction... foons. This is just tion, bad plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the They packed ideas on a city of Atlanta’s by the the state economica for to voice their ation for religion, to start Department of A national search ing room only, having more considerWatershed legalized discrimina parks plan. isn’t enough, it’s If that Management, having more considerperiod. lly. for a new city city’s five-year which can take If that period. ager was expected bad manrewrite of the months to a bit familmake repairs. A 44-YEAR-OLD A 34-YEAR-OLD to plain and simple.bad for ation for religion, the state economica for ation for religion, the discussion WOMAN WOMAN tails of a separation begin as soon as deSome found WHO LIVES period. lly. WHO LIVES Sanders called between the city WOMAN IN BROOKHAVE isn’t enough, it’s lly. IN SANDY SPRINGS that situation Garrett could iar. A 34-YEAR-OLD N to all these A 44-YEAR-OLD a “challenge,” though be reached. Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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