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Donna Manrique gets some love from Murphy while enjoying singer/songwriter Wesley Cook performing in the Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Concert Series’ final show of the year on July 15. More photos, p. 14-15.►

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The historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm at 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road is nearly ready for public use after years of work, as the City Council recently approved funding for finishing touches. The council voted July 10 to award a contract not to exceed $558,000 for site improvements at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm to include handicapped parking and Americans with Disabilities Act regulated accessibility to the house and restrooms, paving the way to the cityowned park opening sometime this summer to the public. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker told the mayor and council that the contract, to P.E. Structures and Associates LLC, will be used to apply the final touches needed that will then allow for the property and farm house to be opened to the public for events. No specific date has been given for when the farm will open. See HISTORIC on page 12

City may rein in business signs BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Dressed as the Statue of Liberty? Not allowed. Spinning a gym business sign on the street corner? Out of here. Posting your business signs among a crop of political signs? No more. At least, those are some of the recommended amendments to the city’s sign ordinance now being considered by the City Council. But it must tread carefully around the constitutional rights of businesses to advertise and residents to express opinions and support, according to legal counsel. The proposed amendments to the sign ordinance included restricting “sign-spinners” and people in costumes, such as Statue See CITY on page 22


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State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) recently was elected vice chair of the Southern Regional Education Board’s legislative advisory council. As the chair of Georgia’s Senate Higher Education Committee, Millar has served actively with SREB, including commissions on college affordability and early childhood education, according to an SREB press release. Millar represents District 40, which includes portions of Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized State Sen. Fran Millar the link between education and economic vitality. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Dunwoody City Council on July 10 gave initial approval to a temporary construction easement on city property at 50 Perimeter Center East to developer Taylor Morrison so it can build a wall as part of a townhouse development. In return for the easement, Taylor Morrison will fund and complete construction of the wall, fencing and a trail to connect the sidewalk to the trailhead in the park. The easement area covers 0.234 acres. The city owns approximately 3 acres at 50 Perimeter Center East and intends to use this land for a future city park, according to city spokesperson Bob Mullen. “The city intends to fund designs and construction documents for the new park and expects to put these out for bid in the next year or so,” Mullen said. “As part of its proposed agreement with the city, Taylor Morrison intends to fund and complete the construction of a wall, fencing and trail to connect the sidewalk to the future trailhead, which will be included at the new park. “A future multi-use trail is also planned along the eastern edge of the townhome property and plans are for that trail to connect to a pedestrian/bicycle bridge which will create access from the PCIDs area to the Georgetown area,” Mullen said. Taylor Morrison is constructing 87 townhomes dubbed the Townsend at Perimeter just south of the city property. The city and Taylor Morrison already have in place an agreement for the developer to construct a portion of the Dunwoody Trailway connecting Perimeter Center East to the Old Georgetown Trail.

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The Music Class Dunwoody will host a grand opening ceremony on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at its new location in Dunwoody Plaza. The Music Class was one of two music-related business displaced by an April 2 fire in Dunwoody Village. The fire at the 5509 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road shopping center damaged the New School of Music, a music lesson and instrument business, and The Music Class, which teaches music and movement to young children. The Music Class’ grand opening is free and open to the public and will include a morning of singing, dancing, yoga and other activities, including presentations of the Music Pups and new Family Yoga programs. There will also be raffles for the chance to win The Music Class merchandise or a free Music Class tuition. The event will also feature face painting and snacks. The New School of Music hopes to return to Dunwoody Village by August, manager Jeremy Fuschetto said.

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The mayor and City Council voted July 10 to approve approximately $342,390 in stormwater repairs. Repairs at 2542 Bentbrook Drive, totaling $220,682.28, are being made following several complaints from a resident on an adjoining property who reported damages to their home from water flowing through stone flumes. “Staff observations and a completed hydrology study does not support that stormwater damages were caused by drainage from Bentbrook Drive or the city’s drainage infrastructure. However, staff does agree that this drainage system was not properly constructed in the 1970s and that the construction of an alternate alignment is warranted,” according to a memo by David Elliott, director of Stormwater Management. Another $60,854.20 will be spent to repair a stormwater culvert at 2222 Dartford Drive. The repairs are needed after a report of a sinkhole, Elliott stated in a memo. Both projects will be funded with 2017 stormwater maintenance funds. DUN


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City Council OKs up to $5.7M for new baseball fields BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Construction on new baseball fields adjacent to Brook Run Park is expected to begin in mid-August after the City Council approved spending up to $5.7 million for the design and buildout of the new fields. The vote followed discussion on ways to lower the cost. The mayor and council voted 5-2 on July 10 to approve funds for the project. The amount is still significantly more than the original budgeted $4.3 million to build the fields but the council agreed the remainder of the money would come from the city’s reserves. Mayor Denis Shortal and Councilmember Lynn Deutsch voted against the motion. Deutsch said she wanted the price to come down to at least $5.5 million, while Shortal suggested putting the bid out for a request for proposal to try to possibly bring the cost down even more. One reason for the increase in price from the original estimated $4.3 million is the city’s decision to use artificial turf rather than natural grass. That upped the overall costs by more than $1 million, bringing the total to about $5.5 million. The July 10 vote comes after the mayor and council in May rejected bids for the project because the lowest bid came in at slightly more than $7.3 million, much higher than the budgeted amount. A contractor that works with the state estimated the afternoon of the July 10 meeting that the project could be completed at about $6 million, but with some shaving of costs the total would come down to between $5.7 million to $5.8 million, Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said. Shortal asked how much money the city had in reserve. Finance Director Chris Pike was not at the meeting, but was contacted by City Manager Eric Linton by phone in a conversation that was amplified for everyone to hear. Pike said what was in the city’s reserve was a “complicated question.” The city has a four-month reserve, homestead option sales tax (HOST) reserves and leftover funds from other capital projects, Pike said. It would take a “fair amount of legwork” to come up with a total number, he said, but he also said he was confident the city had enough to cover the remaining costs for the new baseball fields. “I can say with confidence there is enough to do this project,” Pike said. Council members discussed ways to cut costs. Suggestions included eliminating a planned playground until funds become available and paying for only two batting cages, rather than four. The new fields are being built on property that once belonged to Peachtree Charter Middle School. They replace the current baseball fields in Dunwoody Park that are used by Dunwoody Senior Baseball. Those DUN

fields that were sold as part of a land swap to the DeKalb County Board of Education. The school system plans to build a new 900-seat Austin Elementary School on the land that had been used for the ballfields and belonged to the city as part of Dunwoody Park. The new school is currently slated to open in fall 2019. Walker said putting out a request for proposal for the ballfield construction, as Shortal suggested, would delay the project another six weeks at least, and it was likely the costs would not change that much. The city is trying to build the fields before Feb. 1, when Dunwoody Senior Baseball’s fall league is scheduled to start. Walker said after the meeting he still expects the new fields to be completed by Feb. 1. The school district is expected to demolish the current fields sometime in October to begin construction of the new Austin Elementary School at the site. Dunwoody Senior Baseball is playing on those fields until it wraps up its current league play. The city also gets the property where the current Austin Elementary School stands to potentially become a park. The city also received $3.6 million from DeKalb Schools as part of the deal.

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Russell Honderd stays busy on a recent day at the Brookhaven Farmers Market selling produce from King of Crops, a farm owned by the popular frozen treat company, King of Pops.

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Russell Honderd pinched off a piece of red pepper and popped it into his mouth. “These are some of the sweetest peppers we have,” he said, standing behind a box of the red peppers mixed with plump pimento peppers and another box filled with baby carrots with lush green stems. A scale was hanging over his shoulder. Honderd, the 31-year-old son of wellknown Brookhaven residents Betsy Eggers and Jack Honderd, was at a recent Brookhaven Farmers Market selling the veggies, some wildflowers, and likely the most popular product on his menu — King of Pops frozen treats. He kept them stored in a refrigerated cart and topped with a signature rainbow umbrella.

The vegetables are grown at the King of Crops farm located in Winston, a city in Douglas County about 30 miles west of Atlanta. Honderd manages the farm, which produces produce for sale and for use in the pops, which now are sold throughout the Southeast. At the farm, King of Pops founders Nick and Steve Carse are undertaking a large-scale effort to grow local, organic produce to use in the making of their frozen pops, Honderd said. The 68-acre farm, purchased in 2014 by King of Pops, is undergoing some major infrastructure work under Honderd’s direction in order to grow a variety of organic fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a business plan to expand to “new projects creating an example of

how business and environmental stewardship can benefit from one another.” Seasonal crops at King of Crops include lettuce; arugula; slicer- and cherrysized tomatoes; sweet and hot peppers; eggplant; sugar snap peas; strawberries; blueberries; blackberries; melons; assorted herbs; ginger; lemongrass; kale; collard greens and cucumbers. “We grow fruits for pops,” Honderd said when asked what he tells people what he does for a living. Cucumbers grown on the farm are used to create Honderd’s favorite pop, the cucumber-lime pop. “I love it. It is so refreshing,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite right now.” King of Crops also has a salad club and grows produce people can buy specifically

for salads. Customers can pick up the produce at the Brookhaven Farmers Market, the Ponce City Farmers Market or Decatur Farmers Market (although on this recent Saturday in Brookhaven there were no pickings because recent heavy rain had washed away the salad options). Selling at local farmer markets is one way for the King of Crops to create some revenue as it creates the infrastructure needed for the large-scale farm effort, Honderd said, and gives him and others a chance to tell people about what they are doing. “I really enjoy going to farmers markets and talking about what we are doing, meeting people ... it’s a great feeling,” he said. “Farming is filled with long days Continued on page 6


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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Bicycle share stations, which allow users to rent a bike for a fee from an automated kiosk or from a smartphone app, are gaining momentum in Atlanta and the Perimeter area. The Relay Bike Share system opened two new stations in Buckhead in midJuly, a partnership with MARTA was launched July 14 and the system was expanded by 500 bikes in April. Private bike shares have also opened in the Perimeter area, including ones at the Perimeter Summit office complex in Brookhaven and the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs. They operate on private property and are unavailable to the public. Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz oversaw the Relay Bike Share 100bike launch in May 2016. Since then, the program has been expanded to 500 bikes at 65 stations throughout Atlanta, but none were installed in Buckhead until July 2017. Within the next five years, Katz expects the number of bikes to balloon to 1,000 at 130 stations throughout the city. To determine where the bikes will go, Katz and the other city officials rely on public input about where residents

want bikes and what routes they want to take. Katz also takes into account the number of residential and commercial buildings around the area and what transit options are close by. One goal of the bike share system is to provide what’s called “last-mile connectivity,” which is getting a transit rider from a station or stop to his or her destination. To help accomplish last-mile connectivity, the Relay Bike Share program has partnered with MARTA to provide bike maintenance stations and bike racks at all MARTA stations. Actual bike share stations are open only at seven MARTA stations so far. A Relay Bike Share station will open in the coming weeks at the Lenox MARTA station. Bike racks have been placed inside MARTA stations because people feel safer locking bikes within the MARTA gates, but it is important for the bike rental stations be outside of MARTA stations so that people not riding the train can also rent the bikes, Katz said. Providing bike shares at Perimeter-area MARTA stations is also on the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ radar. Ann Hanlon, the executive director of the PCIDs, said the organization wants to help make the area more bike friendly. “We are very fortunate to have three

rail stations in our area, and making er Place and the Lenox MARTA stations them easier to get to is definitely one of to improve last-mile connectivity. The our priorities,” Hanlon said. two office buildings are off Piedmont Getting bike share stations to Buckhead Road and close to the MARTA station, took longer because it required signing liso adding bike share stations to them censing agreements with private properwill allow people to get from the train ty owners, Katz said. But placing them on Continued on page 7 private property is important in Buckhead because there is limited public right of way on which to place them, she said. The support of Buckhead residents’ helped encourage Atlanta to get bike shares in Buckhead and Denise Starling, the executive director of Livable Buckhead, was an integral force in getting the private businesses on board and bringing the bike share stations to the neighborhood, Katz said. Starling said Livable Buckhead has been working on attracting the bike share stations ZAGSTER to the neighborhood Zagster bike share stations similar to this one in for several months, and Indiana have been installed around the Perimeter choose the locations at Summit office, residential and hotel complex in Brookhaven for use by tenants and hotel guests. Piedmont Center, Tow-

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tally sustainable mission of King of Pops, and hard work and it’s Honderd said. It grows rejuvenating to feel and sells only plants support from people.” native to Georgia, with One of the biggest the edible varieties inshortcomings to farmtended for people to ers markets, Honderd plant as what he called said, is the idea that “food landscapes.” they are only accessi“For the last 50 to 60 ble to “certain people.” years, it’s been about “They are seen as trying to make foods a being for a niche cheap at the expense Russell Honderd. crowd, wealthy peoof farm workers ... and ple, a fad,” he said. “We consumers are suffering more,” he said. really need to get more involvement “There are a lot of different ways we and support from all people.” can change food systems,” he added. “It is Living and working on a farm is a nata lot of work in order to affect change ... ural career move for Honderd, whose but you got to take the first steps.” parents are both advocates for protectAnd some of those steps are taking ing the environment. Eggers is chair of place on a pop farm. the Peachtree Creek Greenway, a planned For more information about King of new city park and trail system, and HonCrops, visit kingofcrops.com. derd is an architect and developer. “When I was a boy [in Brookhaven] I spent a lot of time playing with my brother on a creek that ran through our back yard, and that’s where I really fell in love with being outside,” Honderd said. “I developed a passion for environmental sustainability — it was really wonderful.” The small creek ran next to the Brookhaven Library in what’s now known as Fernwood Park and drained by Apple Valley Road and then to Tugaloo Drive, he remembered. “We could trudge through it ... it was a fun place to explore and we were given access to all our neighbors,” he said. Now, living and working on a farm fulfills what he sees as being important in life: environmental sustainability, social justice and access to food. A nursery at the farm is also keeping with the environmen-


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Bike share momentum growing in Perimeter area how to use them, and will also publish route suggestions to give people an idea of how they could improve their commute. Officials with the Atlanta program also aim to make the bike share system equitable and available to a wide variety of people by placing bikes throughout the city. They also introduced in April reduced membership pricing for ISADORA PENNINGTON Atlanta’s chief bicycle officer, Becky Katz, at the April community members that event to kick off the Relay Bike Share expansion. receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance ProContinued from page 5 gram benefits, so lower-income people could more easily rent bikes. station to work much easier, she said. “We want the bikes to be accessible PATH400, especially after it eventually to everyone,” Katz said. connects to the Atlanta BeltLine, makes a SNAP recipients receive a discounted Buckhead “a great place to ride,” Katz said. rate of a $5 monthly membership, comStarling said Buckhead residents she pared to the $15 regular monthly fee. An has heard from have been excited, but she annual membership is also available for and others involved with the program have $10 a month, and individual rides are to evaluate the program’s success and us$3.50 for 30 minutes. Riders can pay by age data before deciding to add more. credit card at the bike station or on the “Buckhead is not as bike-friendly as othSocial Bicycles smartphone app. To find a er communities in Atlanta,” Starling said. bike, visit relaybikeshare.com/map. Starling said Livable Buckhead will Starling said Livable Buckhead dedo awareness and education campaigns liberately waited to be a part of the so people know where the bikes are and

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city’s system instead of trying to implement other bike share stations. “You get more out of it in a bigger system,” she said. In recent months, “rogue” bike shares, or bicycle rental companies not operated in conjunction with the city but are placed on public property, have popped up in Midtown. “We think competition is good, but all operators need to be held to the same level of service,” Katz said. They need to be equitably distributed and properly insured, she said. The companies often require hefty deposits, making them not available to everyone, she said. If people have trouble with using them or if, for example, they are left on public property blocking sidewalks, they “could give bike share a bad name,” she said. If private bike share companies are only on private property, it is up to the property owner to enforce the rules and regulate the companies, she said. Hanlon said the PCIDs have every option on the table for improving residents’ and employees’ commutes, including bike share. There are a couple of private bike share stations for tenants of the complexes at Perimeter Summit in Brookhaven and at Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs, home to the iconic pair of skyscrapers often

called the “King and Queen,” Hanlon said. She believes a blend of these private and public bike shares would probably be the best way to get people riding bikes. A spokesperson for Perimeter Summit’s management company, Seven Oaks, said the office, residential and hotel complex uses a company called Zagster, which has partnered with city governments and several universities. The bike share at Perimeter Summit is only available to hotel guests, residents and office building tenants who must use a special access code. The bike share systems at Concourse are also only accessible to tenants and operate in a similar way. They are located outside of several of the complex’s buildings. Zagster, a Massachusetts-based company, said in 2016 it has sent a proposal to Sandy Springs to partner with Zagster to install public bike share stations around the city. Zagster has already has partnered with Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Town Center Community Improvement District to install systems. If the Perimeter area was able to get bike share stations, Hanlon said it could bring business and workers to the area. “It would be hugely important in bringing business here and in getting employees to want to come here,” she said.

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Book honors endangered houses of Historic Brookhaven BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A new coffee-table book honors the houses of Historic Brookhaven — and immortalizes them before more are lost to redevelopment.

“The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” features more than 90 houses in the historic neighborhood that straddles Brookhaven and Buckhead, centered on the Capital City Club golf course. The limited-edition book is the product of several years of work by

a committee of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association. “There are definitely houses that are gone or were significantly remodeled — so remodeled that they’re no longer recognizable as historical — in those three or four years,” said Richard Diedrich, a Historic Brookhaven resident and author of coffee-table books about golf courses, who penned the book. The book project is focused on a smaller area within Historic Brookhaven

— the official Historic District that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. It’s roughly bounded by East Brookhaven Drive and Peachtree, Vermont and Winall Down roads. That core neighborhood dates back to a 1910 plan for the Capital City Club — then called the Brookhaven Country Club — in an area of summer cottages. A community called Brookhaven Estates was plotted around the club’s borders, soon followed by two other subdivisions.

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Houses dating from 1910 to 1942 are now part of the Historic District. The National Register designation offers recognition and eligibility for preservation-related grants and tax credits, but does not protect buildings from demolition. About 150 historic homes remain in Historic Brookhaven, but at least 50 others have been demolished or heavily altered since the Historic District designation, Diedrich and the neighborhood association estimate. Raising awareness of the houses’ historic value was a main inspiration for the book when resident Mike Elliot approached Diedrich several years ago about writing it.


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Above, the house at 10 Brookhaven Drive in Historic Brookhaven. Right, a watercolor of the front door.

Writing, photographing and producing the book was a challenge taking years of devoted effort by the committee. Members have previously said they had to raise over $25,000 in business sponsorships and book subscriptions from homeowners to make the project happen. “At the time, we were selling a vision,” said Diedrich, declining to reveal the book project’s final cost. The result is a 146-page, oversized book packed with profiles of houses, describing the history and architecture of many, along with some personal memories. Photos of the houses are in many cases accompanied by watercolors painted by Diedrich that highlight the front doors or entryways – among the unique parts of the houses, he writes. Among the particularly notable houses is 3970 East Brookhaven Drive, whose architect was Phillip Trammell Shutze, the designer of the Atlanta History Center’s famous Swan House and many other prominent Atlanta buildings. The Capital City Club gets its own section, and the book includes context about the area’s history and diverse architecture, as well as some notes on today’s new housing in the neighborhood. Diedrich said other historic neighbor-

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Kitchens. Baths. Porches & Decks. Basements. Patios. Additions. hoods in metro Atlanta could consider creating such a book. He noted Druid Hills as a very similar community, with its golf club, historic houses and varied architecture. “They all have the problem of historic houses being razed and being replaced,” Diedrich said of metro Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. “It’s really a more pervasive problem than [only in] Brookhaven.” “The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” was delivered to subscribers in June. Anyone can buy a copy, while supplies last, for $85 via brookhavenlibretto.com and soon at the UPS Store at 4062 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven. Diedrich said he will attend three book-signings in September, including at the Decatur Book Festival.

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Commentary / For great public art, craft a great public policy Editor’s Note: Public art is a rising priority in local cities, but sometimes comes with disputes about lack of transparency in how the art is selected and placed. The city of Brookhaven is about to relocate its new “Young Girl’s Statue for Peace,” a memorial to Korean women sexually trafficked by the Japanese military in World War II, from one park to another following a threatened lawsuit over the lack of public input in its placement. The partial disassembly of Buckhead’s iconic sculpture “The Storyteller” and its relocation from a city park to the local library have drawn criticisms from the artist and civic leaders. Meanwhile, the city of Sandy Springs recently created detailed policies on how it will solicit, accept and display public art as it prepares to open its arts-oriented City Springs civic center next year. The nonprofit Art Sandy Springs plays a key role in that process. Reporter Newspapers asked Cheri Morris of Art Sandy Springs to explain the goals and strategies in crafting a municipal public art policy. The Atlanta metro area has, in recent discomfort. Controversy that promotes the years, begun to energetically embrace pubprogress of humanity, as did Michelangelo, lic art as a means of creating community or spurs thought and public discourse, can and enhancing quality of life. be a very good thing. Much of the work is being done by nonBut some controversy is unnecessary profit organizations. Living Walls has faciland counterproductive, and can be avoiditated over 100 public murals throughout ed with forethought and planning. Atlanta the region. The Atlanta BeltLine hosts the has seen mural art removed by neighbors annual Art on the BeltLine, with more than who felt it was just 100 fine and performing arts components. too bioArt Sandy Springs has for the last 10 years donated sculptures and murals to the city of Sandy Springs through its program known as “ArtSS in the Open.” The most noteworthy of these is the iconic Playable Art Park created in concert with Sandy Springs Conservancy. Local governments are beginning to add their power to the burgeoning public art scene, with an eye to creating their own unique sense of place and supporting economic development. Cities such as Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Duluth, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Suwannee have created public art programs, each with a distinct mission appropriate to its geography. Art does not come without controversy. Indeed, MiDYANA BAGBY chelangelo, the great Italian Jeff Beal and Cindy “Rodeo” Steedle sculptor and painter, was take a look at the “comfort women” quite controversial in his day memorial in its soon to be former home at for celebrating the musculaBrookhaven’s Blackburn Park II in July. ture of the human form at a time when virtually all art was liturgical and created in celebration of logically explicit. Some art purchased for the divine. parks has been disassembled and split into Some art is intended to be controverdifferent ownership, surprising and disapsial, to create public discourse about a subpointing the artist. ject the artist believes should be explored. A Many good souls are working to fill recent example is the “Fearless Girl,” a statour city with beauty and to do so with as ue of a girl staring down the famous snortfew stumbles as possible. The city of Saning bronze bull on Wall Street, sponsored dy Springs can be held up as a great examby a large financial institution to make a ple of thoughtfully approaching its public statement in support of gender equity in art program with carefully crafted goals, the financial industry. strategies, criteria and policy. The program On the local front, the “comfort womis embedded in city policy and is being imen” statue in Brookhaven makes a strong plemented through a memorandum of unsocial commentary that is creating some derstanding with Art Sandy Springs.

The first step was to incorporate public art into the city’s Comprehensive Plan and to include discussion in the extensive public meetings around that

Cheri Morris

is past president of Art Sandy Springs and chairs the organization’s “ArtSS in the Open” public art program. She also develops, leases, owns, manages and consults on mixeduse communities, with a focus on downtown revitalizations.

planning process. The Comp Plan calls for creation of a more detailed Public Art Plan to establish everything from criteria for what is judged as art, to potential locations of art pieces in city-owned open spaces, to a plan of action to procure and place those pieces in the coming years. The public art plan will be fulfilled in part by an annual sculpture competition, managed by Art Sandy Springs. Annual finalists will be displayed in the park at City Springs, with public comment invited. And each year’s winners will be transported to their permanent homes in the city’s parks and open spaces. The city also has established a Public Art Policy, including the criteria and proDUN


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cedures for acceptance, conservancy and divestiture of gifts in parks and open spaces. Art Sandy Springs will assist the city in evaluating potential donations of public art and will work with the donors to tie their ideas into the city’s Public Art Plan. On its part, Art Sandy Springs brings 10 years of learning to the process of procuring public art. The Playable Art Park took almost two years to bring to fruition from a well-structured call for entries, to community participation in the screening process, to review of the entries by art conservators for maintenance issues and playground experts for safety. We conducted several focus groups of children who went through the entries to comment on playability. And then we brought in highly credentialed art experts for the final judging. This group included the objects conservator of the High Museum, the head of the sculpture department at the Savannah College for Art and Design-Atlanta, the sculpture conservator of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and

others. One of my greatest joys is that, of the six winners selected by the judges, five were also in the top picks of the children. Whereas Art Sandy Springs functioned independently in its first 10 years, the city and the organization found it wise to create a partnership in which the city embraces and fortifies the awareness of art, sets clear expectations and procedures within which to work, and empowers the subject matter experts at Art Sandy Springs to bring its volunteer resources to perform the painstaking work that is not within the reality of government. The tools that have been put in place do not assure that there will be no controversy. Surely someone won’t think a certain sculpture is pretty or a mosaic is wonderful. And it is not out of the question that the city may someday choose to own a piece of art that is intended to provoke thought or create dialogue. However, we can be assured that controversy won’t come from hurt feelings, or art content that is simply outside societal norms.

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Historic farm gets final touches for public use Continued from page 1 The Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the nonprofit organization that works with the city to manage the DonaldsonBannister Farm, is putting $228,000 toward the final touches to the farm while the city will be paying $300,000 through the city’s Facilities Improvement Partnership Program, Walker said. Councilmember Terry Nall noted the $558,000 contract is higher than the amount of money approved for the project when the council awarded its FIPP grants in April. “When we had the FIPP process, we allocated $528,000 – but the project after deductions came in the cost is $30,000 higher. So they are seeking ad-

ditional city money,” Nall said. Walker explained the Dunwoody Preservation Trust is going to donate volunteers to the project which will help cover costs. While volunteer hours do not give the city cash in hand, he said, the donated time will help save overall expenses. “We approved [Donaldson-Bannister Farm funding] in the FIPP process, so we believe in it. My challenge is that during the FIPP process, we underfunded the Dunwoody Nature Center by $100,000 ... and for this we’ve found another $30,000,” Nall said. In its FIPP grants, the city awarded the Dunwoody Nature Center a $200,000 grant instead of the $300,500 it requested to cover costs to build a

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We approved [Donaldson-Bannister Farm funding] in the FIPP process, so we believe in it. My challenge is that during the FIPP process, we underfunded the Dunwoody Nature Center by $100,000 ... and for this we’ve found another $30,000. TERRY NALL CITY COUNCILMEMBER new pavilion. “It sounds like we have left over capital project funds,” Nall added. “We’re jumping this one ahead when we stripped $100,000 from the Nature Center. But this helps get the padlock off the gate.” Walker said the money spent on the Donaldson-Bannister Farm provides a “bigger community benefit” because it will go toward opening a new park in the city. The farm and property will then be able to be used as event space and passive space, he said. The extra $30,000 includes $10,000 coming from trail design money that

has not been used, Walker explained. Councilmember Doug Thompson disagreed with the city taking trail design money to be used toward the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. “I’ve got a problem with taking money out of trail design,” he said. “I’m out on this.” Walker said there was still money in the city budget for trail design. “That money needs to be used for trails. It’s very important to have a complete trail system,” Thompson said. The vote was 6-1 to award the contract, with Thompson casting the lone no vote.

W. J. Donaldson built this historical two-story home in the 1870s just following the end of the Civil War. The house was originally painted white, surrounded by a white picket fence, and nestled on the corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody and Vermack Road. Members of the Donaldson family, including patriarch W.J. Donaldson, are buried in the small family cemetery located on the north side of the property. The property originally featured eight outbuildings including a blacksmith shop, a three-stall barn, wash-house, well and commissary. Source: Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau DUN


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To commemorate and celebrate July as Parks & Recreation Month, the city of Dunwoody is conducting a “Parks Pursuit Challenge” with winners eligible to win prizes to iconic local venues. To participate, post a picture of yourself, your family and/or friends in a Duwoody park and use the hashtags #DunwoodyParks and #PlayOnJuly. Those who do so will be eligible to win four tickets to the Dunwoody Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival, a family membership and swag bag from Spruill Center for the Arts, two season tickets to the 2017-2018 Stage Door Players season shows, or a free facility rental at a city park. The city’s parks are: • Brook Run Park • Donaldson-Bannister Farm • Dunwoody Park • Georgetown Park • North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center • Pernoshal Park • Vernon Oaks Park • Windwood Hollow Park

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“STAGES”

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m.

Experience life and love in stages with three talented ladies as they sing some of their favorite Broadway numbers in “Stages,” a cabaret-style show. $10. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-394-0675.

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Hear 15 singers from the Capitol City Opera Company perform selections from “The Golden Age of Broadway” at the Company’s 25th annual “On the Light Side,” a musical “indoor picnic” and silent auction fundraiser. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (formerly Church of the Atonement). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to browse the silent auction and to enjoy a “Bring Your Own Picnic.” $40; $300 for tables of eight. 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Info: ccityopera.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT Sunday, July 30, 3 p.m.

Franklin Pond Chamber Music, a music program for talented string students, presents its annual Summer Finale Concert featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Glazunov, Brahms, and Dvorak. Faculty members and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians Jun-Ching Lin and Carolyn Hancock will perform with the students in the final piece. Free. Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: franklinpond.org or 404-252-3479.

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Come dressed to get wet and splash through sprinklers, play water games, and make water crafts at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Family Fun Day. Bubble show, guided hikes, creature feature and food trucks. Included with general admission: $10 adult; $7 seniors 65+ and students 13-18; $6 child; free for CNC members and kids 2 and younger. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org.

“Gentle Yoga with Michael” offers a relaxing way to improve physical health and mental outlook. Yoga mat is required. Free. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. Info: 404-303-6130.

LEARN SOMETHING “THE TERROR YEARS” Wednesday, July 26, 8 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright appears at the Atlanta History Center and will discuss his book, “The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.” $10 public; $5 History Center members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

TITLES @ TWILIGHT

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Davis, author of more than 100 articles on the Civil War in scholarly and popular journals, will discuss his new book, “All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign,” in the Titles @ Twilight program at Heritage Sandy Springs. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy

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Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall The Westminster Schools, recent graduates Mary Bryce Brannen and Harrison Hall made a mark on their school community through debate. In the spring, the two students took first place at the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championship in Ogden, Utah. Facing 166 students from 16 states, the pair won 10 of 11 90-minute policy debates, eventually defeating numberone ranked Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville, Tenn., in the finals on a 3-0 decision, said Justin Abraham, digital and media strategies manager of The Westminster Schools. Mary Bryce said she is only the second female in history to win this national championship. “Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity,” Harrison said. Mary Bryce and Harrison were heavily involved in debate at Westminster, working with the school’s Director of Debate, Jordana Sternberg. Harrison described “countless sleepless nights preparing to beat the best opponents in the nation.” Debate became a passion for both students. Mary Bryce describes how debate has taught her the necessary skills to defend both sides of a topic, “no matter where [her] personal beliefs may lie.” In addition, she found debate skills helped her in the classroom by developing her

Every win is like a recognition of how much work, time and energy we put into the activity. HARRISON HALL THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS critical thinking skills. For Harrison, the passion for debate has been heavily influenced by his two older brothers, both former Westminster debaters. Since eighth grade, Harrison has competed at the high school level of debate. He wanted, he said, to “skip the middle school program” and “jump into the big leagues.” This year, the topic of debate at the NDCA National Championship concerned diplomatic and/or economic engagement with China. Throughout the

Standout Students debate, the two students relied on “raw talent, years of experience and knowledge of the topic from countless hours of reading books, journals, and news reports” in addition to weeks of preparation, Harrison said. In the final round, the two argued the affirmative position that the U.S. should engage China over cybersecurity. That, they proposed, would allow the countries “to form a compliance framework for both countries to follow, establishing a norm that neither country should steal the other’s intellectual property or attack critical infrastructure,” Mary Bryce said.

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City looks to rein in business signs Continued from page 1 of Liberty costumes worn during tax season. Such sign-wavers would be considered “animated signs,” said City Planner Ronnie Kurtz at the July 10 City Council meeting. Sign-spinners — employees who spin a business’ sign to attract attention to the business — are dangerous and should be prohibited, said Mayor Denis Shortal. “To me it’s a safety issue because when people see a sign being spun, it’s like texting and it takes their mind off driving,” Shortal said. There is no definition of what a “costume” is in the code, pointed out resident Joe Hirsch, who called the attempt to regulate what people wear when holding signs as “mind-boggling.” Kurtz said in a statement after the meeting that the intended purpose of the amendment was to prevent people or businesses from enlisting individuals as signspinners, typically located near right-ofway and streets to advertise businesses. “Upon further review, it was deemed that the definition for an ‘animated sign’ as is already included in the code, encompasses such activity, and appropriately allows for enforcement and prevention,” he said. “The city currently is not aware of other municipalities adopting regulations for people in costumes advertising for businesses,” Kurtz said. The aftershocks of the long, arduous 6th Congressional District campaign season are also seeping into the city’s sign ordinance. “The genesis of this came out of the very long election cycle,” Kurtz told the council at the July 10 meeting, of trying to regulate numbers of signs placed in the city. Planners are proposing revisions to the sign ordinance policy that include trying to find a way to limit “standard informational signs” during campaign seasons. “Staff received a myriad of complaints on a daily basis from the public that there were too many standard informational signs in the city,” Kurtz said. Residents complained specifically about the number of signs in Perimeter Center and Dunwoody Village, he said. Municipalities cannot regulate a sign’s content. But the planners proposal looks at limiting how many signs can go up in commercial areas and, at first, also looked at limiting them in residential areas. “We looked into our code … and the culprit is we allow unlimited signs from the date of qualifying to the election. We felt the most prudent way to deal with this issue was to define a political sign by itself … but that was deemed by the city attorney to not be constitutional,” Kurtz said. One of the major complaints is not about the political signs, according to Councilmember Terry Nall, but that businesses tend to take advantage of a code section that allows more signs to be placed in the city during election sea-

son. More standard informational signs are allowed to be placed by anyone from the candidate qualifying period through Election Day, according to code. The proposed amendment would limit the number of signs on commercial property, but does not regulate political signs. “A key provision is to correct a section that was originally intended to apply to political signs during campaign seasons,” Nall said in a statement. “Because sign content cannot be regulated, that original section became an unintended loophole for businesses that place a large quantity of ‘standard informational signs’ on their commercial property. The sizes of these type signs are typically 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 feet,” he said. “The amendment will be more restrictive on commercial properties for these types of signs, while retaining the freedom of homeowners to display these signs, such as for political candidates, school fundraisers, etc.,” Nall added. While this “loophole” has existed for years, during the 6th Congressional District residents were very vocal about the number of campaign signs, Kurtz said at the council meeting. “Only in this past election did we have a consistent problem with almost daily complaints,” he said. Assistant City Manager Jessica Guinn also told council that the issue is fairly common in other municipalities. “We are limited in how we can restrict content in signs … and if we open the gates to political signs, businesses will take advantage,” she said. “This is not unique to this election cycle.” Kurtz explained further that “while the code does not go out of its way to target one particular group, we’ve experienced businesses using the increased standard informational signage allowances during the past election cycle to advertise their businesses.” An amendment to limit “standard informational signs” also in residential areas during an election season was quickly shot down. “I think that’s a terrible idea,” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said. “I personally hesitate regulating what homeowners can do in their own yard. Also, people need to talk to their neighbors.” There will be multiple qualifying periods in 2018, Deutsch said, and free speech and number of signs is a sensitive issue. How does one actually define what an election season is, for example, she said. “I don’t think regulating during an election season is a viable solution,” she said. Informing businesses and candidates what the city does legally allow when it comes to signs is perhaps a better way, she said. “Rather than regulate, educate,” she said. The sign ordinance is expected to come up for second and final read at the July 24 meeting. DUN


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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody police reports dated July 9 through July 16. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

B U R G L A RY „„700 block of Lake Ridge Lane — On July

10, a burglary occurred at a home causing more than $2,500 in damage, rather than stolen goods. Chairs and other household items were damaged as well as clothes and shoes found in a bathtub with Pine Sol and other cleaning supplies. „„2200 block of Cotillion Drive — On

July 10, in the evening, a pastry shop was burglarized. „„4800 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On July 13, a maintenance shed was entered overnight and a pressure washer was stolen. „„1600 block of Chateau Drive — On

July 13, a neighbor reported a burglary that occurred at a home while the owner was away.

R O B B E RY „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On July 11, in the afternoon, officers responded to an Atlanta hospital in reference to a street robbery that occurred at a Dunwoody shopping mall.

LARCENY/ SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road —On July 10, an employee of a restaurant reported the theft of her iPad from the employee-only area. It was last known secure the day before. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 9, in the afternoon, a man was reported to have stolen a pair of True Religion jeans from a department store. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 9, in the afternoon, a 47-yearold woman reported the theft of her wallet from a restaurant. Inside were credit/ debit cards, military and veterans ID and a sorority membership card. The case is also being investigated as fraud as almost $2,500 was spent on the cards. „„100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On July 9, in the evening, a 17-year-old girl was arrested and accused of trying to steal cosmetics from a beauty store. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 9, a night, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a discount big-box store. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

On July 10, in the morning, a tag was reported stolen from a car. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

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On July 10, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of attempting to shoplift clothes from a big-box store.

— On July 13, a 19-year-old girl was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift from a big-box store.

ing, a man was arrested and accused of a probation violation.

„„7100 block of Madison Drive — On

„„1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

Road — On July 14, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of forgery.

„„4300 block of Peachtree Road — On

July 13, at night, officers were made aware of a shoplifting that had already occurred at a discount retailer. Three bottles of cologne were taken.

July 10, in the evening, a car was stolen. It has since been recovered.

„„ 4500 block of Ashford-

July 10, in the evening, a license plate was removed from a car.

„„4400 block of Ash-

ford- Dunwoody Road — On July 11, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal Jack Black face cream from a department store. „„4400 block of Ash-

Dunwoody Road— on July 13, at night, two young females were arrested and accused of shoplifting and obstructing an officer, and one was accused of driving unlicensed. „„ 4500 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road — On July 15, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

ford-Dunwoody Road — On July 11, someone took credit cards, a driver’s license and $50 cash from the wallet of an employee in the employee-only area of a restaurant. She discovered her items missing the next morning when she went to use her card.

„„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive — On July

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11, in the evening, someone stole underwear and flip flops from a discount retailer. „„4400 block of Ashford- Dunwoody

Road — On July 12, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting a pair of socks from a department store. „„4400 block of Ashford- Dunwoody

Road — On July 12, in the morning, a woman reported that her car was broken into. Later, a man said his laptop, some luggage, and a handgun were stolen from his parked car. Another nearby car had been broken into. A laptop, handgun, computer supplies, wallet containing $80 and other items were taken. Another one was reported. The last break in resulted in the theft of a Chanel and Gucci bag, a laptop and iPad and their respective bags. „„4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On July 12, in the morning, a man said he had been pick-pocketed while at the grocery store. His wallet containing $350 was taken. „„1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

July 12, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a discount retailer and providing false representations to the officers. „„4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 13, in the evening, a juvenile was arrested and accused of stealing three pairs of sunglasses from a department store. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place

Road — On July 16, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

„„4900 block of Tilly Mill Road — On July

„„5500 block of Chamblee- Dunwoody

„„100 block of Perimeter Center East

— On July 14, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving too fast for conditions. „„I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

July 14, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. „„I-285 / Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

July 15, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. „„Chamblee-Dunwoody Road — On July

15, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East —

On July 15, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of improper driving on a divided highway. „„100 block of Perimeter Lofts Circle —

10, at night, a 44-year-old man was taken into custody during a domestic dispute and accused of aggravated assault.

On July 16, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession.

„„100 block of Perimeter Trace — On July

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11, a civil dispute took place, resulting in the theft of the complainant’s cellphone.

ARRESTS „„4000 block of Dunwoody Park — On

July 9, in the evening, officers responded to an armed person call. A 19-yearold was arrested. „„100 block of Perimeter Center— On

July 10, in the afternoon, two men were arrested and accused of shoplifting. „„1600 block of Mount Vernon Road —

On July 11, in the early morning, a 22-yearold man was pulled over for failing to obey traffic control devices and was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. „„2200 block of Cherring Lane — On

July 13, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of possession of methamphetamines and driving under the influence. „„5100 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On July 13, a man was arrested and accused of embezzlement.

„„6600 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard — On July 9, a woman reported a peeping incident. „„4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On July 10, in the morning, an officer responded to a call regarding a lost wallet and the fraudulent use of some credit cards. „„2100 block of Stephens Walk — On

July 10, in the afternoon, the victim received a call from an unknown person, pretending to be someone else, asking for money. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place

— On July 10, in the afternoon, officers were called in regard to a counterfeit travelers check at a store. „„1800 block of Cotillion Drive — On July

10, in the evening, a victim reported fraud. „„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing—

On July 11, in the morning, a woman reported harassing communications during a civil dispute.

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