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OCT. 4 — OCT. 17, 2013 • VOL. 4 — NO. 20

Who’s who running for City Council COMMUNITY 2-3

Public push City needs its own school system

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Tackling tons Charter Commission recommends of trees number of changes

COMMENTARY 6

BY JOE EARLE

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Life changing

Last summer, the Dunwoody Charter Commission had to move its meetings to a larger room to accommodate the crowds that gathered to watch, listen to, and comment on the commission’s work. But for its final meeting on Sept. 25, the commission attracted an audience made up only of a pair of Boy Scouts working on merit badges, the adult who drove them to the meeting, a lone city councilman and a pair of newspaper reporters. The commissioners spent months reviewing and discussing Dunwoody’s charter, the city’s foundation document, to see whether they thought any changes should be made by state lawmakers as the city reaches its fifth year of operation.

Residents become U.S. citizens at river ceremony AROUND TOWN 7

Leaf blower Time to check out local autumn colors OUT & ABOUT 11

SEE CHARTER, PAGE 4

City may stay with asterisk logo a bit longer BY JOE EARLE

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Drew Cutright, right, development coordinator for the city, works alongside Taylor Gherardi, a freshman at Georgia Tech, during “Clean, Fix, Shine-Up Dunwoody” at Brook Run Park on Sept. 28. Volunteers hoped to plant 300 trees in the park. More photos on page 19.

Is Dunwoody’s logo a no-go? Not just yet, it appears. The budget that Mayor Mike Davis and City Manager Warren Hutmacher presented to City Council this year included a recommendation that the city spend $40,000 for a logo redo. The reason? Well, in its short life, the city asterisk – yes, the city logo is the name “Dunwoody” with an asterisk – has had few fans and plenty of critics. Some residents just plain don’t like it. “Do I think it’s the perfect brand to represent where our citizens are today? Perhaps not,” said city spokesman Bob Mullen, director of the city’s public relations department, SEE SOME, PAGE 22

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10-04-2013 Dunwoody Reporter