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Braves working on stadium trafﬁc plan COMMUNITY 13
OCT. 17 — OCT. 30, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 21
It’s the Homecoming Game
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Council debates money budgeted for paving BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Left to right, Isabelle Doherty, Allison Turner and Sherry Moore cheer on the Dunwoody High School football team during a game against Stephenson High School on Oct. 10. While the Dunwoody Wildcats scored on their ﬁrst possession, they ultimately were beaten by the Stephenson Jaguars, 54-7. More photos on page 26.
As Dunwoody City Council works through the city’s 2015 budget, debate is turning to arguments over police and paving. “We need to take a good, hard look at this budget,” City Councilman Denis Shortal said during the council’s meeting Oct. 13. Mayor Mike Davis submitted a $22.7 million budget to fund city departments. He says the 2015 budget emphasizes a central investment in infrastructure, public safety and quality-of-life amenities. The budget does not call for an increase in Dunwoody’s tax rate, set at 2.74 mills. In an email, Davis said the “heart” of the budget consists of creating connections and access, while strengthening service delivery and safety for residents. “We are prioritizing improvements, such as new sidewalks, trails, parks and intersections, and we are investing $2.99 million to pave city roads, construct and improve sidewalks, and complete construction projects,” Davis said. Also, under the new budget, the police department plans to add two majors and a SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 7
Some residents upset with DeKalb trash pilot BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
DeKalb County says three-fourths of the residents taking part in a pilot study of once-weekly garbage pickups support the program. But Dunwoody resident Bill Nefsky isn’t one of those who’ve been converted. “I think for those who want once-a-week pickup, great, but I think it’s a real step backward for the county and will create health and safety issues,” he said. “It’s not a clean sit-
uation.” Nefsky said he was accidentally added to the pilot program and had to fight for months to get back to twiceweekly trash pickup. He said his trash wasn’t picked up at all for about 2 ½ weeks, and he and his neighbors are upset with the service provided by trash handlers. SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 6
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