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‘Bidding’ war City employees to see merit raises

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A ride for all seasons

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Sleepy hollow? Charter Commission found city is definitely not

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Council approves zoning codes BY JOE EARLE

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It required a mid-meeting break to rewrite one section on the fly, and an extensive last-minute discussion of how many pets would be too many. Still, members of Dunwoody City Council on Oct. 14 formally adopted the city’s new zoning and land development codes. Ending a process that began about 22 months ago and included repeated reviews by citizens groups and city boards, the council voted 6-1 on Oct. 14 to approve the new codes, which are intended to create a zoning and building process that fits Dunwoody’s needs and its residents’ desires. “This has been a monumental task and a Herculean effort,” City Councilman Terry Nall said. Councilwoman Adrian Bonser cast the lone dissenting vote. “I’m having trouble voting on this tonight,” she said, saying council members needed more time to review lastminute changes. She said it also troubled her that the city

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Lone ranger Canine, handler bring joy to many COMMUNITY 20

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Parents welcome news local schools financially viable BY PAT FOX AND DAN WHISENHUNT

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Lauren Dowhower, 3, gets some bike riding safety tips at an event at Brook Run Park on Oct. 12. The bike rodeo, sponsored by the Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Department, offered equipment checks and helmetfitting instructions. More photos on page 27.

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Some Dunwoody parents welcomed word that a new study found a city school system would be financially possibile. “As a parent, I am completely for a local school district,” Erika Harris said. “I think DeKalb is far oversized to meet students’ individual needs.” The campaign for a separate Dunwoody school system got a boost when State. Rep. Tom Taylor told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association that the study found local tax dollars could easily fund the enterprise. Taylor, R-Dunwoody, told a crowd of about 40 members of the DHA during its Oct. 6 meeting that, if taxes were left SEE PARENTS, PAGE 26

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