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Dunwoody council delays vote on city attorney
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
May 16, 2012 07:56 PM | 449 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody City Attorney Brian Anderson remains in limbo as city council has opted not to take any action regarding his suggested termination just yet.

Council, by a majority decision, deferred the vote on Anderson’s fate during its regular meeting May 14. He is accused of leaking information about the sale of a tract of land involved in the proposed Project Renaissance revitalization campaign targeting the Georgetown area.

Councilman Terry Nall, who opposed the deferral, called the scrutiny of Anderson a matter of “accountability and a vote of confidence.”

“It’s clear we have sufficient information to conclude that Mr. Anderson has, at the very least, underserved this city council in his role as city attorney,” Nall said.

Anderson, asked to resign last week or face termination, denied the allegations when addressing council members.

“I have taken a polygraph test that definitively shows it was someone else who exposed this information and not me,” Anderson said.

The timing of the vote on whether to keep or relieve Anderson of his duties hinges on the Dunwoody council’s review of the final report of an investigation launched by Mayor Mike Davis earlier this year. It sought to root out the culprit who leaked information to a local media outlet about the sale of the city’s 16-acre PVC farm property on North Shallowford Road discussed during executive sessions.

Anderson, who said he fully cooperated with that inquiry, cited relevant legal policy in disputing the possibility of any alleged breach of protocol.

“I do not believe that under the Open Records and Open Meetings Act that an actual violation of city ordinances could have occurred,” said Anderson.

“[Those measures] at that time did not have an exception for the disposal of city property,” he added. “The courts have constantly rejected any expansion to any exceptions … the bigger issue here is the removal of all checks and balances within the city.”

Project Renaissance aims to develop 35 acres in all on North Shallowford Road — the aforementioned parcel and the 19-acre former Emory Hospital site — into residential properties.

The city — by way of Renaissance — is also expected to gain about 30,000 square feet in commercial space, two small parks and, possibly, a larger park and path from the partially developed tract in Georgetown all the way to Brook Run.

If approved by council, the entire project, including public and private improvements, could possibly be completed within a five-year period, said Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher.
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