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Dunwoody city council navigates ethics investigations
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
June 28, 2012 12:15 PM | 849 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody City Council, in the midst of dueling ethics inquiries, tried to get back to business as usual.

The board and District 2 Councilwoman Adrian Bonser are facing off in regards to allegations she breached executive session protocol related to the city’s much publicized Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative. All were in attendance at the June 26 council meeting, where the minutiae of the project and other municipal matters were handled as routine business.

Bonser declined comment on the content of the ethics charges filed against her, citing legal restraints, but did refute published reports outlining her strategic plan to combat them.

“I received the [ethics violation] complaint on June 13 and I have 30 days to respond to the charges,” Bonser said. “I have not yet responded and so any mention of my defense is completely inaccurate.”

Bonser, along with former city attorney Brian Anderson, were identified during an internal investigation headed by former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson as the guilty parties who leaked information about the sale of a tract of land involved in the Project Renaissance revitalization campaign targeting the Georgetown area.

Anderson has since been relieved of his duties.

Meanwhile, Bonser has maintained her innocence while filing her own ethics charges against Mayor Mike Davis and her colleagues on the council.

“I have stated emphatically that I am not the source of the leak,” she said. “I just want to make sure that’s clear.”

Blogger Bob Lundsten acknowledged that Bonser disclosed information about Renaissance to a non-council member, who then relayed the information to him, according to Wilson’s report.

In other Project Renaissance news, council also passed a pair of resolutions moving the endeavor forward. The first authorized developer John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods to continue its application for rezoning of the recently purchased portions of the 19-acre property included in the deal. The other pertained to adopting an intergovernmental agreement with the Urban Redevelopment Agency.

Elsewhere on council’s agenda, Stuart McLemore was nominated by Davis to serve on the city audit committee. McLemore, a certified financial planner, was later confirmed.

Davis also touched on State Farm’s recent decision to set up an operations outlet in Dunwoody, a move expected to spawn 500 jobs. The insurance giant will lease 434,000 square feet at the Atlanta Perimeter Operations Center near Perimeter Mall as part of the deal.

“Needless to say, this is huge … half a million square feet and 500 new jobs in Dunwoody is great news,” Davis said.

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