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ChattComm, land-use decisions delayed by Dunwoody council
by Christine Fonville
August 19, 2014 11:24 AM | 2715 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody’s current intergovernmental agreement with the Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChatComm, and the appeal of a previously approved plat on Vernon Lake Drive were hot topics of discussion at last week’s council meeting.

The city’s agreement with ChattComm, the public safety answering point for all emergency calls to 911 in Dunwoody, will expire at the end of the month and Police Chief and acting City Manager Billy Grogan presented the council with information about the contract if the city chooses to renew.

“Adjustments include a subscriber rate increase of $50,000, bringing the total to about $1.12 million, which is less than a 5 percent increase,” Grogan said. “Funds for the remainder of year have been budgeted in anticipation of an increase.”

Councilman Jim Riticher said he was “very much against renewing the contract” until the city has a working computer aided dispatch, or CAD-to-CAD, interface.

“I’m OK with their increase and believe it is fair but my issue is ChatComm’s nonperformance on CAD-to-CAD they’ve promised to us on numerous occasions, so they need to do it,” he said.

Mayor Mike Davis, who pointed out the contract with ChatComm can be canceled at any time with six months’ notice, said the contract was a good deal.

“My feeling is that we have a long-term contract with pretty good numbers … so we might as well go ahead and do it,” he said. “If we’re serious about doing something different in the future we can do that, but right now, where else are we going to go? It’s a good deal and I say we’ve got to take it.”

No action was carried on the discussion of the renewal, but the agreement will renew automatically without termination.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, many residents from Dunwoody Club Forest, a neighborhood with about 500 homes on Mount Vernon Road, spoke against a previously approved revised final plat that would allow more than one home to be built on a piece of land designated for one home.

“As drawn, the plat does comply with current lot sizes according to zoning regulations with regard to this subdivision and it was reviewed by public works and other city departments,” said Community Development Director Steve Foote. “The conclusion was, with regard to the required criteria, it does comply with regulations, so staff had no other choice than to approve the plat.”

However, resident Erika Harris spoke in favor of the appeal saying the subdivision of the lot would devalue and hurt property values.

“This is a concern to us and our neighborhood,” she said. “This decision will have a direct impact on our neighborhood and our community at large.”

The item was deferred until the next city council meeting Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

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