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City Council to Meet Monday

The council is scheduled to consider a range of appointments to city commissions and will hear an update from Police Chief Billy Grogan on a false alarm ordinance.

The Dunwoody City Council has an extensive agenda on Monday, including appointments to city commissions and boards as well as an update by Police Chief Billy Grogan on an ordinance that could penalize property owners for repeated false alarms.

This is Grogan's second crack at convincing the council to pass the alarm ordinance. The issue came up over the summer and the council was not ready to pass a proposal that would stop a police response from properties and businesses that had too many false alarm warnings and had not paid fines.

The council will also look at some new business when it meets for discussion at 6 p.m. and meets for the council meeting at 7 p.m.

The city will consider setting up an excise tax for energy used by manufacturing businesses in Dunwoody. The excise tax would replace a state sales tax for energy that was repealed.

Dunwoody will also discuss its legislative priorities for the upcoming session. The city plans to lobby for an increase in phone fees that are charged to support 911 services.

Dunwoody collects the current fee, but also needs general fund money to cover the difference. Cities across the state also cover the difference in fees collected versus the price of 911 services.

Dunwoody has also made it a priority of the legislative session to improve schools in the Dunwoody area. Councilman Terry Nall has even broached the idea of creating a Dunwoody school district, which would require a change in the state constitution.

The city is also making it a priority to lobby for stricter regulations on "pill mills." Four operations have been set up in Dunwoody in the last year. Three have been shut down for illegal operations, according to a council report.

The council will also consider a move by the police department to spend $100,000 on a bomb reobot for the North Metro SWAT Team. That $100,000 would be covered by a grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, according to a council report.

Matt Podowitz December 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
From the posted information about the alarm ordinance update, it looks like the city is *once again* failing to differentiate between a system-initiated alarm signal (for example, a motion sensor or glass-break detector going off) and a human-initiated emergency signal (for example, a duress/hostage code or a two-button panic alarm being entered by a person at the keypad). Writing the ordinance such that there would be no response to a human-initiated emergency signal is unprecedented from the various ordinances I have researched and a recipe for disaster -- both in terms of Dunwoody residents' safety and potential financial liability for the city.
Enuff Govt Already December 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Promoting a 911 fee increase, a $100k bomb robot, and fines for burglar alarms. If you couldn't afford Chattcom then why did you join them, if you can't afford a bomb robot then don't buy one with other people's money and false alarms-fines for contacting your local govt?

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