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Dunwoody City Council member claps in response to feedback on multi-use path

Dunwoody City Councilman Tom Lambert

The Nov. 14 Dunwoody City Council meeting will be remembered more for what was said than what was done.

After public comments at the start of the meeting, District 3 Councilman Tom Lambert read a five-page statement regarding feedback he and other council members have received regarding the installation of multi-use trails and driveways around town. Normally, board comment comes at the end of the meeting, but Lambert made a motion to change the order, citing the need to speak while more people are attending/watching the meeting online.

Residents are upset with proposed proposals for connectivity in two areas – a multi-use path on Tilly Mill Road and a multi-area link path and a proposed park on Vermack Road. Vermack residents have cited safety concerns about the expansion and uncontrolled public access to their homes, while neighbors near the proposed Tilly Mill Road multi-use trail question the need and location for such an installation.

During his 10-minute statement, Lambert called out citizens who accuse the council of having “some kind of secret agenda” and trying to “sneak through projects without public input.”

Lambert listed numerous meetings he has had with neighbors in the affected neighborhoods, numerous phone calls and said he has responded to every email he has received regarding the dispute.

“I’ve met several times in coffee shops, stood in kitchens, and even sat on one resident’s deck for a one-on-one meeting that lasted more than two and a half hours,” he said. “To make sure all questions and concerns were addressed, I even arranged three separate meetings with me and city staff at City Hall for the areas that came to me with concerns – one for Holland Court, one for Stephens Walk and one combined for Briers North and Madison. I took notes at every meeting and shared those notes with the mayor, city council and relevant city staff to make sure everyone was fully informed about the residents’ concerns.”

Lambert said he was also concerned about the “increasing level of misinformation available to the public.”

“Opinion is sometimes passed off as truth, and in some extreme cases reality is exaggerated or even distorted,” he said. “This growth in our society of an attitude of either you’re with me or against me is counterproductive and dangerous. I believe that the best solution to any situation is rarely at an extreme, but exists somewhere in the middle if you have an open mind and are willing to look for it.”

According to city officials, two community meetings have been scheduled for December in response to disagreements over the trail plans. One open house will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, and another will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4809 Vermack Road, where the future park is located.

“Master planning helps shape the vision for future projects, and robust public input is critical,” Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton said in a statement released by the city. “This is our first opportunity to hear feedback on a citywide route plan from the PATH Foundation. For the park in Vermak, we are committed to refining the plan with extensive community input.”

The City Council recently approved an agreement with the PATH Foundation to create a master plan for the trail. During an open house on Dec. 7, residents and other interested parties will be invited to share ideas about possible destinations, preferred routes and types of routes.

An open house on Dec. 10 will give residents the opportunity to view the latest concept plan and tour the property, where desired amenities will be marked to indicate size and location.

Neither proposal was funded in the 2023 budget, city officials said.

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Dunwoody City Council member claps in response to feedback on multi-use path

Dunwoody City Councilman Tom Lambert

The Nov. 14 Dunwoody City Council meeting will be remembered more for what was said than what was done.

After public comments at the start of the meeting, District 3 Councilman Tom Lambert read a five-page statement regarding feedback he and other council members have received regarding the installation of multi-use trails and driveways around town. Normally, board comment comes at the end of the meeting, but Lambert made a motion to change the order, citing the need to speak while more people are attending/watching the meeting online.

Residents are upset with proposed proposals for connectivity in two areas – a multi-use path on Tilly Mill Road and a multi-area link path and a proposed park on Vermack Road. Vermack residents have cited safety concerns about the expansion and uncontrolled public access to their homes, while neighbors near the proposed Tilly Mill Road multi-use trail question the need and location for such an installation.

During his 10-minute statement, Lambert called out citizens who accuse the council of having “some kind of secret agenda” and trying to “sneak through projects without public input.”

Lambert listed numerous meetings he has had with neighbors in the affected neighborhoods, numerous phone calls and said he has responded to every email he has received regarding the dispute.

“I’ve met several times in coffee shops, stood in kitchens, and even sat on one resident’s deck for a one-on-one meeting that lasted more than two and a half hours,” he said. “To make sure all questions and concerns were addressed, I even arranged three separate meetings with me and city staff at City Hall for the areas that came to me with concerns – one for Holland Court, one for Stephens Walk and one combined for Briers North and Madison. I took notes at every meeting and shared those notes with the mayor, city council and relevant city staff to make sure everyone was fully informed about the residents’ concerns.”

Lambert said he was also concerned about the “increasing level of misinformation available to the public.”

“Opinion is sometimes passed off as truth, and in some extreme cases reality is exaggerated or even distorted,” he said. “This growth in our society of an attitude of either you’re with me or against me is counterproductive and dangerous. I believe that the best solution to any situation is rarely at an extreme, but exists somewhere in the middle if you have an open mind and are willing to look for it.”

According to city officials, two community meetings have been scheduled for December in response to disagreements over the trail plans. One open house will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, and another will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4809 Vermack Road, where the future park is located.

“Master planning helps shape the vision for future projects, and robust public input is critical,” Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton said in a statement released by the city. “This is our first opportunity to hear feedback on a citywide route plan from the PATH Foundation. For the park in Vermak, we are committed to refining the plan with extensive community input.”

The City Council recently approved an agreement with the PATH Foundation to create a master plan for the trail. During an open house on Dec. 7, residents and other interested parties will be invited to share ideas about possible destinations, preferred routes and types of routes.

An open house on Dec. 10 will give residents the opportunity to view the latest concept plan and tour the property, where desired amenities will be marked to indicate size and location.

Neither proposal was funded in the 2023 budget, city officials said.

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