Dunwoody residents to vote on parks, Sunday sales

DUNWOODY – City residents here will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on whether to allow Sunday package sales and on a controversial parks bond measure in addition to a spate of elected officials.

Three candidates – Bob Dallas, Mike Davis and Gordon Jackson – are vying to replace Ken Wright as the city’s mayor. Two challengers – Terry Nall and Rick Callihan – have lined up to face off against Incumbent Robert Wittenstein in the race for Post 4 while Kerry de Vallette and Lynn Deutsch are vying for the Post 5 seat.

Incumbent John Heneghan is running unopposed for re-election in Post 6.

On parks, residents will be deciding two measures – whether the city should issue $33 million in bonds to buy land for city parks and whether the city should issue $33 million in bonds to develop parks.

If approved, the city has already announced plans to close on a $19 million planned purchase of a 42-acre site on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Officials want to raze a 785-unit apartment complex on the site and redevelop the land as a sports complex.

“The City regrets the need to displace residents,” Wright said in a news release last month. “However, in a built out environment like Dunwoody, we have found it challenging to locate a sufficient amount of vacant land for the athletic facilities desired by the community.”

On the Sunday sales measure, Dunwoody is one of more than 100 cities statewide to put the item on the ballot this November, following a new state law the state legislature approved earlier this year allowing residents in local jurisdictions to decide on whether to allow such sales.

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