Among the more prominent tasks at hand for the city’s governing body during its Feb. 25 session was discussion of options for the ethics ordinance rewrite.
The dialogue on the overhauled ordinance — expected in first-read draft form this month — centered on four issues: the role of the ethics board, composition of the board, scheduling of its meetings and the individuals covered by the ordinance.
“Staff has suggested that in the new process, the ethics board could serve as a silent jury, agree or disagree with the hearing officer and recommend penalties to the city council,” according to Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher. “Staff’s revised recommendation is to allow the ethics board the opportunity to ask questions of the hearing officer during the deliberation phase of the process.”
Back in January, city council and Mayor Mike Davis adopted a moratorium on the application of the city’s ethics code for 90 days. That move was intended to allow council time to review the Ethics Code procedures and determine a more effective/efficient process for adjudicating ethics complaints filed with the city.
In other news, Councilman Terry Nall said District 79 Rep. Tom Taylor’s, R-Dunwoody, introduced legislation to amend the state constitution to allow new school districts.
“That’s good news in Dunwoody and I think that’s also good news for DeKalb if this were to pass and the state,” said Nall.
The core of the amendment is to authorize “any municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, and any municipality which is contiguous to a municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, irrespective of whether such municipalities may be in different counties, to establish individually or collectively by local law an independent school system.”
If approved by the legislature and voters via state constitution amendment ballot, any of the newer cities created could form a new school district either alone or in combination with a nearby city, even if the cities are in different counties.
“Words alone cannot express how greatly blessed we are to have Rep. Tom Taylor working tirelessly and diligently for Dunwoody,” Nall said. “We thank him for initiating this bill in support of city council’s legislative priority to improve K-12 education in Dunwoody.”
Elsewhere on the agenda, council deferred taking action on authorizing Hutmacher to allocate up to $10,000 in support of a proposed seasonal concert series in Brook Run Park in partnership with the Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association.