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ChatComm a hot topic at Dunwoody town hall
by LaTria Garnigan
February 25, 2014 11:23 AM | 1492 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to bring about more transparency and community input, Dunwoody city officials hosted a town hall meeting last week where residents were able to voice their opinions on a multitude of issues.

Via the www.connectdunwoody.com website, residents were able to write in and vote on topics for the meeting, with the highest vote-getters being the chosen topics. Topics ranged from the 911 system ChatComm, Dunwoody Village Parkway/Main Street, Vermack/Womack Roundabout and Mount Vernon Road traffic.

“I hope this meeting is informative for everyone and including the whole city council and staff, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to learn what is going on and really dig into some issues here,” said Mayor Mike Davis.

Davis and City Manager Warren Hutmacher were on hand to answer all questions from residents who attended. ChatComm was the highly anticipated topic of the evening with residents wanting to know when the issues with the system would be resolved and if the city has been looking at alternatives to the system.

Davis said they are trying to set up a system where Dunwoody’s 911 computer system would take a caller’s info and automatically load it into DeKalb’s 911 system so the caller only has to talk with one person, one time. Hutmacher said the new interface would eliminate the need for the transfer and calls would be able to have a faster delivery time of necessary services.

“This is something that has not been done in the state of Georgia and hopefully we’ll be able to bring quick resolution to the issue,” said Hutmacher. “It should dramatically improve emergency services in Dunwoody.”

While there are some definite wrinkles to be ironed out, Hutmacher said there is a March 7 deadline to get the interface up and running.

“Had we known it would take this long we would have done many things differently,” said Davis. “But I think we have to keep in mind we’re not going back to where we were two and a half years ago with DeKalb County.”
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