Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis visited the Dunwoody Rotary Club July 13 and addressed the recent ethics complaints against City Council members.
He also updated the group on the city’s efforts to attract new businesses and improve existing commercial areas.
The council recently filed a formal complaint against Councilwoman Adrian Bonser for allegedly leaking confidential information from the council’s private executive sessions.
In turn, Bonser accused the other council members of holding an improper executive session and failing to provide proper notice to the public.
Davis said that when he came to office, he wanted to put a stop to any breaches of the council’s executive sessions, which under Georgia law are allowed to remain private for the purposes of discussing personnel, legal matters, or real estate transactions.
Earlier this year, Davis hired an attorney to investigate who was leaking confidential information to the public. The investigation cost the city about $50,000. The report pointed to Bonser and former city attorney Brian Anderson, who has since resigned. Both have denied leaking private information.
“The (previous) City Council decided to just sweep that under the rug … they were so new they didn’t want to tarnish their image,” Davis said. “As the new mayor, if I let it continue one more time I’d never stop it. Unfortunately it’s painful and it’s not fun but it’s the price you have to pay to be on City Council.”
Davis gave the Rotary Club a presentation about economic development in Dunwoody.
He said the Perimeter area is largest Class A office district in the Southeast. There are more than 2,200 companies located in Dunwoody, and of those 379 were added last year, Davis said.
“We’re not just the suburbs of Atlanta,” Davis said. “We really are the center of commercial Atlanta in my mind.”
But Davis said there are still 2.3 million square feet of vacant office space available in Dunwoody – enough for 10,000 employees.
“We’re in a position to really grow this,” he said.
Davis also talked to the Rotary Club about the city’s Georgetown redevelopment effort known as Project Renaissance. The 35-acre public-private partnership will include homes, parks, a small commercial district and land for a possible future city hall.
Davis said the development will help boost commercial activity in the Georgetown/North Shallowford area.
“A lot of land owners and business owners have already come to us to ask what they can do to be part of it,” Davis said.