Dunwoody City Council on July 27 voted to decommission the weather alert systems in both Dunwoody Park and Brook Run Park.
Feedback from both John Crawford and Jerry Weiner, who work with Dunwoody Senior Baseball, led council members to decide the tornado warning system is enough technology for an alert system.
Neighbors to Dunwoody Park complained about the weather alerts that had sounded 57 times in fewer than two months, Crawford said. During the June 22 council meeting, council suspended the system to allow time to develop additional solutions.
Parks Director Brent Walker said re-programming the system in Dunwoody Park only to use a strobe light warning would have cost the city $19,000.
Weiner said he could think of many better uses for that money than on a strobe light weather warning system. He said the baseball program has been around without a warning system for 40 years and technology might have made the coaches’ job easier, but not at such an expense.
“We do not want you to spend another penny let alone $19,000,” Weiner said to council members.
Councilman Doug Thompson said risk is as much a part of baseball as it is life. “There’s risk in life,” he said. “You could send them home early from lightning and they could get in a car wreck.”
The system installed to warn people in the parks and nearby neighbors of tornadoes—that has not yet sounded an alert—will stay. The rest of the equipment will be decommissioned.