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Critics complain of government waste

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Since CBS46 News first reported on a Dunwoody's man's attempts to remove American flags from a church, more people have come forward complaining of ordinance issues with the City of Dunwoody.

Joe Hirsch said his whole point in filing the complaint was to prove the city "does not fairly enforce" its ordinances.

Critics said the city has spent too much money on a code that at times, is unclear and not enforced.

When Dunwoody separated from DeKalb County in 2008 to form its own city, the city council adopted the county's ordinances. In 2001, the city council determined it needed its own code.

"We wanted to go ahead and make them (the ordinances) Dunwoody-specific and comply with the plan as well as simplify some parts and reduce the length," explained Rebecca Keefer, Dunwoody City Planner.

The city spent more than $269,000 on a consulting firm to help in the ordinance rewrite. However, problems still exist today.

Brett Hensley, a Dunwoody resident, witnessed that firsthand. Code enforcement officers told him he had to remove his boat from his side lot. However, the city attorney eventually relented the wording of the ordinance was so vague, Hensley was in compliance.

"It would be nice if they could get things right on the first pass, but everybody's human," said Hensley.

Keefer said the money spent on the consulting firm was not wasted. She said it is a normal process to tweak ordinances as issues arise. "It is not a stagnant document," said Keefer.

Keefer also said the public was included in the ordinance rewrite, and all ordinances can be found on the city's website.

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