Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association re: area crime

Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association re: area crime

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Date: Sep 7, 2016 4:13 PM
Subject: Neighborhood Crime Update

Hi Neighbors,

There has been a lot of activity on social media this past week discussing recent crime in the Laurel Ridge neighborhood. I spoke at length with our Neighborhood Watch liaison both yesterday and today, and want to share some things he said in order to address concerns of the neighborhood.
According to social media, there were many more break-ins in our neighborhood than are showing up on the police crime tracking application. In order to be added to the crime tracking application, the incident has to be reported to the police, and a case number has to be assigned. If you know of a crime that I am not reporting to you, please send me the case number so I can address with the police department why that crime is not in their crime tracking application. Here's what I know:

Last week there was a burglary on Willivee and also on Mount Olive. I have heard from neighbors that there were 3 other burglaries in our neighborhood, but so far none of them have provided me with a case number so I can't confirm it. I can confirm that there were 3 other burglaries in the Medlock neighborhood on the other side of North Druid Hills. There was also a break-in on Springbrook last week. Both Medlock and Springbrook have their own Neighborhood Watch programs, but since they are our close neighbors, it is good for us to be aware of activity there.

Due to the real or perceived increase in crime, DeKalb County has recently increased patrols in our area. If you've been out and about the past few days you may have noticed a patrol car sitting and monitoring from various locations. Yesterday the DeKalb police apprehended a suspect in the process of breaking and entering in a nearby neighborhood. They are trying to determine if he is responsible for any of the recent buglaries.
I have 4 tips for you in combatting crime in our neighborhood:
(1) If you have a case number or any information you think is pertinent to burglaries, please call Detective Stubbs at (770)724-7744.  He is trying to link together all of the cases that have similar circumstances. He has expressed frustration that there seem to be a lot of burglaries reported on social media for which he can't find case numbers.
(2) This tip came from one of our neighbors who recently spoke with Detective Stubbs: If you are going to be out of town, take advantage of the DeKalb Police Department's "patrol as often as possible" program. The number for that is 770-724-7621. The officer given the task must log each time they go by the house. This helps increase police presence in our neighborhood at random times.
(3) Print off the attached document, fill it out, put it near your phone, share copies with your neighbors. If we all take time to get to know our immediate neighbors, notify each other when we are going to be away from our homes, and keep an eye out for each other, it can go a long way towards making our neighborhood a safer place.
(4) Report anything suspicious to the police department. Putting it on social media without calling the police does not really add materially to our safety. If what you see is an emergency, call 911 right away. Make sure you get a case number. The DeKalb County non-emergency number is (678)406-7929. This is answered by the same folks that answer 911, so make sure you tell them this is not an emergency when they answer. They will take your information, and a detective will call you back or visit you. You will still get a case number, but only if you talk to the detective. 
If you have an incident that you report to the police or if you have something you are concerned about, please send me an e-mail with the case number or concern. I know that in the past I was delayed a few times in my responses. This was because I wasn't getting notified when I received e-mails, but I believe that issue is finally resolved. 

I know this was long, but a lot of people have been concerned, and I wanted to address those concerns to this distribution list. Thanks to all of you for helping to make our neighborhood a safer place to live!

Susan Hellinger
Laurel Ridge/Shamrock Neighborhood Watch


CHCA Board Meeting Minutes 8/28/16

Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board Meeting Minutes

(please see attached Word document)

Dekalb County Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study

from Board Member Kara Rozell (Schools, Parks & Community Services)

please see attachment:

Dekalb County Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study


CHCA: discussion on Emory Annexation

Emory Annexation FAQ

Dekalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader held a meeting Aug. 22 to discuss Emory University’s announcement that it would seek annexation into Atlanta. Clairmont Heights Civic Association President Peter Rumsey attended for the neighborhood.

Jeff Rader led the discussion, with input from Dekalb County School Board member Marshall Orson. Other public officials attending included state Sen. Elena Parent, state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, and Dekalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon. Also in the audience were about 40 people from surrounding neighborhood associations. No one from Emory spoke at the meeting.

A map showing Emory University’s land is available here.

Radar also distributed a handout about annexation methods.

Here is a summary of the discussion:

How will Emory be annexed into Atlanta?

Rader said that Emory will likely petition using the 100% method of annexation, which would not require voter approval. For this method, Emory needs 50 feet of land contiguous with Atlanta’s border. Radar believes this border is around the Sage Hills apartment complex on Briarcliff.

What do county officials see as the biggest issues about the annexation?

Rader cited zoning and land use as one of the biggest issues. He said it’s an open question how well Atlanta will represent the interests of the surrounding neighborhoods. He is also concerned about the fire station on Clifton and if services to Dekalb residents will be affected.

What is included in Emory’s map?

Rader showed a map that included all Emory property. Emory has said the map will not include Druid Hills High School. Although the CDC campus is within Emory’s borders, it’s exempt because it’s federal property. It’s not clear whether private homes, the Emory Point commercial area, or the Dekalb County fire station on Clifton will be included.

What is Emory’s timeline and what is driving it?

No one could say for certain, but audience members said:

  • Emory wants it done by year’s end

  • Emory is motivated by its interest in light rail. Atlanta has a half-penny sales tax on the ballot in November that is designated to expand MARTA. If Emory joins Atlanta, it could be involved in the conversation about how to use those funds.

  • The annexation is likely to move quickly

In a statement, the university said it was motivated by wanting an Atlanta address.

What will be the impact on schools?

Emory claims the move will not have an impact on schools, but Orson said he is not convinced that’s true. He sees a limited impact on tax dollars from the loss of some commercial area (if included in the map). He said there might be a secondary cascading effect where streets and neighborhoods also seek annexation. Orson said the state Legislature should help create something to ensure continuity of schools in DeKalb County by creating separation between Municipal Governance and School Governance. Rep. Oliver seconded this – saying it was very possible.  

What about surrounding neighborhood? Radar said surrounding neighborhoods have the same option to approach Atlanta as Emory does.   

What is the impact on services?

Radar said he is very concerned about the fire station on Clifton. It’s unclear yet what the impact would be.

What are the revenue implications?

Orson said there could be some minimal loss of commercial tax revenue and the loss of sales tax collected in the Emory area.   

What does Dekalb County have planned in terms of mass transit?  The county doesn’t have a plan.  One audience member was pointedly frustrated and said that this lack of strategy is what pushes people to get out of unincorporated DeKalb.

What are other neighborhood associations saying?

Anne Wallace of the Druid Hills Civic Association pointed out that the the Emory annexation would remove the option for Decatur to annex  commercial property along Clairmont Rd. down to the Emory Clairmont Campus. That “finger” has been on some Decatur annexation maps in the past. North Decatur Road would be the only access for Druid Hills to the rest of unincorporated DeKalb, and the law doesn’t allow for islands. Her major concern is that the annexation puts the Druid Hills neighborhood in a challenging position with their contiguity to the rest of unincorporated DeKalb.

Rader asked for input on what DeKalb County should do to preserve its interests.  He said there are narrow options for a county to challenge annexation but it was not clear if that was what people wanted. He did not elaborate on those options or discuss next steps.

Rader email:

News coverage:

Atlanta Loop





Emory Annexation Discussion

CHCA Announcement-
Ahead of Commissioner Rader's upcoming meeting with neighborhood group leaders regarding Emory's potential/possible annexation into Atlanta, the CHCA will be holding a special meeting of the board this Sunday at 4pm 636 Park Lane (Peter Rumsey's house) to discuss the development and help prepare the CHCA representative who will be attending.
Note: CHCA is not taking a position at Commissioner Rader's meeting, but rather will be attending to get information etc. For more information on the potential Emory Annexation, follow this link:


CHCA Board Meeting Minutes (7/17/16)

Clairmont Heights Civic Association

Board Meeting Minutes July 17, 2016

please see attached document


Final Draft for the Medline LCI

Jim Smith (Planning & Zoning): The attached is the final draft for the Medline LCI that will be voted on today (July 19, 2016). The committee gave its support after a number of modifications were made by the Planning Dept. to the map and density/height restrictions in order to protect the surrounding single family. n'hoods.

CHCA Board Meeting Minutes June 12, 2016

please see attached file for CHCA Board Meeting Minutes June 12, 2016

Dekalb County Summer Lifeguards Needed

June 15, 2016

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs

Hiring More Summer Lifeguards

DECATUR, Ga.–The DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is continuing to hire lifeguards for the 2016 swimming season. All applicants must be age 18 or older to apply.

Those applying for county pool lifeguard positions are required to submit proof of current certification in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding and water safety instruction, provided by the Red Cross, YMCA or other nationally-recognized aquatic training programs. All applicants selected will be required to successfully complete drug and alcohol screening and criminal background check prior to employment.

To apply for a summer lifeguard position with DeKalb County, complete an online application at and click the “job opportunities” link or contact Justin Blanton at 404-371-6270.

For more information, contact LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at 404-371-3643.


Phase III of "Decatur Crossing": negotiation summary

MANA: On May 19, 2016, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved Fuqua Development’s “Decatur Crossing” Phase III to redevelop the 9.2-acre, abandoned Ford dealership (which primarily fronts Scott Boulevard with a small frontage on Church Street) into a mixed-use development.  The plan was presented to the Community in January and is outlined here.

Following the community meeting, the DeKalb Cross Neighborhoods Council (DCNC)* compiled and considered all feedback received from the community and provided that feedback to Fuqua Development. This feedback was the basis of our negotiations which took place over several months. The BOC voted in favor of the rezoning request with 34 conditions negotiated by the DCNC. These conditions will become part of the permanent zoning for the property.

full article/ maps:


Minutes: CHCA Annual Meeting May 18, 2016

please see attached file for minutes to CHCA Annual Meeting May 18, 2016



Clairmont Heights Civic Association - Board Meeting

Clairmont Heights Civic Association
Board Meeting

Sunday June 12, 2016 @ 4pm
Location: Rumseys: 636 Park Lane, Decatur 404-304- 5497

1. Approval of minutes from May 18th annual meeting

Lawrenceville Highway Corridor Open House

Lawrenceville Highway Corridor Open House
Thur June 2 (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
Rehoboth Baptist Church
2997 Lawrenceville Hwy
Tucker, GA 30084

DeKalb County will share overall findings/recommendations about concerns along the Lawrenceville Highway Corridor from North DeKalb Mall to Interstate 285. Drop in to review and give input.




Update on Subdivision Application for N. Superior Ave.

Yesterday evening (Tuesday, May 10, 2016), the City of Decatur's Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for a Subdivision ("Lot Split") Application of a single property at 552 Willivee Drive into four individual lots (the existing house on Willivee and three additional lots on North Superior Avenue). The Decatur City Commissioners will take up this application next week (Monday, May 16, 2016, 7:30 pm).

CHCA Annual Meeting May 18, 7pm

Clairmont Heights Civic Association 
Annual Meeting

Wednesday May 18
7 PM

Friends of Ira B. Melton Park

IRA B. MELTON PARK / March 2016
What’s up in the Park?

It is easy to see big things are happening at Ira B. Melton Park. DeKalb County has selected our park

for major improvements under Phase II of the Mason Mill Master Plan. Walking paths (6’ wide) are

being created; along with a stepping-stone crossing that will link the Ira B. Melton Park (IBMP) to

Mason Mill Park. The path will be constructed of a composite material ensuring the sediments in the

floodplain do not impede safety and comfort for walkers along the trail. Three sections of the trail will

be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, to prevent degradation of the forest floor.

Our community will have great access to 18 acres of unique wetlands.

DeKalb County is spending approximately $700,000 on Mason Mill Phase II (which includes both

IBMP and the Jamestown dog park), but there are a few improvements that this money will not cover.

We are looking to our neighbors for some support:

- Additional improvements to the park entrance along Desmond Drive

- Planting of native plants to replace invasive species

- Improvements to the “dirt” trail on the north side of the park loop

These improvements are estimated to cost $5,000. The funds will be raised through grants and the

generosity of our neighborhood.

Become a supporter of Ira B. Melton Park. Please donate to insure that IBMP can be fully

enjoyed by our community.

To donate go to  

- Click on the Donations button

- Select Donate to a Friend of the Parks Group (on the right side)

- Under Choose a Park to Support – select Ira B. Melton Park

All Donations are tax deductible. Park Pride is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status in fiscal

partnership with Friends of Ira B. Melton Park.  

Check out IBMP on Facebook through the Clairmont Heights Neighbors page:

Search on Ira B. Melton Park to view updates.

Want to volunteer and support ongoing efforts to improve IBMP? Email:



Feb CHCA Board Meeting Minutes

CHCA Board Meeting
February 21, 2016
Attendees:  Hal Bailey, Julia Byrne, Michael Dowling, Mike Fink, Nancy Moore, Pete Rumsey, Ian 
SiFuentes, Meck Stockton
Fuqua Development
Phase 1 has hit a snag and a stop work order has been issued.

Commissioner Rader: Zoning Hearing

Zoning Hearing Agenda for March 22, 2016
March 22, 2016
9:00 am
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

CHCA: North Superior Entrance Restoration

DeKalb County is finishing up the paving and restoration of our Clairmont Heights entrance way at N. Superior and N. Decatur. The folks at DeKalb county have told CHCA that they took pictures of properties before they began work and intend to restore the grass, landscaping, etc to original condition. DeKalb County community outreach officer, Eric Mitchell,, is the point of contact if you have any questions.


Clifton Corridor op ed

from Betty E. Willis, Senior Associate Vice President Government & Community Affairs, Emory University:

Dear friends and neighbors,

If you are so inclined, please share the attached op-ed with your neighbors or any media connections you may have.  It is being circulated to local media outlets/publications as part of a consolidated effort with MARTA to help get the word out about the importance of the Clifton Corridor transit line and current legislation we hope will be approved by the General Assembly this session that would provide the funding for it.  There has been a lot of negative attention at the Capitol and in the media about Fulton elected officials disagreeing on MARTA expansion up GA 400 and we think it is important to re-shift the focus to a project that has broad and strong support.  We want to highlight positive attention on the other MARTA projects in DeKalb (Clifton Corridor and I-20) that would also benefit from passage of transit funding legislation which is the purpose of this op-ed.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.  Many thanks for your help in sharing with your contacts!

My best,
Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President
Government & Community Affairs
Emory University
Executive Director
Clifton Community Partnership
Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association
1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.5312
Unlock Transit Funding Gridlock
Much attention and controversy has been focused on expanding transit further into North Fulton, and 
those commuters who have to endure traffic gridlock on GA 400 are quick to say is greatly needed.  No 
doubt, additional transit would bring relief and hopefully elected officials will allow the voters to decide 
what they desire to have in their community. 
But let’s not lose sight of other MARTA projects on the priority runway also awaiting the opportunity for 
citizens in DeKalb to decide their fate.  One of those projects is an 8.8 mile light rail expansion from the 
Lindbergh MARTA station to the Avondale Station that would serve the heavily congested Clifton 
Corridor, which is the largest employment center in the Metro region that has no direct access to 
MARTA’s rail system or an interstate highway. The over 30,000 employees who work in the Corridor and 
the many patients, visitors, students and residents who have no choice but to endure wasted time sitting 
in their cars on the ancillary roads leading to the area, beg for an alternative.  The Clifton Corridor is 
home to Emory, the largest employer in DeKalb and third largest in Metro Atlanta; Emory Healthcare, the 
most comprehensive health care system in Georgia; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; the VA Medical Center and other organizations that contribute billions of 
dollars annually into the region’s economy. 
Since the 1960’s, regional planning maps have included a proposed transit line connecting the Clifton 
Corridor into the MARTA system and the current proposed light rail project has been progressing through 
the federal planning process for over 15 years.  Countless community meetings and stakeholder planning 
sessions have taken place over the years and there is overwhelming support in the Corridor area for this 
light rail line.  In addition to providing an option for those already commuting to the Corridor, it would give 
new transit access to thousands of other jobs for commuters from the Avondale Station and would serve 
the DeKalb Medical Center and the many large commercial and residential redevelopments already 
planned along the route.
The Metro region is already decades behind in expanding MARTA and the long-awaited transit relief for 
the Clifton Corridor is still stuck in transit funding gridlock. Legislation currently before lawmakers at the 
state Capitol would provide the funding desperately needed to build the Clifton Corridor line and other rail 
expansion MARTA needs to keep our region competitive and provide services our citizens want and 
need.  Rather than let a handful of elected officials decide our region’s prosperity and fate, it’s time to let 
the voters weigh in on their future and those of generations to come.  We have an opportunity to unlock 
transit funding gridlock and we cannot afford to wait any longer.
Senior Associate Vice President
Government & Community Affairs
Emory University
Executive Director
Clifton Community Partnership
Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association
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