From Ted Daniel in the Civic Association Network: "Hi All! Attended the first Blueprint meeting to ‘improve DeKalb government’ hosted/sponsored/organized by Comm. Kathie Gannon last Thursday night, and it was interesting. About 60-75 people from all over DeKalb attended.
From Bill Torpy in the AJC: "DeKalb residents divided over city of Lakeside. State Senate OKs Lakeside plan, but resident opinions are all over the map.... Across an eight-mile swath of north-central DeKalb, however, the battle still rages, judging from opinions gathered at random from more than two-dozen residents.
If you would like to email the DeKalb Delegation and the House Government Affairs Committee and comment on the cityhood options, here is a list of addresses. The CHCA board has weighed in against the cityhood proposals, partly because of the disenfranchisement of people affected by the proposals, partly due to the lack of time allowed for due deliberation, and partly due to overt partisanship in the current process. Emails should be sent as soon as possible. Action is expected next week.
From state rep. Mike Jacobs: School Board Shrinks to 7, Election Problems Averted. First, an announcement: Senator Fran Millar and I will host a town hall meeting on state and local issues next Monday, March 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, between I-285 and Peachtree Blvd. Then, an update: One month ago, the school accrediting agency SACS took the DeKalb County School System off of probation, which is the status one step away from complete accreditation loss. The system had been placed on probation approximately one year earlier for mismanagement, dysfunction and other shortcomings of the school board.
For our gardeners from DeKalb County Cooperative Extension office: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents. DECATUR – DeKalb Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual Plant Sale. The office will accept orders [See attached form] between January 6, 2014 and March 10, 2014. The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office. We have several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias and many more.
From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... Though the bill to incorporate a city of Lakeside was the only one of the three DeKalb city bills approved before Crossover Day, the House Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to hold hearings on each of the three proposals before making a recommendation on what the Legislature should do. The hearings for the Briarcliff and Lakeside bills are scheduled for March 6 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
From Emory News: "Atlanta-based urban photographer Chip Simone is the first guest in the "Atlanta Intersections" speaker series at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room. Simone will be in conversation with Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical collections at Emory'sManuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), who is directing the series. The conversation, free and open to the public, is entitled "Photography: The Beautiful Lie." Atlanta Intersections will feature conversations with creative and dynamic Atlantans about the city's past, present and future. The interdisciplinary series will draw a wide variety of participants — activists, artists, authors, foodies, historians, musicians, scholars, preservationists and urbanists — to talk about their work, their experiences of the city, and the influence of Atlanta on their work.
From Valerie Boss: Friends of Ira B Melton Park will hold our annual meeting at Melton¹s App and Tap on March 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. All are welcome. Melton¹s has kindly reserved tables for us, and if folks feel inclined to purchase food or drink I¹m sure the proprietors would appreciate it. The agenda will include updates on the county¹s impending park improvements, signage by the South Fork Conservancy, and a landscaping project funded by a grant from Park Pride. We will also elect a chairperson for 2014. Valerie Boss
From the interim county CEO's office: DeKalb County Police Citizens Academy Free 12 Week Course. Every Tuesday, March 18-June 3rd, 7-9 p.m., East Precinct, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA. Sessions will cover: Overview of the department, Crime scene investigation, Police scenarios, Citizen's court, Self defense, Gun safety.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Community Meeting - March 3, 2014; Neighborhood Watch meeting March 13.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: 2014 Budget Analysis.
From Dawn Forman, Laurel Ridge neighborhood: 2/26/2014 7:30-8:30pm McLendon Elementary School. Representative Karla Drenner, Representative Michelle Henson, State Senator Steve Henson. Please Look for Action Items at the End of the Notes.
From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: How it all started - The Story of The Champion At the DeKalb History Center's March 18 Lunch & Learn, Carolyn Glenn will tell the story behind the newspaper she publishes with her husband, Earl Glenn. There's a sign on the wall in Carolyn Glenn's office at The Champion that reads, "All because two people fell in love." That's the short version of what is actually one of the most compelling stories in Georgia newspaper history.
From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... [LifeLine CEO Rebecca] Guinn said there’s still a lot of work to do, but she’s pleased with what LifeLine has accomplished in Fulton and DeKalb. “Where it used to be that 83 percent were dying [at the DeKalb shelter], in December, 87 percent left alive,” Guinn said.
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Smart911 users can create a profile that tells dispatchers details that can be crucial to help emergency responders, such as medical conditions of residents or the layout of a house in case of a fire...." [Read more.] Also, this just received from the county via email: " I am assisting DeKalb County spread the word about the Smart911 service offered to residents for free. Smart911 allows people to create a Safety Profile that will be visible to 9-1-1 call takers in the event of an emergency call. Citizens create profiles for many reasons. Some want to make sure 9-1-1 knows they have a medical condition or allergy, others want to provide their exact address in case they call from a cell phone. You can also list your vehicle information, emergency contacts and even pets. Are there any opportunities for the Clairmont Heights Civic Association to help us educate residents? You can learn more about Smart911 from yesterday's launch: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/24841459/dekalb-county-rolling-out-smart911"
From the Reporter Newspapers: "A bill to create a city of Lakeside in DeKalb County has been approved by the state Senate. On Feb. 26, the Senate approved the Lakeside bill in a vote of 32-17, according to the Senate press office. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the bill would allow for a May 20 referendum for voters to decide on incorporating the city...." [Read more.]
From the interim CEO's office: Medline Livable Centers Initiative; Zoning code update; Electronics Recycling 3/15; Sweep the Hooch; Expedited commercial plan review.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC summary; Zoning summary; CoW meeting; Embrace our green space race; Park Pride conference.
From the County Extension Office: Just trying to link with local civic and community groups to let them know about extension educational opportunities and our plant sale that closes out March 10, pick up March 22. Great way for homeowners to get good plants, ornamentals and fruit plants. Questions feel free to call me 404-298-4080
Thanks very much
County Extension Agent
UGA Extension – DeKalb County
From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Sean Fahey is working on an Eagle Scout project at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. He is connecting the existing boardwalk at the end of Pine Bluff with the bridge on the Outer Loop Trail. He is making good progress on the project and began building a section last weekend. He is still seeking financial support for the project. To date, he has collected $250 out of the $1000 project cost. For more details, see the attached flyer or contact Sean at email@example.com.