From the CHCA Board: Clairmont Heights Civic Association meeting, Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Please mark your calendars! CHCA will hold this special informational meeting to discuss the findings from our neighborhood survey and share annexation updates. A very tight timeline applies to this process, so we feel that it is critical to discuss the important choices we face as a community. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email: email@example.com. Additional details will be posted at http://clairmontheights.org
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: In the wake of swirling charges of corruption, a group of engaged DeKalb citizens is bringing forth recommendations to reform DeKalb County government. The diverse group of neighborhood leaders has been working since February on recommendations to give guidance to the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform - it addresses: procurement process, ethics, transparency, and rebuilding trust in our county government. The Blueprints Leadership team has called a public meeting on September 30th [6:30 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, Decatur] and launched a website, www.BlueprintDeKalb.
[Update: he has been re-united with his family. Thanks all.] From a neighbor: "Bucky" was found on Wednesday, September 10th in the neighborhood of Clairmont Heights. A sweet and mellow chihuahua, he is probably 3 to 5 years old. Vets tell us he has been well taken care of, though he has no microchip. If you know this dog, please call. Eve 404-327-6009
From Dawn Forman via the Laurel Ridge Neighborhood: This is a neighborhood watch alert. 1. Dekalb County Police put out the following Scam Alert: In recent weeks we have received calls about young black males going door to door claiming to sell items to raise money for the Tucker High School football team. One time they were in the neighborhood during school hours The school was called and they knew nothing about a fund raising effort for the team. Today on nextdoor.com there was an alert from the Laurel Ridge neighborhood about the same group (Although we can not confirm this). Please do not open your door to these young men but let them know you are home. Do not give them money. CALL 911 and report them. 2. Early this morning (5am) in the Medlock Park neighborhood, a knife wielding man slashed car seats in unlocked cars, decapitated a stuffed animal, slashed a computer screen in a car's dashboard, and did other damage. The full story is here: http://www.decaturish.com/2014/09/knife-wielding-man-spooks-medlock-park-residents/ Please do not go up to anyone who has a knife and is doing such damage. He is most likely not a stable individual. Please call 911 immediately and allow the police to come and detain him.
From MANA president Lynn Ganim: "Atlanta Councilman Alex Wan will present information about the city and what would be involved if our neighborhood chose to be annexed into Atlanta, one of the several possibilities that have been suggested for our area. He will speak on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.
From Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network: I believe that last evening's (9/4/14) Work Session of the full OTF may have been broadcast; the audience was quite small. Ten of the 16 OTF main members were present; no citizen appointees were at the table, though at least one was in the audience. Two dense presentations were made by Joel Gottlieb; I hope I understood him accurately though there were times I was thinking 'HUH?' I have posted my personal notes and the four handouts to the CAN website (www.can-dk.org), under "County Government", under "2014 Operations Task Force". Most direct link is http://www.can-dk.org/file-cabinet/county-government
From task force member Betty Blondeau: The Community Task Force on the ZCU is a group of citizens representing every area of DeKalb County. The Task Force has spent many months working with the county commissioners, the county planning and development staff, and community organizations throughout the county studying the very complex 500 page document which was developed by POND, a consulting firm. The Task Force has focused on strengthening the voice of the communities and neighborhoods in zoning decisions. Presently the proposed code favors developers and staff and makes the citizens' right of appeal complicated and extremely difficult. The Task Force recommendations seek to assure the standing of both nearby residents and county officials to appeal land use decisions.
From Little Creek Conservancy: Come out and support the Little Creek Conservancy at HorseFest on Saturday, September 20th from 12-4pm. Equestrian Demonstrations, Horse and Rider Costume Contest, Pony Rides, Vendors, Crafts, Food Beer, Farrier Demonstration. Cost: $5 General Admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Certain activities cost extra.
From Melissa Forgey of the DeKalb History Center: "The Junior League of DeKalb County, Inc. (JLD) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. During the presentation, Active and Sustaining members of JLD will highlight some of the organizations most significant accomplishments over the past eight decades...."
From "Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb," a citizen group, via District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: "In the wake of swirling charges of corruption, a group of engaged DeKalb citizens is bringing forth recommendations to reform DeKalb County government. The diverse group of neighborhood leaders has been working since February to draft the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform - it addresses: procurement policies, ethics, inefficient operations and the stale political environment. .... The Blueprints Leadership Team will review these reforms in a community meeting on September 30th at 6:30 PM in the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur. "
From Al Fowler: Conversation With A Cop. In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department North Central Precinct is conducting on going Community Conversations with residents of the county. We invite all who live, work, and play in DeKalb to attend. Meet and greet, questions and answers with Precinct Command Staff. Monday, September 29, 2014, Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4150 Briarcliff Road, 6:30pm. September discussion topic: Sexual Assault.
From the DecaturMetro blog: "Recycle your old electronics and styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. it’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.) Since we started in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of electronics from landfills. contact sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling...." [Read more.]
From Lisa Crowder for Keep DeKalb Beautiful: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING. Saturday, October 18th - 8:00a - 12:00p at the Central Transfer Facility - 3720 Leroy Scott Dr (30032). Hi everyone! I'm on the Board of Directors of Keep DeKalb Beautiful and wanted to make sure you are all aware of this upcoming event. It is really a GREAT event and is held twice each year. Be prepared for a little wait because it is generally very well attended, but it's also very well organized so the line usually moves along quickly. If you've been holding on to hazardous waste not knowing how to safely dispose of it, here's your opportunity (miss this one and the next one will be in the Spring).
For our cyclists from Bicycle South: "Basic Bicycle Skills Class - Sat. Oct. 11 Come to the Decatur Recreation Center on Saturday, October 11 from 9 AM to 1 PM for a basic bicycle skills class covering the basics of bike safety, rules of the road, and group riding skills. Finish the class with a 5 mile bike ride around Decatur. Your instructor/ride leader is Mike Sheehan, a LAB Certified Instructor. For more information, contact Mike at 770-309-1992. There is a fee for the class. " [Read more.]
From nearby Leafmore neighborhood (Leafmore Security Patrol <email@example.com>) 9/6/14: Neighbors, Our off-duty officers informed me this afternoon that there was another attempted child abduction in our neighborhood yesterday at approximately 4:20PM near the intersection of Vista Leaf and Wood Leaf. Both the detectives assigned to the case and our officers are working feverishly in an effort to track down the suspect who has been described by the victim (a 10 year old white male) as a black male with green eyes. The suspect was driving an older model red Ford Bronco with a black stripe and tinted windows. The county has put out an APB for this vehicle.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; MARTA repairs and temporary schedule adjustments.
From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "DeKalb County’s state representatives are holding a series of three town hall meetings in October. The meetings will be open to the public, and the most of the 16-member DeKalb House Delegation is expected to attend. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Brookhaven City Hall, Oct. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur and Oct.
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Tour de CASA Bike ride for child advocacy; Brookside Park; Blueprint Meeting; Pet Adoption Special; South River Jamboree.