CAN issues meeting Thursday July 28

The Civic Association Network's next ISSUES MEETING will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011, 7-9 pm, at the One DeKalb Resource Center at Northlake Mall (1^st floor, just outside Macy's entrance).  Please pass along notice of this 2-part meeting to all neighbors who might be interested in Redistricting AND to your local garden club,
PTA, entrance and common area folks.  

County: New Recreation Center on Columbia Dr

From: OneDeKalb - CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment

County eyes more land for parks

From Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: The 17 acres is near the neighborhood, also includes a flat meadow and a section of Burnt Fork Creek. AJC: "DeKalb eyes historic land for parks.  A controversial deal for DeKalb County to buy a developer's land has ended with a lower price for a proposed park -- and the possibility of even more green space in the mostly developed central part of the county. County commissioners agreed last week to pay Rich Porter $1.83 million for the 6-acre lot off LaVista Road -- about 6 percent lower than the original negotiated price.  The rumpus over the price, and resulting attention from residents, also brought out Edward Nelms Jr. He has proposed the county buy his family's 17 acres of land about a mile east on LaVista, near Pangborn Road, for more park space." [Read More at AJC.]

Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative appeal

The following is a message from Betty Willis, Executive Director of the Clifton Community Partnership

Dear Clifton Corridor Neighbor:

This time next year, voters throughout Georgia will be going to the polls to vote on the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) referendum which would allow for a special one cent sales tax to pay for transportation projects, specific to regions in which the tax is collected. A number of Atlanta leaders have likened this unprecedented opportunity to transform the region’s transportation system and the resulting economic development benefits, to Atlanta hosting the 1996 summer Olympics. Now is the time for you to have a voice in Atlanta’s future and to help ensure the quality of life you want and deserve. I write to urge your participation in this critically important process.

CrimeMapping.com Report 7/13/11: Theft on Webster

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Get A Move On! Town Hall Meeting: Transportation, Growth & The Future of Metro Atlanta

From the Civic League for Regional Atlanta via the county CEO's OneDekalb office: "Get a Move On 10-County Town Hall on Transportation, Growth and the Future of Metro Atlanta Saturday, July 23, 8:30 to noon The Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community 40 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 Give us a few hours, we'll give you a meaningful voice. The Get a Move On 10-County Town Hall is bringing together Metro Atlantans from different communities, different perspectives and different backgrounds to give their feedback on topics that are central to the debate leading up to the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum - topics like priorities for a fast-growing region; environmental sustainability; economic growth; investments that could truly make a positive difference in the region's future; and accountability and governance. Please join us and make sure your voice is heard. Town Hall presentations will include: Fast-forward to 2040: Growth patterns and projections for Metro Atlanta Everything you ever wanted to know about the transportation investment act and the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum What it means to be a region - with Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page editor Andre Jackson But mostly, we'll be listening to what you have to say, with a little help from the latest clicker technology and good, old-fashioned, small-group discussion. This is going to be fun -- we promise. Seating is limited for the 10-County Town Hall, so registration is required; please register online or by calling (404) 221-1553. You may also visit www.getamoveonATL.com for full details. IMPORTANT: The Civic League for Regional Atlanta neither supports nor opposes the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum. Our role is to provide regional citizens with good information, a neutral forum for learning and discussion, and a sound process for expressing their thoughts. Please join us in making Get a Move On a successful effort to engage regional citizens in the plans and policies shaping their future.

Traffic advisory for Emory entrance at Dowman Drive

Beginning this weekend, Campus Services will perform work to change the shape of the granite cubs and gores (triangles) at the Dowman Drive roundabout.  Please note the following road closures necessary for the work (see attachments for maps).

Open meeting on DeKalb County Redistricting

Event Date and Time: 
07/28/2011 - 7:00pm

Commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader will discuss the demographic changes in the 2010 Census that will drive reapportionment and changes in the political boundaries. Mike Alexander Head of Research with the Atlanta Regional Commission will describe which areas are gaining and losing population and how these changes will affect the political landscape. We will also be available to answer questions and take feedback on the potential impact of redistricting at the local level.

County CEO re: BOC Passes Budget

From the CEO Burrell Ellis: "DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis applauded the vote of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners regarding the 2011 mid-year budget adjustments. "The majority of the Board of Commissioners stepped up to the plate and made a courageous vote to preserve the county's ability to provide essential government services - public safety, criminal justice and infrastructure, and to rebuild our reserve fund," said CEO Ellis. "Rebuilding our reserve is essential in maintaining a strong credit rating and in reducing costs." The mid-year budget adjustment eliminates an additional 250 positions and calls for 3 unpaid holidays for county employees, as well as an additional $23 million in spending cuts. Since 2009, the total of all spending reductions is $130 million, with a total of 696 in job cuts. Also included in the vote was a property millage increase. The impact of the additional 4.35 mills on an average home in DeKalb County is $93.

MANA Lost/Found Pet eBulletin - Found Dog

From MANA: "found a dog walking along Willivee near the Ball Park, coming from the direction of Hunting Valley/N. Druid Hills.... She has no collar, and was very thirsty. After a little coaxing, she got in my backseat. I know she's someone's pet. No luck looking for her owners, but she seems to be used to people, easily found the back door to my house, and made herself at home. ... She looks healthy, she's friendly, didn't mind a bath, and likes my 2 dogs. Part Chow, maybe Shepherd. Fluffy thick coat, black with brown head, front and back quarters...."

MANA Neighborhood Watch June - July 2011

From MANA: attempted burglary, auto thefts, suspicious credit cards.

County property tax increase

From the AJC: "Taxes, and savings fund, going up in DeKalb By April Hunt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Halfway into its year, DeKalb County finally has a 2011 budget, but as part of the deal, the property tax rate is going up 26 percent. Tuesday’s 4-3 County Commission vote means a 4.35 millage increase for the 2011 budget -- and also money into savings to help the county improve its credit rating. The move will generate about $50 million more in revenue, $5 million of it into reserves." About $93 increase on average home per AJC.   [Read more]

County "Knowledgeable Neighbors On Watch" program

From the county CEO's OneDeKalb office: Saturday, July 16, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Doors open at 9:30 am. Discussion Topics: Volunteers In Police Services Program (new)! Volunteer In Patrol (revamped program)! Animal Control: Summer Pet Safety; Crime Awareness: Watch Maintenance. You must RSVP, due to limited seating! Contact the Precinct Education Specialists below to reserve your seat(s). Janean Hightower: tahightower@dekalbcountyga.gov, 770-724-7616

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for July 12, 2011

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Job Fair, Debt ceiling, Safety net, Cops, Unemployed, China, Clean cities, Clean buses, Workers' rights, Sudan, Intern, Facebook.

CrimeMapping.com Report 7/4/11: auto theft on Webster

From DeKalb county police via CrimeMapping.com

Ira B. Melton Park Workday IV success

Thanks to Valerie and Marianne for organizing and leading the work, to Dave Butler for arranging with the county to get mulch, to Tim and Catherine for signs, and to worker bees Judy, Steve P, Steve R, Don, Tim, and Catherine for all the hard work on a warm and humid July morning.  We were able to spread about half of the big mulch pile along about one third of the loop trail before we ran out of time and energy.  We also rescued a turtle that was buried deep in the mulch.  See photos below.

July 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From MANA: Cell Tower; Yard Sale; Pool Party.

Proposed MARTA Lindbergh to Emory line up for vote

From the AJC: "Proposal would cut transportation wish list in half. By Johnny Edwards. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Metro Atlanta is in for another cold reality check Thursday when the Atlanta Regional Commission shows how to chop the region's $22.9 billion wish list of transportation projects in half.... MARTA’s Lindbergh to Emory line (Clifton Corridor). Cost: $1.1 billion. Description: A new MARTA line from the existing Lindbergh Center station to Emory University, and on to Clairmont Avenue and North Decatur Road. A new Armour Yard connection would link to MARTA’s red and gold lines, giving access to Doraville, North Springs and the trains at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Possible pieces? Running the line as far as Emory would cost $685 million. Without the Armour Yard airport link, it would cost $838 million...."  [Read More]

CrimeMapping.com Report 7/7/11: Auto theft on Wineleas Rd.

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Copper theft on Clairmont Road

From: Robin Davis [mailto:RDavis@globalhealthaction.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:27 AM
Subject: Major Copper Theft at Global Health Action
...
Please circulate this email to all of our neighbors in the MMCA and especially those along McConnell Drive and Claremont.

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