Reminder: First installment of property tax due August 15

From Commissioner Jeff Rader: Claudia G. Lawson, DeKalb Tax Commissioner, would like to remind all DeKalb County taxpayers that the due date for the first installment of 2008 real estate and personal property taxes is Friday, August 15, 2008.

Clifton Corridor Urban Design Guidelines

Emory's Clifton Community Partnership website now has a page on the Clifton Corridor Urban Design Guidelines developed by the firm Goody-Clancy under contract to Emory University and in consultation with neighorhood community representatives. There is also a link to a draft of the full document.

Statement from Commissioner Rader on bond issues

Bonds: Protecting Your Wallet by Jeff Rader Imagine if you discovered that your credit card statement listed charges that you did not authorize. After you call the credit card company to explain the situation, it will remove the unauthorized charges from your bill. But that's not the case in DeKalb County. The county government, through its development authority, wants to stick you, the taxpayers, with a $4.3 million dollar charge on your tab. And it does not matter to them whether you approve of the expense. (Read more)

Reminder: Senior Center for District Two Public Hearing

This Thursday at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader... June 26, 2008

Emory Community Meeting August 13

CHCA board members will attend but the invitation is open to all. Dear Neighbors: I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the hot summer.

Clarification re. DHHS student access to Cliff shuttles

From Bryan Cooke, director of the Clifton Community Partnership: "My understanding is that our transportation department felt that DHHS students are provided with transportation if they need it and, our shuttles are over crowded with Emory employees trying to use alternatives. This was discussed with the DHHS principal who agreed that DHHS students should not be allowed to ride to Emory on the 3 Park N Ride shuttles. They are free to ride the C shuttle from the Clairmont deck and other intracampus shuttles." Bryan Cooke 404-727-9341 (o)

Southern Bicycle League Picnic at Medlock Park this Saturday

FYI, you may see a lot of cyclists that day. -------- Medlock Park, Decatur, GA This year's SBL Summer Picnic will be Saturday, August 16, at Medlock Pool in Medlock Park, Decatur, GA. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and soft drinks will be provided. (BYOB - please be discreet.) Bring a covered dish to share. The Picnic and Pool Party (bring your bathing suit and a lounge chair) will be from 7PM - 10PM. 50 mile ride will start at 3PM. 25 mile ride will start at 5PM. Medlock Pool is at 874 Gaylemont Circle, Decatur, GA 30033 E-mail: or call 404-375-6789

Commissioner Jeff Rader on Re-Developments

Zoning: Creating a Win-Win Jul 23, 2008 by Jeff Rader While the Board of Commissioners' role in day-to-day administration is limited by the structure of DeKalb County's government, the Board does have the power to shape the county through its zoning authority. In a typical BOC meeting, many of the items on the agenda relate to zoning issues.

Coyote Sightings in Medlock Area

From the latest Medlock Area Neighborhood Association News: Recent Coyote Sightings in Medlock Area Several reports of coyote sightings or evidence of coyotes in the Medlock area have been reported to MANA in the last couple of weeks. We have communicated about this issue previously but want to stress again that coyotes remain a real and consistent threat in our neighborhood as well as many other areas in Atlanta.

Notes from Second Traffic Control Meeting July 16

Notes courtesy of Kathryn Firago of MANA. Notes from the first meeting were posted here earlier. Traffic meeting minutes from 7/16/08 John Maynard began the meeting with an overview of why we need a traffic plan to prepare for the increased building in and around our neighborhood that will be affecting us very soon, if not already. He explained the perimeter control approach that was nicely encapsulated by Jim Alexander and sent to me after the meeting. It is as follows: Morning traffic control:

Williamsburg (Re)Developer calls Meeting

Attached is an invitation from the developer to attend a second community meeting on the project. Information from the first meeting was posted here earlier. CHCA board members plan to attend but the meeting is open to everyone. Dear Neighbor:

Emory's Dowman Drive now one-way

On Monday, July 28 Dowman Drive will open as a permanent, one-way only entrance into campus from North Decatur Road through the Haygood-Hopkins Gate. Vehicles will no longer be able to exit from Dowman Drive onto North Decatur Road. Ultimately, the new entrance will connect with DeKalb County’s planned roundabout in Emory Village Traffic exiting campus to North Decatur Road should exit via Eagle Row and Oxford Road. For changes to the Cliff “D” shuttle, visit

County Workshop on Gardening Saturday, August 9

DeKalb County Stormwater Management Workshop Public Works Department, Roads and Drainage Division "The Five Senses of Gardening" Workshop presented by Shelton Fleming, Wonderland Gardens, 3145 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA Saturday, August 9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information, call 404-371-3256

DHHS students no longer allowed on Cliff

From the Druid Hills High School principal: "Due to an increase in the number of Emory University employees riding the Cliff, Emory will no longer be able to provide this service to DeKalb County high school students. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Emory's Campus Services."

South Peachtree Creek Trail Construction Halted

A superior court judge has ruled that the county and the PATH Foundation must stop work on the South Peachtree Creek Trail because the contract was not set out for bid nor approved by the Board of Commissioners and permits were not issued. More information can be found online in the Champion Newspaper site.

Decatur Farmers Market

Reminder: In addition to the Emory Farmers market on Tuesdays, the Decatur Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm year round in the Bank of America parking lot in downtown Decatur.

Vote Tuesday

From Rep. Kevin Levitas (House District 82)... If you have not taken advantage of early voting or mailed in an absentee ballot, please don't forget to vote in the Primary Elections this Tuesday, July 15.

Redevelopment at Clairmont / North Druid Hills

CHCA board members attended a meeting called by developer Julian LeCraw Inc. and their attorney to preview their proposal for redevelopment of the Williamsburg Apartments, a complex designed mostly for independent seniors located southeast of the intersection of Clairmont and North Druid Hills. Presenting were attorney Kathy Zickert and Julian LeCraw representative David Baycura.

Free Koi fish

The county is purchasing a property on River Road in South DeKalb for the library system. The homeowner has several hundred koi fish in a trough in her back yard and she does not want to move them all. They range in size from 6 inches up to almost 30 inches and many have the large fins and coloration of prize koi. They are used to being fed so they would do very well in a backyard pond. You don’t need to take them all but can take a few if you have a pond. Please call Louise Buchanan at (770) 922-9392 if you are interested.

Voting Update

The DeKalb CEO and Commissioner races will be decided in the Primary, please vote! Vote Early July 7 - 11 or Vote at your precinct July 15 The League of Women Voters 2008 Primary Voter Guide is now online at The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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