District 2 update 7/11/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; Human Development Non-profit Partnership Grant; Family Fun Day at Mason Mill Park; Open house for new fire chief.

Rep. Oliver update: runoff endorsements, cityhood

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver 7/8/14: Both the Democratic and Republican primaries from the May 20th election have important runoff elections on July 22, and you are free to vote early at the Memorial Drive Elections office up  through July 18--PLEASE VOTE.  For those of you choosing a Democratic ballot, please consider supporting my endorsed candidates:

Briarcliff/Lakeside process

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... “We are two groups trying to get to one map,” Kahn said.

Tips for Property Assessment Appeals

From state rep. Mike Jacobs: A week ago, I held a town hall meeting at Chamblee First United Methodist Church. The subject matter was how to appeal your property assessment. You can read about the meeting in the Dunwoody Crier and the Brookhaven Reporter. We had about 150 chairs. Every chair was filled, and the meeting was standing room only.  The high attendance was a symptom that our community has been hit especially hard this year with property assessment hikes. It’s summertime, and I recognize that some residents who would like to appeal their assessments were not able to attend the meeting. I have compiled this summary of some of the information shared in the meeting. I hope you will forward it to your neighbors, some of whom may not have been able to attend. The advice given in this e-mail is more detail and less generic than you will find elsewhere.

Tax hikes and appeals

From Frank Niesse in the AJC: ".... The value of residential properties went up 11 percent in DeKalb County .... Here’s the process for appealing:  File an appeal to the county Board of Equalization. Use your county’s website for your appeal if possible, or send an appeal by certified mail with a return receipt requested. That way, you’ll have proof of your appeal.

Missing dog

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Elliott, a white Maltese mix, is still missing. He disappeared from his pet sitter's house on Sanford Road on July 1st and no one has reported seeing him since. There is a possibility that someone picked him up and is not aware that people are desperately looking for him. Please share this information as widely as you can (any area Facebook groups, YahooGroups, etc.) and remain on the lookout for this little dog. He needs medication for seizures. His home is in Marietta so he is not familiar with this part of town and the fireworks will almost certainly make him panic and run even further. He is naturally friendly to both people and dogs so it is strange that no one seems to have spotted him. He is microcipped and was wearing a collar when he disappeared. If you see him, contact Dayle at 404-663-1650. A reward is being offered.  [See attached flyer for photo.]

County trash/recycling schedule July 4

From the county public works site: Solid waste and recycling services will maintain its regular schedules.  Regular garbage collection will run as scheduled thru Friday, 7/4.  Blue box and yard trimming recycling will run as scheduled thru Thursday, 7/3.

Animal shelter special adoption rates

From DeKalb Animal Services: To celebrate the United States of America's Independence Day, we are making our own Declaration of Inde'pet'dence and lowering the adoption fees at DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS). Throughout the entire month of July, dog adoption fees are only $30, while cats are $17.76!

Dunkin Donuts public meeting

Event Date and Time: 
07/10/2014 - 7:00pm

From Dunkin Donuts re: their proposal for a drive-through DD on Scott Bl about halfway from North Decatur Rd south toward Ace Hardware: I am writing to invite you and other residents of Medlock Area Neighborhood Association to a meeting at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church on Thursday, July 10, at 7 PM.  .... As you know, Dunkin corporate had initiated this SLUP application with the idea of developing their prototype on the site.  Dunkin came to recognize that this site required maximum creativity and flexibility in order to develop the kind of coffee shop that could become a true neighborhood meeting place, so they turned it over to their best local franchisee, James Laskaris.   James owns the Toco Hills store so he knows the success of his store depends on meeting the needs of the neighbors like you, who are also his best customers.  He has a win/win mentality and has asked that any MANA members who might be available to come out and meet with him on Thursday, so he can listen to your concerns.

July events at DeKalb History Center

From Melissa Forgey at DeKalb History Center: Courthouse Rock: African Rhythms   (Children's program); Lunch & Learn -- Images of America: East Atlanta (book talk); Reception and play on the Civil War.

An Update on the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: First, to the volunteers appointed to serve on the Interim CEO’s Operations Task Force, thank you for your time and service. As constituted the missing link to the Task Force seems to be the citizens of our communities. The Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb was launched in January 2014 as a citizens’ reform effort and perhaps our work can complement your efforts.

DeKalb County reached a ‘tipping point’ in 2013 and in 2014 matters even further deteriorated: nearly everyone now agrees that fundamental reforms are due. The attached Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb was drafted and electronically distributed in January. In February a group of citizens from across the County reached consensus on its main issues. A diverse Blueprints leadership team emerged and began focusing upon the consensus issues: Internal Auditor, Ethics, Procurement Procedures, Elections, Government Structure and HOST.

Briarcliff and Lakeside city initiatives explore partnership

From Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish website: ".... The groups behind the proposed cities of Lakeside and Briarcliff announced that they will pursue city status together. “We’re dating right now,” City of Briarcliff Initiative member Allen Venet said, standing next to Lakeside City Alliance Chairwoman Mary Kay Woodworth. “We’re not married yet. We’re engaged.”...." [Read more.]

Regional transportation plan survey

From the Atlanta Regional Commission: "[T]he Atlanta Regional Commission ... would like to give commuters the opportunity to share their feedback on the Atlanta Transportation Regional Plan 2040. This survey serves as a tool to learn what issues commuters think are most important in their regions. You participation is encouraged as this step weighs heavily on the planning process of the Regional Plan.

July 4 events in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Stone Mt, Dunwoody

From the county interim CEO's office: Events in Dunwoody, Stone Mt, Decatur, Avondale Estates.

Carjacking at Toco Hills

From a resident of Leafmore neighborhood via Sagamore Hills Hotline: "My daughter, about 9-10 PM last night, was accosted at the Toco Hill Gas Station and her car stolen by force. She is trying to remember/reconstruct the series of events; she is very traumatized, very terrorized. Three black males blocked her, hemmed her in; she "escaped" but without her car and other belongings. BEWARE... it's getting worse out there. This may too be an attempted KIDNAPPING."

Q&A with state school superintendent candidates

From Dan Whisenhunt on Decaturish.com: "Candidates running to become the next head of Georgia’s schools worked to distinguish themselves from their opponents during a June 30 forum held by the League of Women Voters of Atlanta Fulton County.  All four candidates who will appear in the July 22 primary runoff attended the forum. The Democratic runoff will feature Valarie Wilson, a former member of the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education, and Alisha Thomas Morgan, a state representative. The Republican runoff will feature Mike Buck, the chief of staff to outgoing superintendent John Barge, and Richard Woods, a former high school principal and teacher who currently works in the private sector. Donna Lowry of 11-Alive served as moderator with guest panelists Carol Sbarge with WSB-TV and Dan Whisenhunt, editor and publisher of Decaturish.com.  Here are some of the questions the candidates received and their answers:..." [Read more.]

Property tax appeals

From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers: "Hundreds of homeowners gather to discuss appealing their latest property tax appraisals. More than 200 DeKalb and Fulton residents filled a Brookhaven church hall on July 1 to talk about appealing their tax assessments...." [Read more.]

Neighborhood emergency preparedness inventory

From Carrie Reed for the Lifelong Communities Committee: We never want to think a disaster will strike our neighborhood or at least we hope it won't! However, as our recent ice storms reminded us, it is likely not a question of if, but when.

Whether it is an ice storm, tornado, flooding, or extended power outages, emergency services may not be able to provide immediate support and resources to every neighborhood in need. As neighbors, we should be prepared by knowing what to expect, what to do, and how to come together to help ensure the safety of our families and community.

Druid Hills Youth Football

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Druid Hills Youth Football: A neighborhood tradition since 2008! Practices are held at DHHS; flag for K-2nd and tackle for 3rd-6th grades. Register at www.DHYF.org.

Cityhood initiatives update

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: "The three cityhood movements – Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker – have not gone away and are actively meeting and planning for consideration during the 2015 Georgia Legislature session.

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