MANA, CHCA, DHCA annexation efforts compared

Summarized in the Decatur Metro blog 10/29/14, with lots of comments from readers: ".... Between Medlock and Druid Hills sits Clairemont Heights [sic], which has been relatively silent on annexation preference up until now.  However, this past week the Clairmont Heights Civic Association blog noted that some residents of the neighborhood had recently filed a petition with the city of Decatur requesting annexation.  The petition claims the support of “at least 68% of homes” in Clairmont Heights, though some discussion on the Association’s Facebook page about how widely the petition was circulated. Of note, if Clairmont were to incorporate into Decatur, it would eliminate an Atlanta annexation from Medlock’s array of choices, since it would have no way of being congruent to the Atlanta city limit...." [Read more.]

MANA community meeting 10/27/14 summary

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "We had a great meeting and very well attended: around 135 people showed up to hear about our schools, zoning and yes, annexation....." [Read more.]

Annexation Petition to City of Decatur for Clairmont Heights area

Authors of a petition to annex the greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood into the City of Decatur informed CHCA officers that they submitted their petition this week to the City Manager. The petition organizers had requested that we wait several days to allow city officials to read and discuss the letter and petition information prior to distributing it to the community at large.

Constitutional Amendment II background

From a writer for the Shepherd Center Magazine who originally posted this comment to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv. Reprinted with permission:  In November 1998, Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for Georgians who had sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. It is funded by a surcharge on DUI fines and provides grants to those injured to help defray the costs of transportation, home modifications, equipment and needed services.

Emory Sustainability+Clifton Community update 10/24/14

From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership and Office of Sustainability Initiatives: Emory University Earns STARS Gold Rating; Innovative Water Reclamation Facility Under Construction;  Fleet Services: making moves to a greener fleet;  Launched: The Green Office Pilot Program; Emory to ban bee-harming pesticides to protect pollinators;  Climate@Emory: Interview with Dr. Eri Saikawa

Commissioner Gannon update 10/24/14

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early/Sunday Voting; Stone Mt Pumpkin Festival; Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain; DeKalb Neighborhood Summit; Dekalb legislators' town hall; Animal Services "Fall in Love" special.

Commissioner Rader update 10/24/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 BOC Agenda for October 28th; Low cost pet vaccinations.

MANA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/27/2014 - 7:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA): Please join us for a Community Meeting OCTOBER 27 (Monday) | 7PM at North Decatur Presbyterian Church  The agenda will include --- * Representative Mary Margaret Oliver will discuss legislative issues involved with cityhood and annexation and Brian McKinley joins us from Laurel Ridge.  * Updates on schools and zoning

Chemistry Day Event at Fernbank Science Center

Event Date and Time: 
10/25/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

From the Fernbank Science Center: FREE ! Saturday, 10-25-2014, 12 - 3 pm.  Do you have younger students who enjoy hands-on science demonstrations? How about chemistry and candy? Plan to attend Fernbank Science Center's annual Chemistry Week celebration this weekend. This year's theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy." It will feature exhibits, activities, and demonstrations suitable for all ages to help spread knowledge about the importance and usefulness of chemistry in our everyday lives. We hope to see you there! Address: 156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Please see our web site for additional information.

DeKalb Delegation public meeting notes 10/22/14

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Last night's DeKalb delegation public meeting drew a good number of representatives and 1 senator, plus an audience that didn't overwhelm the Maloof but didn't look skimpy either.  There were more questions & statements (some "speechifying") than the two hour window could hold.  There were prickly moments especially between legislators, a fair amount of support for the Blueprints recommendations, and a wide variety of issues being raised with a fair amount of emphasis on whether or not the Druid Hills cluster was going to maintained within one city or not. My notes are attached, if you're interested.  BethN -- North Briarcliff area; parks activist; Blueprints activist

Nov 4 General Election Candidates & Voting Locations

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Get out and vote!  The contested elections for the Nov. 4 General Election are outlined below, followed by Early Voting Locations and Dates.   

Babar the Elephant Family Concert

Event Date and Time: 
10/26/2014 - 4:00pm

From Emory's Carlos Museum: Sunday, October 26, 4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum present Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale, Babar the Elephant, set to music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE 90.1's Lois Reitzes.  Family Concerts are designed with young listeners in mind but are perfect for audiences of any age!  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free parking is available on the weekends in both the Fishburne and Oxford Road decks.

Notes from Annexation Panel at Fernbank PTA meeting 10/22/2014

From CHCA president Michael Dowling:  The greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood appears on the Atlanta annexation petition map proposed recently by the Druid Hills Civic Association. DHCA's annexation committee used elementary school attendance zones for Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES as the basis for their map. Clairmont Heights Civic Association was not involved in its creation, but the board will actively follow the process to ensure that neighborhoods interests are represented accurately.  In an effort to keep the greater Fernbank ES community informed about this process, the Fernbank PTA invited CHCA officers and neighborhood residents from Clairmont Heights and Druid HIlls to attend their general membership meeting on Wednesday evening, 10-22-2014, where a panel addressed the issue. Notes from the meeting can be found here

Electronics, Shoe Recycling and Paper Shredding

Event Date and Time: 
11/15/2014 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Electronics Recycling 8-12:00; Document Shredding 9-2:00.  Northlake Mall Parking Lot, 4800 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.  Please donate at least one pair of shoes when you come to participate in the electronics recycling or paper shredding event.  Please tie the shoe strings together or place a rubber band around the shoes.

Rep. Oliver update 10/17/14

From District 82 rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: Voting reminders; Ballot guide; Cityhood updates.

DeKalb History Center's History Adventure School Days

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 (All day) - 10/24/2014 (All day)

From the DeKalb History Center: the DeKalb History Center's HISTORY ADVENTURE School Days, Oct. 21-24, 2014. 404-373-1088 ext 20

Druid Hills letter on cityhood and annexation 10/15/14

The Druid Hills Civic Association, in preparation for a survey of its residents, has posted a letter with information about the options they face. ".... Many residents have expressed concerns about three major factors. These are: (1) property taxes, (2) the public schools that serve geographic areas within the DHCA’s stated boundaries (specifically Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Druid Hills High School), and (3) Emory University’s position...."  [Read more.]

DeKalb Legislators public meeting notes 10/13/14

[From CHCA Board president Michael Dowling.] Interesting perspectives from meeting of the DeKalb Legislative Delegation on October 13, 2014.  Legislators from DeKalb County's delegation recently held an open meeting as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 legislative session. Clairmont Heights residents may be interested to see how various parties perceive issues (annexation and cityhood) that we have discussed at our recent public meetings. Our local House member, Rahn Mayo, was not present. Mary Margaret Oliver is the House member for both Druid Hills and portions of Decatur. She has also served our community in the past when boundaries were different. The notes are an unofficial record from interested county resident Beth Nathan. "Last night the legislators were particularly interactive ... lots of opinions, some prickly back-and-forth ... discussion of parochialism vs regionalism, info that efforts to merge Briarcliff/Lakeside are proceeding fairly well, hints that Blueprints recommendations are being taken seriously, some statements that someone might want to hold officials feet to..."

Rep. Mayo's November Ballot Guide

From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: 2014 Proposed constitutional amendments and ballot questions. 

Commissioner Gannon update 10/10/14

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early Voting and Sunday Voting; Household Hazardous Waste Recycling; International Food and Music Festival; Legislators Town Halls; Animal services "Fall in love" adoption special; BOC agenda.

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