"DeKalb Charter Cluster Proposal May Get Second Chance"

WABE:  The charter cluster petition would have given Druid Hills High School and its feeder schools more autonomy, loosening the grip of the school district. But the DeKalb school board narrowly rejected the proposal just over a year ago. Recently, some petitioners considered annexing to Atlanta, which would make the schools a part of APS.    [READ MORE/ FULL ARTICLE]

MANA: annexation meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver

MANA:  Brief notes-- Meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver; Representatives of the MANA Working Group on Annexation met with Rep. Rahn Mayo on February 9 at his request.

We again discussed our concerns about Areas A and B in the proposed Decatur annexation. Specifically, we discussed concerns that should parts of our neighborhood and nearby commercial cease to be in the same jurisdiction, residents who will be directly impacted by Decatur's development plans will have no say on how those areas are developed.  



Town Hall Meeting tonight - Interim CEO Lee May

ONE Dekalb:  
reminder- Town Hall Meeting tonight - 
7pm, University Heights UMC 1267 Balsam Drive Decatur
"Please join Interim CEO Lee May at any of the meetings throughout the county as he discusses his outlook for 2015." 

CrimeMapping: mail theft 2/9 on Willivee

Theft/Larceny LARCENY - FROM MAIL 15-013418 700 BLOCK WILLIVEE DR DeKalb County Police 2/9/2015 11:50:00 PM Map It


CHCA Board Meeting - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board will hold its February meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 6 pm. The location is Melton's. Among other items, the officers will discuss a Board statement regarding the potential legislation related to Atlanta annexation, and we will examine the current status of MARTA's Clifton Corridor Light Rail plan. 

BOC Agenda for February 10th & Other Events

District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader:
(Party for Parks Gala, Presidents Day waste/recycling, sched + agenda)


District 6 Events & Feb 10 BOC Agenda

Commissioner Kathie Gannon:
(sanitation mtg, food drive, senior fitness, lane closures, pet adoptions, + BOC agenda)


Melton Park annual meeting

Event Date and Time: 
02/13/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Friends of Ira B Melton Park, a DeKalb County Park Pride affiliate, will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb 13, from 7-8:30 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. We will review last year¹s park projects and plan for next year. All are welcome.

Info on new Senior Center at Mason Mill Park

Hogan Construction Group Press Release: Feb. 4, 2015 - DeKalb County celebrated the grand opening of the new Central DeKalb Senior Center, which provides various services for the growing population and community needs of senior citizens within the county. This brand new, two story facility was funded by The Community Development Block Grant Program and includes a large multipurpose space, computer lab, fully equipped fitness room, access to walking trails, an adjacent playground for children, and activity rooms for ceramics, yoga, aerobic, games and dancing.
The center also features a commercial kitchen and main dining halls that accommodate approximately 120 people seated, and can be easily converted to serve as a meeting space for seminars and civic events. Hogan Construction Group and Houser Walker Architecture overcame many obstacles during construction as record rainfall and ice storms created schedule issues, however the project was still completed on time. 

Druid Hills annexation into Atlanta: ‘An opportunity to join a city on the ascent’

AJC's "Get Schooled" blog:  Natalie DiSantis is a past resident of Atlanta who now resides in the unincorporated DeKalb community seeking annexation into Atlanta.

She supports Together In Atlanta, which she calls “a grassroots effort by neighbors in the Emory University area hoping to become part of the robust growth and positive direction of the city of Atlanta.”

Here is her response to an essay on the blog last week opposed to that annexation campaign. Later this week, I will post an essay by a Druid Hills High school student on this issue as well.   [MORE]


Monthly Siren Test is Tomorrow (Wed)

Decatur Minute: Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of February so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 5 February 2015. If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

Wed 2/4 --> Region 2: Lakeside High School
Thu 2/12 --> COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC FORUM DeKalb County BOE – Board Room
all mtgs 7PM - 8:30

Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park Mon 2/2


Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park

1340 McConnell Drive
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

"Suburban Plaza update: bowling alley gone, may be replaced by book store"

Decaturish: Decatur’s Suburban Lanes Bowling Alley will not remain in the redeveloped Suburban Plaza. A book store may end up taking some of the basement space of the plaza on the Church Street side near where the bowling alley is now, according to developer, Selig Enterprises.   [READ MORE]

"DHCA Response to MARTA Project"

DHCA : Last year, the DHCA was invited to comment on the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative, a light rail project planned by MARTA and the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association. MARTA sought community opinion about the project. The association’s transportation committee recently submitted feedback: DHCA Feedback on Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative.

For more information about the project, please follow the additional links.






District 6 Events & January 27th BOC Agenda

SuperDistrict 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: District 6 Events & January 27th BOC Agenda

"Community meeting notes: Atlanta, unincorporation"


MANA organized a community meeting to continue informing the community on cityhood and annexation issues in our area. Over 175 people attended. Our thanks to the International Community School for lending their facilities.

The MANA Working Group has launched an online survey and is going door-to-door to encourage residents to voice their preferences--at the time, it appears that our options are to remain unincorporated or petition to be annexed to the City of Atlanta. Volunteers were available to administer the survey, which is also available online. The volunteers also collected signatures opposing City of Decatur's commercial annexation that, as Zoning Chair Theresa Same noted, attempts to capture 8 of 11 entrances into our neighborhood.[READ MORE]


Interim CEO Lee May Hosting Series of Town Hall Meetings

Interim CEO Lee May Hosting Series of Town Hall Meetings on his outlook for 2015

first one:
Tue, Jan 27; 7pm - 8:30pm
Mainstreet Clubhouse
5001 Mainstreet Park Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30088


CrimeMapping: burglary- forced entry N.Superior 1/19/15

Burglary BURGLARY - FORCED ENTRY - RESIDENCE 15-005970 800 BLOCK N SUPERIOR AVE DeKalb County Police 1/19/2015 10:03:00 AM Map It


CrimeMapping: mail theft 1/21 on Ava Pl.

Theft/Larceny LARCENY - FROM MAIL 15-006826 2300 BLOCK AVA PL DeKalb County Police 1/21/2015 10:54:00 AM Map It


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