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.

Operations Task Force meeting notes 10/11/14

From Dan Wright via the Civic Association Network: "Fellow DeKalb Citizens:  Please devote some time to catch up on the ongoing debate about how to improve DeKalb County Government. Detailed meeting notes and presentations from the latest OTF (Operations Task Force) meeting (and all of the other ones) can be found here.

Rep. Mayo on Cityhood/Annexation 10/13/14


Generally speaking I support a community in pursuit of self determination. My reluctance to supporting additional new cities in DeKalb County is based on the lack of cohesiveness with which new cities are often created. In the past, there has been a tremendous disconnect between DeKalb citizens, and political leaders driving cityhood efforts. In my opinion, cityhood plans have provided very little concern for the impact on the DeKalb County as a whole.

Commissioner Rader update 10/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: International Food and Music Festival 10/18; Conversation with county police 10/29.

Rep. Johnson update 10/14/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Health Services grants; Supporting police; Ebola info; Economic needs of women; Medicare open enrollment; Hispanic heritage; Civil Rights.

Fernbank PTA meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2014 - 6:00pm

From PTA co-Presidents Laura Disque (CHCA neighbor) and Melissa Fishbein: Please join us for out General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Annexation will be a top agenda item. We will have informed individuals on a panel to share information and answer questions.  

2014 Voter Guide

From the League of Women Voters, AJC, and WSB: "The 2014 Online Voter Guide is a non-partisan resource for voters in the metropolitan area. The questions are a product of the work of the League of Women Voters of Georgia and AJC staff. The League, the AJC, and WSB-TV do not endorse candidates and thoroughly believe that voters should judge candidates based on their own merits, ideas and platform. We work very hard to provide an intelligent, equitable forum where that can occur.

CHCA seeks website/newsletter editor and website administrator

From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson.  A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp.  They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.  This takes on average about an hour a week.

Emory lecture on Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 - 6:30pm

For our literary residents, a free lecture open to the public, from Emory:  Ron Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, will give a lecture titled “Into the Heartland of the Ordinary: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the Divided Tradition of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

DeKalb legislators town halls October 2014

From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "DeKalb County’s state representatives are holding a series of three town hall meetings in October. The meetings will be open to the public, and the most of the 16-member DeKalb House Delegation is expected to attend. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur and Oct.

Briarcliff and Lakeside agree on boundaries

From Joe Earle in Altanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers: ".... “We have agreed on boundaries that we can both live with,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, co-chair of LakesideYES.

Nature Preserve Harvest Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/19/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve Join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve for our annual harvest festival onSunday, October 19 from 4-7pm for food, kids’ activities, music, and s'mores by the bonfire. A local girl scout troop will be holding a bake sale and we will have hot dogs, drinks, and fixings available as well. We will also be joined by Cutie the sheep, who is part of flock who will be grazing our English ivy later this winter.

New cities, annexations, and unincorporated islands

From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... On Monday, Herman Lorenz, representing Briarcliff attempted to show ... why he projected no action, annexation or inclusion into a new city, would be taken by the General Assembly in 2015.  Lorenz explained that the opportunity to add the Farmers Market area to a large new city map will have to wait until legislation determines Decatur annexations or Emory/Druid Hills disposition with the City of Atlanta.

Druid Hills Charter Cluster withdraws petition

From their Facebook Page: ".... On behalf of the proposed Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC), and with a sense of despair for DeKalb County, we the Board of Directors of DHCC hereby withdraw our petition to become a charter cluster.

International Community School Fall Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/18/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From ICS via their Facebook Page: The International Community School (located in the former Medlock Elementary School building at 2418 Wood Trail) is hosting a Fall Festival this Saturday. The event will take place from 10a - 2p. Admission is $5 for kids (adults are FREE!).  There will be crafts, games, a bouncy house and a menagerie of animals (including a chinchilla and a bearded dragon!). This event is a fundraiser for the school and proceeds will benefit ICS's ongoing mission. 

Ira B. Melton Park workday CANCELLED

Event Date and Time: 
10/18/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

[Update 10/15/14 This event cancelled.  We will schedule a work day later in the fall.] From CHCA resident and Melton Park work coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors, Hands on Atlanta---Park Pride has rounded up a large group of volunteers for Hands on Atlanta. They are from Cornell Alumni Atlanta Association and Cornell Hotel Society, and they¹ve agree to do a privet pull at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, Oct 18. Please come join the fun. Bring your bodies, your shovels, and your good cheer. We need all the help we can get. Let¹s see who gets the dirtiest.

Household hazardous waste recycling

Event Date and Time: 
10/18/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From Lisa Crowder for Keep DeKalb Beautiful: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING.  Saturday, October 18th - 8:00a - 12:00p at the Central Transfer Facility - 3720 Leroy Scott Dr (30032).  Hi everyone! I'm on the Board of Directors of Keep DeKalb Beautiful and wanted to make sure you are all aware of this upcoming event. It is really a GREAT event and is held twice each year. Be prepared for a little wait because it is generally very well attended, but it's also very well organized so the line usually moves along quickly. If you've been holding on to hazardous waste not knowing how to safely dispose of it, here's your opportunity (miss this one and the next one will be in the Spring).

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