From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader's office: WELCOME TO YOUR CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER (located inside Mason Mill Park), 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA. 770-322-2950. THE DOORS OPEN MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm. Registration, tours, and so much more. QUICK FACTS: DeKalb County residents 62+; Annual $60 participation fee; Some classes may have additional fees.
From a local CHCA resident/artist: Some CHCA artists will be in attendance at this market! Hope to see you there. Third annual Saint Bartholomew's Artists' Holiday Market, 1790 Lavista Rd NE. Sunday, December 7, 12-4 p.m.
CHCA: This letter, re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur; Objection to Annexation of Commercial Properties in Area A, was mailed to Decatur City Manager, Peggy Merriss, on Nov. 21. This letter was drafted and mailed by CH neighborhood residents active on the Decatur annexation effort. (see attachment)
Notice of CHCA Community Meeting
When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033
Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps
Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options
School possibilities, proposals, and facts
To stay informed, join the CHCA mailing list by sending an email to info AT clairmontheights.org
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
|Description||Case #||Location||Agency||Date||Map It|
|SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY||14-119763||2300 BLOCK HARRINGTON DR||DeKalb County Police||11/29/2014 6:46:00 PM||Map It|
|SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY||14-119659||600 BLOCK MEDLOCK RD.||DeKalb County Police||11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM||Map It|
From Andy Johnston in the AJC: "... Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land....." [Read more.]
From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.
From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]
From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]
From Charles Seabrook in the AJC: "If you’ve seen a coyote in metro Atlanta lately — or just have some strong feelings about the lanky animals showing up in your area — Chris Mowry and his research team at Berry College in Rome want to know about it.... “This is a chance for folks to be ‘citizen-scientists,’” Mowry said. “Even if you’ve never seen or had any interaction with a coyote, your responses will be helpful to us.” To participate, go to the Atlanta Coyote Project Facebook page at facebook.com/atlantacoyoteproject, then click on and fill out the electronic survey form...." [Read more.]
from Commissioner Jeff Rader Dist. 2: The next Operations Task Force meeting, originally scheduled for December 1st, has been rescheduled for December 3rd, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive
DeKalb County Extends Government Operations Task Force until December 15th
BOC Agenda Summary from November 18th
From the county's website: No collection services on Thursday, November 27th. Regular garbage collection schedule will run one day late thru Saturday, 11/29. Thursday’s blue box and yard trimming recycling will be serviced on Friday, 11/28. Friday collections will be Saturday, 11/29. Note: Customer Svc. closed - Collections, Tranfers Stations and the Landfill will operate Friday, 11/28
(Rep. Oliver addresses cityhood updates)
Email Newsletter: Nov. 21, 2014 - "Friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish you and your family and friends a lovely holiday, and a restful opportunity to be grateful for all our many blessings. [READ MORE]
from Decaturish: Look, Atlanta’s not waving some flag in favor of annexation, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan said.
But they’re not going to say “no,” either. [READ MORE]
from CHCA Corresponding Secretary Julia Byrne:
11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary
On Wednesday, November 19th, community members in Clairmont Heights met with members of the Druid Hills Civic Association, members of the organization Together In Atlanta, and Atlanta elected officials to discuss advocacy efforts for the annexation of the entire footprints of Fernbank and Briar Vista elementary schools as well as Emory University into the city of Atlanta. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is closely following this advocacy effort in response to our recent neighborhood survey that indicated strong support for inclusion into an existing city.
from MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools This post looks like more of the same: annexation blah blah blah! But it's actually about something extremely critical to our neighborhood: our schools (literally) and our attendance zones. [READ MORE]
ONE Dekalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "CANCELLED -- Operations Task Force Working Meeing - Please be advised that the Operations Task Force Meeting scheduled for Friday November 21 has been cancelled. Future meeting dates are TBD"
From Dan Whisenhunt in the Decaturish blog: "Decaturish reader Andrew Feury has done all of us a huge favor. This week, organizers behind a proposal to create a new city in DeKalb County released their map for LaVista Hills. It’s one of several maps floating around that carve up DeKalb. The maps include proposed annexations by the cities of Decatur, Avondale Estates and DeKalb County, as well as the proposed cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker and an as-yet-unnamed city in south DeKalb. So how in the heck are we supposed to keep track of all of it? Feury gave us a big assist by creating this custom Google map. It combines all of the maps that are currently on the table...." [Read more.]
From the Fernbank Science Center: Planetarium schedule; Watch live rocket launch; Holiday music under the stars.
From Druid Hills High School Parent Teacher Student Association: 1479 Scott Blvd, Decatur -- formerly Maddy’s b’bque, across from ACE. Starting November 25th until trees are GONE. A percentage of all proceeds benefit DRUID HILLS HIGH SCHOOL When you PAY BY CHECK. Call Doug or Rynell for directions & information 404-569-1714. See attached flyer.