DecaturMetro: There’s been a lot of news coverage and discussion about annexation around DeKalb over the past year, with Decatur finally approving their own annexation Master Plan this month. But what’s the real likelihood that the Georgia Legislature will actually take up the issue of dealing with DeKalb’s many newly proposed and expanded cities? [READ MORE]
Decaturish: Avondale Estates City Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Jan. 5, 2015 to discuss annexation. While an agenda hasn’t been published yet, it’s likely commissioners will consider approving an annexation master plan. [READ MORE]
Dekalb County will pick up trees placed on curbs (trees longer than 7ft need to be cut into pieces)
DHHS PTSA: Community Forum on Cityhood & Annexation sponsored by the PTSA
Jan 8, 6:30pm - 8pm
Uhry Theater at Druid Hills HS
(Names of speakers on panel will be released once confirmations are in place)
AJC: "Safeguards against corruption proposed for DeKalb" - No one in DeKalb County’s government asked questions when commissioners used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for meals, personal cellphones and speeding tickets. Fishy contracting practices weren’t stopped until a special grand jury investigated, resulting in extortion and bribery charges against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.[READ MORE]
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Decaturish: Decatur recently spent several months crafting its annexation master plan. In August, the city awarded a $25,000 contract to the Sizemore Group for annexation master planning services, the same company used by the city schools of Decatur. [READ MORE]
AJC: All of DeKalb County residents who live in cities would see the county portion of their property taxes increase next year, according to Interim CEO Lee May’s proposed budget. Meanwhile, the tax rate for unincorporated DeKalb would remain unchanged. [READ MORE]
From the county's website:
No collection services on Thursday, December 25th.
Regular garbage collection schedule will run one day late thru Saturday, 12/27.
CHCA: Notes from the December Annexation Update - CHCA Community Meeting, 12-15-2014
Residents of Clairmont Heights met on Monday, 12-15-2014, to receive updated information about neighborhood options related to annexation issues and to ask questions of elected officials and school system personnel who attended. Our goal was to provide our neighbors with a snapshot of the current state of affairs before the GA legislative session opens in January, 2015.
The attached presentation [see attachments below] reviewed the current state of affairs, after which we heard from our CHCA liaisons to each of the annexation or city-creation efforts that could potentially include Clairmont Heights: LaVista Hills, Decatur, and Atlanta. We hope to provide a summary of the Q&A session in the very near future.
LaVista Hills: CHCA is NOT on this map, consistent with our survey wishes. LVH also excludes Medlock Park.
Decatur: The mayor and council declined to review any petitions (including the CHCA petition) and plans to move ahead with its map. The Decatur map excludes our residential neighborhood but includes important commercial properties near us ("Area A") that could reasonably impact service access to and from Druid Hills. CHCA continues to monitor this situation.
Atlanta: Almost all parts of the CHCA area are on the map created by Together In Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed has indicated support. The plan requires significant challenges related to the restructuring of our local schools.
The CHCA Board encourages all residents to share their opinions with us and with your local elected officials.
Dekalb Co Commissioner Kathie Gannon: (includes section "Annexation and Cityhood Update") [READ MORE]
Decaturish: The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education voted to support the city’s annexation plans, but that doesn’t mean board members have to like it. School Board members met for an hour early Wednesday morning, Dec. 17, to approve a resolution backing up the city’s plan. It contained four provisions that board members got city leaders to agree to in exchange for their support. [READ MORE]
AJC: "Light rail future for Clifton Road" - MARTA is proposing a light rail line to serve the busy Clifton Road Corridor, home to Emory University, the CDC and the Atlanta VA hospital, among others. [READ MORE]
WABE: "DeKalb Communities Try To Keep Up With Changing Cityhood/Annexation Plans" - Two communities caught up in the DeKalb County battle for new cities are feeling the stress. Druid Hills and Medlock Park may be very different neighborhoods, but the people who live in each are both feeling the pressure of annexation and new cityhood plans. [READ MORE]
Decaturish: Decatur’s City Commission has approved an annexation master plan that it hopes will move forward in the 2015 session of the General Assembly.
MANA: "Decatur City Commission unanimously votes in favor of its unreasonable annexation plan"
Decatur's City Commission discussed its annexation plan during a working session at 6:30pm today and voted to support its Annexation Master Plan that includes large swaths of commercial property along North Decatur Road. [READ MORE]
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Community Conversations: Creating a Regional Plan for Aging Services, January 13th, 2:00 - 4:00pm. Central DeKalb Senior Center, [Mason Mill Park] 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033. The number of seniors in metro Atlanta will continue to grow significantly in coming years while funding for services remains stagnant or even declines. It is more important now, than ever before, that everyone come to the table with new solutions and better ways to maximize funding and deliver services. We need you to participate in that conversation. For more information, contact Roz Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-463-6041.
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