County recycling event at Northlake Mall

Event Date and Time: 
11/13/2014 (All day) - 11/15/2014 (All day)

From the interim CEO's office: Recycling info/signup 11/13-11/14 2-7 p.m.; Electronics recycling, document shredding 11/15 8:00-12:00 noon.

International Nativity Scenes

Event Date and Time: 
11/29/2014 (All day) - 12/07/2014 (All day)

By request from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: For the nineteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 300 nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free.

Backpack missing? [Claimed.]

[Update: the owner has claimed the items.]  From a resident on Park Lane: The backpack shown in the attached picture was found in our neighbor's yard on Park Lane.  Our neighbor also said her car looked like someone had gone through it though she wasn't sure if anything was missing.  It looks like someone stole the backpack from another car and then left whatever they didn't want.

Medlock rebuts Decatur Mayor on annexation

from Decaturish: The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association published a lengthy response to recent comments by Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett.

Medlock isn’t in Decatur’s annexation plan, though some early survey results show 66 percent of 224 respondents want to join Decatur. But city officials have warned off neighborhoods who aren’t in the city’s plan. Decatur officials believe more residential property will put too much strain on the city’s school system. A recent study of enrollment published by City Schools of Decatur suggests the city will face capacity issues unless Decatur annexes more property.  

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Commissioner Rader update 11/6/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: List of bridges and culverts to be repaired; Animal Services adoption special.

DeKalb Police: auto break-ins and mail theft 11/5/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

Atlanta Annexation - notes from meeting in Laurel Ridge

From Dawn Forman of Laurel Ridge via the Civic Associations Network: "I attached my notes from tonight's Town Hall meeting on the proposed Annexation of Druid Hills put on by Laurel Ridge PTA.  They are also on the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association Web Site: http://laurelridgeshamrock.weebly.com/  "

"Attendees: Marshall Orson, DeKalb School Board Member, Jeff Rader, DeKalb County Commissioner, Michele Henson, Georgia State Representative, Rahn Mayo, Georgia State Representative, Steve Henson, Georgia State Senator, Elena Parent, Georgia State Senate, Trenton Arnold, Area Superintendent for DeKalb School System..."  [Read more.]

Rep. Johnson update 11/6/14

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Veterans Day; Women succeed; Effective in Congress; Diversity in media; Social security; Acuity jobs; Convention on torture.

Mason Mill area residents prefer unincorporated DeKalb

From the Mason Mill Civic Association and Citizens of Victoria Estates: For Immediate Release -- Survey Indicates Residents in Two Central DeKalb Neighborhoods Wish to Remain Unincorporated.  [November 5, 2014] DeKalb County, GA - A survey of the residents of Mason Mill and Victoria Estates neighborhoods, located adjacent to Emory University, indicates an overwhelming preference to remain unincorporated. Residents of these longstanding established neighborhoods include many Emory and CDC employees, members of the neighboring Jewish Orthodox temples, and many younger families, among others. Both neighborhoods were included in previously proposed maps for the cities of Lakeside and Briarcliff.

MANA response to Decatur Annexation Plan 11/6/14

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: ".... As of right now, Medlock Park and nearby neighborhoods are not known to be in any map other than the unincorporated DeKalb map. Thus, "these people's" heads are not "in the sand" but rather, held high as they call out City of Decatur's unreasonable annexation proposal... just like City of Decatur residents would be justified in calling foul if unincorporated DeKalb or a new city reached inside Decatur's existing borders to cherry-pick commercial property.... "  [Read more.]

Decatur Petition Update

from the Decatur Petition group (VP Pete Rumsey is the formal liaison to the petition): Decatur Petition Update 11/5/14.  The Decatur City Commission held a work session followed by a public hearing on 11/3/14.  Several commenters expressed concern about the City’s proposal to annex commercial property without also annexing the related residential property.  There were also comments from Decatur residents opposed to any annexation by the City.  David Crass provided comments to the Commission regarding the annexation petition submitted by Clairmont Heights.

Coyote sighting 8xx N Superior 11/5/14 9:40 a.m.

A contractor and I saw a big coyote run up our driveway this morning around 9:40 a.m. then jump a 4' fence into the backyard of my neighbors, heading toward Willivee.  At first, we thought it was a German Shepherd, but it had a long snout and was very light on its feet.  Beautiful animal but people might want to keep an eye on small pets.  

Survey to name new Lakeside/Briarcliff city

From the Lakeside website: "Lakeside" was created as a "working name" as we endeavored to interact with the community to explore cityhood.  As Lakeside and Briarcliff move forward together and prepare to announce our final, joint map, it's time to pick a final name.  But we need your help.  Please tell us your first and second choices for a new name for our new city and help pick the name our community will be know by for years to come!

Fate of Decatur Petitions in Council's Hands

[CHCA modified the original title of this post following a clarification of context which you can find here.] From the Decatur Metro blog: ".... Mayor Baskett and City Manager Peggy Merriss clarified during the discussion that none of the petitions from areas outside of the stated Master Plan areas are being considered for annexation as part of the Master Plan, which is scheduled to be submitted for Legislative consideration in January...."  [Read more.]

Commissioner Gannon ballot guide

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: TUESDAY, Nov. 4- Get out and VOTE!  Your RIGHT, your RESPONSIBILITY, your FUTURE. Find your voting location here. 

Decatur statement on annexation 11/1/14

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish blog: "Decatur City Manager Peggy Merris and City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards on Saturday released a joint statement about the city’s annexation plans.  The plans provide an updated timeline, suggesting an annexation referendum could make it to the ballot as early as July 2015. .... " [Read more.]

Annexation of Clairmont Heights into City of Atlanta - Working Meeting on TUE, 11-04-2014

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board is working to obtain accurate information about all annexation and cityhood options that would impact our neighborhood.

Annexation Petition to City of Decatur for Clairmont Heights area [corrected link]

[This is an updated version of a previous post. The link to the petition letter PDF is now correct.] 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.

DeKalb Police Knowledgeable Neighbors on Watch session

Event Date and Time: 
11/08/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police Public Education Specialist: In the KNOW DeKalb Knowledgeable Neighbors on Watch.  The Next Session -- Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10am – 1pm.  DeKalb Fire Rescue Building, 1950 W. Exchange Place, Tucker, Ga, 30084, 1st Floor.  TOPICS:  Juvenile Court  -  Holiday Safety  -   Burglary/Theft Prevention.  See attached flyer.  RSVP to your Public Education Specialist.  

County Operations Task Force 10/29/14 meeting notes

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Personal notes & handouts from yesterday's OTF retreat are now posted on http://www.can-dk.org/file-cabinet/county-government under "2014 Operations Task Force" with names starting with "FullMtg_Retreat_" .... My observations in brief:  The OTF had a facilitator for this session to try to whittle down which options were possibilities. She had a hard job, got them to whittle some, but they asked for more info on other things.  The agenda was broken up into 4 sections:

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