"Demolition finally begins for North Decatur/Scott site"

AJC: After months delay, demolition’s begun on the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, future site for Fuqua Development’s mixed-use project. Razing the church and the nine homes behind it on Barton Way should take about 60 days according to Fuqua Principal Jeff Fuqua. Also, DeKalb County’s board of commissioners approved Phase two on Tuesday, which Fuqua calls the project’s “last major hurdle.” [READ MORE]


Brown and White Dog Still Missing, Despite Being Seen All Over Decatur Area

DecaturMetro: Brown and White Dog Still Missing, Despite Being Seen All Over Decatur Area [READ MORE]

2015 Independence Day Sanitation Collection Schedule

DeKalb Announces 2015 Independence Day Sanitation Collection Schedule for Residential Customers

Holiday collection marks end of county’s twice-a-week garbage collection service

(looks like our day is Monday)


Decatur-area pet businesses take precautions against dog flu

Decaturish: An outbreak of a newer strain of dog flu in the Decatur area is causing owners of local pet businesses to take extra precautions.  [READ MORE]


"How To Appeal Your DeKalb County Property Value Assessment"

Commissioner Nancy Jester has announced a Town Hall meeting next week entitled "How To Appeal Your DeKalb County Property Value Assessment."

BOC Agenda for June 23rd & Other News (pools/ Holiday sanitation sched)

Commissioner Jeff Rader: 

Agenda: http://www.commissionerrader.com/boc-business-upcoming-agenda.html

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs to Offer Free Swimming at County Pools
With temperatures expected to stay above ninety degrees, DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is helping to keep residents cool by temporarily waiving admission fees at all of the seven County pools beginning today and ending Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.
The following pools are scheduled to be free of charge through Monday, June 22nd with the exception of the Browns Mill Aquatic Facility.

DHCA: Annexation Update

Druid Hills Civic Association: During the 2015 session of the Georgia Legislature, the organization Together In Atlanta led an annexation effort to secure a bill allowing parts of DeKalb County to hold a referendum on annexation to the City of Atlanta. The directors met on May 8, 2015 and subsequently issued the statement below.*  [READ MORE]


Decatur Now Ticketing Metered Street Parking on Saturdays

DecaturMetro: For many years, Decatur had a sort of gentleman’s agreement with its residents regarding Saturday street parking.

If you had been around long enough, you discovered that the PALS – who write the city’s parking tickets – didn’t work on Saturdays, so while all official Decatur documentation about metered parking said that you needed to pump coins (and more recently credit cards) into the meters on Saturday, those “in the know” could save some cash on Saturdays. [READ MORE]

Fuqua Phase II plan deferred by Board of Commissioners

MANA: Fuqua Development presented its plans for Phase II of the Decatur Crossings development at the May 26, 2015 Board of Commissioners meeting (meeting notes can be found here). Fuqua had submitted four requests: 

1. change the land use designationfrom SUB(Suburban) to TC (Town Center); 
2. rezone property from O‐I (Office‐Institutional) and R‐75 (Single‐Family Residential to OCR (Office‐Commercial‐Residential), for a mixed‐use development with 95,000 square feet of retail,restaurant, and office space and 450 multifamily residential units;
3. increase the height of multifamily residential buildings in a mixed use development from the allowed maximum of two stories to five stories;to allow two drive‐through lanes for two commercial buildings; and 
4. allow a drive‐through restaurant  [READ MORE]


OneDekalb: "ICEO Lee May presented his 2015 mid-year budget recommendations to the Board of Commissioner on Tuesday. The recommendations include a tax decrease, which is the first adjustment downward since 2004."


District 6 Events & June 9th BOC Agenda

Commissioner Gannon:

Walk with the Commissioner at Bouldercrest Park
June 16, 6:00 pm
Bouldercrest Park, 4184 Bouldercrest Park Rd., Ellenwood

Come walk the half mile trail with Commissioner Gannon and her staff. Don't forget to bring your water and wear sun protection.

Rolling Forward To One: Sanitation Service Change
Starting on July 6, DeKalb County will move to one-day-a-week Sanitation Pickup.


Superior Ave Water Main & Sewer Projects

Katie Dorian Paden: Here's the presentation from DeKalb Co. from last week's community meeting on the Superior Ave water main and sanitary sewer projects. I have more scribbled notes in the margins of my hard copy from the meeting, so possibly I-- and others! chime in!-- can shed a little more light if folks have questions. I admit that my attention was biased toward the sewer work (which starts on our property) versus the water main (which starts further north on N Superior). Get ready for some big, long projects! (see attachment)

New DeKalb County Cities Could Create Battle For Resources

WABE:  Voters will decide this year on creating two new cities in DeKalb County. If passed, LaVista Hills and Tucker would be the eighth and ninth cities formed in metro Atlanta over the past decade.  [READ MORE]


DeKalb school board approves contract for new superintendent

AJC: The DeKalb County School Board this morning approved a $300,000 contract for R. Stephen Green, who’s expected to be the district’s next superintendent.

Green, 61, currently the superintendent for Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri, made $342,500 for the last school year, including incentives of $92,500 atop a base annual salary of $250,000.  [READ MORE]


DeKalb Sanitation Dept. update

DeKalb's Sanitation Department is rolling out its single day combined pickup program, Rolling Forward to One, starting this summer.  All homes will receive one of the green cans sometime in the next 6-8 weeks, but single day service starts July 6 county-wide for ALL, whether or not your green bin has arrived. According to interim CEO Lee May, "We're offering Cadillac service at a Ford Focus price." (more details forthcoming...)


CHCA Membership Elects New Officers at Annual Meeting

CHCA Membership Elects New Officers at Annual Meeting
CHCA held its Annual General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the "Mtg Agenda" attachment. Members also had the opportunity to hear brief activity summaries and ask questions of guest State Senator Elena Parent, DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader, and Together in Atlanta Co-Chair Anne Wallace. Members elected the following officers for 2015: 
Michael Dowling, president
Pete Rumsey, vice-president
Hal Bailey, treasurer
Julia Byrne, corresponding secretary
Nancy Moore, recording secretary

BOC & Zoning Summary from 3/26/2015 & Other News

Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC & Zoning Summary from 3/26/2015 & Other News: [READ MORE]


Keep DeKalb Beautiful Electronics Recycling

KDB has moved one of their electronics recycling locations to next to the Tax Commissioner’s office at Memorial Drive and 285.

They have hours M-F, 8-4pm    [READ MORE]

DeKalb County holding meeting about Superior Avenue water main project


The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management is hosting a community input meeting this Thursday, May 28, about a Water Main and Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project along Superior Avenue.

City spokesperson Casie Yoder provided the details about the meeting in a post on the city’s Decatur Minute blog. It begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center, located at 231 Sycamore Street.  [READ MORE]

Commissioners Respond to Interim CEO’s Criticism

Commissioner Jeff Rader: Commissioners Respond to Interim CEO’s Criticism

In finally resigning his Commission Seat after 23 months as Interim Chief Executive, Lee May has made much of the resistance of “three Commissioners” of the BOC to his efforts to install a hand-picked successor to represent District Five.  As the “three Commissioners” he referred to, we think the public might benefit from a broader perspective on the issue.    [READ MORE]


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