Interim county CEO plans to improve county safety, development, ethics

From Melissa Weinman in Reporter Newspapers: "In his “state of the county” speech Jan. 23, May touted his plans to target public safety, economic development, beautification and ethics to improve DeKalb County..... May also used his speech to comment on three proposals to form new cities in the central area of the county.  “Cityhood is not necessarily a bad thing.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Ridgefield Ter 1/25/14

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Cityhood meeting notes 1/22/14

From Jay Scott in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch: "The DeKalb legislative delegation’s public hearing Wednesday night was an ambitious effort to hear from a wide range of people – the interim county CEO, the school superintendent and board chairman, cityhood groups and the public.  While many legislators and one cityhood group could not attend because of conflicts (see earlier story), a number of citizens expressed opinions on a number of issues, but mostly on cityhood, during the 2 ½-hour meeting. And from their comments, opinions were decidedly mixed.  Interim CEO Lee May, appearing the night before his first “State of the County” address, said regardless of the issues, the most common thing he has heard after talking to thousands of county residents is that they want “better outcomes.”  [Read more.]

Jason Carter calls cityhood campaigns a "distraction"

From Creative Loafing: ".... what's your take on DeKalb's cityhood movement? What's the best approach to that precarious issue?  My take is that as a state, it's important for us to have DeKalb County, which is one of our largest counties, to be an economically-viable and sound county government. I think we have to focus on getting that county government stabilized.

Pedestrian Accidents in un-incorporated DeKalb County

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: In 2013, there have been 426 pedestrian involved accidents.  Of these crashes, twenty two(22) were fatal, and 404 involved non-fatal injuries.  Total pedestrian involved accidents have increased 8.7% in 2013.  Fatal accidents involving pedestrians have increased 10%. One of North Central Precinct’s focuses this year will be to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents through education and enforcement for both pedestrians and drivers who share the roadway.  We will be proactive in enforcing pedestrian failures to use available crosswalks.

Assault on Clairmont Circle 1/22/14

From the neighborhood Facebook group 1/22/14: We just had an incident occur on the corner of Clairmont Circle and Webster.  The exact details are a bit unclear at the moment but a young woman was stopped by a guy looking for directions. He then got in her car and tried to sexually assault her. The police are here taking her report so hopefully a full report will be available. ..... Just talked to cop, It was a white male, in his 50's with a beard. White skull cap and dark hoodie. Detectives are on their way.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver update 1/20/14

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: January 20, 2014  –   2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENED AND MET FIVE DAYS! ....  In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers. Thank you for your opinions and guidance!  Second newsletter question:  Would you allow any adult adoptee to have a copy of his or her birth certificate identifying his or her biological parents?  HB 524 affords adult adoptees this right and is on the agenda of Juvenile Justice Committee tomorrow January 21 at 1:00pm.  Many hearings can viewed live on the Georgia General Assembly web site if you want to watch the proceedings on your computer.   All Sessions of the House can be viewed live on-line, and most committee meetings.

Police SWAT standoff on North Druid Hills Rd 1/17/14 1:30 p.m.

From the AJC: "The DeKalb County police SWAT team was in a standoff Friday afternoon with an armed suspect involved in a domestic incident at a North Druid Hills Road apartment complex, a police spokeswoman said.  Officers responding to reports of shots fired at the Conservatory at Druid Hills complex...." [Read more.]

Commissioner Rader update 1/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events & News & BOC Agenda Summary for January 14, 2014: BOC Agenda; New fire chief; MLK Day; Vacant property registry; MLK volunteer day at Nature Preserve; Free pet spay/neuters.

MANA Neighborhood Watch meeting

Event Date and Time: 
01/30/2014 - 7:00pm

From Barb Dalton, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: On January 30, 2014 there will be a neighborhood watch meeting at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, (Medlock Rd) at 7:00 pm. Al Fowler, the Public Education Specialist with Dekalb's North Central Precinct, along with Police officers will speak and answer questions. Please mark your calenders and plan to attend.

County registry for vacant properties

From the interim CEO's office: DeKalb County Vacant Property Registry Public Information Meetings. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners established a Vacant Property Registry as a means to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security of properties that are vacant.

Thursday, January 16 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur

Tuesday, January 21 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wade Walker YMCA
5605 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain

Work Day at Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
01/20/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

From Chris Beck, president: Join us on MLK Day from 1-3:30pm for volunteer day. We will be doing trail maintenance, removing English ivy, and planting trees.  In case we have a big group, please bring gloves and other hand tools. A few extra wheel barrows would help too.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

Chris Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

SNIP DeKalb: spay/neuter your pets

From the Decatur - Avondale Estates Patch: "LifeLine Animal Project’s management has dramatically lowered the euthanasia rate at DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur. However, the approaching warmer weather typically means skyrocketing intake levels at DCAS due to the high number of puppies and kittens being born.

Suspicious persons and vehicles

From Dawn Forman via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood Yahoo group Sat, 11 Jan 2014. I received this in my email yesterday and wanted to pass it along to remind people to not let strangers into their home. Someone coming to your door unannounced, telling you that you need something done to your home (trees, animals in the attic, etc) and how it's an emergency and needs to be taken care of right away.

New cities could decrease county sales tax revenues

From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers:  ".... Brookhaven will complete the roadwork using a portion of approximately $5 million it received this year from a DeKalb County sales tax called HOST, which stands for Homestead Option Sales Tax. HOST funds make up nearly one-fifth of the city’s total budget of $26.3 million.

Notes from cityhood meeting 1/9/14

From Jay Scott in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Two things were clear Thursday after a four-hour "DeKalb Day" meeting between the county legislative delegation and the groups proposing new cities.  Many in the delegation were pressing the three groups with conflicting maps -- Lakeside, Briarcliff, and Tucker -- to sit down, either with a mediator or without, to work out differences in their maps.  The delegation is working on scheduling a public hearing with the cityhood groups, delegation, groups, county commissioners and interim DeKalb CEO Lee May in the "next week or so" to have "citizen input" on the process. That hearing would presumably come after the Legislature is already at work next week...." [Read more.]  See also the notes by Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers.

Notes from DeKalb Parks committee meeting 1/8/14

From Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network listserv: My full notes from last evening's Bond Advisory Committee meeting are below.  I will be posting the January 2014 financial status report on Land Acquisition Fund expenditures & balances on the CAN website in the next couple days.  Here are bullet points on the items I think may be of most interest: 

  • Susan Hood will be leaving her county job at the end of this month.  Dave Butler will take over her role. 
  • Acquisition funds financial reports, like the ones I've been posting, AND Development funds financial reports are due to start being published on the ParksBondGreenspace website by the end of January 2014.  Target date had been the end of 2013.
  • Saturday parks workdays with county staffers will continue in 2014.
  • Meetings for this committee are reduced from 6x/yr to 4x/yr starting immediately: 2nd Wednesdays of Jan, Apr, July, Oct, 5:30 pm, with a potential for called meetings if something comes up.  The reasoning is that the majority of the parks bond funds have been spent and there is little going on these days with Parks Bond funds. 
  • District 2 still has a unspent balance of $3,872,572 in Acquisition Funds, more than any other district.  Were District 2 parks to become mostly city parks, there would be a question of what those county-parkland-specific funds could be spent on.  The idea was aired again of asking the voters for re-allocation of unused park bond funds for use in other districts and/or other purposes such as maintenance.  {Personal thoughts, rather than meeting discussion, from here on.}  If you know of land in your vicinity that is (or might be) for sale and that is positioned well for a park, nominate that land via the form at  I have been given to believe that a significant number of District 2 properties have been nominated and considered but not acquired for one reason or another.  I understand that some were not acquired because the owners wanted more than what their land appraised for; the county hires independent appraisers for this purpose.  Might land values be rising to where those sellers wanted them to be ???

Atlanta Regional Commission Pop-Up Open House

Event Date and Time: 
01/11/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

From the Decatur Minute: The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting a new style of informational gathering here in Decatur on Saturday, January 11 from 3 – 5 p.m.  They will transform the vacant storefront under Eddie’s Attic at 515 N. McDonough St. into a come-and-go community meeting.  The topic is the latest update to the $61 billion Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), metro Atlanta’s framework for mobility and prosperity.  ARC invites the community to come learn about transportation choices, ask questions and give them some critical input about how to make these kinds of important meetings more fun, informative and engaging.

MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter for January 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch: Happy New Year!  Attached is the January 2014 Neighborhood Watch E-letter.  There will be a Watch meeting January 30, 2014 so mark your Calendars. Neighborhood Watch Meeting  January 30, 2014, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.  Al Fowler and officers from Dekalb will be available to answer your questions. 

Civil War history play for students

From Jenny Goldemund at the DeKalb History Center: The DeKalb History Center  presents Shadows of the Past: 1861-1865 during the Civil War. Dear Educator, If you teach Civil War history, this is an important event for you. In March 2014 the DeKalb History Center will premier a play based on Georgia Performance Standards for 5th, 8th and 11 grades. It is about the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Atlanta and DeKalb County during the Civil War. Using primary sources, this play speaks to your students in the voices of the people who lived here during the war.

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