County adopts bike-friendly transportation plan

From Bike Emory: " The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has adopted aComplete Streets Policy as a part of its new Comprehensive Transportation plan. What does this mean for bicyclists? Simply put, DeKalb now has a policy stating that “all roadway projects, both new construction and retrofit/reconstruction projects, consi

DeKalb Police: burglaries in MANA area 7/21/14

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District 6 update 7/16/14

From District 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: Ethics complaint; Voting; DeKalb awards; DeKalb strategic improvements; Animal services.

Bike Rodeo

Event Date and Time: 
08/02/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From DeKalb Police: DeKalb County Police Department 2014 BIKE RODEO.  Saturday August 2, 2014, 8am – 12noon. Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road, Tucker Ga.  30084. Hosted by: North Central Precinct.  Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  ***SEE ATTACHED FLYER***

District 2 events update 7/18/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Run-off election; Operations Task Force; Plants workshop.

DeKalb cities improving pedestrian safety

From Anne Marie Quill in the Reporter Newspapers: "A recent report by a group called Smart Growth America ranked metro Atlanta as the eighth deadliest city in the country for pedestrians. That’s why police and planners in Reporter Newspapers communities say they’re working to cut down on jaywalking as they try to make their streets more “walkable.”  Their tactics recently have included pedestrian and driver education and enforcement, sidewalk and crosswalk improvements, and even an undercover sting...."  [Read more.]

County failed to issue boil water advisory last summer

From wsb-tv: " .... DeKalb water officials made a serious error with a public health warning last summer. The head of the agency downplayed the scale of the risk, even as complaints poured in from all over the county. When water pressure drops too low, for any reason, there’s a risk the water will become contaminated. In this case from August 2013, that risk was system wide, affecting 700,000 people.

County calendar 7/11/14

From the county interim CEO's office: Voting; Parks & Rec month; Drinking water quality report; Identifying and controlling invasive plant species; Tools for caregivers; Fire house open houses.

Interim county CEO on ethics charges

Reporter Newspapers published an article by interim CEO Lee May on the ethics challenges facing the county: "Nearly a year ago, I was appointed to the office of DeKalb’s Chief Executive by the governor under some pretty bad circumstances.

Family Fun Day at Mason Mill Park

Event Date and Time: 
07/19/2014 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

From the county's interim CEO and the Board of Commissioners: Save the Date: Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon - 5 p.m. Interim CEO Lee May & the Board of Commissioners Host a Community Education Family Fun Day at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive in Decatur. This event is free and open to the public. Food, fun, music, entertainment, information, games.  See attached flyer.

Election is July 22

From the Brookhaven Post: ".... The runoff elections will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  To find your polling place and see your sample ballot, go to My Voter Page at  .... " [Read more.]

Bike thefts from homes rising

From Decatur Metro: ".... Your bike is actually far more likely to be taken while it sits unsecured at your residence.  Here’s a breakdown of the 2013/2014 bike theft data courtesy of Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross.

Druid Hills Tour

Event Date and Time: 
07/12/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Beautiful Druid Hills. Explore the architecture and landscape of the neighborhood designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., at the turn of the 20th century.  Expert guide Barbara Vogel knows every twist and turn in the Linear Park. Join her TOMORROW, July 12, for an hour-long tour. Meet at 10am at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1410 Ponce de Leon (corner Oakdale); $10 in check or cash; $5 for seniors and students; free to members of the Atlanta Preservation Center, which sponsors the tours.

District 2 update 7/11/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; Human Development Non-profit Partnership Grant; Family Fun Day at Mason Mill Park; Open house for new fire chief.

Rep. Oliver update: runoff endorsements, cityhood

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver 7/8/14: Both the Democratic and Republican primaries from the May 20th election have important runoff elections on July 22, and you are free to vote early at the Memorial Drive Elections office up  through July 18--PLEASE VOTE.  For those of you choosing a Democratic ballot, please consider supporting my endorsed candidates:

Briarcliff/Lakeside process

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: ".... “We are two groups trying to get to one map,” Kahn said.

Tips for Property Assessment Appeals

From state rep. Mike Jacobs: A week ago, I held a town hall meeting at Chamblee First United Methodist Church. The subject matter was how to appeal your property assessment. You can read about the meeting in the Dunwoody Crier and the Brookhaven Reporter. We had about 150 chairs. Every chair was filled, and the meeting was standing room only.  The high attendance was a symptom that our community has been hit especially hard this year with property assessment hikes. It’s summertime, and I recognize that some residents who would like to appeal their assessments were not able to attend the meeting. I have compiled this summary of some of the information shared in the meeting. I hope you will forward it to your neighbors, some of whom may not have been able to attend. The advice given in this e-mail is more detail and less generic than you will find elsewhere.

Tax hikes and appeals

From Frank Niesse in the AJC: ".... The value of residential properties went up 11 percent in DeKalb County .... Here’s the process for appealing:  File an appeal to the county Board of Equalization. Use your county’s website for your appeal if possible, or send an appeal by certified mail with a return receipt requested. That way, you’ll have proof of your appeal.

Missing dog

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Elliott, a white Maltese mix, is still missing. He disappeared from his pet sitter's house on Sanford Road on July 1st and no one has reported seeing him since. There is a possibility that someone picked him up and is not aware that people are desperately looking for him. Please share this information as widely as you can (any area Facebook groups, YahooGroups, etc.) and remain on the lookout for this little dog. He needs medication for seizures. His home is in Marietta so he is not familiar with this part of town and the fireworks will almost certainly make him panic and run even further. He is naturally friendly to both people and dogs so it is strange that no one seems to have spotted him. He is microcipped and was wearing a collar when he disappeared. If you see him, contact Dayle at 404-663-1650. A reward is being offered.  [See attached flyer for photo.]

County trash/recycling schedule July 4

From the county public works site: Solid waste and recycling services will maintain its regular schedules.  Regular garbage collection will run as scheduled thru Friday, 7/4.  Blue box and yard trimming recycling will run as scheduled thru Thursday, 7/3.

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