Sunday; "Community Listening Session: City of Decatur Annexation"

"Community Listening Session: City of Decatur Annexation

Decatur City Commission &
City Schools of Decatur Board Members
When: Sunday, Dec. 7, 4:00 P.M.
Where: The Church at Decatur Heights

735 Sycamore Dr., Decatur, Georgia 30030

Confirmed Attendees:
Decatur City Commission
Fred Boykin
Scott Drake
Patti Garrett
City Schools of Decatur Board
Annie Caiola
Garrett Goebel
Lewis Jones
Julie Rhame

**Come hear their views on the potential annexation of new areas into the City of Decatur.**
This community listening session is organized by City of Decatur residents, for City of Decatur residents.
Please join us!


Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Scoping Meetings

first mtg is tonight: 6pm - 8pm / Westminister Presbyterian Church / 1438 Sheridan Rd, NE

The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative is MARTA's proposed light rail line linking the Lindbergh and Avondale Stations.  It will provide rail service to one of the region's most congested areas - and biggest job centers - serving Emory University & Hospital, CDC, Children's Heatlhcare, and VA Hospital.    [READ MORE]

Decatur Annexation “Community Listening Session” This Sunday

Decatur Metro: Decatur residents have organized a brick-and-mortar “community listening session” with three City Commissioners and four Decatur School Board members for this coming Sunday, December 7th at 4pm regarding all things that fall under the umbrella of “Decatur annexation”.   [READ MORE]

"Decatur annexation plan delayed"

Decaturish:  The city of Decatur has delayed releasing its updated annexation master plan.

City officials previously announced the final annexation master plan would be completed by Dec. 1. However, there was a death in City Manager Peggy Merriss’ family, which delayed the release of the master plan.

Merriss updated the City Commission during the Dec. 1 commission meeting, thanking everyone for their sympathy and patience. She said it will be released on Dec. 8, a day before the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education considers passing a resolution in support of the plan.


Senior Center opens

Event Date and Time: 
12/08/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader's office: WELCOME TO YOUR CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER (located inside Mason Mill Park), 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA. 770-322-2950.  THE DOORS OPEN MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm. Registration, tours, and so much more. QUICK FACTS: DeKalb County residents 62+; Annual $60 participation fee; Some classes may have additional fees.

Artists' holiday market

Event Date and Time: 
12/07/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

From a local CHCA resident/artist: Some CHCA artists will be in attendance at this market! Hope to see you there. Third annual Saint Bartholomew's Artists' Holiday Market, 1790 Lavista Rd NE. Sunday, December 7, 12-4 p.m.

"re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur..."

CHCA: This letter, re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur; Objection to Annexation of Commercial Properties in Area A, was mailed to Decatur City Manager, Peggy Merriss, on Nov. 21.  This letter was drafted and mailed by CH neighborhood residents active on the Decatur annexation effort. (see attachment)


Notice of CHCA Community Meeting; Mon 12/15, 7 p.m.

Event Date and Time: 
12/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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

Invited guests/speakers

Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options

School possibilities, proposals, and facts

​To stay informed​,​ join the CHCA ​mailing list by ​sending an email to info AT

DeKalb Police: assaults on Medlock, Harrington 11/26-29/14

From DeKalb Police via 

Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY 14-119763 2300 BLOCK HARRINGTON DR DeKalb County Police 11/29/2014 6:46:00 PM Map It
SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY 14-119659 600 BLOCK MEDLOCK RD. DeKalb County Police 11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM Map It


History of the word Toco

From Andy Johnston in the AJC: "... Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land....."  [Read more.]

Adopt a sheep for the Nature Preserve

From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.

Neighborhoods react to Atlanta annexation proposal

From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]

MANA post-annexation-survey update 11/24/14

From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]

Coyote survey

From Charles Seabrook in the AJC: "If you’ve seen a coyote in metro Atlanta lately — or just have some strong feelings about the lanky animals showing up in your area — Chris Mowry and his research team at Berry College in Rome want to know about it.... “This is a chance for folks to be ‘citizen-scientists,’” Mowry said. “Even if you’ve never seen or had any interaction with a coyote, your responses will be helpful to us.” To participate, go to the Atlanta Coyote Project Facebook page at, then click on and fill out the electronic survey form...." [Read more.]

Agenda Summaries, Operations Task Force Mtg & Other District 2 News

from Commissioner Jeff Rader Dist. 2:  The next Operations Task Force meeting, originally scheduled for December 1st, has been rescheduled for December 3rd, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive


DeKalb County Extends Government Operations Task Force until December 15th

BOC Agenda Summary from November 18th



Trash pickup schedule during Thanksgiving week 2014

From the county's website: No collection services on Thursday, November 27th. Regular garbage collection schedule will run one day late thru Saturday, 11/29. Thursday’s blue box and yard trimming recycling will be serviced on Friday, 11/28. Friday collections will be Saturday, 11/29. Note: Customer Svc. closed - Collections, Tranfers Stations and the Landfill will operate Friday, 11/28

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter Nov 2014

(Rep. Oliver addresses cityhood updates)

Email Newsletter: Nov. 21, 2014 - "Friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish you and your family and friends a lovely holiday, and a restful opportunity to be grateful for all our many blessings.  [READ MORE]


"Passive, aggressive – Atlanta’s annexation approach"

from Decaturish: Look, Atlanta’s not waving some flag in favor of annexation, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan said.

But they’re not going to say “no,” either. [READ MORE]

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

from CHCA Corresponding Secretary Julia Byrne:

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

On Wednesday, November 19th, community members in Clairmont Heights met with members of the Druid Hills Civic Association, members of the organization Together In Atlanta, and Atlanta elected officials to discuss advocacy efforts for the annexation of the entire footprints of Fernbank and Briar Vista elementary schools as well as Emory University into the city of Atlanta. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is closely following this advocacy effort in response to our recent neighborhood survey that indicated strong support for inclusion into an existing city.

MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools

from MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools This post looks like more of the same: annexation blah blah blah! But it's actually about something extremely critical to our neighborhood: our schools (literally) and our attendance zones. [READ MORE]

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