Public Hearings on Proposed Prop Tax Increases

From the county CEO's office: Tuesday, July 5 (10:00 am and 6:00 pm) & Tuesday, July 12 (10:00 am) at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur. DeKalb County will host public hearings to discuss a proposed increase in property tax rates

Notes from CEO's mtg on taxes/millage rate

Notes by Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: June 27 CEO's mtg on taxes/millage rate
Between 50 and 100 people attended last evening's TownHall meeting, called by the CEO. .... I took prodigious notes which are attached. The meeting was about 35-40% presentation, the rest Q&A time. A scanned handout (with unfortunate bleed-through from 2nd side printing) is also attached. An electronic version was promised, I'll send that when it arrives, In my opinion, the strongest points made in this meeting include the following:

Foreclosure Prevention Program

From the county's CEO office: "The purpose of the program is to help Georgia homeowners who have experienced job loss or a substantial decrease in their income with a mortgage payment bridge while they find new or better employment. Report 6/18/11: theft at Heritage Square

From DeKalb Police via theft by taking (gun)

5K Beat the Badge Fun Run

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Center Precinct is hosting a 5k fun run in conjunction with the DeKalb Police Alliance.  The DeKalb Police Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and garnering public support for all DeKalb-based police officers.  All proceeds go to the Dekalb Police Alliance who raise money to support our men and women who keep us safe!   This event is scheduled to take place on September 17, 2011, at 9:00 am, at headquarters.  This event is open to all police officers/agencies in DeKalb County (incorporated and unincorporated) as well as to the general public.  There will be food, and festivities for all to enjoy after the race at headquarters!!!  For information call 678-362-0392 or email

Ira B Melton Park Workday July 9 8:30-11:00


Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, July 9, 8:30-11:00 am.  Drop by for an hour or so and help us spread mulch on the trail. Please bring gloves, water, and shovel or rake. We could use a wheelbarrow or two. Workday facilitators: Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss.

Nature Preserve Tool Shed Burns Down After Lightning Strike

From the North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch: "The shed at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve was reduced to a charred heap of metal and wood after yesterday's storms." [read more and see the video]  CSNP leaders Chris Beck and Dave Butler have already begun talking to contractors for quotes on rebuilding the shed.  They say they'll need to get the shed up before they can take donations of tools, etc. 

Community Engagement & Education Forum on the community impact of Transportation Legislation

From commissioner Jeff Rader: You're invited to attend a Community Engagement & Education Forum on the community impact of Transportation legislation, the DeKalb County project list, and feedback on these issues. Report 6/27/11

From DeKalb police via Burglary, auto theft at Emory Oaks.

County PAL Free One Day Football Camp

Saturday June 25. Clarkston.

Police Athletic League summer camp

For kids 8-16. Football, Cheerleader, Basketball, Baseball, Softball camps.  Week One starts June 27.  Stone Mountain.

Walmart coming to Suburban Plaza?

From CHCA president Suzan Rowe: Earlier this month a blog posting reported that Selig Enterprises had reached a deal with Dekalb County to re-develop Suburban Plaza and build a Wal-Mart on the site. Upon hearing of the report, the CHCA board checked in with our District Commissioner, Jeff Rader. The board expressed concern that the developer had not sought comment from the surrounding neighborhoods regarding the nature and possible impacts of the development.

June 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

Contents: Time to Renew Your MANA Membership; MANA Community Meeting June 27; MANA Watch Meeting; Cell Phone Tower; Developments at Surburban Plaza; Yard Sale; Senior Dinner

Mary Scott Nature Park nature walks

A Walk in the Park.  Get to know the new 'Lady' in the neighborhood and all her attributes. Mary Scott Nature Park, our new DeKalb County Park at 4150 Briarcliff Road (just north of Shallowford Road and behind the Shallowford Presbyterian Church) has recently scheduled a series of Saturday Morning Walks with a guides/experts. The walks will have different emphasis in different months. All will be an hour or less in length. It is recommended that you wear good walking shoes and especially in hot weather, bring water. To join the FREE walk (no reservations are necessary) assemble at the parking lot entrance just off Briarcliff Road at 9 am. Length of Walk- 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the needs and interests of the people in the group. People will be allowed to explore MSNP on their own if they get bored or become interested in something they want to explore more fully away from the group. All ages are welcome. These walks are subject to change as guides availability may shift.

County Meeting: Accessible Transportation in DeKalb County and Beyond

Thursday June 30th, 2011 at The Conference Center @ DeKalb Technical College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021. 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Commissioner Kathie Gannon's District 6 Happenings

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: Parks, Pools, MARTA, Public Safety, Budget, Sewer Spills

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for June 24, 2011

Contents: Saving homes; Jobs; Equal rights; Seniors; Medicare; Foreign Affairs; Afghanistan; 4th in the Fourth; Passports, Alert, Transportation.

Summer Clifton Community Partnership Update

From Clifton Community Partnership : New Research Facility on Haygood Drive; Roundabout Circles to Completion; Emory's Continuing Education Division Changes Name;Emory Point Mixed-Use Project Takes Shape;Commencement Marks Milestone for Graduates; Emory Hospitals Take Top Spots in Rankings;Social Ridesharing Service Links Drivers & Passengers;175 Years of Emory

Lost Cat... Found

From MANA: "We just received word that the elderly cat that was lost in area of Brengare came back home  and is safe.  Lynn and Greg want to thank all who responded to their request for help."


We lost a cat overnight. Our air conditioner was not working and she pushed through the screen. We brought her here from SC yesterday due to her owner having died. She is a large long hair mostly white cat with black spots. She has a black stripe down her nose. She has no ears due to surgery for cancer last year. She is about 14 years old and is shy of people. If seen or found, please call Lynn or Greg van Liew at 404-329-8573. We live at 2289 Brengare Drive. Thank you.

Emory Community meeting and new hospital proposal

Event Date and Time: 
06/21/2011 - 6:30pm
From Emory Community Affairs: I am writing to let you know that Emory will be applying for a modification to the site plan approved in 2008 by DeKalb County for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) for a new hospital and clinic. The SLUP was required because the building heights exceed five stories. The proposed modification would entail swapping the clinic and hospital sites, but importantly, the building heights for each site will not change.
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