Dear Friends and Neighbors, Happy New Year. The year is moving all too quickly with its own unique challenges including an unprecedented ice storm and even more budget woes then last year. The CEO presented his budget right before the holidays so being house bound during the freeze allowed for time to evaluate the numbers and the enormity of the impact. The budget process continues until the BOC meeting on the last Tuesday in February, at which time we are required to adopt a 2011 budget.
See the Superintendent’s Recommendation Executive Summary February 8, 2011 "School Consolidations and Closures" on the County's Redistricting website posted Feb. 7, 2011. Here is a snapshot from the Attendance Areas for Elementary Schools map (12MB pdf).
From the AJC: By Megan Matteucci ,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6:18 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2011. After a brief political standoff, DeKalb County voted Tuesday to turn its trash into compressed natural gas. A $7.8 million federal Department of Energy stimulus grant will help pay for a portion of the alternative fuel station to be built at the Seminole Landfill in Ellenwood. CEO Burrell Ellis cast the deciding vote after the county commission split on approving the plant. This marked the first time since he was elected in 2008 that Ellis has had to vote. Commissioners Jeff Rader, Kathie Gannon and Stan Watson voted in support of the project, while Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Lee May and Sharon Barnes Sutton voted against it. Commissioner Larry Johnson abstained. .... [Read more]
From Fernbank Foundation: ART UNDER THE STARS AUCTION COMING SOON. The countdown has begun!!! Less than one month to the online auction and just six weeks to the live event! We realize there have been a lot of distractions between the snow storm and the redistricting proposals. Unfortunately that has stalled our donations from families and businesses. PLEASE PLEASE if you are planning on making a donation, this is the time! We need to get everything in by Friday. If you have a local business and would either like to make a donation of services or place an ad in the auction catalog, now is the time. Or if you have been meaning to get that family donation item, meal, service, GC, etc. in, now is the time. Please drop things off at the office or contact one of us, e-mails below and we will pick anything up!
From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Saturday Workday: Please join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on this Saturday, February 5th. Volunteers will be at the Preserve between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. We will be completing the new creek loop trail and working on the boardwalks. Because of the number of volunteers that we are expecting, please bring work gloves, hand tools (like pruning sheers, shovels, and rakes), wheel barrows, and water bottles, if you have them.
From Emory University-Clifton Community Partnership: Commissioner Rader to Host Public Budget Meeting; Post-Holiday Savings in Emory Village ; Emory Declares Its Regret for Historic Slavery Involvement; Improvements Continue to Emory Village Streetscape; Mythic Creatures Soon to be Sighted in Clifton Community; Three Emory Professors Named 2010 AAAS Fellows; Clearing the Air: Study Examines Why People Light Up; Lecture Series Explores 'Simple Living'; Symposium Explores Urban Chicken Farming; Summer Cancer Research Program Engages HS Students
From the county CEO Burrell Ellis: Dear Neighbors, Since the beginning of the year, I have been busy meeting with our citizens to talk about our 2011 budget and the future of our county. These are tough times, but I continue to believe that our future will be bright if we act responsibly and forthrightly today. The recession continues to impact us with rising costs, and record levels of unemployment and home foreclosures. Each of us has been affected in some way. As a county resident, parent and taxpaying citizen, I am affected, too. We are in this together.
From the county CEO's office: SKYWARN® STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 7:00P.M. - 10:00P.M. Learn how to recognize severe weather as it is forming! The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the National Weather Service, have come together to offer a SKYWARN® storm spotter class.
From the county CEO's office: Severe Weather Awareness Week February 7 - 11. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign helps residents prepare for a variety of natural disasters by offering tools needed to create emergency supply kits, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats.
Monday, Feb. 7 Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 8 Thunderstorm Safety
Wednesday, Feb. 9 Tornado Safety (Statewide Tornado Drill)
A letter from CHCA neighbor Bob Lewis to the school board, published with permission: Since I turned 80 last May, and my children are now 44, 42, and 39, I don't suppose that I should be concerned about school closings. However, my parents, neither of whom was a high school graduate, taught me that good schools are an asset to the community, regardless of whether or not your children attend them.
From state rep. Mike Jacobs' newsletter: Decentralized Redistricting Saves Taxpayers More: Tonight, Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline to complete the DeKalb County School System’s online survey regarding the “centralized” and “decentralized” plans for school redistricting. Click here to take the survey. If you miss this deadline, you also can e-mail the members of the DeKalb County Board of Education with your thoughts about the two proposals. In fact, you should consider doing this whether or not you have completed the survey. The Board of Education will make the final decision about redistricting.
From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, We have provided a survey link from DeKalb County School System and an updated letter and position statement based on recent data and information collected by our task force. Please fill out the survey TODAY and use the updated letter to call and e-mail the school board members ASAP. Sincerely, The MANA Board and The Medlock PTA
From Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver's newsletter: January 28, 2011–2011 Session Completes Day 6! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s second email newsletter for the 2011 General Assembly Session which convened January 10, 2011, and has completed six days of the 40 day Session.
PLEASE JOIN MMO AT A TOWNHALL MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE STUCKEY BENFIELD, REPRESENTATIVE STACY ABRAMS, SENATOR JASON CARTER, and MAYOR BILL FLOYD!
From Creativity & Arts at Emory [email@example.com]
Enrollment for membership in Medlock Park Community Garden's 2011 season is now open. Join your neighbors in making the corner of Willivee Drive and Scott Circle a beautiful thriving garden. Plot holder membership is $60, Supporting membership is free. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
From the county CEO's office: The Neighborhood Fund announces its 2011 grant calendar. Community groups have three opportunities to apply for funding this year. The first deadline for 2011 is Monday, March 7. Upcoming Orientation Session. Groups interested in funding and support are encouraged to attend the upcoming orientation session.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: The State of Georgia, DeKalb County, and the Tom Scott Family are collaborating to develop a small garden in Tom's name at the corner of Memorial Drive and Northern Avenue. To help fund the completion and ongoing maintenance of the Tom Scott Memorial Garden, you are invited to a fundraiser at Parker's on Ponce in Decatur for light appetizers and a cash bar.
From Emory Report: "Construction around campus on the rise and on the go." by David Payne
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Administration's Proposal a Step Forward by Commissioner Jeff Rader. One of my recurring themes has been the need to improve the process, not just the outcome, for preparing the county's annual operating budget. Last month, I discussed a resolution passed by the Board of Commissioners outlining its priorities for the 2011 budget.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Please join us for a TOWN HALL MEETING ANNOUNCING THE CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER. SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR PROGRAMMING IN THE CENTER. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM OR 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
THE MACK LOVE CENTER AT MASON MILL PARK
1340 McCONNELL DRIVE
DECATUR, GA 30033
Please plan on attending only one of the two meetings based on the time that best fits your schedule.