OneDeKalb Saturday events

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <>: Hike and Bike tour; Stonecrest Farmers Market

OneDeKalb: What is a LAND BANK and How Can It Reverse the Effects of Deteriorated Properties in DeKalb County?

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <>: Land Bank Public Information Meeting Thursday, May 19 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Clark Harrison Bldg. Conference Room A 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 The perspective of residents and neighborhood leaders is important as the land bank is considered by elected officials. A short presentation will be followed by a public question and comment period. The housing and economic crises has had a negative impact throughout DeKalb County. A land bank is a tool that can be used to address the effects these properties have on public safety, code enforcement, and property values. Many of Georgia's counties and cities, including Atlanta, have utilized land banks for decades, and DeKalb is currently considering establishing its own. Come learn more about how a DeKalb land bank could work!

ARC Transportation Survey

From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership director:  Please see the link below to a very important survey from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  The ARC is asking citizens who reside in the 10-county ARC region to take this survey to provide their input on transportation projects they would like to see funded through the Transportation Investment Act referendum, which will be voted on in 2012.  As many of you know, legislation passed in 2010 by the Georgia General Assembly, divided the State into 12 regions, each charged with providing a list of projects that would benefit that specific region, to be included on the 2012 ballot.  The ARC region, in which most if not all of you reside, will approve a final list of projects in October 2011, which will be the ones voters will hopefully approve in 2012.  The final (constrained) project  list will be determined by the 21 member ARC Roundtable, which consists of the 10 county commission chairs (in DeKalb’s case, CEO Ellis), one mayor from each county and Atlanta Mayor Reed.  Each of the 10 counties have submitted their unconstrained projects  (“wish list”) to Todd Long, Planning Director of GDOT, who will work with the ARC Roundtable members over the next month or so to whittle down the large unconstrained list and determine which projects will ultimately be included on the final (constrained) list in October.  While there is specific criteria for a project to be considered for the final list, citizen support for a project will also factor into the decisions.

Report on proposed cellphone tower at Medlock School

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:  DeKalb Co. School Board: Can you hear me now? The following recap/editorial of the May 11 meeting is not an official statement from the MANA board. It was volunteered by a long-time neighbor and MANA member. "Representatives from T-Mobile; DeKalb Co. Board of Education member Donald McChesney (District 2 representative, which covers Medlock Elementary); and Steve Donahue (Executive Director of Plant Services, Dekalb Co. County Schools) were at hand last evening to hear what the MANA community had to say about the proposed construction of a cell phone tower at Medlock Elementary. Close to 100 neighbors attended...." Read More.

Cycling bill signed into law

For our cyclists from Bike Emory: Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB101, the “Better Bicycling Bill,” into law modernizing outdated laws and implementing safety improvements for motorists and bicyclists. Georgia now joins 16 other states with the implementation of a 3-foot passing law. Overtaking vehicles have always been legally required to provide a safe passing distance, but the new law defines 3 feet as a safe passing distance. Other changes included in HB101:

• Bicyclists right-of-way in dedicated bike lanes is now recognized
• Minimum design guidelines are established for bicycle lanes
• Circumstances in which a cyclist may take the full travel lane have been clarified (sect 40-62-294)
• Recumbent and clipless pedals can now legally be sold and used in GA
• Cyclists can signal right turns with his or her right arm and hand extended horizontally or with his or her left hand and arm extended upward.

Final Public Meeting on Animal Care Tonight (May 12)

From OneDeKalb : The DeKalb Animal Task Force and DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement wants to hear your ideas on how to improve the quality of life and reduce the number of animals euthanized in DeKalb County. 6:30 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Recycle your life

Event Date and Time: 
05/21/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From First Baptist Church, Decatur, via Sagamore Hills neighborhood newsletter:

May 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: May 11 - Cell Phone Tower Proposals Info Meeting; May 16 - MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting; June 27 - MANA Community Meeting

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association
May 2011 E-News
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In This Issue
May 11 - Cell Phone Tower Proposals Info Meeting
May 16 - MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting
June 27 - MANA Community Meeting
garden photo
Visit Our Medlock Community Garden!
Greetings Neighbors, 
Seems the warmer days are signs of the summer to come already! Hard to believe. Please note the upcoming Medlock events and happenings below and participate in all you can. Each one of us can make a difference and help show the unique committment and strength of our Medlock Community.

See you soon,
The MANA Board
DeKalb County Schools Hosting Meeting on Cell Phone Tower Proposals
Wednesday, May 11th, 6pm
Medlock Elementary

This is one of several meetings being hosted by the County and T-Mobile at school locations. Click on the link below to see the communication we received about these meetings:



We know there has already been a lot of "hum" about this meeting on our Medlock Neighbors Facebook group and Yahoo Groups. We encourage all members of the MANA community to attend to learn more about these proposals.
MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Monday, May 16th, 7pm
North Decatur Presbyterian Church

Please come learn more about our MANA Neighborhood Watch and join us to discuss what we can do to continue to strengthen awareness and communication efforts to protect our neighborhood from crime.   
Save the Date: MANA Community Meeting and Business EXPO
Monday, June 27, 2011, 7:00 pm
North Decatur Presbyterian Church (Scott Blvd and Medlock Road)

Please join us at the next MANA Community Meeting where you'll have an easy opportunity to renew your support for MANA for the 2011-2012 membership year, get updates on MANA activities and Medlock Elementary Committee discussions, as well as attend the first annual MANA Community Business EXPO. 

The EXPO will showcase local businesses by invite only (many of whom are advertisers and sponsors of MANA). Be sure to mark your calendars and come out to learn more about how you can benefit AND support our local economy!

Send an e-mail to if you'd like to recommend a local business (particularly home improvement focused) for the EXPO.


Check out our new Web site and download a membership form at:

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Board

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association | 2387 Eastway Road | Decatur | GA | 30033

Cell Phone Tower Proposal Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
05/11/2011 - 6:00pm

From DeKalb County : Community meetings will be held at the locations listed below for members of the community to be informed of the proposal to locate cell phone towers in various areas of DeKalb County to improve the communication service in DeKalb. The presentation will be made by representatives of T-Mobile.  Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Medlock Elementary School .

DeKalb County News from CEO Burrell Ellis

From: CEO Burrell Ellis <>: National County Government Month; CEO Salutes 2011 Heroes; Community Development Director wins Golden Hammer; Watershed wins Water Award.


From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (May 10):   Please help us find "Tully" a small tri-colored border collie mix. She is about 35 pounds and is black, brown and white and very friendly. She got out about 4:00pm this afternoon (Monday) from Willivee Drive. Please contact Bryan Peter, 1184 Willivee Drive at 404-295-4323 or 404-295-4439 with any information or sightings. Her family misses her dearly.  Thank you! 

Mowing gone wild in Medlock Park

Apparently a county employee didn't get the memo about not mowing the grassland around the South Peachtree Creek Trail.  Inquiries are being made to re-educate  the workers.  Here are photos including photos of unmowed areas nearby to show what was lost -- native flowers and wildlife habitat.

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Mother's Day appeal for Meals on Wheels from OneDeKalb

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <>

Decatur Farmers Market Wednesday 4p-7p and Saturday 9a-1p

From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood listserv : Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Just a reminder that Decatur Farmers Market is open year-round now. Wednesday from 4p -7p in the Bank of America parking lot. At 163 Clairemont Ave. between Clairemont and Church St. one block north of the Decatur Marta station and Ponce de Leon Ave. AND  Saturday from 9a-1p at the corner of N. McDonough St. and E. Trinity Place 1 block south of the square next to Decatur High School. Plenty of free parking in the Calloway Building lot at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Dr. The entrance is off Commerce Dr. If you would like an email reminder of what is available the day before each
market day you can subscribe to our email list here:

Green Fest Event & Concert on the Square this Saturday

Event Date and Time: 
05/07/2011 - 3:00pm - 9:30pm

From the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood listserv: Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Neighbors, The Concerts on the Square series kicks off this Saturday in conjunction with Green Fest in downtown Decatur. The below is info from the Green Fest site and their press materials. 

Be sure to stop by the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board table for eco themed tattoos for the kids (we are happy to apply these to the adults too!) as well to learn about all that you can recycle in your curb side bins, and more. There will also be information on the City’s DecaturWISE energy efficiency rebate program.

The third annual Decatur Green Fest—hosted by the Dogwood Alliance—will kick off the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square series on Saturday, May 7 with a FREE, festival featuring live music, green tasting of local organic produce and food, beer, a showcase of equal exchange and other fairly-traded products, green organizations and vendors, art featuring recycled materials, and a children’s activity area. The event runs from 3 – 9:30 PM and benefits the Dogwood Alliance and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

County workshop: Police, VIP, & ICP

From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "Be My Neighbor Part 1" provided information on how to launch effective neighborhood watch programs. In part 2 of this workshop, you will learn ways to manage and ways to connect your neighborhood watch programs with DeKalb County resources and services. Topics: Effective ways to address escalating issues; What do criminals look for? What is VIP and ICP? Disaster preparedness techniques and procedures; Utilizing agency resources. Report 4/30/11

From DeKalb Police via

Criminal Justice 101: DA talks about the criminal justice system in DeKalb County

From County CEO Burrell Ellis' Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "The District Attorney's office will walk you through the steps of the criminal justice process from the point of arrest to final disposition."

Ellis: County Finances – Difficult News Requires Swift Action

From DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis:  Dear Neighbors,  For several months now, I have been writing and meeting with you about the difficult choices we must make in order to protect and preserve our quality of life.  We have discussed the necessity of taking action without delay. Since taking office, I have restructured government by consolidating departments, downsizing staff, eliminating non-essential services, and reducing our overall spending by more than $100 million. At the same time, I have pushed for the completion of new recreation centers, libraries and infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the framework for a robust economic recovery. Still, as our revenues have continued to decline and costs have risen, we must do even more to put ourselves on a sound financial footing.

MANA Neighborhood Watch April 2011

From MANA: There have been several thefts and break ins this past month that are summarized in the report below.  MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting. May 16th, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

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