CHCA Board Meeting Minutes 9/24/17

CHCA Board Meeting Minutes 9/24/17

please see attached word file thank you

CHCA Annual Meeting 5/25/17 Minutes

Clairmont Heights Civic Association -- Annual Meeting DRAFT minutes

Veritas Church

Thursday, May 25, 2017

(please see attached file)




CHCA Updated By-Laws

Approved May 25, 2017

(please see attached pdf)

CHCA Bylaws draft

(please see attached .pdf for CHCA Bylaws Draft.)

Draft By-Laws have been revised by a committee lead by Michael Dowling.  We will review the revisions and ask for a vote of approval from our membership to adopt.  The motivation for the by-law updates is to resolve some inconsistencies in the current version and ensure we have a strong governance framework for CHCA.  If you have any immediate questions in advance of the membership meeting this Thursday, please contact Peter Rumsey ( or by cell at 404-304-5497).



MARTA/ Clifton Corridor

MARTA/ Clifton Corridor

MARTA recently gave a presentation to the Emory Grove neighborhood about the Clifton Corridor and area projects.

see link for slideshow/ information;

CHCA Minutes 3/26/2017

CHCA Monthly Meeting - Minutes March 26, 2017

please see attached file

MANA: crime report

Attached is a recent MANA Neighborhood Watch E-letter for FEB 2017 regarding string of break-ins. Included are pictures & tips. There were 7 break-ins in Medlock last week.  Please pass this E-letter to neighbors who may not receive our notifications.

Jan CHCA BD meeting / minutes

minutes for the January CHCA Board meeting

please see attached Word file



mtg: SLUP application / Hotel Development for 2754 North Decatur Rd.

Neighborhood meeting to discuss the SLUP application for 2754 North Decatur Road.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
North Decatur United Methodist Church
1523 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030

(see attachment for more info)


The Mews (On Clairmont Road)

The Mews
from Jim Smith/ Planning & Zoning:
The development on Clairmont known as The Mews, is well-underway, but we do not have an expected completion date from Pulte/John Wieland at this time. They will be priced ranging from $490k-$580K depending on which unit (end units are about $25K more than middle units) and what options are selected. Attached are marketing materials they furnished at our request.
The site plan negotiated with the county includes a "traffic calming island" at the Clairmont Circle/Clairmont Road intersection to slow down traffic turning in and also re-striping the lanes in Clairmont Road immediately above the Desmond Drive intersection.
(see attached site/plan documents)
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Banks
Sales Consultant & CFT : The Mews at North Decatur
direct (770) 712-6269

Explanation of Special Election on DeKalb County Homestead Exemption, Act 264, House Bill 596

Commissioner Rader:

Explanation of Special Election on DeKalb County Homestead Exemption, Act 264, House Bill 596

In 2015, the DeKalb Delegation passed local legislation to call a referendum this November to extend the existing Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze (applicable only to County taxes) until 2022.

However, the legislation went further to stipulate that, if the voters approved separate referenda to dedicate the Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) exclusively to tax relief (eliminating the current 20% available for capital improvements) AND to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for capital projects (to replace the 20% HOST allocation to capital), THEN the Assessment Freeze would be TOLLED (suspended) while those taxes were in effect.  The authors of the legislation have said that the wording was in error; instead of "tolled" they meant "extended". Nevertheless the language is plain, and therefore binding.  As a consequence of this error, the Board of Commissioners withdrew plans for a referendum on the HOST amendment and the SPLOST.  Legislators intend to address the error in this year's General Assembly.

All this complexity notwithstanding, voters wishing to extend the Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze until 2022 should vote yes to approve the legislation, or the freeze will expire at the end of 2016, exposing many homeowners to increased County property taxes

Jeff Rader


Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association re: area crime

Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association re: area crime

(note attachment)

Date: Sep 7, 2016 4:13 PM
Subject: Neighborhood Crime Update

Hi Neighbors,

There has been a lot of activity on social media this past week discussing recent crime in the Laurel Ridge neighborhood. I spoke at length with our Neighborhood Watch liaison both yesterday and today, and want to share some things he said in order to address concerns of the neighborhood.
According to social media, there were many more break-ins in our neighborhood than are showing up on the police crime tracking application. In order to be added to the crime tracking application, the incident has to be reported to the police, and a case number has to be assigned. If you know of a crime that I am not reporting to you, please send me the case number so I can address with the police department why that crime is not in their crime tracking application. Here's what I know:

Last week there was a burglary on Willivee and also on Mount Olive. I have heard from neighbors that there were 3 other burglaries in our neighborhood, but so far none of them have provided me with a case number so I can't confirm it. I can confirm that there were 3 other burglaries in the Medlock neighborhood on the other side of North Druid Hills. There was also a break-in on Springbrook last week. Both Medlock and Springbrook have their own Neighborhood Watch programs, but since they are our close neighbors, it is good for us to be aware of activity there.

Due to the real or perceived increase in crime, DeKalb County has recently increased patrols in our area. If you've been out and about the past few days you may have noticed a patrol car sitting and monitoring from various locations. Yesterday the DeKalb police apprehended a suspect in the process of breaking and entering in a nearby neighborhood. They are trying to determine if he is responsible for any of the recent buglaries.
I have 4 tips for you in combatting crime in our neighborhood:
(1) If you have a case number or any information you think is pertinent to burglaries, please call Detective Stubbs at (770)724-7744.  He is trying to link together all of the cases that have similar circumstances. He has expressed frustration that there seem to be a lot of burglaries reported on social media for which he can't find case numbers.
(2) This tip came from one of our neighbors who recently spoke with Detective Stubbs: If you are going to be out of town, take advantage of the DeKalb Police Department's "patrol as often as possible" program. The number for that is 770-724-7621. The officer given the task must log each time they go by the house. This helps increase police presence in our neighborhood at random times.
(3) Print off the attached document, fill it out, put it near your phone, share copies with your neighbors. If we all take time to get to know our immediate neighbors, notify each other when we are going to be away from our homes, and keep an eye out for each other, it can go a long way towards making our neighborhood a safer place.
(4) Report anything suspicious to the police department. Putting it on social media without calling the police does not really add materially to our safety. If what you see is an emergency, call 911 right away. Make sure you get a case number. The DeKalb County non-emergency number is (678)406-7929. This is answered by the same folks that answer 911, so make sure you tell them this is not an emergency when they answer. They will take your information, and a detective will call you back or visit you. You will still get a case number, but only if you talk to the detective. 
If you have an incident that you report to the police or if you have something you are concerned about, please send me an e-mail with the case number or concern. I know that in the past I was delayed a few times in my responses. This was because I wasn't getting notified when I received e-mails, but I believe that issue is finally resolved. 

I know this was long, but a lot of people have been concerned, and I wanted to address those concerns to this distribution list. Thanks to all of you for helping to make our neighborhood a safer place to live!

Susan Hellinger
Laurel Ridge/Shamrock Neighborhood Watch


CHCA Board Meeting Minutes 8/28/16

Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board Meeting Minutes

(please see attached Word document)

Dekalb County Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study

from Board Member Kara Rozell (Schools, Parks & Community Services)

please see attachment:

Dekalb County Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study


CHCA: discussion on Emory Annexation

Emory Annexation FAQ

Dekalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader held a meeting Aug. 22 to discuss Emory University’s announcement that it would seek annexation into Atlanta. Clairmont Heights Civic Association President Peter Rumsey attended for the neighborhood.

Jeff Rader led the discussion, with input from Dekalb County School Board member Marshall Orson. Other public officials attending included state Sen. Elena Parent, state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, and Dekalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon. Also in the audience were about 40 people from surrounding neighborhood associations. No one from Emory spoke at the meeting.

A map showing Emory University’s land is available here.

Radar also distributed a handout about annexation methods.

Here is a summary of the discussion:

How will Emory be annexed into Atlanta?

Rader said that Emory will likely petition using the 100% method of annexation, which would not require voter approval. For this method, Emory needs 50 feet of land contiguous with Atlanta’s border. Radar believes this border is around the Sage Hills apartment complex on Briarcliff.

What do county officials see as the biggest issues about the annexation?

Rader cited zoning and land use as one of the biggest issues. He said it’s an open question how well Atlanta will represent the interests of the surrounding neighborhoods. He is also concerned about the fire station on Clifton and if services to Dekalb residents will be affected.

What is included in Emory’s map?

Rader showed a map that included all Emory property. Emory has said the map will not include Druid Hills High School. Although the CDC campus is within Emory’s borders, it’s exempt because it’s federal property. It’s not clear whether private homes, the Emory Point commercial area, or the Dekalb County fire station on Clifton will be included.

What is Emory’s timeline and what is driving it?

No one could say for certain, but audience members said:

  • Emory wants it done by year’s end

  • Emory is motivated by its interest in light rail. Atlanta has a half-penny sales tax on the ballot in November that is designated to expand MARTA. If Emory joins Atlanta, it could be involved in the conversation about how to use those funds.

  • The annexation is likely to move quickly

In a statement, the university said it was motivated by wanting an Atlanta address.

What will be the impact on schools?

Emory claims the move will not have an impact on schools, but Orson said he is not convinced that’s true. He sees a limited impact on tax dollars from the loss of some commercial area (if included in the map). He said there might be a secondary cascading effect where streets and neighborhoods also seek annexation. Orson said the state Legislature should help create something to ensure continuity of schools in DeKalb County by creating separation between Municipal Governance and School Governance. Rep. Oliver seconded this – saying it was very possible.  

What about surrounding neighborhood? Radar said surrounding neighborhoods have the same option to approach Atlanta as Emory does.   

What is the impact on services?

Radar said he is very concerned about the fire station on Clifton. It’s unclear yet what the impact would be.

What are the revenue implications?

Orson said there could be some minimal loss of commercial tax revenue and the loss of sales tax collected in the Emory area.   

What does Dekalb County have planned in terms of mass transit?  The county doesn’t have a plan.  One audience member was pointedly frustrated and said that this lack of strategy is what pushes people to get out of unincorporated DeKalb.

What are other neighborhood associations saying?

Anne Wallace of the Druid Hills Civic Association pointed out that the the Emory annexation would remove the option for Decatur to annex  commercial property along Clairmont Rd. down to the Emory Clairmont Campus. That “finger” has been on some Decatur annexation maps in the past. North Decatur Road would be the only access for Druid Hills to the rest of unincorporated DeKalb, and the law doesn’t allow for islands. Her major concern is that the annexation puts the Druid Hills neighborhood in a challenging position with their contiguity to the rest of unincorporated DeKalb.

Rader asked for input on what DeKalb County should do to preserve its interests.  He said there are narrow options for a county to challenge annexation but it was not clear if that was what people wanted. He did not elaborate on those options or discuss next steps.

Rader email:

News coverage:

Atlanta Loop





Emory Annexation Discussion

CHCA Announcement-
Ahead of Commissioner Rader's upcoming meeting with neighborhood group leaders regarding Emory's potential/possible annexation into Atlanta, the CHCA will be holding a special meeting of the board this Sunday at 4pm 636 Park Lane (Peter Rumsey's house) to discuss the development and help prepare the CHCA representative who will be attending.
Note: CHCA is not taking a position at Commissioner Rader's meeting, but rather will be attending to get information etc. For more information on the potential Emory Annexation, follow this link:


CHCA Board Meeting Minutes (7/17/16)

Clairmont Heights Civic Association

Board Meeting Minutes July 17, 2016

please see attached document


Final Draft for the Medline LCI

Jim Smith (Planning & Zoning): The attached is the final draft for the Medline LCI that will be voted on today (July 19, 2016). The committee gave its support after a number of modifications were made by the Planning Dept. to the map and density/height restrictions in order to protect the surrounding single family. n'hoods.

CHCA Board Meeting Minutes June 12, 2016

please see attached file for CHCA Board Meeting Minutes June 12, 2016

Dekalb County Summer Lifeguards Needed

June 15, 2016

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs

Hiring More Summer Lifeguards

DECATUR, Ga.–The DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is continuing to hire lifeguards for the 2016 swimming season. All applicants must be age 18 or older to apply.

Those applying for county pool lifeguard positions are required to submit proof of current certification in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding and water safety instruction, provided by the Red Cross, YMCA or other nationally-recognized aquatic training programs. All applicants selected will be required to successfully complete drug and alcohol screening and criminal background check prior to employment.

To apply for a summer lifeguard position with DeKalb County, complete an online application at and click the “job opportunities” link or contact Justin Blanton at 404-371-6270.

For more information, contact LaShanda Davis, public education specialist, at 404-371-3643.


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