From commissioner Kathie Gannon (includes same info sent out by commissioner Jeff Rader this week, which we have therefore not reposted.): Wireside chats June 13 on transportation referendum; County pet adoption event June 11; National Night Out workshop.
From U.S. representative Hank Johnson: HIV/AIDS; Women's wellness; Arabia Mt. HS; Insurance; Emory excellence; Jobs for veterans; River alliance; GA harmonies; Help for homeowners; Funds for kids; ARC grant; Scam jam.
From county CEO Burrell Ellis: New interim director; Code Compliance; Builders Information Exchange; Zoning code update; OneDekalb; Long range planning.
From state rep. Stephanie Benfield: On Saturday, June 16, Venetian will host its 2nd annual swim-a-thon to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer, in honor of our own Venetian, Katherine Athanassiades.
From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: "Annual Notices of Assessment hit homeowner’s mailboxes this week, and many constituents have called expressing concern about substantial increases in their tax appraisal this year. The appraisal determines the value of property against which taxes are assessed, and are a key factor in your tax bill. I was surprised to hear this, as the DeKalb County real property tax digest overall is down by 7.8% overall this year. Our office is seeking more information from the Assessor’s office and will be responding to individual inquiries. We will also report back to the public on any patterns of reappraisal or systemic deficiencies we discover. Until we are able to get to the bottom of this, please keep the following in mind:..."
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: National Defense Authorization Act; Women veterans; Training troops; Museums for military; Clean buses; Voting rights; Lorraine Park; Help for homeowners; Violence Against Women Act; Global Health; Brownfields.
From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader:
From the CEO's office: Adopt a Pet Today; 2012 CEO's Community Heroes; Trash to Gas in DeKalb; CEO Champions Regionalism; ONE DeKalb Serves; DeKalb County Jobs Fair; Innovation Committee Meets
From Emory's Sustainability Office: On July 31, our community will have the opportunity to vote for a transportation referendum that would fund a light rail link to Emory and bike, pedestrian and road improvements in the metro area. I am writing to ask that you stop to think where you will be on July 31. If you will not be in Atlanta and able to vote, please complete the attached absentee voting request form to ensure that an absentee ballot is sent to your summer address in July. Voter turnout of our community will be cri
For our gardeners: Plant Sales May 11, 12, 18. Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Special Mother's Day 10% Discount May 11 and 12
For our cyclists and pedestrians: EXPERIENCE HUMAN POWERED AMUSEMENT ON NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE, SUNDAY MAY 20th 2-6 PM. On Sunday, May 20th from 2-6pm, you can experience the joy of open streets along a two mile stretch of North Highland Avenue. With the support of Atlanta City Council members Aaron Watson, Post 2 At-Large, Alex Wan, District 6, Kwanza Hall, District 2, Carla Smith, District 1, and Lamar Willis, Post 3 At-Large, this event transforms neighborhood streets into a coordinated cultural experience starring physical activity, the arts, and sustainable communities.
From commissioner Kathie Gannon:
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: South River Watershed Alliance; Oakhurst; Stroke awareness: CISPA; Hepatitis; Vets training; Hope Now.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Mason Mill Ribbon Cutting for PATH/Wetlands and Dog Park; Court watch training; Walk in Mary Scott Nature Park; PDK Hosts Good Neighbor Day Air Show and Open House, etc.
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Black Shoals Trail; Small Biz; Edu Funds; Worker Rights; FEMA funds; Vets Teach; HUD grant; Push Push; Seniors; Helping Students.
For our gardeners: Events on April 27 and 29, May 4 and 5.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Recently, there has been press coverage and public interest in the Board of Commissioners review of a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment in the area between Clairmont Road and DeKalb Peachtree airport (PDK), which is owned by DeKalb County, but subject to extensive federal oversight. The Comprehensive Plan generally guides zoning decisions made for individual properties, but separate and additional public hearings and Commission votes are required to actually change zoning. The proposal under consideration would be to re-plan the area for restricted light industrial activities that would be compatible with conditions surrounding PDK airport (i.e. noise tolerant land use). The proposal does not contemplate the expansion of the airfield, private activity directly accessible to the airport, or other uses incompatible with surrounding neighborhoods. After an initial two month public review process, this matter was recently deferred for an additional two months, and will be re-heard by the community council and planning commission before returning to the Board of Commissioners on May 22nd . There is no deadline for County action. In response to public interest in the matter, Commissioners Rader and Gannon are hosting a public meeting on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Chamblee Branch Library at 4115 Clairmont Road. The Commissioners will be there with county staff to discuss the proposed land use change with the community.
From commissioner Kathie Gannon: "A major milestone begins on Monday with the grand opening of a new facility to convert landfill gas to valuable compressed natural gas (CNG) at DeKalb County’s Seminole Road Landfill. "
For our gardeners: Azalea and Trillium Madness Sales - April 13, 14, 20, 21. Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
From state rep. Mike Jacobs, Brookhaven: