Rep. Hank Johnson update 11/17/14

From Fourth Congressional District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Federal health insurance open enrollment; Police militarization; VA benefits; Small business; Overcomers House.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Clairmont Circle 11/16/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Proposed cities stuck in border dispute

from AJC:

Three communities seeking to become cities — Tucker, Lakeside and Briarcliff — couldn’t agree this weekend on how they would share borders, meaning state lawmakers will likely step in.

The DeKalb County neighborhoods were still hoping to strike a last-minute deal Sunday, said Mary Kay Woodworth of Lakeside Yes, which has been working closely with Briarcliff on a combined cityhood proposal. [read more]

Commissioner Gannon update 11/14/14

From Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: America Recycles Day Event at Northlake Mall; Canned food drive; South Fork Trail tours; Affordable Care Act open enrollment; Medicare open enrollment; Benefit for LifeLine Animal Project and Adoption Special; BOC agenda.

Druid Hills annexation survey results

From Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... The survey shows significantly greater and roughly equal support for the options of annexation to the City of Atlanta and remaining in unincorporated DeKalb County, with respondents decisively rejecting the option of being included in any new city. Druid Hills residents cited schools, taxes, services, preserving the historic district, and remaining in the same jurisdiction as Emory University as the main factors in their choices...."  [Read more.]

Joint Decatur commission and school board meeting notes 11/12/14

From CHCA resident Gwin Hall: The City of Decatur City Commission and the City Schools of Decatur School Board held a joint meeting on November 12, 2014 to discuss Decatur's proposed annexation map.  The discussion included a detailed presentation on the projected school growth numbers. Decatur's student population is projected to grow from 4713 students (current enrollment) to 7274-8145 students by 2020, and is expected to incur a significant increase in operating and capital expenses.  91% of this student growth is from within the current Decatur city limits. It was noted that "enrollment from the area of the City of Decatur drives the need for a new school but ... Annexation drives where the schools should be built." The consultants listed several options for increasing school capacity (ranging in price from $10M - $27M capital), including building a new K-5 school in Area B.  

Mayor Baskett stated that he has been talking about the annexation plan with legislators and every one of them has cautioned him to make sure their are no conflicts with other maps. It was pointed out to Mayor Baskett that the Druid Hills/Atlanta map does conflict with Area A of the Decatur map.  Mayor Baskett seemed to have no prior knowledge of this, and indicated that this would have to be resolved before the legislation could be introduced. It was made clear the Commission is not interested in expanding its published draft annexation map (meaning that it is not interested in adding areas such as Clairmont Heights that submitted petitions for annexation) 

Fernbank forest bird walk

Event Date and Time: 
11/15/2014 - 8:00am - 10:30am

From Fernbank via Druid Hills Civic Association: Join Atlanta Audubon Society volunteers on this 2-1/2 hour tour of the forest, November 15, 8-10:30am. Please call 404-929-6400 for guidelines and reservations. Free to Fernbank and Audubon Society members.

Decatur's annexation dilemma

From Dan Whisenhunt on his Decaturish blog: "The city of Decatur needs more commercial property. The school system needs room to grow as its population booms.  Annexing more areas into the city would be a solution to both problems. Seeking that solution will be a tall order for a city that in 2012 tried, andfailed, to annex many of the same commercial areas it’s trying to annex now. ..." [Read more.]

County Operations Task Force meeting schedule

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Government Operations Task Force Meeting Schedule. Attention: Meeting location changed.  The next regularly-scheduled Government Operations Task Force meeting will take place Wednesday, November 12th @ 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Medical North Decatur Keeton Auditorium, 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033. This week, the Government Operations Task Force will explore the financial impact annexation and incorporation will have on unincorporated DeKalb County. The committee will meet three additional times through the remainder of 2014 at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, on the following dates, unless otherwise noted:

History of Agnes Scott College

Event Date and Time: 
11/18/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From Melissa Forgey for the DeKalb History Center: Lunch & Learn: The History of Agnes Scott College - 125 Years of Educating Women in Decatur. Our November Lunch and Learn highlights a Decatur institution which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. In 1889, a group of men from Decatur Presbyterian Church decided that Decatur needed a better school for its girls. In a two-month whirlwind of activity, they found teachers and a rented building for the elementary school they called Decatur Female Seminary. A year later, George Washington Scott stepped up to provide land and construct and furnish a building, and gave the school his mother's name. Over the next 15 years, the school gradually developed from an elementary school, to a high school, to a college.

Comparing incorporation costs vs revenue

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "DeKalb county's new GIS model explores the financial impact of incorporation. The November 12 Task Force on Dekalb County Operations meeting featured a presentation by Dr. Alfie Meek from GA Tech. Dr. Meek is part of a team that has developed a model to help DeKalb County better understand how incorporations impact the county's overall budget....." [Read more.]

MANA annexation survey results

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: ".... At this time, there is no clear consensus among our residents about the proposals presented in the survey, but we believe that City of Decatur’s annexation of primarily commercial real estate is unreasonable and detrimental to unincorporated DeKalb residents and schools. MANA recommends that we continue to actively explore all our options, seek and distribute relevant information, foster neighborhood discussions, and direct our concerns to elected officials. ...." [Read more.]

Light rail for Clifton Corridor - public meetings

From Laura Douglas-Brown in the Emory Report: "Two public meetings set for early December are among the next steps in a multi-year effort to bring light rail transit to the Clifton corridor, including stops convenient to the Emory campus, Emory University Hospital and the CDC...." [Read more.]

County events calendar 11/10/14

From the interim CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Canned food drive; GIS day; DeKalb County TV.

DeKalb Police: thefts from autos on Park Ln 11/6/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

County recycling event at Northlake Mall

Event Date and Time: 
11/13/2014 (All day) - 11/15/2014 (All day)

From the interim CEO's office: Recycling info/signup 11/13-11/14 2-7 p.m.; Electronics recycling, document shredding 11/15 8:00-12:00 noon.

International Nativity Scenes

Event Date and Time: 
11/29/2014 (All day) - 12/07/2014 (All day)

By request from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: For the nineteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 300 nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free.

Backpack missing? [Claimed.]

[Update: the owner has claimed the items.]  From a resident on Park Lane: The backpack shown in the attached picture was found in our neighbor's yard on Park Lane.  Our neighbor also said her car looked like someone had gone through it though she wasn't sure if anything was missing.  It looks like someone stole the backpack from another car and then left whatever they didn't want.

Medlock rebuts Decatur Mayor on annexation

from Decaturish: The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association published a lengthy response to recent comments by Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett.

Medlock isn’t in Decatur’s annexation plan, though some early survey results show 66 percent of 224 respondents want to join Decatur. But city officials have warned off neighborhoods who aren’t in the city’s plan. Decatur officials believe more residential property will put too much strain on the city’s school system. A recent study of enrollment published by City Schools of Decatur suggests the city will face capacity issues unless Decatur annexes more property.  

[Read more]

Commissioner Rader update 11/6/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: List of bridges and culverts to be repaired; Animal Services adoption special.

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