IRA B. MELTON PARK / March 2016
What’s up in the Park?
It is easy to see big things are happening at Ira B. Melton Park. DeKalb County has selected our park
for major improvements under Phase II of the Mason Mill Master Plan. Walking paths (6’ wide) are
being created; along with a stepping-stone crossing that will link the Ira B. Melton Park (IBMP) to
Mason Mill Park. The path will be constructed of a composite material ensuring the sediments in the
floodplain do not impede safety and comfort for walkers along the trail. Three sections of the trail will
be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, to prevent degradation of the forest floor.
Our community will have great access to 18 acres of unique wetlands.
DeKalb County is spending approximately $700,000 on Mason Mill Phase II (which includes both
IBMP and the Jamestown dog park), but there are a few improvements that this money will not cover.
We are looking to our neighbors for some support:
- Additional improvements to the park entrance along Desmond Drive
- Planting of native plants to replace invasive species
- Improvements to the “dirt” trail on the north side of the park loop
These improvements are estimated to cost $5,000. The funds will be raised through grants and the
generosity of our neighborhood.
Become a supporter of Ira B. Melton Park. Please donate to insure that IBMP can be fully
enjoyed by our community.
To donate go to www.parkpride.org
- Click on the Donations button
- Select Donate to a Friend of the Parks Group (on the right side)
- Under Choose a Park to Support – select Ira B. Melton Park
All Donations are tax deductible. Park Pride is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status in fiscal
partnership with Friends of Ira B. Melton Park.
Check out IBMP on Facebook through the Clairmont Heights Neighbors page:
Search on Ira B. Melton Park to view updates.
Want to volunteer and support ongoing efforts to improve IBMP? Email: email@example.com
from Betty E. Willis, Senior Associate Vice President Government & Community Affairs, Emory University:
Dear friends and neighbors,
If you are so inclined, please share the attached op-ed with your neighbors or any media connections you may have. It is being circulated to local media outlets/publications as part of a consolidated effort with MARTA to help get the word out about the importance of the Clifton Corridor transit line and current legislation we hope will be approved by the General Assembly this session that would provide the funding for it. There has been a lot of negative attention at the Capitol and in the media about Fulton elected officials disagreeing on MARTA expansion up GA 400 and we think it is important to re-shift the focus to a project that has broad and strong support. We want to highlight positive attention on the other MARTA projects in DeKalb (Clifton Corridor and I-20) that would also benefit from passage of transit funding legislation which is the purpose of this op-ed.
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. Many thanks for your help in sharing with your contacts!My best,Betty E. WillisSenior Associate Vice PresidentGovernment & Community AffairsEmory UniversityExecutive DirectorClifton Community PartnershipPresidentClifton Corridor Transportation Management Association1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th FloorAtlanta, GA 30322Phone: 404.727.5312Fax: 404.727.5312Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the increase in coyote activity in our area, the Lindmoor Woods Civic Association, in partnership with the Atlanta Coyote Project will be hosting a community education session. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Living With Urban Coyotes
February 11 at 7pm
2729 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur, GA 30033
We have been seeing increased coyote activity in our community. How do we coexist with our
newest neighbors? Please the Lindmoor Woods Civic Association, in partnership with the
Atlanta Coyote Project to learn about coyote behavior, and learn strategies about how to
protect yourself, your family and your pets.
The DeKalb County School District held a public meeting at Druid Hills High School on January 19, 2016, to discuss three redistricting options meant to alleviate over-crowding in the Cross Keys Cluster schools. Details for each of the three options and handouts provided at the presentation can be found at the following site:
Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) board members attended because Elementary Options 1 and 2 both impact our neighborhood’s elementary school, Fernbank ES, and Briar Vista ES (another member of our neighborhood’s high school feeder cluster). Option 3 proposes no changes that affect our area. Neither of the High School Options would impact our neighborhood directly. Planning Department staff will consider public input from this meeting as well as from the online comment form and present their proposed best solution on February 11, 2016, at Cross Keys High School. The Superintendent will present his best solution for school board approval on March 7, 2016.
Elementary Options 1 and 2 involve moving 364 students from Briar Vista ES (excluding students who are currently part of the Montessori Program or Regional Special Education Program) to Fernbank ES in order to make room at the Briar Vista ES building for Cross Keys Cluster elementary students. These measures are said to be a temporary solution to reduce the number of portables currently being used in Cross Keys Cluster schools while a long-term solution is sought.
IMPORTANT: There is an online comment/question form on the DCSD Redistricting website at http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/redistricting/ that any neighborhood resident can use to submit comments or questions until January 26, 2016, at 11:59pm. If you have an opinion about these proposed plans, the time to offer it is now.
Once the presentation of the redistricting options was complete, meeting attendees divided into small group breakout sessions to discuss the pros and cons of each option presented and to suggest additional options for Dekalb County School District consideration. CHCA had representatives in four of the eight small group discussions. Most attendees were Briar Vista ES parents (especially from the Montessori Program), followed by Fernbank ES parents. There were only a few Cross Keys Cluster teachers/parents in some groups, and none in others. Participants spent most of the time discussing Elementary Options 1 and 2, and most attendees were not in favor of these options. The following are some of the opinions of the attendees:
Option 3 (utilizing the former International Student Center facility only for alleviating over-crowding) was preferred among the options given in the four groups that were attended by CH residents.
Other Options suggested by members of the public:
The next scheduled meeting is February 11, 2016, 6 pm, at Cross Keys High School where DCSD staff will present their recommended plan.
 A separate meeting was held at Sequoya Middle School on Jan. 14, 2016 for the same purpose. The following summary does not include opinions expressed in that meeting.
The Brookhaven Post:
On Thursday, DeKalb County Schools released a presentation and maps for the first round of scheduled community meetings to discuss redistricting options for the Cross Keys Cluster.
full article/ maps:
Greetings: Work will soon begin on the path linking Ira B. Melton to Mason Mill Park. You may have already noticed the stakes for the portion that Ed Castro Landscapes will be improving. Please note, this passage will be cleared with construction fencing to a wider width of about 10 to 14 feet just to allow for materials to be brought to the creek’s crossing. Once complete, the path will only be 6 feet wide. Additionally, the path will be constructed of a pervious composite material to ensure that the sediments in the flood plain don’t become mucky, making the trail impassible. Also of note are three sections of the trail which will be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, again to prevent degradation of the forest floor. We hope you enjoy these improvements.
See you out on the trail!
CHCA Board Member Kara Rozell:
DeKalb County School District is holding several up-coming meetings to discuss the Cross Keys Cluster Redistricting Plan. Information about the proposed plan options are posted here: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/redistricting/.
All the schools in the Cross Keys Cluster are significantly over-crowded. DCSC is looking to build a more permanent solution, but needs a temporary solution for the immediate future (starting Fall 2016).
There are 3 options for redistricting the elementary schools and Options I & II impact Fernbank Elementary School directly. Both of these options move all Briar Vista ES students not in the Montessori or Special Education programs at that school to Fernbank ES (364 students) to make room for Cross Keys cluster elementary students to move to the Briar Vista ES facility. Option III utilizes the former International Student Center (on N. Druid Hills Rd. near Target) to relieve over-crowding and does not impact Fernbank ES or Briar Vista ES directly.
The Cross Keys High School will also under-go redistricting, but the current plan does not impact the Druid Hills Cluster schools. The three meetings are structured as follows:
Data about enrollment/capacity related to the Cross Keys Redistricting Issue
Dekalb County School District Redistricting Community Mtgs
Upcoming public meetings regarding Cross Keys attendance area overcrowding and DCSD's response. It's understood these meetings are progressive; if you would like to participate/ offer input, the first two meetings would be the forum.
The DeKalb County School District will be holding three (3) public meetings to present redistricting options to address overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster.
The community will have an opportunity to voice their comments on the proposed options at these meetings.
The affected schools include Briar Vista ES, Cary Reynolds ES, Chamblee HS, Cross Keys HS, Dresden ES, Fernbank ES, Montclair ES, Warren Tech, and Woodward ES.
Final recommendations on redistricting will be presented for approval at the March 2016 Board Meeting.
Meetings will be held:
1. Thursday, January 14th 2016, 6:00 pm at Sequoyah Middle School – 3456 Aztec Road Doraville, GA 30340
2. Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 6:00 pm at Druid Hills High School – 1798 Haygood Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
3. Thursday, February 11th 2016, 6:00 pm at Cross Keys High School – 1626 N. Druid Hills Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319
Decaturish: A week and a half after Walmart opened in Suburban Plaza, a second new business is open.
LA Fitness Decatur opened Friday, November 20. An employee who answered the phone at LA Fitness confirmed the opening and said the gym will even be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The employee said no group classes were scheduled yet, but said to keep checking online.
Thanksgiving Holiday Sanitation Schedule
All Sanitation Division administrative offices, including customer service, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.
attached: Jim Smith's power point presentation for Nov. 18 CHCA Community Mtg
Nov. 5, 2015
It is time to issue a Call for BLUEPRINT II.
Almost two years ago, DeKalb County citizens from neighborhoods all across the county came together and began a process to redefine our County government. We called it a Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb. With Tuesday’s election and the success of the ethics reform ballot measure, DeKalb can look back on those two years of work and see how much has been accomplished. Together, we have brought about three key reforms. [FULL LETTER]