From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Smart911 users can create a profile that tells dispatchers details that can be crucial to help emergency responders, such as medical conditions of residents or the layout of a house in case of a fire...." [Read more.] Also, this just received from the county via email: " I am assisting DeKalb County spread the word about the Smart911 service offered to residents for free. Smart911 allows people to create a Safety Profile that will be visible to 9-1-1 call takers in the event of an emergency call. Citizens create profiles for many reasons. Some want to make sure 9-1-1 knows they have a medical condition or allergy, others want to provide their exact address in case they call from a cell phone. You can also list your vehicle information, emergency contacts and even pets. Are there any opportunities for the Clairmont Heights Civic Association to help us educate residents? You can learn more about Smart911 from yesterday's launch: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/24841459/dekalb-county-rolling-out-smart911"
From the Reporter Newspapers: "A bill to create a city of Lakeside in DeKalb County has been approved by the state Senate. On Feb. 26, the Senate approved the Lakeside bill in a vote of 32-17, according to the Senate press office. If approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the bill would allow for a May 20 referendum for voters to decide on incorporating the city...." [Read more.]
From the interim CEO's office: Medline Livable Centers Initiative; Zoning code update; Electronics Recycling 3/15; Sweep the Hooch; Expedited commercial plan review.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC summary; Zoning summary; CoW meeting; Embrace our green space race; Park Pride conference.
From the County Extension Office: Just trying to link with local civic and community groups to let them know about extension educational opportunities and our plant sale that closes out March 10, pick up March 22. Great way for homeowners to get good plants, ornamentals and fruit plants. Questions feel free to call me 404-298-4080
Thanks very much
County Extension Agent
UGA Extension – DeKalb County
From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Sean Fahey is working on an Eagle Scout project at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. He is connecting the existing boardwalk at the end of Pine Bluff with the bridge on the Outer Loop Trail. He is making good progress on the project and began building a section last weekend. He is still seeking financial support for the project. To date, he has collected $250 out of the $1000 project cost. For more details, see the attached flyer or contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the interim county CEO's office: DEKALB COUNTY MARKET ASSESSMENT REPORT (Public Draft). As DeKalb County continues to work closely with AngelouEconomics to create this economic development strategic plan, your input and guidance are vital to ensure that the plan is produced with accuracy and that all of its components properly reflect the reality of the County and its strategic opportunities and priorities. Angelou Economics used individual interviews and focus group meetings along with data intelligence and analysis to produce the first plan deliverable: The Market Assessment Report. Click here to view the report. This report provides a detailed look at DeKalb's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, particularly in the areas of quality of life, workforce and education, business climate, and infrastructure. Significant strengths include high levels of investment in research and development, the highest number of patents per capita in the region, and a high percentage of citizens with a graduate degree. Highlighted impediments to growth include perceived problems with crime and K-12 education.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association [original copy with images attached]: February 2014 Medlock Neighborhood Watch E-letter. Neighborhood Watch Meeting has been rescheduled for March 13, 2014. 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. The Neighborhood Watch needs YOU! The best way to prevent crime is through the Neighborhood Watch. It is important that ALL residents are informed about issues that may arise. The best way to inform everybody is to have a Coordinator for the 60 grids that make up Medlock Park. Coordinators share information within their grid and with the Neighborhood Watch team. It is as simple as keeping an email list. We need coordinators for 30 grids. Please contact us to become a coordinator, to find out who your coordinator is or to sign up for the Watch email@example.com
For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Join us this Friday, February 28, at 11:30 with George Sanko on Part 1: The language of identifying native plants starting at noon. The following Friday, March 7, at 11:30 join George for Part 2: The language of identifying native plants and how to use the "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas". Signs will guide you to the Plant ID Session.
From MANA: Found: nice dog needs help. There was a post on the Medlock Neighbors Facebook page today about this dog. This nice dog was found on Wood Trail today. It this your dog? Do you know where this dog belongs? If so, please go to Medlock Neighbors FB page and contact the person who posted the message. OR - contact Pat Camp at404 634 7267 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Fernbank PTA: On February 19, 2014, Dekalb County School District held a community meeting at the AMS location of Fernbank. They presented a revised site plan for the new school. Changes in this new plan are in direct response from requests made by the Fernbank School Council, Fernbank Foundation, Fernbank PTA and Community Members.
From the City of Briarcliff Initiative: "Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (HD-82) will present an updated Briarcliff map to the Georgia Legislature that includes deferment to published annexations of existing cities.....
From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Wanted for Questioning In reference to Sexual Assaults. The assaults occurred in the area around Clairmont Road and North Decatur Road. The suspect is described as being a white male in his 50’s, medium build and height. Suspect possibly has light colored facial hair.
From LifeLine via Reporter Newspapers: DeKalb County Animal Services and LifeLine Animal Project are offering an adoption special during the month of February. During the My Furry Valentine promotion, all dogs and cats may be adopted for only $14. Standard adoption screening criteria still applies. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested, and dewormed. The normal fees for these services would be more than $200.
Dear Neighbors: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in the North Decatur Building, Room 155. I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Building. Room 155 is on the first floor. Please note that the entrance to the parking deck from Gambrell Drive has been diverted to the right side of the deck due to construction associated with the new hospital bed tower.
From the interim CEO's office: Budget Expo cancelled; Parks program registrations now online; Blueprint to redefine DeKalb 2/20; etc.
From WSBTV: "Emory police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in the reported rape of a female Emory student. The alleged attack happened near campus in a wooded area near Dowman Drive on Feb. 11 at about 11:15 p.m. The suspect was described as a man in his mid-to-late 50's, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a reddish or brown beard. He was wearing a brown knit cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots.
From the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee, via Theresa Same (MANA Zoning Chair): [Note that the community meeting with Fuqua to discuss these plans is Feb 26th, 7pm. Location : Scott Boulevard Baptist Church.] "As many of you know, Scott Boulevard Baptist Church (SBBC) will soon be closing its doors. Membership has been declining for many years and has dwindled to the point that the congregation can no longer sustain the facility and the property. Last year, after exploring many options and careful consideration, SBBC began looking for a buyer. Atlanta-based Fuqua Development has had this property and all 9 homes on Barton Way under contract since early 2013. In June of 2013, MANA became aware of their plans to redevelop the property as a mixed used development (earlier site plans can be viewed here) and these plans were shared in a Community Meeting in July, 2013. After taking some time to think about what makes the most sense at this busy intersection and envisioning this project in a larger context of redevelopment, Fuqua Development is now proposing the project detailed below, which includes apartments, townhomes and limited retail as Phase 1 (Figure 1) of their larger vision (Phase 2, described later in this article)...." [Read more.]
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DECATUR – DeKalb County Sanitation will resume garbage collection tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14. on a modified schedule. All Residential customers with Tuesday scheduled garbage collection will be collected tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14 beginning at 8 a.m.; Thursday scheduled garbage collection will be collected Saturday; and Friday garbage collection will be collected on Sunday. There will be no Single Stream or Yard Trimmings Recycling collections Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week.
From the county interim CEO's office: trash pickup resumes Friday 2/14/14.