From Bicycle South: It's Official! 3 Foot Safe Passing Bill Became The Law On July 1st! Georgia Bikes! and other bicycle advocacy groups were successful this past Georgia Legislative Sesson in getting a Safe Passing Law that requires motorists to maintain at least 3 feet of distance when passing cyclists. Previously, drivers were only required to keep "a safe distance." Bicycle South owner Fred Boykin is a Georgia Bikes! board member and the Event Director for the Georgia Rides To The Capitol event - an annual ride that brings over 1,500 cyclists to the State Captiol in support of legislation like this.
From Dekalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
Photos July 4, 2011 of construction around old water works district of Mason Mill Park. Part of stormwater mitigation project in Mason Mill Park master plan.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: New Booster Seat Law; City of Decatur July 4th Pied Piper Parade; Public Hearings on Proposed County Millage Rate Increase
From Chris Beck, President of the CSNP: Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, On the night of Sunday, June 26th, the shed at the Preserve was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The entire contents of the shed and materials around the shed are a complete loss. You can see a video of the fire at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QcQrqZn-HE . If you are on Facebook, you can see a picture of what remains of the shed at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2169653918031&set=o.45415782994&type=1&theater . Although some surrounding trees were scorched, we hope that there is not lasting damage. We are beginning to make plans to rebuild the shed and get new tools so that we can continue to maintain the Preserve for education and enjoyment of neighbors and visitors.
From Commissioner Jeff Rader's office via Civic Association Network newsletter, responses to questions raised at a CAN meeting June 27: 1). Has the county ever discussed "free" or no fee recycling? 2). Can citizens use recycling buckets and not bags? 3). What is happening with discussions about reducing sanitation / recycling/yard waste pick up days? Commissioner Rader forwareded the questions to the county's Public Works Assistant director Billy Malone and here are his responses.
Notes from Civic Association Network listserv on recent CAN meeting with commissioners (see attached table on county wide land purchases):
1. Just how much green space acreage per capita do we have in District 2, as compared to the other DeKalb districts?
2. What were the Green spaces/Park purchases in DeKalb County during the last 5 years? Is there a map available showing existing Green space/Park lands? How do we nominate possible park/green space purchases?
Beth Nathan offers some answers as District 2 Rep on the Parks Bond and Greenspace Advisory Committee....
From the county CEO's office: Tuesday, July 5 (10:00 am and 6:00 pm) & Tuesday, July 12 (10:00 am) at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur. DeKalb County will host public hearings to discuss a proposed increase in property tax rates
Notes by Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: June 27 CEO's mtg on taxes/millage rate
Between 50 and 100 people attended last evening's TownHall meeting, called by the CEO. .... I took prodigious notes which are attached. The meeting was about 35-40% presentation, the rest Q&A time. A scanned handout (with unfortunate bleed-through from 2nd side printing) is also attached. An electronic version was promised, I'll send that when it arrives, In my opinion, the strongest points made in this meeting include the following:
From the county's CEO office: "The purpose of the program is to help Georgia homeowners who have experienced job loss or a substantial decrease in their income with a mortgage payment bridge while they find new or better employment.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com: theft by taking (gun)
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Center Precinct is hosting a 5k fun run in conjunction with the DeKalb Police Alliance. The DeKalb Police Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and garnering public support for all DeKalb-based police officers. All proceeds go to the Dekalb Police Alliance who raise money to support our men and women who keep us safe! This event is scheduled to take place on September 17, 2011, at 9:00 am, at headquarters. This event is open to all police officers/agencies in DeKalb County (incorporated and unincorporated) as well as to the general public. There will be food, and festivities for all to enjoy after the race at headquarters!!! For information call 678-362-0392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, July 9, 8:30-11:00 am. Drop by for an hour or so and help us spread mulch on the trail. Please bring gloves, water, and shovel or rake. We could use a wheelbarrow or two. Workday facilitators: Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss.
From the North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch: "The shed at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve was reduced to a charred heap of metal and wood after yesterday's storms." [read more and see the video] CSNP leaders Chris Beck and Dave Butler have already begun talking to contractors for quotes on rebuilding the shed. They say they'll need to get the shed up before they can take donations of tools, etc.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: You're invited to attend a Community Engagement & Education Forum on the community impact of Transportation legislation, the DeKalb County project list, and feedback on these issues.
From DeKalb police via CrimeMapping.com: Burglary, auto theft at Emory Oaks.
Saturday June 25. Clarkston.
For kids 8-16. Football, Cheerleader, Basketball, Baseball, Softball camps. Week One starts June 27. Stone Mountain.
From CHCA president Suzan Rowe: Earlier this month a blog posting reported that Selig Enterprises had reached a deal with Dekalb County to re-develop Suburban Plaza and build a Wal-Mart on the site. Upon hearing of the report, the CHCA board checked in with our District Commissioner, Jeff Rader. The board expressed concern that the developer had not sought comment from the surrounding neighborhoods regarding the nature and possible impacts of the development.
Contents: Time to Renew Your MANA Membership; MANA Community Meeting June 27; MANA Watch Meeting; Cell Phone Tower; Developments at Surburban Plaza; Yard Sale; Senior Dinner