Sewage spill into Mason Mill Park creek 8/3

From AJC 8/3/11 via Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv :   "Storm blamed for DeKalb sewer break, spill... Monday afternoon's heavy rain overflowed and broke a sewer main on Azalea Circle near Decatur, creating a large spill. ..." Read more.  The sewage went into Burnt Fork Creek which passes through Mason Mill Park. 

MANA E-Newsletter 8/5/11 - Medlock Children's Garden and Senior Activities

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Children's Garden; Pool Party and Yard Sale; Busy Tuesdays for Seniors.

Neighborhood stream history

For our stream and creek lovers an article on a local South Peachtree Creek tributary from the East Lake Neighborhood (perhaps someone would like to do something similar for Burnt Fork Creek or Glen Creek?): A Head of the Shed: Your Parkwood Tributary from Parkwood Garden Club, by neighbor Lisa Gordon, Environmental Scientist, Water Quality Planning Branch, Water Protection Division, U.S. EPA. photos by Rebecca Kerimbaev. "How well do you know the little creek that runs through our neighborhood? Why is it so small? Where does it go? Do you know where you see it again once it leaves the Parkwoods? I work on river and stream issues in the Southeast in my job as a biologist at EPA, and over the years I’ve gotten to know our little stream, as I’ve used it to teach local school kids about stream ecology. I find that I am always intrigued by how interesting a little stream can be — and how much we may not know about it! For starters, I find that this stream, in particular, is interesting simply based on where it is located. If you drive along DeKalb or College Avenues running parallel to the MARTA and CSX Railroad tracks, you are actually driving along a ridgeline — the highest point that divides different drainage systems or watersheds...." Read more.


July Parks Citizen Advisory Board meeting notes

Posted in Civic Association Network by Beth Nathan

Attached are the following from the Parks/Rec Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) 4th Tuesday monthly meeting for July 2011:

* my notes
* PDF of some handouts
* subsequent Excel spreadsheet from Project Mgmt group on status of projects

Of most interest to me was how much DeKalb is getting from its Parks Dept for how little it puts into it per citizen. Last year DeKalb was spending $55/resident/year for parks & recreation; this year it is $50.61/resident/year. The Trust for Public Land published such spending figures from across the nation for 2008, ranging from $259 in Washington
DC and $252 in Seattle to $101 in Atlanta to $23 in Detroit. The median amount was between $65 and $95.

County workshop: Code Enforcement and Covenants

From the county CEO's office: Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. - noon, Clark Harrison Building, Conference Room A, 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

County Panel Discussion on Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act

From the county CEO's office: Monday, August 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

County's Animal Services Task Force Holds Public Meetings

From county CEO's office: The DeKalb County Animal Services Task Force is seeking public opinion on several proposed initiatives to improve public health, safety and code enforcement related to animal services in DeKalb County. The proposed initiatives seek to increase adoptions of abandoned and lost animals, encourage responsible pet ownership, improve the conditions of animals under the county's care and reduce euthanasia rates at the animal shelter. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings at the following locations: Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur

July 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Pool and Potluck Party; 2nd Annual Medlock Neighborhood Yard sale

Notes from CAN meeting on Redistricting

Notes by Beth Nathan from the Civic Association Network meeting July 28 Issues Meeting at DeKalb Resource Center, Northlake Mall.


Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for July 29, 2011

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Debt ceiling; CBC jobs fair; Unemployed; Principal Jackson; Rockdale; Heroes; Hepatitis; Oakhurst; Consumers; South River; Redan Nature Preserve; Trees; Growing your business; Preparedness; Facebook.

Emory Point begins construction

From Emory Report re: mixed residential/commercial development on Clifton Road: Housing, dining, retail options under way on Clifton Road By David Payne. Construction officially kicked off this month on Emory Point, a mixed-use project across from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Clifton Road that includes street-level shops, restaurants and residential units. The project is being developed by Cousins Properties.  The first phase of Emory Point will feature 80,000 square feet of retail space and 443 luxury apartments. An announcement regarding the retail tenants is expected this fall, and pre-leasing for the apartments, managed by Gables Residential, will begin next spring. This phase of the development is expected to open in the fall of 2012.  Future phases are anticipated, which may include a mix of apartments and condominiums and additional retail.  Read more. Report 7/6 Theft on Sunnybrook

From Dekalb Police via Report 7/23 battery on Ava Pl

From DeKalb Police via

CAN issues meeting Thursday July 28

The Civic Association Network's next ISSUES MEETING will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011, 7-9 pm, at the One DeKalb Resource Center at Northlake Mall (1^st floor, just outside Macy's entrance).  Please pass along notice of this 2-part meeting to all neighbors who might be interested in Redistricting AND to your local garden club,
PTA, entrance and common area folks.  

County: New Recreation Center on Columbia Dr

From: OneDeKalb - CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment

County eyes more land for parks

From Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: The 17 acres is near the neighborhood, also includes a flat meadow and a section of Burnt Fork Creek. AJC: "DeKalb eyes historic land for parks.  A controversial deal for DeKalb County to buy a developer's land has ended with a lower price for a proposed park -- and the possibility of even more green space in the mostly developed central part of the county. County commissioners agreed last week to pay Rich Porter $1.83 million for the 6-acre lot off LaVista Road -- about 6 percent lower than the original negotiated price.  The rumpus over the price, and resulting attention from residents, also brought out Edward Nelms Jr. He has proposed the county buy his family's 17 acres of land about a mile east on LaVista, near Pangborn Road, for more park space." [Read More at AJC.]

Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative appeal

The following is a message from Betty Willis, Executive Director of the Clifton Community Partnership

Dear Clifton Corridor Neighbor:

This time next year, voters throughout Georgia will be going to the polls to vote on the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) referendum which would allow for a special one cent sales tax to pay for transportation projects, specific to regions in which the tax is collected. A number of Atlanta leaders have likened this unprecedented opportunity to transform the region’s transportation system and the resulting economic development benefits, to Atlanta hosting the 1996 summer Olympics. Now is the time for you to have a voice in Atlanta’s future and to help ensure the quality of life you want and deserve. I write to urge your participation in this critically important process. Report 7/13/11: Theft on Webster

From DeKalb Police via

Get A Move On! Town Hall Meeting: Transportation, Growth & The Future of Metro Atlanta

From the Civic League for Regional Atlanta via the county CEO's OneDekalb office: "Get a Move On 10-County Town Hall on Transportation, Growth and the Future of Metro Atlanta Saturday, July 23, 8:30 to noon The Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community 40 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 Give us a few hours, we'll give you a meaningful voice. The Get a Move On 10-County Town Hall is bringing together Metro Atlantans from different communities, different perspectives and different backgrounds to give their feedback on topics that are central to the debate leading up to the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum - topics like priorities for a fast-growing region; environmental sustainability; economic growth; investments that could truly make a positive difference in the region's future; and accountability and governance. Please join us and make sure your voice is heard. Town Hall presentations will include: Fast-forward to 2040: Growth patterns and projections for Metro Atlanta Everything you ever wanted to know about the transportation investment act and the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum What it means to be a region - with Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page editor Andre Jackson But mostly, we'll be listening to what you have to say, with a little help from the latest clicker technology and good, old-fashioned, small-group discussion. This is going to be fun -- we promise. Seating is limited for the 10-County Town Hall, so registration is required; please register online or by calling (404) 221-1553. You may also visit for full details. IMPORTANT: The Civic League for Regional Atlanta neither supports nor opposes the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum. Our role is to provide regional citizens with good information, a neutral forum for learning and discussion, and a sound process for expressing their thoughts. Please join us in making Get a Move On a successful effort to engage regional citizens in the plans and policies shaping their future.

Traffic advisory for Emory entrance at Dowman Drive

Beginning this weekend, Campus Services will perform work to change the shape of the granite cubs and gores (triangles) at the Dowman Drive roundabout.  Please note the following road closures necessary for the work (see attachments for maps).

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